CWUForeign Language NewsForeign Language News granted World Languages Students, 28 Apr 2016 14:41:48<p>World Languages is proud to announce that three students have been granted recognition recently.&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Braden Goveia (nominated by Dr. Nathalie Kasselis) has won the CAH Undergraduate Achievement in Scholarship award.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Victoria Zencak (nominated by Dr. Natalie Lefkowitz) has won the Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award, 2015-16.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Patrick Carpenter (nominated by Dr. Alejandro Lee and Dr. Susana Flores) has won the Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award, 2015-16.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Department Chair Dr. Abdalla, gave this insightful comment "If our students are winning awards, it is because of the energy, support, and camaraderie of this wonderful group of professionals and students in World Languages."</p><p>To find out more about scholarships that are available please visit our <a href="/foreign-language/node/2097" target="_blank">forms </a>area. There are three scholarships that are currently being offered.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p></br>Veronica Wu wins First Prize in Chinese Competition, 26 Apr 2016 09:55:17<p>Professor Yuanxia Liu's second year student, Veronica Wu (left in photo), won First Prize in the&nbsp; "15th Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students: 2016 Preliminary Contest in the State of Washington”&nbsp; on Saturday, April 23, 2016.&nbsp; The competition was held at the University of Washington in Seattle.&nbsp; Veronica has been invited to go to San Francisco for the next stage of competition, and depending on what happens there, she may be invited to go to Haban in China for the final competition.&nbsp; "This recognition validates what we in World Languages see every day"&nbsp; commented Department Chair Dr Laila Abdalla. "Excellent work on the part of committed teachers and motivated students.&nbsp; Congratulations to Professor Liu and Ms Veronica Wu.”<img alt="Veronica Wu (left) Professor Liu (right)" src="/foreign-language/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 593px;"></p>Dr. Eric Mayer designs a fascinating course leading students, 03 Mar 2016 15:08:33<p><img alt="" src="/foreign-language/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 307px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">WL faculty member, Dr. Eric Mayer, designs a fascinating course leading a group of students to walk a portion of El Camino de Santiago, also known as the Camino Real, in Spain during summer 2016. <a href="" target="_blank">Read More</a></p>Translators Bridge Cultural, Language Barriers, 03 Mar 2016 11:29:55<p><img alt="" src="/foreign-language/sites/" style="width: 448px; height: 320px;"></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Students Provide Interpretive Services for Parents and Teachers</em></p><p>CWU senior Vianey Rivas sits next to fourth-grade teacher Tonieka Kokjer, across from a young Hispanic mother and her daughter attending a parent/teacher conference.</p><p>Kokjer compliments the mother on how well her daughter is doing, and what a delight she is in class. Rivas relays the message in perfect Spanish, emphasizing the word ‘delight’. The mother beams.</p><p>Rivas is a student in Professor Nathalie Kasselis’s Spanish 442 class, a senior level course that teaches the skills of translation and interpretation.</p><p>“This is just an introductory course to give them a taste of how difficult interpretation and translation are,” said Kasselis, a professor of Spanish in CWU’s World Languages Department. She has taught at Central since 1996, specializing in Spanish and French languages and Spanish medieval literature.</p><p>For students like Rivas, Kasselis gives them the opportunity to engage in a real-world situation. Working with Don Patton, principal at Mt. Stuart Elementary in Ellensburg, she was able to set up the parent/teacher conferences, noting “It’s a fabulous opportunity for students to gain meaningful experience and provide a service to the community at the same time.”</p><p>“It was a really good experience for me because it was officially the first time I volunteered as an interpreter for educational purposes,” Rivas said. “Sometimes I translate for my parents and I believe that has helped me to meet the standards of the parent/teacher conference.”</p><p>To prepare, the students practice for a week in simulated exchanges. They studied the vocabulary that might be needed in such a setting, so they could accurately convey both the teacher’s and the parent’s information and concerns.</p><p>“It’s a wonderful human experience, to create this cultural bridge,” Kasselis said. “The students take their role very seriously.”