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Volume 2, Issue 2

Spring 2012

Linguae et Litterae G A I N E S V I L L E S T A T E C O L L E G E F O R E I G N L A N G U A G E N E W S L E T T E R GSC Students get Ready to Experience Spain: Land of Many Cultures By Jill Bowen

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Letter from the editor


FL Film Series


Upcoming Events


Conversation Corner 3-4 FL Lecture Series


FL Honors Program 7-8 Student testimonials




Translation Certificate




There is excitement in the air on campus at GSC. With the beautiful weather we have experienced lately, students have spring fever, and are full of excitement as yet another semester of hard work draws to a close signaling what some students have been waiting for all year- summer break. However, some students have cause to be a little more excited than others do, as one group of students will be studying abroad for a Maymester in Spain. Students traveling to Spain will enrich their cultural views as they travel throughout this beautiful country stopping for excursions in Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, and Barcelona. While traveling abroad is a life lesson in itself, students will also broaden their academic knowledge through courses of study such as Advanced Conversational Spanish (Span 2121), Creative Nonfiction Writing (ENGL 2185), and International Perspectives (INED 2903). Students will engage in active learning as they explore the many cultures Spain has to offer as they visit museums, try many different flavors and styles of cuisine, such as a paella dinner, and take tea Moroccan style among many other activities. They will also get to see lush landscapes of the countryside as well and the architecture of the cities, all while interacting with the environment and people of this country rich in culture and diversity. continued on p. 3

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Page 2 L e t t e r Dear Colleagues, Students and Friends of Gainesville State College,

Gainesville State College’s academic programs continue to change and grow by leaps and bounds. The Department of Foreign Languages is no exception. In addition to the variety of languages being taught , the opportunities on both campuses to learn about and be a part of the many cultures to which these languages belong are plentiful. On the Gainesville

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Campus, there have been lectures as part of the Foreign Language Lecture Series, Foreign Language films, and French and German get-togethers. On the Oconee Campus, the Foreign Language Club continues to go strong ,hosting events during Hispanic Heritage Month and a cooking contest. The instructors there have even taught Zumba! Both campuses even have the opportunity to venture to the High Museum of Art this Spring and study abroad in Spain this May.

These are just a sampling of all there is to offer in the teaching and learning of Foreign Languages here at GSC. As we move towards consolidation with North Georgia College and State University, the opportunities will only increase in quantity and quality.

Enjoy this issue of Linguae et Litterae and have a great rest of the semester!

Sincerely, Ryan N. Boylan

Fall 2012 Foreign Language Film Festival Since the fall of 2009, the Department of Foreign Languages has presented a Foreign Language Film Series in order to offer students the opportunity to enjoy films in their original language versions. The $1 entry fee directly benefits the South Hall Community Food Pantry here in Oakwood. With the support of students, faculty, staff and the greater GSC community at large, the Department of Foreign Languages has been able to donate over $500 to this local cause. The AU12 film series will highlight German language films. They will be shown in the Academic 4 building on the Oakwood campus beginning at 7:00 p.m. The dates and venues will be announced in the summer, but these are the film titles. 1. Der Tunnel (The Tunnel) (2001) 2. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) (2006) 3. Die Welle (The Wave) (2008)

GSC Students get Ready to Experience Spain: Land of Many Cultures By Jill Bowen continued from p.1 During free time , students will explore and sightsee on their own and gain their footing in a country and place that is foreign to them, which will make them stronger, more confident individuals. As a student who will be traveling on the trip to Spain, I am excited to say the least. I cannot wait to see what all Spain has to teach me- not only about the country Spain, but about myself as well.

