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SEPTEMBER 2013

World Languages and Cultures

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Up and

B R O A D E N

Y O U R S E L F

coming Activities 

Study abroad!

Find adventure

Help available for the language learner

Compare Cultures

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Calendar

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Upcoming Movies

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Study Abroad Experience

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Financial Aid Ideas for Studying

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Benefits of being bi-lingual

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Career Services Events Conversation Tables

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Costa Rica

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BE COMPETITIVE Globally, nationwide, statewide, and locally, the ability to communicate in more than one language is providing college graduates an increasingly stronger competitive edge in the job market. The decision to become multilingual opens your door to an infinite array of possibilities.

Learn about the world and cultures through discovering many different perspectives. Uncover connections with other people. Expand your ability to talk to others and gain knowledge beyond the world of English. Possibly even study abroad.

Discover yourself Challenge yourself as never before. Study abroad not only to see the world first hand, but to view yourself anew and how you can succeed despite obstacles. Learn new customs, make friends and find yourself in the process.

The Mission Statement The Department of World Languages and Cultures seeks to facilitate the communication skills, knowledge and

appreciation of diverse languages and cultures that are necessary for students to achieve a successful professional career in today's global society.


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German Week @ Edge Coffee House

German Week @ Edge Coffee House

German Week @ Edge Coffee House

German Week @ Edge Coffee House

German Week @ Edge Coffee House

Mid-semester Exams

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Spanish Movie Night—La historia official @ 7

Last day to Add Session II Courses

French Movie Night— Romantics Anonymous @ 7

Session II classes begin

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November 1-2 Day of the Dead Celebration

Multicultural Movie Night— TBA

Halloween Special Movie Night—REC @ 7

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~Albert Einstein


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La Historia Official (The Official Story) Argentinean school teacher Alicia is forced to question her government's official story of the "Dirty War" of the 1970s when she suspects that her adopted daughter, Gaby, may

be the child of a murdered political prisoner. But her quest for truth takes a heavy toll on her relationship with her conservative husband. An absorbing and gutwrenching story of

one woman who only wants to know the truth about her daughter and, ultimately, about herself.

Les émotifs anonymes (Romantics Anonymous) What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory,

and Angélique, a gifted chocolate maker he has just hired. What occurs when a highly emotional man meets a highly emotional woman? They fall in love, and this

is what occurs to Jean -René and Angélique who share the same handicap.

Halloween Special Movie Night: [REC] Centers on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station. Receiving a

call from an old lady trapped in her house, they reach her building to hear horrifying screams-which begin a long

nightmare and a uniquely dramatic TV report.

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Why Study Abroad?

By Leslie Ginn

days in a row (as long as they were clean) and A personal first no one thought I was scared and excited anything about it. We and lonely as I sat on my only used a car when new bed in the house we had a distance to go that I would call home (as in more than 5 for the next five weeks. miles); otherwise biking I didn’t realize it then, or walking was the but that summer as an norm. I explored exchange student in a beautiful parks that sleepy little German were integrated into town would enrich my daily life. life and change my I was asked whether I perspective forever. shaved my legs, since Only one person in (then) only prostitutes my new family could shaved their legs. I speak decent also learned that English. (I, of shaving underarms course, spoke no there was definitely German optional. whatsoever.) After a week, that person I struggled with understanding a new decided she was tired of English and perspective and culture. Refrigerators didn’t speak it anymore. After feeling were small (counter-top size) and so milk was completely lost and manufactured so it utterly alone for a few days, I learned how to could sit on the counter. I loved the express myself with German chocolate and lots of hand motions and a few basic words. pastries, but couldn’t I felt soar my selfconfidence soar. The customs were different and new. I could wear the same clothing to school a few

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ever stomach the milk. What did I gain as a teenager foreign exchange student? Self -reliance, cultural appreciation and many adventures, but the knowledge that changed my life went deeper. I learned that all people, no matter the country, have the same needs. They want to be connected, to be loved and to feel of worth. We can either focus on the differences that divide us or seek those things that unite us. Language need not be a barrier to understanding when love and respect direct the path. I never would have learned how small the world really is by playing it safe and staying at home in my own, comfortable bed.


