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Spring 2011

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 G S C SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST: GSC well represented at 2011 FLAG, SECCLL and GATA Conferences Dr. Leslie Worthington named new EFL Department Chair 2010 GSC Faculty Member of the Year Mr. Garry Merritt delivers address at Honors Day EFL Department going online in Fall „11 French Program is going strong

W e l l R e p r e s e n t e d a t F . L . A . G . A n n u a l C o n f e r e n c e By Joe LaValle

Five GSC instructors gave the foreign language department a strong presence at the Foreign Language Association of Georgia‟s annual conference March 4 and 5 in Atlanta. Our instructors gave a total of six presentations of their research and pedagogical techniques to over 400 FLAG members. This ranked GSC second in number of presentations given by Georgia colleges and universities represented: KSU 9; Georgia


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State 5; North GA 4; GA Gwinnett , Emory University, UGA, and Georgia Southern 2


each; and Georgia Perimeter, Gordon College, Georgia

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College and State University,

UWG, and VSU 1 each. On Friday, Garry Merritt gave a presentation of innovative

vie francais: A French Identity Project,” and Ryan Boylan and Joe LaValle co-presented

methods of course transition

“Making the World Your

entitled “Practical Transitions

Classroom,” a discussion of

Through Vocabulary: A Bridge for

methods of taking cultural

Discussion.” Dale Crandall

studies outside the classroom

followed with a description of

via field trips and study abroad

one of his classroom strategies


entitled “Fur & Feathers: How Pets Can Reinforce Grammar.” Joe LaValle then introduced his research area with “„Real‟ Language: Interdisciplinary Activities Among Intermediate Students of Spanish and ESL for Vernacular Language Acquisition.” In the Saturday session, Dr. Amye Sukapdjo spoke on “Ma

As you can see, the foreign language faculty at GSC is dedicated to the production of research and innovative pedagogical experimentation to make our students‟ learning experience as state-of the-art as possible and share their production with other institutions to enhance the field of foreign language education.

F o r e i g n L a n g u a g e s W e l l R e p r e s e n t e d a t S E C C L L By Dr. Amye Sukapdjo Foreign Languages had strong representation at the 8th annual SouthEast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures (SECCLL), held March 31-April 1 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Four foreign language faculty members from the GSC Department of English and Foreign Languages presented. Associate Professor Dr. Matías Perez-Miñambres presented his paper entitled, «La idea de progreso y la metafora del viaje en la poesia modernista y vanguardista.» Assistant Professor Joe W. Lavalle and Spanish Instructor Ryan N. Boylan co-presented «Making the World Your Classroom» and individually

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chaired several panel sessions. Additionally, Ryan N. Boylan presented his paper entitled, «Pío Baroja: El árbol de la ciencia o la búsqueda del sentido de la vida.» Lecturer of French, Dr. Amye R. Sukapdjo, presented her paper, «La Restauration Rapide: An Affront to the Collective Cultural Memory of French Cuisine.»

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L e t t e r Hola! Guten Tag! Bonjour! Salve! As another semester approaches its end, we must take a moment to reflect on the past semester and year and prepare for the coming Summer and beyond. Well, this academic year, and this semester in particular, have seen some big changes, all of which will lead the Foreign Languages Program at GSC to greater heights! Dr. Leslie Worthington was named the new EFL Department Chair in January, Joe LaValle accepted the position of Foreign Language Coordinator and

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Garry Merritt accepted the position of coordinator of the NASILP, Foreign Languages Program. Finally, I accepted the position as Editor-in-Chief of the Foreign Language Newsletter. I have not reinvented the wheel, per se, but tried to put together the best and most comprehensive publication possible. Hopefully this vision will keep everybody informed of all of the goings-on in Foreign Languages at GSC. So what does all of this mean for Foreign Languages at GSC? It means the sky is the limit! Foreign Languages at

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GSC continue to grow by leaps and bounds. At the end of the Summer, we will have perhaps our biggest change in recent memory—our move into the brand new state-of-the-art Academic IV building! This will provide a new beginning and, for the first time in a long time, bring us all together in one place so that we can really work closely as a department should in order to ensure our students get the education they need, want and so richly deserve. Best of luck to all on a strong finish to the semester. Sincerely, Ryan N. Boylan