Upcoming Events There are still a few Foreign Language Events left this semester. Come on out and have some fun! Wednesday, April 18, 12-1 PM — Le Cercle Francais—le petanque (GSC) (Academic IV, Room 3103) Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM— Una noche de cine—Maria llena de gracia (GSC) (Academic IV, Room 3110B) - $1 admission which goes to the Hall County Food Bank. Tuesday, April 24, 12:00 PM — Oconee Spanish and Culture Honors Day Maymester - Study abroad in Spainwith Joe Lavalle, Leslie Worthington and John Amoss

Conversation Corner a great New Addition to Foreign language Lab I have conducted the Spanish Conversation Corner once a week since the middle of January. I would say that this activity has contributed positively to improve the conversation skills in some students. Even though there have been some occasions when the corner has not been used, many students have demonstrated a really positive attitude about having a conversation in a different language. I am convinced that having an informal conversation is one of the best ways to improve language skills. I am an international student and I really enjoy having a conversation in Spanish because it indirectly helps me to improve my English. I haven’t had a lot of conversations in the Conversation Corner, but I am sure that sooner than later it will become a hot spot in the FL Lab. I truly think that the Conversation Corner is definitely a great initiative of which students learning a foreign language should take advantage. -by Eduardo Rendon Continued on p. 4

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Conversation Corner (continued from p. 3) I really like the idea of the conversation corner. If this resource is utilized by the student body, their language skills would blossom. We don't have as many participants as we could for a few reasons. The students who are usually in the lab are Spanish 1001 and 1002 students who are not comfortable holding a "free" conversation for any length of time. We do not do Departmental questions, but we try to carry on a conversation pertaining to the topics covered in each chapter. If the conversation corner was a conversation option on the lab sheet or that using (speaking) the language in class was a focal point in learning, I believe that more students would be willing and successful in the conversation corner. Unfortunately classes are not set up this way. Worksheets and grammar lessons do teach you the functionality of the language, but it does not make students able to function with it. Students are afraid of making mistakes. If higher level language students (2001 and 2002) were required to come to the lab on a more frequent basis and if speaking was a more practiced method of learning language on the college level, then the conversation corner could serve its purpose. This activity has a lot of potential and can help the students rocket towards fluency if the same ideals are reinforced in the classroom. Don't be afraid to use your language! - by Caitlyn Rodriguez

The days I've worked with students in the conversation corner are days I see students expand their potential to use their Spanish language skills outside of academic settings. A few students that have participated share that they happen to use their learned vocabulary with other friends in an attempt to actually converse with someone. I recommend that if a student is interested in conversing (with what s/he knows) with others without using a lesson plan that s/he visit the Foreign Language Lab and take advantage of this feature, which does just that: give an opportunity to practice holding a conversation with a native speaker (or more/other individuals) without depending on a textbook. On a personal note, I like to practice languages other than Spanish and English, and, if I were to study them on campus and a native speaker of each language is in the Foreign Language Lab to help me practice, then I would totally do it! P.S. I'm a Spanish tutor in the Foreign Language Lab, and I understand if Spanish is not your thing. But, give the other languages a shot if that's the case! - by Eduardo Valdez

F o r e i g n L a n g u a g e L e c t u r e S e r i e s D r . F e r n a n d o O . R e a t i T e l l s o f L i f e g r o w i n g u p d u r i n g A r g e n t i n a ’ s “ D i r t y W a r ”

