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Women in French

From May 22 to May 24, 2014, I participated in the 7th International Women in French Conference, held in the charming city of Guelph in the Ontario province of Canada. As a newcomer to the conference, I was particularly pleased to discover a welcoming atmosphere among colleagues in French Studies from various parts of the…

Women in French

My colleague, Vesna Rodic, and I participated in the 7th International Women in French conference held at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Canada, May 21-24, 2014. The overarching conference theme was Women and Memory. Our presentations were in the pedagogy session that Vesna had organized on Approaches to Teaching Women and Memory which comprised…

BLC Travel Grant Report

I recently attended the 2014 Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, held in Chicago, Illinois. I presented a brief talk and a poster in the poster session Teaching Less Commonly Taught Slavic Languages. In addition, I was asked at the last minute to act as chair of the…

BLC Travel Grant Report

Thanks to generous support from the BLC, I was able to attend the weeklong International Convention of Teachers of German (ITD, Internationale Tagung der Deutschlehrer und Deutschlehrerinnen), which took place in summer 2013 in Bolzano, the capital of Italy’s autonomous province of South Tyrol, where a special statute protects the rights of a German-speaking minority.…

BLC Travel Grant Report

Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association-66th Annual Convention, October 10-13, 2012. Once again this year, the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association’s annual conference proved to be as stimulating as ever. I have been presenting papers at the RMMLA for over a decade now and every year, without exception, the RMMLA delivers an excellent variety of interdisciplinary…

BLC Travel Grant Report

Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Convention Scottsdale, Arizona October 6-8, 2011 I have been participating in the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association’s annual conference for several years now. As a Senior Lecturer with limited university funding options for attending conferences, I choose them very carefully. I attend the ones where I would learn and benefit the…

Russian Phonetics: Sound and Meaning in Russian Avant-Garde Poetry

A website curriculum for teaching Russian phonetics and avant-garde literary culture. Website address: https://sites.google.com/a/fulbrightmail.org/russian-phonetics-through-avant-garde-poetry/ The idea for this project emerged from of my experience teaching Russian at Berkeley and my own budding dissertation work on Russian avant-garde poetry. As a graduate student instructor of Russian—and a student in the throes of research—I became increasingly convinced…

Results in L2 Journal Articles

“Got Llorona?”: Teaching for the Development of Symbolic Competence.

Cultural and literary texts are used in the foreign language classroom to support learners’ language development, cultural awareness, and reading comprehension. While classroom activities frequently facilitate a literal understanding of facts and events, these texts offer another potential level of analysis: symbolic dimensions, which focus on ...

The “Gift”: Synesthesia in Translingual Texts

This interdisciplinary article explores the relationship between multilingualism and synesthesia (neuro-psychological blend of senses). In the absence of research in any of the related fields, the author (a multilingual, a L2 scholar, a writer, and a synesthete all at once) views synesthesia through the lens of “translingual texts” ...

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