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Last fall Dr. Steven Crawford, working in his specialty le poème en prose, analyzed Dr. Fabienne Moore‟s 2009 book: Prose Poems of the French Enlightenment: Delimiting Genre and had this review published in the scholarly journal NineteenthCentury French Studies fall-winter 2010-2011. Eric Skipper‟s edited volume on Laura Esquivel‟s Like Water for Chocolate was published in December. The book, A Recipe for Discourse: Perspectives on Like Water for Chocolate, is a collection of essays on Mexican author Laura Esquivel‟s international best-seller and blockbuster film. Cover art is by GSC‟s Kline Howell (Foreign Language Lab, Oconee Campus). Ryan Boylan, Sara Burns, Joe LaValle, and Dana Nichols, Spanish faculty, are all recognized in the “Acknowledgements” pages of a new Spanish textbook called Experience Spanish. They all participated in a focus group for the text in Atlanta, and Dana and Ryan also contributed book reviews. Dan, Sara and Ryan have also been working tirelessly piloting the book in their 1001 and 1002 classes. Ryan Boylan, Instructor of Spanish, has published his first article in the peer reviewed FLAG (Foreign Language Association of Georgia) Journal. The Fall semester‟s German Film Series was a success. Drs. Amye Sukapdjo and Steven Crawford (Humanities & Fine Arts) were able to make a $130 donation to a very thankful group of volunteers at the South Hall Community Food Pantry. Dr. Amye Sukapdjo was re-elected to serve on the Board of the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG). She is the Post-Secondary Member-At-Large, and her second term will run from March 2011 to 2013. Leslie Worthington, along with Gloria Bennett and Dorothy Blais, formed a panel entitled “Women Who Write: Three Genres from Three North Georgia Writers” and presented creative work, each from a different genre, at The Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Culture, and Scholarship in Morristown, Tennessee. Leslie read from her poetry collection, Portrait of a Woman. Gloria read an excerpt from her short story collection, The Tanya Stories. Next, the three of them read a scene from Dorothy‟s play, Pushing Forty, a full-length comedy. Dr. Dana Nichols is recognized in the “Acknowledgements” page of Pearson's How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction (3rd ed.) for her constructive critique of that text. On Feb. 16, Mark Swindle gave a lecture on Case Grammar to Prof. Dale Crandall's SPAN 2903 (Spanish Translation Practice) class. The lecture was well received by the students. Joe Lavalle published his first article, a book review of the Spanish textbook Viva, in the NECTFL Journal.

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By Ryan Boylan In December, Dr. Leslie Worthington, Professor of English, was named the new Chair for the Department of English and Foreign Languages. Among her other services to Gainesville State College, she serves as the Distance Education LiaIson for the Department and is the advisor for the Chestatee Review, the student Literary publication. She recently sat down for an interview with Linguae et Litterae to discuss her new position. LL: What do you teach and how long have you been at GSC? LW: I teach English: Composition, American Literature, World Literature, Creative Writing, etc. This is my fourth

year at GSC. LL: Why did you want to be chairperson? LW: I like serving the students, the faculty and the college. I like helping people accomplish their goals. I like being busy. Being chair is definitely being busy. LL: As Department Chair, what are some of your duties? LW: With the help of the coordinators, the chair creates the schedule. Since I started, a major initiative has been to observe faculty in the classroom. I am also responsible for hiring faculty, setting up committees to work on projects, assisting faculty as we develop new courses and programs, representing our department on

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college-wide committees, and mainly helping the students and faculty with whatever they need to meet their goals or do their jobs. I donâ€&#x;t think you have the space to list all that a chair does. :-) LL: What do you like about the EFL Department as it is today? LW: I like our commitment to helping students. As part of this commitment to students, Dr. Worthington has been a key player in adding hybrid and online English and Spanish courses for the Fall. Thank you, Dr. Worthington, for taking on such a tremendous responsibility and handling it with grace.

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Last year I received the Anne Matthews Purdy Outstanding GSC Faculty award. Consequently, for this yearâ€&#x;s Honors Day ceremony, I was asked to address our students who were recognized for having excelled scholastically or for having shown remarkable service or leadership skills. I have also been asked to share the principal thought of that brief speech in our Foreign Language newsletter. Students are on an academic journey which, hopefully, will lead to a prosperous professional career. Unforeseen obstacles often make the journey difficult, which may be due to financial problems, sickness, or even the death of a loved one. No one escapes obstacles in the greater journey of life. Thankfully and hopefully, there are individuals along the way who help us. It could be a professor, a tutor, a dedicated staff member, family member, or friend who somehow is there to help us through the tough times. These individuals should not be forgotten, for they provide encouragement at times when one might wish to give up. I asked those who were honored not to forget to help others while they continue their academic and/or professional journey. Lastly, I shared that years before, I had once sat where they were, and that many persons had helped me along the way when I contemplated giving up. I am a teacher now, and I love to teach. When possible, I endeavor to help my students because I know it can be tough being where they are. Though I have had a modicum of success, I am still journeying, but through all the obstacles that I have endured, my greatest source of strength came from knowing Christ, for He has helped me to be who I am. I thanked the students for listening and told them it had been my privilege to share from my heart.