</p><p>Rivas, who also minors in American Sign Language, will pursue a master’s degree in Spanish and plans to become an interpreter. A 2011 graduate of White Swan High School, Rivas came to the United States with her parents from Mexico in 2009.</p><p>Although often used interchangeably, translation and interpretation are two related, but very different skills. Translators interpret written material; interpreters translate information orally. The skills are so different that few people can do both successfully.</p><p>Interpreters must be able to go back and forth between languages easily, without access to reference materials. They must have excellent listening and retention skills, which enable them to accurately translate what is said and relay it in its entirety within just a few moments.</p><p>“At first, students think this is easy,” Kasselis said. “But then they become aware of the consequences if it isn’t done well.”</p><p>According to Kasselis, the importance of quality interpretation and translation has been growing and it has been acknowledged as its own academic area. Interpretation and translation are rapidly growing career fields, and more students are seeking advanced degrees in this area. Specialties such as medical and legal translation/interpretation require advanced training and certification, because of the specialized vocabularies involved in each, as well as the significant ramifications posed if information were to be relayed inaccurately.</p><p>“Some of our students do pursue careers in translation and interpretation,” said Kasselis. “I hope we can provide more opportunities for them to experience how rewarding this work can be.”</p><p>Kasselis noted that Mary Langley, the migrant coordinator at the Ellensburg School District, was very instrumental in paving the way for student translators.</p><p>“Last year, I volunteered to translate for Jason Eng, my son's fifth-grade teacher at Mt. Stuart, and after this experience I thought that it would be a wonderful opportunity for my Spanish 442 (Spanish Translation) students to practice their translation skills—and help the community in the process,” Kasselis said. “Jason put me in contact with Mary—a translator herself—who has been in charge of providing translators for the parent-teacher conferences in the Ellensburg schools.</p><p>“She and I recently talked about the possibility of having my students participate in parent-teacher conferences at both Mt Stuart and Morgan Middle School next year. We are definitely repeating the experience next year.”<br>&nbsp;</p><p>March 3, 2016</p></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>Putin vs. Batman: Hollywood Icons Through a Russian Lens, 11 Jan 2016 07:58:18<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/foreign-language/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 373px;"></a></p><p>WL faculty member, Dr. Volha Isakava, dazzles in her debut on the CAH Celebrating the Arts and Humanities Series with her talk Putin Vs Batman: The Migration of Film Genres from Hollywood to Russia.<a href="" target="_blank"> Read More</a></p></p style="text-align: center;">Mother tongue of Russia speaks on CWU campus, 10 Nov 2015 07:43:32<p><img alt="" src="/foreign-language/sites/" style="width: 435px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Novelist Ivan Turgenev consoled himself in the midst of his country’s 19th-century travails by invoking Mother Russia’s mother tongue.</p><p>“O great, mighty, true and free Russian language!” he proclaimed. “It is inconceivable that such a language should not belong to a great people.”</p><p>Since the late 1980s, students at Central Washington University have been availing themselves of the chance to study Russian and decide whether they agree with Turgenev’s assessment.</p><p>Teaching Russian in a region where the largest minority speaks Spanish doesn’t seem incongruous to Volha Isakava and Dinara Georgeoliani, the two instructors in Central’s program.</p><p>“Russian is a critical language that is needed by the U.S. government,” Isakava said. “A lot of our students aspire to join the military or work for the State Department.”</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>In memory, 15 Sep 2015 08:28:51<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/foreign-language/sites/" style="width: 366px; height: 450px;"></p><p>WL faculty member, Dr. Eric Mayer, designs a fascinating course leading a group of students to walk a portion of El Camino de Santiago, also known as the Camino Real, in Spain during summer 2016. <a href="" target="_blank">Read More</a></p></p style="text-align: center;">World Languages Student Appointed Student Trustee, 28 Aug 2015 08:40:53<p>Ms. Yazmín Aguilar, a Spanish and Social Services major, has been officially appointed by State Governor, Jay Inslee, to serve as student trustee at CWU for the 2015-16 academic year.