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UW-Eau Claire to Hold First Ever
Foreign Language Festival April 27-28

RELEASED: April 19, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The department of foreign languages at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is planning to hold its first ever Foreign Languages Festival, "A Gathering of Friends," Friday and Saturday, April 27-28.

Current students, alumni, past and present faculty, foreign and second language teachers anyone interested in foreign languages, literatures and culture is invited to a weekend of celebration, learning and socializing. Guests will be able to observe department classes, hobnob with old friends and new, celebrate student accomplishments, explore the Roma Hoff Language Resource Center, listen to student and faculty presentations and join in cultural activities.

All events are free, but the number of seats at meals is limited. Registration is required for participation in the dinner reception, breakfast and lunch events. See their Web site to register for meals and see a complete list of events as well as location of events.

Jeff Vahlbusch, associate professor of foreign languages and one of the organizers of the events, said that, in addition to the Language Festival events, potential participants can also take advantage of many other types of events taking place on campus that weekend, including a campus film showing, the Short Play Festival, the 50th Annual Juried Art Show, athletic events and more. Those events are also listed on the University Calendar and on the Web site listed above.

Language Festival events are as follows:

Friday, April 27:

  • 7:30-9:30 a.m. - continental breakfast (Room 350, Hibbard Hall)
  • All day - all department classes open for visitors; faculty, academic staff, and chair in offices for visiting (schedules permitting); and tours of campus, department, and Roma Hoff Language Resource Center, "smart" classrooms, and demonstrations of hardware and software available.
  • Noon -lunch on own (recommendations on Web site)
  • 3-5 p.m. - French and German majors' capstone presentations
  • 6-8 p.m. - Tapas dinner, The Dulany, Chair's Welcome and Awards Ceremony, cash bar (registration required)

Saturday, April 28:

  • 8:30-9 a.m. - continental breakfast (Hibbard Hall 3rd floor)
  • 9-10 a.m. - Chair's opening talk and discussion session: "The State of Foreign Language Study at UW-Eau Claire"
  • 10-noon - Chair: meeting with new foreign language department advisory board
  • 10-10:30 a.m. - Conference Session I:
    • "The Eastern Europe Travel Study Seminar" (Dr. Irene Lazda)
    • "Hispanic Immigrants in Wisconsin" (Dr. Analiese DeGrave, Dale Gable, and Eric Duwe)
    • "Hermann Hesse and the Hippies" (Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch)
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. - Conference Session II:
    • "The Spanish Business Association" (Dr. Juan-Carlos Chaves)
    • "Pedagogical Approaches to Blogging" (Julie Adler and Beth Ernst)
    • "Le Franais Qubcois" (Dr. Dominique Thvenin)
  • 11:30-12:00 p.m. - Conference Session III:
    • "Swiss French Intonation: From Stereotypes to Linguistic Fieldwork" (Jessica Miller)
    • "The Latin American Studies Program" (Dr. Eva Santos-Phillips)
    • "The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview" (Dr. Paul Hoff)
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. - lunch in The Dulany (soup and sandwiches). Honored guests: department emeriti professors
  • 1:45-2:15 p.m. - Conference Session IV:
    • "Connecting ESL Students to Communities through Service-Learning" (Beth Ernst and Megan Allen, TESOL minor)
    • "Teaching Phonetics in Beginning French: A Research Project" (Astri Mikkelson, student of French)
    • "German Immigration to Wisconsin: Still Important Today?" (Dr. Johannes Strohschnk)
  • 2:30-3 p.m. - Conference Session V:
    • "Aids Awareness in Kenya." (A short documentary film by alumnus French major Colin Crowley)
    • "An Enlightening Talk on the Chinese Language with Particular Reference to English" (Dr. Quanzhi Wang, Visiting Scholar, Jinan University, China)
  • French capstone presentation - TBA
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m. - Conference Session VI:
    • "Technology Resources for the Language Classroom" (Dr. Anne Cummings)
    • "Admetus: The True Story of Alcestis" - a student/faculty collaborative research project in Ancient Studies (Dr. Matt Waters)
    • TBA
  • 4-5 p.m. - Foreign Language Fest wrap-up and raffle

For more information, contact Judy Ramsey at



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