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D e a p r t m e n t o f E n g l i s h a n d F o r e i g n L a n g u a g e s g o e s O n l i n e By Kristen Kelly The GSC Department of English and Foreign Languages is offering many new opportunities for hybrid and fully online courses for Fall Semester 2011. Please remember these unique opportunities during registration. Hybrid Course: Students spend one day per week in the regular classroom discussing course material and engaging in learning activities. Students spend the other class day completely online in discussion and writing activities. Online Course: Students engage in ALL learning activities online with the professor facilitating class discussions. This class provides great time flexibility while delivering high quality instruction. Some online courses may require a face-to-face final exam. English Hybrid 5322 0930-1045 T ENGL 1101 Ng, Laura 5324 0930-1045 R ENGL 1101 Ng, Laura 5338 1230-1345 (T) ENGL 1101 Carney, Mary 5340 1230-1345 (R) ENGL 1101 Carney, Mary 5352 1400-1515 (T) ENGL 1101 Turner, Stacy 5355 1400-1515 (R) ENGL 1101 Mitchell, Phillip 5332 1100-1215 (T) ENGL 1102 Bennett, Gloria 5336 1100-1215 (R) ENGL 1102 Bennett, Gloria 5347 1230-1345 (T) ENGL 2111 Strickland, Brad 5349 1230-1345 (R) ENGL 2111 Strickland, Brad 5363 1730-1845 (T) ENGL 2112 Gilstrap, S. 5357 1400-1515 (T) ENGL 2132 Turlington, A. 5360 1400-1515 (R) ENGL 2132 Turlington, A.

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English Online 5377 ENGL 1101 Kelly, Kristin 5379 ENGL 1102 Mitchell, Phillip 5382 ENGL 2112 Worthington, L. Spanish Hybrid 5490 1315-1430 (M) SPAN 1001 Boylan, Ryan 5491 1315-1430 (W) SPAN 1001 Boylan, Ryan Spanish Online 5542 SPAN 1002 Boylan, Ryan

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by ryan boylan For the second semester in a row, Spanish students from all three campuses travelled together beyond the classroom for a true cultural experience. Last semester they went to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to see the “Dali: The Late Works” exhibit. This semester, on Friday, April 15, they went to Athens to the University of Georgia to take in a live Spanish music concert given by the Orquestra de Guitar de Barcelona. This group brings together twenty-five of Spain's most gifted guitarists led by Sergi Vicente. The Orquestra came to the U.S. in 2010 and is back for another tour. This was an unforgettable experience!

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By Kline Howell Lab activity participation is very important in that it is counted as twenty-five percent of the semester grade in Spanish. The Foreign Language Lab in room 531 of the Student Resource Center on the Oconee Campus is an important facility for GSC Spanish students. The Lab is presently manned by tutors Dr. Kline Howell, Daniel Alzate and Pinya Pineiros and is equipped with five computer stations for student use. The Language Lab was established in order to facilitate various language activities required by instructors as well as to lend support to students in completing homework assignments and other tasks required for successful completion of coursework. As mandated by the Spanish Department, students are to engage in oral communication activities and online assignments to fulfill course requisites.

Oconee students are to spend fifteen minutes weekly practicing conversations based on a list of departmental questions or questions on online videos which are digital components of each textbook chapter. In addition, they may work on Rosetta Stone Spanish on the computers in the lab. Free conversations in Spanish are another option for oral-aural activities, and although online homework assignments may be performed in the Language Lab, they may completed at home also. The staff in the Foreign Language Lab is eager to help students with their specific needs. Please take advantage of our services and let us help you with your class requirements and specific individual needs.