On March 26, what started as an extra credit project for my Spanish class took an interesting turn as being one of the most informative and moving speeches I have ever had the pleasure of hearing regarding the history of Argentina. Dr. Fernando O. Reati, Professor of Spanish and Department Chair for the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Georgia State University, came to Gainesville State College to inform us of his incredible story as a civilian living in Argentina during the Dirty War. A young man at the time, Dr. Reati, was kidnapped by corrupt military officials, or as he recalls them “the hooded men”. Also kidnapped were his close friends and his own parents. For the next four and a half years, Dr. Reati would endure much torture and abuse as the military continued to hide all of their prisoners. During those years, Dr. Reati watched his friend die from severe beatings, witnessed women give birth who were then murdered as their child was taken to military families, and heard the excruciating cries of those on whom electric shock was being performed. Eventually, however, the corruption ended and the prisoners that were not thrown into the sea to drown or be eaten or were killed in some other vicious fashion, were released. Thousands upon thousands of innocent lives were lost. According to Dr. Reati’s recollection, the mothers of the children who were kidnapped then would march around the city wearing diapers on their heads with the child’s name written on the side, calling attention to what people tried to overlook. To this day, frail and fragile, the mothers still walk every Thursday with white bandanas on their heads, as if to say “We remember.” As a result of this tragic event, in honor of those who were taken, the art in Argentina changed. Green Ford Falcons, which werewhat the military personnel would drive during their raids, is prominent in Argentine art. The white bandanas of the victims’ mothers are also prevalent. In an effort to find the best tribute to the over ten thousand lives that were lost, a contest that spanned worldwide began. The winner’s piece is now displayed in a public place where the victims’ families can come and meditate, and where tourists can pay their respects and learn about the tragedies that the country endured. As I sat in the auditorium among some thirty other students and faculty, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of sadness and loss for the citizens of Argentina and all that they had gone through, specifically during the Dirty War. It made me realize that although we live in different countries, we are still the same: mothers, (Continued on p. 6)

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F o r e i g n L a n g u a g e L e c t u r e S e r i e s D r . F e r n a n d o O . R e a t i T e l l s o f L i f e g r o w i n g u p d u r i n g A r g e n t i n a ’ s “ D i r t y W a r ” (continued from p. 5) brothers, friends, even students. It made me appreciate what little I do have and the feeling of safety that I take for granted on a daily basis. On be half of the faculty, staff and students, I want to thank Dr. Reati for coming to GSC to share his experience. I will never forget the lesson I took from his life’s story. -By Johna Hurter

Going into the talk that Dr. Fernando O. Reati gave I was thinking to myself, “well it’s not early in the morning, it’s not too long and it’s extra credit, why not?” And I think that’s how a lot of the other people attending felt as well. But soon I realized I was in for much more than just a little extra credit. Attending this talk helped to open my eyes to what really happened during the Dirty War of Argentina. Being told of the atrocities from Dr. Fernando’s firsthand account made it all real for me, and it showed me the pain that the Argentine people endured. After talking about the things he went through during the war he talked about how the Argentinean people started to turn a corner and instead of hiding from their past they began to accept it and describe the pain that they endured in art. The art he showed was filled not with fear, but empowerment from the pain through which the people of Argentina suffered. Needless to say I got a lot more out of this lecture than I bargained for, and it was well worth going to. -By Joshua Wade

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Sometimes I feel like walking up to someone and saying as if in confession: “Hi, my name is Sarah and I am an Honors student.� I have found that being in the Honors program is like being in an Anonymous support group; people look at you as if you are crazy when you say you volunteered for more work in a foreign language class. But looking back, I really wouldn’t trade the experiences I have had for anything. I studied Spanish for two years in high school, so I had a good grasp on the basics of the language when I enrolled at Gainesville State College. Because I had been homeschooled, I was put in Spanish 1001. That first Spanish class was torturously boring for me; I knew everything that was taught. I really desired to learn more Spanish, but I wanted a challenge. The next semester I decided to take Spanish as an Honors course. Taking Spanish as an honors course offered me more challenges and learning opportunities. I was required to do more work than my classmates, with extra assignments on VHL and also activities like short stories and videos in Spanish that I discussed with the professor after finishing. My professors provided me with extra work to do in-class after I finished the other assignments. I also had more writing assignments in Spanish. All these things really helped me increase my knowledge of Spanish rapidly. My trip to Mexico during Spring Break really showed me that the extra work I had put into learning Spanish had really benefited me. Thus far, I have taken three Spanish courses as Honors classes: Spanish 1002H, Spanish 2001H, and I am currently taking Spanish 2002H. I know some students who have taken more Spanish classes than I have who observed that I seem more comfortable and confident with speaking and writing Spanish than they are, which I attribute to the honors work. Honors classes all have the same basic benefits: smaller classes with more studentteacher interaction, discussion-based or less lecture-based teaching, and thought-provoking assignments. I did research projects on aspects of the culture of Latin America, had discussions with my teachers about videos watched or stories read in Spanish. The Spanish honors classes put me in direct contact with the professors because the assignments often require me to make visits to their offices to discuss assignments. Overall, I feel like my participation in honors Spanish was really beneficial for me. Participating in the Spanish Honors program requires work, but, for me, the benefits outweigh the cost. -by Sarah Plog

