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Department of Languages Achievements: 2016-17

The Department of Languages had another busy year as they were researching, writing, and presenting. Read below to see all of the department's accomplishments over the past year.

Several members of the department of languages presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention Nov. 18-20 in Boston. Following are the presenters and presentation titles: Dr. Anne Hlas (Spanish) with Susan Hildebrandt and Kelly Conroy: "GLOBE: Five Techniques to Develop Interculturality Through Technology"; Dr. Jessica Miller (French): "Creative Placemaking in Language Teaching"; Dr. Josh Brown (German): "Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Social Justice in the German classroom"; Dr. Josh Brown (German) and Dr. Martina Lindseth (German): "Using e-Portfolios to Facilitate and Gauge Language Growth in Core Courses; Dr. Kaishan Kong (Chinese): "Study Abroad in China: Language Learning on the Go"; Dr. Martina Lindseth (German), session chair: "The Impact of the Proficiency Guidelines and OPI on Teaching and Assessment"; Dr. Tomomi Kakegawa (Japanese) and student Jacinda Kinser, Dr. Jessica Miller (French) and student Jessica Onsager: "A Peer-Reviewed Database of Integrated Performance Assessments."

Dr. Alfredo Aranda Silva, associate lecturer of Spanish, has had the following essay published: "El ensayo: desde la invención a la crítica en Enrique Vila-Matas," Artes del ensayo, núm. 1, La porosidad genérica del ensayo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, RACO, July, 2017. Learn more about the publication

Dr. Kelly Biers, visiting assistant professor of French, and Dr. Ellen Osterhaus, lecturer of English, were featured in an interview about the developing Wisconsin Walloon Preservation Project and about the value of documenting and promoting minority languages. 

Dr. Biers, had his article titled "Vowel epithesis variation in French" published in Cahiers, a journal of the Association for French Language Studies.   

Dr. Josh Brown, has been named editor of "Transnational German Studies," housed at Michigan State University's Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net). The forum serves as a moderated interdisciplinary and international network for the discussion and publication of topics relevant to the study of German migration and diaspora and intercultural transfer between German and non-German societies from the 17th century to the present.

Dr. Brown, associate professor of German, had his article, titled "Gendered Stories, Advice, and Narrative Intimacy in Amish Young Adult Literature" published in "Gender(ed) Identities: Critical Readings of Gender in Children's and Young Adult Literature," edited by Tricia Clasen and Holly Hassel, pates 87-101, Routledge, 2016.

Dr. Brown co-edited "Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia," published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Additionally, Brown co-authored the critical introduction to Pennsylvania German studies as well as a chapter on the Amish.

Dr. Josh Brown has received a fellowship from the Elizabethtown College, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Kreider Fellows receive a stipend of $3,500.

Dr. Brown gave an invited lecture titled "Heritage Language Literacy and Literature" at the international symposium "People of Faith, Voices of Tradition: German Heritage Languages among Christians and Jews," held March 30-April 1 and sponsored by the Max Kade Institute at UW-Madison.

Dr. Brown was the invited speaker for the annual Durnbaugh Seminar events at April 19 and 21 at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. The presentations were titled "Got Schnitz? Pennsylvania German Material Culture" and "Object Lessons: The Meanings of Pennsylvania German Life and Culture." The Don and Hedda Durnbaugh Lecture and Seminar bring noted scholars on Anabaptist and Pietist Studies to the campus each year.

Dr. Brown was elected to the board of directors of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies. He also was elected to the Executive Committee of the Society for German-American Studies and will serve as the society's editor.

Dr. Bibiana Fuentes, assistant professor of Spanish, had her article, “Artistic Exploration and Subjective Transformation in Mario Mendoza’s Narrative,” published in Vol. 43, No. 86 of the Latin American Literary Review.

Dr. Anne Cummings Hlas, professor of languages, had her paper, "Secondary Teachers’ Language Usage: Beliefs and Practices," published in Hispania, Vol. 99, No. 2, 2016, pages 305-319.

Three current UW-Eau Claire student teachers, Cammy Rathsack, Jenna Gasner and Krista Neyers, presented "30 Educational Energizers in 60 minutes" at the Wisconsin Association of Language Teachers Conference Nov. 5 in Appleton. Dr. Anne Hlas, professor of languages, is the students' faculty mentor.

Dr. Anne Cummings Hlas, professor of Spanish, and co-authors Kelly Conroy and Susan Hildebrandt '17 have had their article titled "Student teachers and CALL: Personal and pedagogical uses and beliefs" published in the CALICO Journal, 34(3), pages 336-354.

Dr. Anne Cummings Hlas and co-authors Krista Neyers '16 (a former Blugold Fellow) and Sarah Molitor '17 have had their article titled "Measuring student attention in the second language classroom" published in Language Teaching Research.

Dr. Paul Hoff, professor of Spanish and language education, presented the workshop "La comunidad en el arte y la poesía" at the 2016 Fall Conference of the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Nov. 3-5 in Appleton. He also has been recertified as an oral proficiency interview tester of Spanish by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In this capacity he regularly conducts and rates oral proficiency interviews for Language Testing International, the ACTFL testing office.

