Excerpt from the article, “Native speakers or heritage speakers should also consider living in the Casa Hispana,” says native Spanish speaker Anna Paneda, a junior foreign language education major who has lived in the house since her sophomore year. She adds that it’s also the perfect community for students who “want to submerge themselves in the Spanish language but may not be able to take the opportunity to travel abroad.”
And, with travel and study abroad at a virtual standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, those opportunities are especially scarce these days.
That’s why tools like TalkAbroad – which facilitates conversations between students and speakers around the world – are so crucial. The service has been used in many CofC Spanish classes over the years – but, last semester, it occurred to Gómez and senior Hispanic studies instructor Devon Hanahan that TalkAbroad could be applied in Casa Hispana, too.
“We had just installed this brand-new 50-inch TV with a camera and a dedicated PC, so it just made perfect sense for the Casa residents to use it as a portal for communicating and interacting with other cultures,” says Hanahan, who serves as the director of Casa Hispana. “We figured that, if our students can’t go to them, we’ll bring them to us.”
When Hanahan reached out to TalkAbroad about the idea, the company loved it – and even provided a grant to cover the service.
“Adding TalkAbroad conversations into the schedule for the Casa Hispana was a really unique and exciting idea,” says Todd Nichols, CEO of TalkAbroad. “We’re thrilled to support the experiment, and I can really see the conversations adding a dynamic and unique element to the language immersion experience and the growth of students as global citizens.”
Excerpt from the College TODAY, “Since the last German-American Business Summit (GABS) in February of 2020 a lot has happened at the College of Charleston, and we’re not just talking about the pandemic. Last fall, the College began offering its first-ever major in engineering – systems engineering – with some of the 200-plus German companies in the Palmetto state helping to design the curriculum.
“This year we are pivoting to a virtual event and are looking forward to the chance to cast a wider net in terms of audience participants, as well as panelists, who will join us from locations throughout the U.S. and in Germany,” says Morgan Koerner, the chair of the Department of German and Russian Studies who founded the event.”
The M.Ed. in Languages Program at the College of Charleston is pleased to share their first-ever newsletter with you!
They’re hoping to be able to produce regular newsletters to share information about the ESOL and Spanish graduate programs twice yearly. If you have news or updates to contribute, please let them know! You may contact
Emily S. Beck, Ph.D.
Director, M.Ed. in Languages (ESOL and Spanish)
Director, ESOL Certificate Program firstname.lastname@example.org.
They would also like to thank all who contributed to the newsletter and a special thanks to the graduate assistant, Tolly Stewart, for all her hard work in bringing this to fruition.
LCWA is happy to promote Michael Overholt, Instructional Technologist and The Teaching and Learning Team (TLT) for LCWA, latest podcast Ponticuli.
A conversation with Dr. Margaret Keneman, from French, Francophone, and Italian Studies. Their conversations emerge from Dr. Keneman’s thoughts on the relationship between globally connected courses and the College of Charleston’s prestigious study abroad program. Click the link below to listen!
After four decades of distinctive service, the EastWest Institute’s (EWI) Board of Directors has resolved to establish a partnership with the College of Charleston to preserve the legacy of EWI visionary founder and leader, the late John Edwin Mroz; transition its programs to four new organizations to secure their continuity; and discontinue operation under the current business model, effective Jan. 31, 2021.
Congratulations to nine students from the College of Charleston who successfully completed the annual Southern Regional Model UN (SRMUN) conference held on October 23-25. Participation in this conference was part of the experiential learning course POLI 261-Model United Nations, taught by Professor Kovalov. In the past, Professor Kovalov took students for SRMUN to Atlanta for a 3-day event but the pandemic pushed organizers to look for safer ways to engage students in diplomacy. This was the first virtual SRMUN conference via zoom and students enjoyed this experience. In fact, several students commented that the virtual conference exceeded their expectations. Our students represented the delegation of the Russian Federation and they spent the first part of the fall 2020 semester learning about the UN, global issues, international diplomacy, the rules of the debate, and Russia’s foreign policy. The College of Charleston delegation included Gabrielle Carter, Macie Hardin, Hunter Harvey-Montano, Jordan Mercer, Gracie Pace, Savannah Petrelli, Sophia Stoios, Kara Swider, and Caroline Walker. Gabrielle Carter was recognized with the Best Delegate Award in the Economic and Social Council.
Check out more about the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) at their website www.srmun.org
The International Lab (JC Long 401B) has been a long time coming but you will find that it was worth the wait. It is a great teaching space with high-end functionality. The investment and ingenuity in the Lab is evident – cutting edge acoustics with easy remote capability.
Check out the latest article in the College TODAY, “Learning Our Way: How Professors Are Maximizing Hybrid Teaching” where Hispanic Studies instructor Fenner Hoell is a feature of how faculty at CofC are maximizing online education!
The School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs and the Charleston Library Society present The Ambassador’s Corner.
Ambassador William J. Burns in Conversation with Ambassador Jim Melville: The International Landscape and the State of American Diplomacy.
Ambassador Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, Career Ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary of State. Ambassador Burns is author of the bestselling book, The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal (Random House, 2019). The book was awarded the Douglas Dillon Book Award by the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is also a contributing writer at The Atlantic. Ambassador Burns speaks Russian, Arabic, and French, and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards. He is author of Economic Aid and American Policy Toward Egypt, 1955-1981 (SUNY Press, 1985). He is a recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
WHAT IS THE AMBASSADOR’S CORNER?
The Ambassador’s Corner, a partnership between the College of Charleston’s School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs and the Charleston Library Society, promotes informed dialogue about today’s pressing global interests. The program brings together accomplished, high-profile leaders from international affairs for a conversation led by the College of Charleston’s own Ambassador James D. Melville, Jr. As a veteran diplomat with over 30 years of experience in the Foreign Service, he is the perfect host for an evening of lively discussion with renowned leaders.
We invite you to join the conversation.
Listen, Discuss, Engage