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Huhn Named Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association: Outstanding Post-Secondary Language Educator

Foreign Language Professor Christine Huhn named PSMLA Outstanding Language Educator (Post-Secondary) by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association.

Certificate in Spanish for Safety Sciences Now Offered

The Department of Foreign Languages now offers a specialized certificate for Spanish in health, construction, restaurant , and agriculture careers.

Zambrano-Paff and Huhn Present on ‘Mi enfoque’

Marjorie Zambrano-Paff and Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages, presented “‘Mi enfoque’: Empowering Students through High-Leverage Teaching Practices” at the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association conference, October 13–16, 2021.

Huhn Publishes Research on Teacher Educator Classroom Practices

Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages, Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages (Spanish Education), recently published a research article: Reframing my practices: reconsidering post-secondary World Language education in the most recent issue of Teacher Development.

Need to Complete Your Humanities Literature Requirement?

FNLG 121 is taught in English with a focus on literature from cultures outside of the United States. FNLG 121 meets the same requirements as ENGL 121.

Huhn co-facilitates networking session at State Language Conference

Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages (Spanish), and co-presenter Junko Yamamato (Slippery Rock University) facilitated a session entitled “University K-12 collaboration: Promoting language study and teacher education together!”, an annual networking session at the PA State Language Association annual conference.

Smith-Sherwood Publishes Research on Use of Integrated Performance Assessment

Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Department of Foreign Languages, and co-author Mark Darhower published their research essay “Bridging the Language-Literature Divide via Integrated Performance Assessments in an Introductory Hispanic Literature Course” in the September 2021 issue of Hispania, the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Huhn Moderates Panel on Advocating for Extended Study and World Language Teachers

Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages, served as moderator on February 23 for a panel titled “Advocating for Extended Study and WL Teachers in PA: Strengthening the Pipeline,” formed as part of a month-long effort in support of Advocacy Month during February 2021 by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association.

Huhn Publishes Research on World-Language Teacher Education

Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages, co-authored an article titled “Issues in world language teacher preparation: ACTFL/CAEP standards and oral proficiency.”

Smith-Sherwood Publishes Co-Edited Book on Women and Science in Spanish Culture

Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Department of Foreign Languages (Spanish) recently published A Laboratory of Her Own: Women and Science in Spanish Culture (Vanderbilt University Press 2021) with co-editors Victoria Ketz (LaSalle University, Philadelphia) and Debra Faszer-McMahon (Seton Hill University, Greensburg).

Liu Presents on History of Using Technology in Teaching Chinese as Foreign/Second Language

Shijuan Liu presented “An Examination of the History of Using Technology in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign/Second Language (Before the Computer Era)” at the first International Conference on the Developmental History of Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language, organized by the National Tsinghua University, Taiwan, December 18–19, 2020.

Liu Gives Invited Online Lecture at Waseda University, Japan

Shijuan Liu gave an online lecture upon invitation from the faculty of Political Science and Economics in Waseda University, Japan, on December 16, 2020, via Zoom. The title of her lecture was “Hybrid Flexible (Hyflex) Teaching and Learning in the United States.”

Liu Publishes on Nontraditional Path to Learning Chinese Language

Shijuan Liu published “Learning the Chinese language on a non-traditional path: a case study” in the Language Learning Journal.

Appalachian Professional Language Educators' Society Hosts 2020 Fall Workshop

On October 3, 2020, the Appalachian Professional Language Educators’ Society (APPLES) hosted its annual fall event in conjunction with its fall membership meeting. This year’s event was titled “E-Portfolios and ACTFL Can-Do Statements.” Christina Huhn serves as the organization’s president.

Annual Celebration of Chinese Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival Held Online

The annual celebration of Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as Moon Festival) was successfully held online via Zoom in the evening of September 30, 2020.

Smith-Sherwood and Co-Authors Publish Multi-Institutional Research on Faculty Experience of Capstones

Professor of Spanish Dawn Smith-Sherwood and co-authors recently published an article titled “Multi-Institutional Survey of Faculty Experiences Teaching Capstones” in College Teaching.

Chinese Language Student Receives Scholarship from National Project Go Program

Trinity Miller, a criminology major and ROTC cadet who studied the Chinese language through the IUP Department of Foreign Languages during her freshman year 2019–20, has received admission with full scholarship from Project Global Officer (Project GO).

Smith-Sherwood Publishes Chapter in MLA's Approaches to Teaching the Works of Miguel de Unamuno

Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Department of Foreign Languages (Spanish), recently published the chapter “Unamuno’s San Manuel Bueno, mártir: An Integrated Performance Assessment Approach” in the Modern Language Association’s Approaches to Teaching the Works of Miguel de Unamuno.

Smith-Sherwood and Rhodes Publish Study of Integrated Performance Assessment Use in L2 Literature Course

Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Department of Foreign Languages (Spanish), and Sean Rhodes, Applied Research Lab (research associate), recently published the article “Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and the Impact of IPA-Informed Instruction on Student Writing Proficiency in the Presentational Mode: Findings from a Pilot SoTL Study” in MIFLC Review (vol. 19, Fall 2018–19).

Huhn Named Co-editor of State World Language Educator's Journal

Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages, has been named co-editor of the Pennsylvania Language Forum (PLF), serving with co-editor Nathan Campbell of Manheim Central High School.