<br></p></br>Stellar graduating CWU World Languages student, Olivia Hirschey, plans to continue her studies, 10 Jun 2015 09:07:32<p><img alt="" src="/foreign-language/sites/" style="width: 427px; height: 320px;"></p><p>“I’ve always been interested in languages,” says soon-to-be-graduate Olivia Hirschey. “My mother remembers that in preschool, I tried to help a Japanese girl learn English.”</p><p>Hirschey still likes to help people overcome language barriers. A tour guide for Central Washington University, she noticed that students with Spanish-speaking parents weren’t able to follow the English-language, self-guided tour brochure, so she took it upon herself to translate the brochure into Spanish. Later she gave the university’s first face-to-face tour in Spanish.</p><p>“Many of our applicants are first-generation college students, and need support through this new experience,” she commented. “When we [at CWU] engage the family, we can help students in the long run.”</p><p>Hirschey will be graduating this weekend <em>summa cum laude</em> with dual bachelors’ degrees in English and Spanish and a minor in linguistics. The Newcastle, Washington native is also an Arts and Humanities Honors Scholar in the Douglas Honors College. Her DHC senior thesis, “Language and Legislation: Bilingual Education in the United States, 18th century-Present,” is a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between politics and bilingual education legislation in the US school system. In 2013, she was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society, and she was recently awarded the society’s annual fellowship to support her first year of graduate study.</p><p>Her parents encouraged her love of language from the beginning. They enrolled her in a dual-language elementary school, and for six years she was immersed in Spanish language and culture.</p><p>Last summer she was finally able to study abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain—“I’ve always wanted to go, but between two jobs and two majors, it was difficult fitting it in.” After an “amazing” month of intensive language study, Hirschey did a whirlwind tour of Europe—“I saw 17 cities in six countries!”</p><p>This fall, she will enter the University of Colorado-Boulder to pursue a doctoral degree in linguistics, focusing on language acquisition and sociolinguistics.</p><p>Foreshadowing her career as an academic, Hirschey has pursued several research avenues. As lead writing tutor in the Learning Commons, she noticed students adjusting to the new format of question-based collaborative learning adopted by the faculty and staff. She conducted a research project, “Assessing the Expectations for Learning Commons Tutoring,” which she presented to students and faculty at the 2014 Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), where it won the Brooks Library Best Presentation Award. Hirschey later presented her research at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.</p><p>Her research acumen and interest in linguistics caught the attention of mathematics professor Dominic Klyve, who had a languishing research project involving the linguistic research of 18th-century mathematician Leonhard Euler. Working with Klyve, Hirschey analyzed the previously unpublished documents—“I had to teach myself articulatory phonetics of the 18th century”— and wrote “The Missing <em>Meditatio</em>: Leonhard Euler’s (1707–1783) Contribution to Articulatory Phonetics,” which was published in <em>Historiographia Linguistica</em> 42/1 (2015). Hirschey was first author on the paper, a singular achievement for an undergraduate.</p><p>“The work wouldn’t have been done if not for Olivia,” noted Klyve, who has nothing but praise for his motivated co-author.</p><p>“Truly, I could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience,” said Hirschey, a Newport High School graduate (’11) who came to CWU because she had heard that it had a great community and really cared about its students—“which I have experienced since the first day I got here. I have received so much support and motivation from staff and faculty. They have all encouraged me to pursue projects and set high goals.<br><br>“I want to come back as an alumna and say ‘I was part of that.’ I’m proud to be part of the Wildcat family.”</p><p>Photo credit: Mphotography</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br></br></br>Chinese Students Compete and Win!, 27 Apr 2015 10:02:09<p>The 14th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for College students 2015 Preliminary Contest in the State of Washington was held on Saturday April 25th.&nbsp; Akane Asaka, won 2nd Prize in the overall competition and Lauren Gilmore, won an Individual Award for Chinese Culture Talent Show.&nbsp; Lauren, as a Chinese Culture Talent Show winner, is nominated to perform at the Seattle Chinese Culture and Art Festival held in Seattle Center on May 16, 2015.</p>