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Department of languages faculty had an outstanding 2015-2016

Since May of 2015 the faculty of the department of languages were hard at work outside of the classrooms. They deserve recognition for their achievements, which are listed below. Take a look at what they have been up to this past year and click on the links by their names to go to the university's blog posts if you want to comment and congratulate them on their success!

Lindseth has research article published

Dr. Martina Lindseth, department of languages, has had her research on the effects of form-focused instruction on the acquisition of German word order was published as the lead article in the spring issue of Foreign Language Annals, the official refereed journal of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Lindseth, Brown present on curriculum redesign

Dr. Martina Lindseth and Dr. Josh Brown of the department of languages (German) were invited by the College of Letters and Science at UW-Stevens Point to give a full-day workshop on program growth through curriculum redesign on April 17. The workshop, "The Development of Oral and Written Proficiency," drew attendees from faculty, staff and students in the department of world languages and literatures and local K-12 teachers.

Brown receives prestigious fellowship

Dr. Josh Brown, department of languages, has received a Joseph Horner Fellowship from the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. As a Horner Fellow, Brown will conduct research at the German Society of Pennsylvania next summer on the early German-Americans.

Brown has essay published

Dr. Josh Brown, department of languages (German), had his essay titled "American Literary Regionalism and the Authenticity of Place: Reading Rosanna" published in the Journal of the Center for Mennonite Writing, Goshen College, Vol. 8, No. 1.

Brown has article published

Dr. Josh Brown, has had his article, titled "Dutchified English on Broadway," published in American Speech, Vol. 90, No. 3, pages 321-346.

Brown co-authors book chapter

Dr. Josh Brown, co-authored (with Michael T. Putnam) the chapter "Functional Convergence and Extension in Contact: Syntactic and Semantic Attributes of the Progressive Aspect in Pennsylvania Dutch," which was published in "Germanic Heritage Languages in North America: Acquisition, Attrition, and Change," 2015, edited by Janne Bondi Johannessen and Joseph C. Salmons, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pages 135-160.

Miller shares importance of languages at local school

Dr. Jessica S. Miller, department of languages, visited a kindergarten class at Flynn Elementary in Eau Claire on March 15. Through songs, photos, games and discussions, she shared the importance of languages and cultures, and taught the children some French.

Cajun Watershed immersion program receives ACTFL recognition

The UW-Eau Claire Cajun Watershed and Intercultural Immersion Program, a domestic intercultural immersion experience developed in 2013 by Dr. Jessica Miller, associate professor of French, and co-led by Dr. Douglas Faulkner, associate professor of geography and anthropology, was recognized at the Nov. 20-22 annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as an outstanding community-engaged learning experience and received the ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative Award. More information.

Miller has book review published

Dr. Jessica Miller, has had her book review of "Quartier d’affaires: français professionnel et des affaires" by M. P. Rosillo and M. Demaret published in The French Review, Vol. 89, No. 1, pages 228-229.

Sertling Miller is certified as oral proficiency interview tester

Dr. Jessica Sertling Miller, has successfully completed the training and requirements to become a certified oral proficiency interview (OPI) tester for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She has been recommended for ACTFL OPI full tester certification in French. Sertling Miller is one of a very select group of language professionals who has demonstrated the ability to administer and rate oral proficiency interviews with a high degree of reliability.
ACTFL certified testers are specialized language professionals who have completed a rigorous training process and have met the criteria established for certification by ACTFL. They represent a critical resource to their academic institutions and to the foreign language profession in general. ACTFL OPI tester certification is a highly valued professional credential that is recognized nationally and internationally. The UW-Eau Claire department of languages now has three certified OPI testers.

Sertling Miller gives invited talk

Dr. Jessica Sertling Miller, recently gave an invited talk at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the Department of French Alumni Guest Lecture Series. Miller presented the results of her most recent research, "Pronunciation Instruction within the Proficiency Movement," and met with professors and graduate students.

Kong has paper published

Dr. Kaishan Kong, department of languages (Chinese), had her paper titled "Teachers' identities and creative teaching in language immersion classrooms" published in the peer-reviewed journal Learning Languages, National Network for Early Language Learning, Vol. 21, No. 1, pages 18-23.

Kong, students have paper published

Dr. Kaishan Kong, in collaboration with her students Katherine Kocen and Delaney Cooley, had a paper, titled "Being a wài guó rén in China: Reflection on a study abroad project in China," published in Teaching Chinese in International Contexts, 7, pages 25-34. The content of the paper was based on their community service/research project in China this past summer, which was sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Fellows Program.

Kong presents at ACTFL annual convention

Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese, presented her research project titled "Engaging Students to Learn with Technologies in a Chinese Classroom: A Case Study of Using Eyejot" at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo from Nov. 20-22 in San Diego. She also was elected secretary of the ACTFL Teaching and Learning of Culture Special Interest Group.

Hoff is contributing writer to three new Spanish textbooks

Dr. Paul Hoff, is a contributing writer to three new Spanish textbooks: ¡Qué chévere! 2: Annotated Teacher's Edition, ¡Qué chévere! 3: Annotated Teacher's Edition and ¡Qué chévere! 3: Student Edition (EMC Publishing, 2016).

Hoff presents at two conferences

Dr. Paul Hoff, recently gave the presentation "A Focus on Community: Addressing Place, Purpose and Belonging through Target Language Communication" at two conferences: the Fall Conference of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (Minneapolis, Oct. 23-24) and the Fall Conference of the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (Appleton, Nov. 5-7).

Paul Hoff, Nuria Hoff co-author Spanish language workbooks

Paul J. Hoff and Nuria Ibarrechevea Hoff are co-authors of the new Spanish language workbooks "¡Qué chévere! 2: Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises" and "¡Qué chévere! 3: Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises" (EMC Publishing).

Adler co-authors article

Julie Adler, co-authored an article titled "Developing a University Learning Community of Critical Readers and Writers: The Story of a Liberal Arts and IEP Partnership" with Beth Kozbiel Ernst and Kelly Wonder which was published in the March issue of the TESOL Journal. The article resulted from a semesterlong cross-curricular research project conducted collaboratively by students in a developmental reading class and students in the university's Intensive English Program.

Kakegawa earns oral proficiency interview certification

Dr. Tomomi Kakegawa, has received the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview Full Tester Certification in Japanese by successfully completing the training and requirements. Kakegawa is one of a select group of language professionals who has demonstrated the ability to administer and rate oral proficiency interviews with a high degree of reliability.

Oswalt, student have research results published

Dr. Emilia Oswalt, and UW-Eau Claire graduate Patrick Baker, had results of their collaborative research, titled "Sociolinguistic Factors Affecting Perception of Slavic Accents in English," published in the Proceedings of the All-Russia Conference "Language Units in the Light of Contemporary Scientific Paradigms." The research was supported by UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and conducted in the summer of 2015 when Baker was an undergraduate. The publication reference is: Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Ufa: Bashkir State University Scholarly Publishing, 2015:122-131: ISBN 978-5-7477-3941-3.

DeGrave has article published in peer-reviewed journal

Dr. Analisa DeGrave, languages (Spanish) and Latin American studies, had an article titled "Re-legitimizing the State in Honduras: 'Sendero en Resistencia': Poetry's Reclamation of Communication, Justice, and Truth in Post-Coup Honduras" in the peer-reviewed journal, Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana, Vol. 44, No. 2 (November 2015): 3-19.