My name is Jamie and I am part of the Gainesville State College Honors Program. I chose to join this program in order to enhance my chances of being accepted into Grad school. The honors program has so much to offer, and I am pleased with my decision to participate in it. I have taken 4 honors courses so far and I have loved every one of them. It has been my experience that these classes offer more of a discussion based atmosphere where one has the room to grow and learn rather than being hampered by busy work. They offer hands on projects and discussions that are fun and stimulating. Due to my participation in the honors program, I have also been able to take part in other activities such as CIRCA and have been offered opportunities for scholarships that otherwise may not have existed for me. Last semester, I took the Spanish 1002 class online as an honors student. While I found the course enjoyable and challenging I would recommend taking it on site. I found that the extra assignments as an honors student gave me a chance to look more deeply into the culture and the language. This was both challenging and enjoyable. I will most likely continue to take foreign languages at Gainesville State and will continue to seek the advice and assistance of the Foreign Language Lab. -by Jamie Lamanac

F o r e i g n L a n g u a g e H o n o r s C o u r s e O f f e r i n g s F a l l 2 0 1 2 Foreign Language Honors classes will be offered at both the Gainesville and Oconee Campuses in the Fall Semester o the 2012-2013 Academic year. Student enrolled in the courses will attend a regular class and do enriched readings and assignments to earn honors credit. The following honors courses will be offered: Spanish SPAN 1002 H SPAN 2001 H SPAN 2002 H French FREN 1002 H FREN 2001 H FREN 2002 H For more information about these courses, please contact Dr, Mary Carney at

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My Foreign Language Day experience was an unforgettable event that featured various Spanish -speaking countries. I had to prepare for this event for practically a whole month! In order to get everything ready, I had to work with a group of classmates. I had to decorate a

poster with things about Puerto Rico, because Puerto Rico was the country we had to represent on Foreign Language Day. I was excited when the big day came! I brought the poster, photographs of the country, and many facts about Puerto Rico. The information included things like the names of the national symbols, the country’s folklore, the name of the capital, and other information about the Fortress of San Cristóbal. When I entered the room in which the event was held, I was instantly struck by many brilliant colors, exotic music, and many other cultures different from my own. Then I felt even more excited. Soon the crowds came, and the room was full of people. I visited all the tables representing the different countries (there were about eleven or twelve represented), and I enjoyed eating the international dishes and looking at the specific expressions or idioms of the countries. The represented countries included Argentina, Spain, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, and Panama. I tried barbecued ribs from Argentina, quesadillas from Mexico, rice with sausages from Puerto Rico, flan (a type of custard dessert) from two countries (I believe they were Argentina and Peru), plantain chips made of green Puerto Rican bananas, rice with scrambled eggs, and rice pudding. Everything was delicious! I also saw people dressed in the various countries’ traditional clothing, and I appreciated the interesting differences between their culture and mine. In every way, my Foreign Language Day experience was informative, interesting, and educational, filled with color and the rich expression of Hispanic cultures.