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How I afforded my 2012 Costa Rica Study Abroad Experience FINDING FUNDS “I would LOVE to study abroad but how can I pay for this?” Is a common concern heard often. I found money (a total of $8500! More than I needed for the program) in study abroad scholarships and in unusual spots. Money is available for those willing to work for it. The best way to find money is match it with the goals and interests you already have. Funding your study abroad experience is definitely worth the time and effort! (Below are the methods I used, maybe some will work for you?)

“Where there’s a WILL, there’s a WAY.” THE GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP Average award $4000 Summer award $1500-4000 APPLICATION DATE VARIES *Must be US undergraduate student planning to study abroad *Must receive Federal Pell Grant This is a competitive and involved process, but there is lots of help available at Gilman and ASU. Contact: www.iie.org/GILMAN

WORKFORCE IMPROVEMENT GRANT Amount per semester varies from $1000+ APPLY NOW!! *Need based Grant for US citizens *Must be EITHER a Non-traditional student (at least 24 yrs old) *OR 21 years old and under, a junior or senior in college and will complete bachelors December 2015 or earlier This is an easy 2 hour process and money is not only for study abroad purposes. Great if you qualify. Contact: Charlotte at 870 935 5594

PHI KAPPA PHI SCHOLARSHIP Average Award $1000 *GPA of 3.75+ on 4.0 scale *Undergraduate students *Study abroad between May 1-June 30 *Do not have to be member of Phi Kappa Phi 50 students are awarded $1000 each year to study abroad. Deadline is around April 1 Process includes and essay and other supporting documents. Do-able. Contact: http://www.phikappaphi.org/ Web/ Awards/Scholarships_Awards.html

TEACH ARKANSAS GRANT Amount per semester: $2000 *Must plan to teach in AR for 4 years *Will teach in high needs area *Are taking classes towards being a teacher **And pass your Praxis I. If you qualify for this grant then every year you can take out $4000 to use as needed (even study abroad!). (Must teach 4 years in AR within 8 years of graduation or grant converts to a non-subsidized loan. Contact: ASU Financial Aid for more information

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Professional Advantages of Being Bi- or Multi-Lingual ADVICE BY HAL KLEGMAN

It’s about getting the career you want, right?

Speaking a foreign language will probably not get you hired of its own accord, however, it might give you enough of a different outlook on the world so that it becomes easier to get promoted. In my own experience I have found it easier to understand a perspective other

than my own once I learned a foreign language. I feel that speaking with others - especially those of a different culture allows the mind to expand. The foreign languages that are in demand in the marketplace are Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish. There are enough people that speak these languages as their native tongue. That said, being able to

speak another language usually goes along with a some level of cultural immersion. It is that cultural immersion that can give you “a leg up on the promotion ladder.” People that speak more than one language tend to take a broader view of the world and this attribute makes an individual a more valuable employee because s/he is

Hal is a graduate student in the World History program and is working at ASU Career Services in the Reng Student Union. Prior to his retirement in 2012, Hal worked for Roy Talman and Associates in Chicago, first as an executive recruiter and then as Director of Business Development. Hal has been a guest lecturer on the subject of resumes, interviewing and developing effective hiring methodology. He has spoken at Booth, the Graduate Business School at he University of Chicago, at DePaul University, at Columbia College and at MIT Forums.

Help from the ASU Career Center in October Date

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How to make the most of Career Fair

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White River Room

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Nailing the Phone Interview

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AR River Room

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How to make the most of Career Fair

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Black River Room

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Resumes that Work

10-11 AM/2-3 PM

White River Room

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Everything you know about Resumes and Interviews is wrong 6-7 PM Pine Tree Room

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Nailing the Phone Interview

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10-11 AM 6-7 PM

Eugene Smith Lab 312 Pine Tree Room

22 Everything you know about Resumes/Interviews is wrong 10-11 AM Eugene Smith 312 AND THERE”S LOTS MORE! Check it out at the Career Services webpage at www.astate.edu/careers/ WORLD

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Conversation Tables

“La capacidad hablar in una otra lengua es la habilidad más alta,” dice Profesor Vincent Moreno. Las oportunidades hablar con otras personas in el laboratorio de lenguas de ASU son oportunidades improbar sus habilidades. Hay oportunidades hablar en español, francés, y alemán. También hay tutores ayudar y guiar los estudiantes en las charlas. Estudiantes de todas niveles tienen oportunidades mejorar in una situación de inmersión. ¡Hablemos!

