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May 2015

Dr. Josh Brown - linguist AND liaison.  Click here for the full story.

March 2015 

Dr. Paul J. Hoff, department of languages, gave two presentations at the 2015 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, held March 12-14 in Minneapolis. The presentations were "Pintores, personajes y pintura" and "Culinaria: El arte de cocinar y el placer de comer." The latter was an invited CSCTFL All-Star Session based on its success at the 2013 conference in Columbus, Ohio, and the 2014 conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Chinese professor, Dr. Kaishan Kong, takes students to speech competition.  Click here for the full story.

Dr. Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, languages and education studies, participated in a featured roundtable titled "Preparing English language learners for the GCC of the Future" Feb. 20 at the Qatar TESOL conference in Doha, Qatar. The roundtable featured a number of experts from around the world. The conference was covered in The Peninsula and Gulf Times

February 2015

Nicole Lanzer is passionate about helping others by using her knowledge of the Spanish language.  Click here for the full story.

Dr. Obika Gray, political science, and Dr. Manuel Fernandez, languages/Latin American studies program, participated in a roundtable discussion on the Chippewa Valley Community Television program "From the Newsroom," hosted by Henry Lippold (emeritus), communication and journalism, on recent changes to the U.S. policy toward Cuba. The show, in two parts, can be viewed in the CVCTV archives (; best viewed with Explorer). Audio podcasts can be found at The program was recorded Dec. 23, 2014.  

January 2015

Deana Zorko '89, a UW-Eau Claire Spanish graduate, has been named 2015 Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers. Click here for the full story. 

December 2014

Rachel Daily, Spanish minor, earned the 2014 College Reading and Learning Association's Outstanding Tutor Award. Click here for the full story.

November 2014

Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese, was invited to speak on a panel titled "Strategies for Increasing Effectiveness with Students from Brazil, China and the Middle East" at the MinneTESOL/MELEd conference Nov. 15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also presented "Chinese Language and Culture Learning in Study Abroad Context" at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo Nov. 22 in San Antonio, Texas.

Three UW-Eau Claire faculty members from the department of languages presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo Nov. 21-23 in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Anne Hlas (Spanish) presented "Student Teachers and Technology: Personal and Pedagogical Uses and Beliefs" with Kelly Conroy (Western Kentucky University). Dr. Martina Lindseth (German) and Dr. Josh Brown (German) presented "Keeping Students on Task: How to Facilitate Meaningful Cultural Exchange."

UW-Eau Claire's English as a Second Language section hosted the Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (WITESOL) conference Nov. 1 in Davies Center. The conference theme was "Language and Learning: Finding Balance in the Digital Age." Three UW-Eau Claire ESL lecturers from the department of languages presented in two different sessions. Julie Adler, Linda Carlson and Ami Christensen presented "Creating a Digital Newspaper" and Ami Christensen presented "Storyboards and Student-Generated Videos."

Dr. Josh Brown energizes growing German program.  Click here for the full story.

Four UW-Eau Claire faculty members from the department of languages and two students presented in three different sessions at the 2014 Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Conference Nov. 6-8 in Appleton. Dr. Anne Hlas, Sarah Molitor and student Krista Neyers presented "Increasing Attention in the World Language Classroom"; Dr. Josh Brown and student Lara Steinike presented "Targeting Higher Level Proficiencies in L2 Writing"; and Dr. Martina Lindseth and Dr. Josh Brown presented "Engaging with the Host Culture During Study Abroad."

October 2014

Shauna Stoeger, a 2012 Spanish graduate, spent four months in remote Amazonian villages as a Florida Gulf Coast University grad student investigating the effects of oil drilling on local people and their environment. Click here for the full story.

Dr. Emilia Oswalt leads a student delegation to San Francisco to participate in a Russian domestic immersion program.  Click here for the full story.  

September 2014

Dr. Martina Lindseth, a professor of German in the Department of Languages, is the 2014-15 recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship.  Click here for the full story.

Sarah Vowels, a 2014 Spanish and TEFL graduate and community outreach coordinator/immigration support associate in the Center for International Education, recently was featured in the International Enrollment Management Spotlight Newsletter as an IEM Newcomer. The newsletter is a NAFSA: National Association of International Educators publication. Vowels also was quoted in the Sept. 6 Leader-Telegram column "Host friend program brings lasting benefits."

Dr. Josh Brown has been selected as one of three German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award recipients nationally for 2014. This annual award recognizes outstanding young university faculty members and schoolteachers who are engaged in innovative teaching and successful program building and reform — and who are actively involved in the work of their local chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

In Brown's three years at UW-Eau Claire he has worked with his colleagues in German to increase the number of German majors and minors by more than 30 percent and to reform and streamline the curriculum. He also has authored and edited several important books and articles on the Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites, especially relating to their diversity and changing narratives as early German-speaking immigrants in America. Brown also has published significant articles on German language pedagogy as well as more broadly on language and gender identity. In addition to his work in German, he is an affiliate faculty member in women's studies and a member of the campus LGBTQA Advisory Board.

Brown will be honored during the awards presentation at the AATG Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo Nov. 22 in San Antonio, Texas. His award includes an all-expense-paid immersion trip to Germany to participate in a professional development seminar for German faculty.

August 2014

Bilingual Beginnings has completed its first year.  Click here for the full story.

Michael Fox  a UW-Eau Claire 2011 Japanese graduate, was  recently featured on Wisconsin Public Radio for his research on the Wisconsin accent.   Click here for the full story.