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This year during Spring Break, I had the awesome chance to go on a mission trip to Mexico with the Baptist College Ministry group from GSC. I am studying Foreign Languages at Gainesville State College, and planning on studying Spanish as my major, so this trip was an great opportunity to see the Latin American world. Traveling to another country was breathtaking! We went to Chanchen, a small Mayan village, and painted houses and taught English as a Second Language to the kids. I was the only one in our group who had studied the language beforehand, and I feel like I really got to enjoy the whole trip because of it. I caught the jokes the residents made and could read all the signs, order whatever I wanted at the restaurants, and could communicate with the people. Opportunities opened up because I spoke Spanish; for example a journalist did a brief interview with me about what the group was doing in Mexico. I love studying Spanish at college, but I feel that living in the culture and using Spanish to communicate in daily life taught me a lot more than just studying the language in class. The vocabulary words from basic Spanish classes that seemed somewhat pointless, like towel-toalla, became essential to me when asking the salesperson at Walmart where to look for them. Going to Mexico was an immersion in Spanish. Everything from the music, conversations, newspapers, and signs were in a foreign language, which is very intimidating unless you have studied that language. I would highly recommend traveling abroad to those studying foreign languages. It is a great chance to get to witness the culture as well as the language.

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As one of the presidents of Spanish Club I am passionate of my newfound interest in such rich and exotic cultures. I became involved after seeing that the Spanish Club was one of the most involved on campus by going to the events. From these various events that the club hosted it raised my cultural awareness about the beauty and bilingual need of learning Spanish in my field of study, Social Work. As an example of my learning about these cultures, I have learned to tango because of the Tango Show that the Spanish Club hosted. It was from these many cultural activities that I went and registered for Spanish classes and I enjoy learning such a beautiful language.

For years I didn’t want to learn Spanish and with this attitude`e I didn’t spend much time exposed to the culture. My reason was because I am half Filipino and look Hispanic. As a result people would come up to me speaking in rapid-fire Spanish. One thing I found out quickly is how passionate many Hispanic women are of their culture and would get offended when I told them, ‘No hablo espanol,’ in a really terrible accent. It wasn’t uncommon for shrills of, "No Spanish??!!" to erupt. I could see, what I came to know as, a horrified look of 'shame on your mother' to shroud and swell around like a dark cloud. Of course the sun rose again when I would explain my true heritage. These ladies, really, love their culture and you can feel it, which I came to realize when the Spanish Club introduced me to a world of fiery and striking dances, colorful foods, alluring stories, and engaging fun. The club helped captivate my interest and broke past the stubborn pride of my youth. Now if you are one of the sixty people a year who speak to me in Spanish I promise I can contribute more than those three horribly spoken words.

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The Zumba class was an amazing experience! I really enjoyed learning a new exercise that is from another culture. It helped me understand more about another culture and broadened my view on hispanic culture. I loved how the instructors really showed passion for it and that showed through them while they were teaching us. It definitely made the event a lot more fun! I would love to have the Zumba class more often during one semester because it was so much fun and it was a great way to exercise and help stay in shape!. I also liked that the event got me to interact with some of the people around me and made it able for me to get to know more people. This event helped me in boosting my confidence in something that I did not know anything about before hand and I think now that I can connect with people from a hispanic culture through Zumba. - by Mallory Spratlin This was my first time attempting Zumba. It was surprisingly a lot of fun. It was a fun way to work out. Everyone in the room had a lot of energy and seemed to be having fun also. I don’t think many people had tried Zumba before because we were all laughing at ourselves. It is a very fast paced workout so the time went by very quickly. The instructors made it fun for us by not putting tons of pressure on us to know what we were doing. I left sweating and laughing. It was a fun way to earn extra credit and I have been looking for Zumba classes to attend elsewhere. — by Allye Medina I had never attempted Zumba before attending the extra credit session. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but after arriving and realizing that everyone felt the same way, I was able to relax. Once the music started, things started heating up. I had a hard time keeping up with some of the complex steps, but I learned that if I just kept moving, no one noticed. It was a little awkward and challenging at times, but overall I had a positive experience. Working out can be fun! I have been trying to talk my friends into finding a class. Hopefully I can talk them into joining me because I’m ready to Zumba again. — by E. Mackenzie Lewis

Left— Spanish instructor Tiffany Haymore Oconee Students in a Zumba class. Right - Spanish instructor Belen Eppersonleads Oconee Students in a Zumba class.