“The ability to speak in a different language is the highest skill ,” said profesor Vincent Moreno. The opportunities to speak with other people in the ASU language lab are opportunities to improve your ability. There are chances to speak in Spanish, French, and German. Also there are tutors to help and guide students in the conversation tables. Students of all levels have opportunites to improve in an immersion situation. Let’s Talk!

Join us at the Conversation Tables SPANISH Beginning and intermediate In the Multi-Media Lab, Wilson Room 317 MONDAY: 1-2 and 3-4 PM

“A beautiful thing happens when we start paying attention to each other. It is by participating more in your relationship that you breathe life into it.” ― Steve Maraboli

WEDNESDAY: 3-4 pm THURSDAY: 12-1 pm

Conversation Practice for Intermediate II + WEDNESDAY 3:30 pm at the

FRENCH French Conversation Table every Monday at 5 PM at the Edge Coffee House

Edge Coffee House

All levels invited to

Spanish Night At the Pub Every Thursday from 8ish pm until…?

Beginner and Intermediate French Conversation Practice 1-2 pm at the multi-media Lab in Wilson Building room 317

GERMAN Beginner and Intermediate Conversation Table 4-5 PM in the Multi-Media lab in Wilson 317 German Conversation Table every Friday at 12 PM at the Edge Coffee House

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Costa Rica’s Economy

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Although Costa Ricans do not produce the quantity (in fact only 3 percent of the needs of the world), they are known for the quality known as “The Grain of Gold.”

Costa Ricans often boast that “Our soil is so fertile that a stick will grow.” They are right!

See A New Perspective Did you know that Costa Ricans make only an average of $3000 to $6000 per year? (That is only $15 to $30 per day!) Although I have seen an area near San Jose that is struggling financially, overall I don’t feel like I am in a “poor country.” No, they don’t have as much “stuff” and the roads all have amazing potholes, but their houses are paid for and are built of gleaming wood and tiles of rich color. About one in five people is involved directly in producing food, especially the basic grains: corn, rice and beans. There are dozens of small stores and few monopolies. The people have a growing middle class, a strong work ethic and family support that serves them well..

Coffee is favored crop Coffee beans are the favored son of the agriculture industry. About 92 percent of coffee farmers own less than 12 acres and hand-pick the beans at exactly the right time themselves.

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The development of the Atlantic Railroad changed the face of “Tico” agriculture. It was hacked out of the dense forest and competed in 1848 at the cost of 5,000 lives. It aided the transportation of coffee beans and also provided the valuable opportunity to export bananas and other fruits.

Tourism: Diverse and Unique Whenever Costa Rica popped out of the ocean it bridged the north and south continents and inherited animals and plants from both sides. Ticos often boast that “our soil is so fertile that a stick will grow.” They are right. Eco-tourists come to see the wildlife and forests. Retirees live her to enjoy the hospitality and “affordableness” of the economy. Sightseers visit the abundant restaurants and shops serving up ethnic food and art. PURA VIDA!


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Experience it YOURSELF! Utilize more opportunities than just classrooms at ASU. Study abroad for one month in beautiful Costa Rica. The cost is $3,990 + tuition and fees for the trip plus you can earn 6 credit hours of Spanish. Attend CPI School and learn more Spanish than you thought possible in an immersion situation. Taste amazing food and see memorable sights. It is a trip well worth the time and money.! For more information, contact Dr. Vicent Moreno at vmoreno@astate.edu


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Multi Media Center Fall 2013 Tutoring Schedule – Wilson Hall 317 Time

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WLC Newsletter, October 2013