Dr. Paul J. Hoff and Dr. Roma Hoff, professor emerita of foreign languages (who passed away in 2015), co-authored the chapter "El Lago del Bosque/The Spanish Language Village: A Family Affair and Dimensions of Gratitude." The chapter appears in "World Cultures: The Language Villages" (Tertium Quid Press, 2016), a book that features essays and scholarly articles on language teaching, learning and cultural immersion at the Concordia Language Villages.

Dr. Hoff gave a presentation titled "Exploring and Developing Community through Target Language Communication" at the 2017 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, held March 9-11 in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese, recently had a book chapter, titled "Perspectives on Mediated L2 Learning During Study Abroad: Exploring Identity, Motivation and Learning Strategies," publied. The chapter focuses on how emotion and identity influenced and mediated the participants’ perception and strategies in study abroad. The abstract can be viewed online.

Dr. Kong co-presented "Preparing Chinese Teachers to Teach Culture through Reflective Pedagogy" at the STARTALK national conference Oct. 14 in Atlanta. STARTALK is a program funded by the National Security Agency and the National Foreign Language Center to promote critically important language learning among students and teachers. Kong has been invited to teach the teachers' program for four years.

Dr. Kong mentored and collaborated with two undergraduate students, Amanda Bower and Katelyn Kannel, on a research project titled "Globalization in China: Developing cultural understanding through study abroad." The two student researchers presented this paper at the Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Conference Feb. 10 at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and will present again at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Memphis in April.

Dr. Kaishan Kong, professor of Chinese, and Dr. Jessica Sertling Miller, professor of French, took their students from Chinese 102 and 202, and French 201, 202 and 430, to teach language and culture at Putnam Heights Elementary School March 29 as part of the school's International Week. UW-Eau Claire language students shared their knowledge with approximately 400 children that day.

Dr. Kong was invited by the Carlson Global Institute to give a workshop on Chinese business language and cultural etiquette in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota April 7.

Dr. Kong gave a poster presentation titled "Culture and Language Learning through Cross-Cultural Peer Scaffolding” at the 2017 OPID Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning April 20 in La Crosse.

Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese, co-authored, with Dr. Fang Wang (Colby College), a paper titled "Five-Dimension Reflective Pedagogy Model for Teacher Education: A Case in Culture Teaching," which was published in the 14th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy proceedings.

Dr. Martina Lindseth, professor of German, has had her article titled "The availability of conscious knowledge: A response to S. Krashen" published in Foreign Language Annals, 49:3, the journal of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Dr. Jessica Sertling Miller, associate professor of French, was selected to receive the Award of Recognition sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French for her professional dedication and leadership in French language education. The AATF-Wisconsin is proud of the role she plays in making such an impact on students' successes and is honored to have her as a colleague in the state of Wisconsin.

Dr. Miller gave an hour-long presentation titled “Using ACTFL Tools in University French Courses” at the annual Wisconsin French Studies Roundtable Oct. 14 at Lawrence University in Appleton.

Dr. Miller had a chapter titled "Creative Placemaking in Cajun Louisiana: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning Environmental, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the United States" published in the volume "Creating Experiential Learning Opportunities for Language Learners," edited by Melanie Bloom and Carolyn Gascoigne, and published by Multilingual Matters.

Dr. Miller presented "Helping students use their own tech toolkit for learning" via Blackboard Collaborate for the UW System LTDC Virtual Showcase April 4-5.

Dr. Miller was invited by the UW-Milwaukee department of French, Italian and comparative literature to give a workshop April 28 titled "A Proficiency-Oriented Curriculum," followed by a presentation at the Alliance Française of Milwaukee titled "Le français en Amérique: boîte à outils pédagogiques."

Dr. Miller had a review of the textbook "Ludo et ses amis" by C. Marchois published in The French Review, 90(1), 262-263.

Dr. Miller had a review of the textbook "Thèmes," by G. Delfosse, E. Kurbegov and P.C. Draggett, published in The French Review, Vol. 90, No. 3, pages 229-230.

Dr. Jessica Miller presented a talk titled "From IPA to IPA: bridging L2 pronunciation research and teaching" at the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning & Teaching Ninth Annual Conference Sept. 1 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Sertling Miller also presented a teaching share titled "Connecting the Dots to L2 Proficiency with an Assessment Template" Sept. 2 at the same conference.

Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, professor of psychology, and Dr. Carter Smith, professor of languages, have been selected as scholars for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program for 2017-18. This program offers UW System faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. The scholars work on a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project during the program.

Dr. José Valero, professor of languages, had his review of Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos' "Report on the Agrarian Law (1795) and Other Writings" — edited by Gabriel Paquette and Álvaro Caso Bello, translated by Yesenia Pumarada Cruz. London/New York: Anthem Press, 2016 — published in Dieciocho, 40.2, fall 2017, pages 336-441. The review can be accessed online.

Dr. Matt Waters’ article “Xerxes and the Oathbreakers: Empire and Rebellion on the Northwestern Front” has been published in Revolt and Resistance in the Ancient Classical World and the Near East: In the Crucible of Empire, ed. J. Collins and J. G. Manning, Leiden: Brill, pp. 93-102.

Dr. Matt Waters, professor of languages and history, has had his book, “Ctesias' Persica and Its Near Eastern Context," published by University of Wisconsin Press. View more information.