U.S. Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) introduced a proclamation in June 2003 designating the years 2004 and 2005 as "Years of Foreign Language Study." Over these two years, “foreign language study is promoted and expanded in elementary schools, secondary schools, institutions of higher learning, business, and government programs” (Senate Resolution 170, 2003). The purpose of the proclamation has been to celebrate the nation‟s multilingual heritage and to promote the value of learning foreign languages in the 21st century (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2003). Taking into consideration this Resolution, it has been possible to celebrate Foreign Language Day since 2004. Oconee Campus was brought to life with a vast variety of different cultures on March 30, 2011. The fascinating traditions, foods, and history of Spanish speaking countries were well presented by our students, whose extraordinary efforts culminated in a festival that we shall long remember. The festival of eleven Spanish-speaking countries was filled with the bright colors of flags, music, handicrafts, beautiful native objects, several Hispanic dishes, interesting posters, typical attire, and a variety of language demonstrations. Sara Burns thanks all faculty, administrators and students who made our Foreign Language Day such a success.

Oconee Spanish students celebrate Foreign Language Day on March 30, 2011. Photo courtesy of Prof. Sara Burns.

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Recently, Linguae et Litterae sat down with one of the Foreign

Cuban heritage got me interested in

passed away when I was young, had a

studying Spanish.

great influence on my wanting to be a

Language Programâ€&#x;s many adjunct

teacher, to help guide young people

professors, Spanish instructor

LL: How long have you been teaching

toward being wise adults. My mom, who

Judson Bridges. Mr. Bridges is a

at Gainesville State College?

raised my brother and me after my father

much-acclaimed Spanish teacher

JB: This is my 6th year at GSC.

passed away, taught me to be careful

who splits his time between Collins

and wise in making decisions. My friends

Hill High School, where he also

LL: Why did you choose to come to

in Miami, whom I met traveling many

serves as Spanish Department Chair,


years ago, helped me find my true calling

and GSC. He was featured in The

as a Spanish teacher. If I had never met

University of Georgiaâ€&#x;s College of

JB: Six years ago, I was finished with

them, I would probably be teaching math

Education magazine in 2007.

graduate school (at least for a while)

right now. They and their family are now

and wanted a new challenge outside

among my best of friends and like a

of my high school job. A friend of

second family to me.

LL: What do you teach?

mine was beginning as a Latin JB: I teach evening Spanish courses

Adjunct at GSC, and he told me that

LL: Is there anything else you would like to

at GSC, and I teach Spanish during

GSC was looking for Spanish


the day at Collins Hill High School.

Adjuncts. The rest is history. JB: I love being a Spanish teacher, and I

LL: What levels do you teach?

LL: What do you do in your leisure

can't really imagine myself doing anything


else. I like being able to show students

JB: I've taught SPAN 1001, 1002,

that learning another language, although

2001, and 2002 . At Collins Hill, I

JB: What leisure time? My favorite

not easy, can be fun and rewarding. I try

teach AP Spanish Language courses.

pastime is travel and adventure.

to make sure my classes are engaging,

"Roughing-it" travel is my favorite. I

active, and fun.

LL: What drew you to teaching in the

spend 7 to 8 weeks every summer

first place?

traveling through some part of the world. This summer, I'll be spending

JB: Everyone in my family is a

seven weeks traveling between

teacher or is in education. My father

Mexico City and San Jose, Costa

was a high school teacher and


administrator, my mom worked in a middle school Media Center, and my

LL: Who do you consider among the

brother is an elementary school gym

most influential people in your life,

teacher. I really didn't have any

especially in your teaching career,

choice but education. But I had

and why?

planned on being a Math teacher until I met some people from Miami

JB: Several people have greatly

who changed my life and whose

influenced my life. My father, who

To read more about Judson Bridges, please go to docs/coe_2007_all_pages

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By Dr. Steven Crawford The French department continues to enjoy consistent increases in enrollment over the past couple of years. In fact, an analysis by Dr. Sukapdjo of Banner Web statistics shows French at a five-year high of 15 students per section average. Students can expect a quality and consistent experience in their French studies at GSC where, unlike at larger state universities, all teaching is delivered by PhD faculty. The aforementioned Dr. Amye Sukapdjo continues to perform her duties on the Foreign Language Association of Georgia‟s (FLAG) administrative council as “Post-Secondary Member-at-large.” She recently presented an Interest Session entitled: “Ma vie française: A French Identity Project” at the annual FLAG conference in Atlanta. Toward the end of March, she presented a paper at the Southeast Coastal Conference of Languages & Literatures (SECCLL) entitled “La Restauration Rapide: An Affront to the Collective Cultural Memory of French Cuisine.” Last fall Dr. Crawford, working in his specialty, le poème en prose, analyzed Dr. Fabienne Moore‟s 2009 book, Prose Poems of the French Enlightenment: Delimiting Genre and had this review published in the scholarly journal NineteenthCentury French Studies fall-winter 2010-2011.