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Students arriving at the pinnacle of their studies, that is at the PhD level often enjoy for the first time in years of effort the personal attention of their committee, maybe three or five professors. Coming up through the educational system would typically have involved learning among one teacher and 20 to 40 or even hundreds of students at a time; easy to get lost or just ignored in any standard classroom setting. Once at the graduate level one could expect groups of 10 or less in a typical course probing the same interests with the teacher; better odds of learning. If your interests at GSC involve foreign language and linguistic studies you can go ahead and experience the small class settings so prized in our educational system. Through NASILP (the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs), GSC is able to offer Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and even some sections of French, German and Spanish in these small highly desirable classroom groups. A NASILP course is identical to any language course in cost, credit, days and meeting times, textbook usage, content coverage etc. The difference is that the course is taught in most cases by a native language speaker throughout the semester, and then a PhD professor is brought in to give the final exam. It would be hard to find a better learning environment than a NASILP course – unless you are planning on graduate studies. In either case you can already get more for your money by taking a course in our less commonly taught languages. If you have questions contact the NASILP coordinator Dr. Steven Crawford at

T r a n s l a t i o n C e r t i f i c a t e B y M a r k W o z n i a k I I The Spanish Translation Certificate combines great class content with real-world experience. The classes and professors are great to work with and have insight and experience that has made my experience in the program fun and rewarding. The program combines translation theory and practice with the necessary tools to develop an individual’s abilities, preparing students for future translation studies. All of the classes required for the certificate as well as those offered as electives in the program have helped me to build a strong foundation in translation. The coursework and experience I have gained during my time in this program have grown my understanding of the many complexities of translation and have prepared me for an exciting future diving deeper into the world of translation and foreign language studies.




Editor-in-Chief: Ryan N. Boylan

The goal of this publication is to keep the facul-

Advisor: Dr. Amye R. Sukapdjo

ville State College aware of the breadth of expe-

ty, staff and especially the students of Gainesriences that are going on in the Foreign Lan-

Faculty Contributor: Dr. Steven Crawford

guage Program. This program is still young and

Student contributors: Jill Bowen, Crystal Hamilton, Johna Hurter, Jamie Lamanac, E. Mackenzie Lewis, Allye Medina, Sarah Plog, Jacob Prochaska, Eduardo Rendon, Caitlyn Rodriguez, Mallory Spratlin, Alyssa Stone, Eduardo Valdez, Joshua Wade, Mark Wozniak II

growing and as it does, look to Linguae et Litterae for all pertinent news.

L i n g u i s t i c s : B r i d g i n g L a n g u a g e B a r r i e r s B y J a c o b P r o c h a s k a It has been proven that second language acquisition is more easily obtainable throughout the early stages of adolescence. While this is true, not all hope is lost for adults who desire to learn any second language. Many words between languages are cognates, or sound very similar in both languages. However, there is also an abundance of words that truly just take repeated practice and memorization. Not many people enjoy just sitting down and going over flash cards until they are prepared to regurgitate the information onto a quiz or test. This is where the linguistics class takes over and makes learning these foreign languages almost like solving a puzzle. Throughout the course of Linguistics students learn the three major components of all languages! The first of these components is phonology, which is the study of sounds. Within the course students get to hear foreign languages spoken and actively participate in practicing the phonetics of languages including Arabic, Russian, Icelandic, and English. The second component of languages that students learn is morphology. Morphology studies the smallest unit of a word that still retains a meaning. The third and final component of languages is syntax, which allows students to learn the order of words within any sentence. Syntax is very useful upon learning any new language, it allows students to be able to speak and write sentences correctly. Linguistics is a class that allows students to have a greater comprehension of any foreign language. While many college students have trouble understanding a new language, the linguistics class helps bridge these language barriers.

Foreign Languages Newsletter Spring 2012  


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