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By Dr. Steven Crawford This group meets monthly each semester with the goal of rubbing shoulders with some not-so-familiar topics pertaining to French culture. Historically, we have had trivia contests, a cheese tasting, a crêpe tasting, and a look at French comics, and have played pétan que, a great outdoor game. Most recently, we visited (virtually) two of Paris‟ numerous museums, le musée d‟Orsay and le musée du Louvre. Students then tried their hand at imitating some of the great masters‟ famous works of art. Coming up, we will continue to survey French contributions in art, music and film.

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By Cheryl Harris On Saturday, February 26, 2011, staff members Cheryl A. Harris, Carrie Wills, Dean Lieburn, and Renee Thompson attended the Georgia Tutoring Association‟s (GATA) 11th Annual Conference held in Macon, Georgia. Also in attendance were student tutors Alicia Calderon, Barbara Morrison, Kristela Ortiz, Kattariya Smith, and Juan Olvera. Attendees sat in on various workshops presented by professionals in the field of tutoring from various USG institutions and the business world. We were also able to network with fellow professional and student tutors and administrators throughout the day.

As former president of GATA and FL Lab Coordinator, Cheryl A. Harris participated in the Coordinators/ Directors‟ Business Meeting during a morning session and a Best Practices in Tutoring Roundtable Discussion for GATA Administrators in an afternoon session. During lunch, attendees waited anxiously for their number to be called out for a door prize. Thanks to Jackie Mauldin and the GSC bookstore for the wonderful donations. Because of the volume of prizes she gave us for the conference, all of the attendees were able to receive a memento that day.



The goal of this publication is to keep the faculty, staff and especially the students of Gainesville State College aware of the breadth of experiences that are going on in the Foreign Language Program. This program is still young and

Editor-in-Chief: Mr. Ryan N. Boylan

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

Advisors: Mr. Joe LaValle and Dr. Leslie Worthington Contributors: Dr. Dorina Apahidean, Mr. Judson Bridges, Mrs. Sara Burns, Dr. Steven Crawford, Mrs. Cheryl Harris, Mr. Kline Howell, Mr. Garry Merritt, Dr. Amye Sukapdjo

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By Dr. Dorina Apahidean This 18-hour certificate program will provide students with a general, academic background and hands-on experience in translation. It can be taken as a standalone program or in conjunction with another major. The program will develop skills in the areas of written and oral communication, and it will emphasize community involvement, cultural sensitivity and global awareness. Students will gain experience in the translation of medical, legal, business/financial and general literature documents. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to apply language-related skills in a variety of professional venues such as businesses, medical facilities, courts, law enforcement and social services agencies, education and other job scenarios requiring fluency in English and Spanish. The program supports the mission of the Department of English and Foreign Languages to prepare students for the multicultural, multilingual world in which they live. The program is open to all majors.

Required Courses (12 hours) SPAN 3800 Foundations of Translation SPAN 3820 Translation Practice SPAN 3125 Spanish Composition Culture requirement: SPAN 3230 Introduction to Cultures of Spain OR SPAN 3240 Introduction to Latin American Cultures Elective Courses (6 hours) LING 2010 Introduction to Linguistics SPAN 3121 Spanish Conversation SPAN 2122 Readings for Oral and Written Communication SPAN 3270 Introduction to Literature SPAN 3450 Commercial Spanish SPAN 3460 Medical Spanish SPAN 3500 Spanish Sound and Script COMM 3050 Intercultural Communication Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 2002 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher. Exit requirements: 1. Obtain an overall GPA of 2.5 for certificate courses, with a minimum of C in each course. 2. Pass an exit examination upon completion of the courses.

Fall 2011 SPAN 3800 SPAN 3230 SPAN 3125 SPAN 3450 SPAN 2122 LING 2010 Spring 2012 SPAN 3820 (Prerequisite: SPAN 3800) SPAN 3240 SPAN 3460 SPAN 3121 COMM 3050 LING 2010

Faculty Contacts: Leslie Worthington, Chair, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Joe Lavalle, Foreign Languages Program Coordinator, Dorina Apahidean, Dale Crandall,

Note: A minimum of 12 hours must be taken at GSC.

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Dr. Dana Nichols , Associate Professor of English and Spanish, is leaving GSC at the end of this Semester to pursue new adventures. We wish her all the best.

Foreign Language Newsletter 2011  

Gainesville State College Foreign Language Newsletter for Spring 2011