FREN 490: The French Language Today: Exploring French and Francophone Culture Through Linguistics

One of the key goals of the College of Charleston’s academic mission is to provide students with the global and interdisciplinary perspectives needed to address 21st century issues. Additionally, the Institute of International Education (IIE) has ranked CofC as the No. 5 institution in the United States among the Top 40 master’s-level colleges and universities for the total number of study-abroad participants. With study abroad being severely restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, this project will use collaborative online international learning (COIL) / virtual exchanges to fill a void that might be caused in regard to this aspect of the College’s mission.

This particular project is also aligned with an element of the strategic plan that was just recently unveiled by the College’s new president, Andrew Hsu. Specifically, part of the strategic plan towards academic distinction calls to “increase and enhance global experiential learning opportunities and incentivize broad participation.” Even irrespective of what is going on with the pandemic, providing cost-effective options to study abroad can help increase participation, which might be accomplished by conducting this particular project. As has been illustrated by Generation Study Abroad and other similar initiatives, it is important to mobilize increase and diversify the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to study abroad, which this project hopes to do.

Specifically, this project will use a variety of virtual exchanges to provide a kind of “virtual study abroad experience” to undergraduates enrolled in an advanced French content course (French 490) at the College of Charleston (CofC) in Charleston, South Carolina as well as university students studying English at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CLA) in Besançon, France.

The first part of the exchange entails a series of virtual presentations given by scholars at the CLA to enhance the academic component of French 490 at CofC. These virtual presentations are already supported thanks to funds generously provided by the Global Education Initiative/Global Leadership Institute housed within the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs at CofC.

The second part of the virtual exchange is still a work in progress and would greatly benefit from support from the “Transitioning to Virtual Exchange Covid-19 Relief Fund.” In order to foster opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue on a more individualized level, the French 490 students at CofC will also participate regularly in tandems linguistiques with students studying English at the CLA. The development phase of this project will expand on these tandems linguistiques so that students complete “mini-projects” similar to what they would do if they were studying abroad. For example, a mini-project expectation might be that students “visit” a monument or a tourist site in Besançon or Charleston or attend a local event in one of the two cities (respecting COVID-19 social distancing policies at all times, of course).

In some ways, these expanded tandems linguistiques might simulate the “homestay” or “extracurricular” component that would be part of a traditional study abroad program. In other words, students studying French at CofC and those studying English at the CLA will have their regular academic instruction in the “classroom” (whether that’s online or face-to-face) and it will be via the tandems linguistics that they can explore the culture “outside of the classroom” and on their own time. And just as opportunities for individualized exploration outside of the classroom are often supported in some way by traditional study abroad programs, that is precisely what will be done with the funding to support these virtual exchanges.

 

Participating actors:

Margaret Keneman, Project Leader and Coordinator at CofC, 50 hours total (5 hrs. / wk.)

Florian Chapey, Coordinator at the CLA, 20 hours total (approx. 2 hrs. / week)

Sébastien Touchard, Technical Support at the CLA, 30 hours total (approx. 3 hrs. / week)

Assistant to Margaret Keneman (TBD), 30 hours total (approx. 3 hrs. / wk.)

Technical support at CofC (TBD) 20 hours total (approx. 2 hrs. / wk.)

 

Adelante! (Crossing the Cistern), LCWA

Adelante! is a one-year scholarship/momentum program designed to help improve academic standing as well as support, challenge, and celebrate students along the path to graduation. The primary goals of Adelante! are the inclusion, retention and well-being of all students. The program features academic advising, professional mentoring, scholarship support, extracurricular programming and interactive peer communities as ways to support students as they navigate the academic experience. Adelante! offers $500 of scholarship support for successful completion. We want to help you CROSS THE CISTERN!

AALANA students are especially encouraged to apply.

Click here for the application! 

Spring 2020 Hispanews

Have you checked out the latest edition of the official magazine of Hispanic Studies, Hispanews.

As you will see, the department packed a lot into this past academic year of 2019-2020.

Final touches going on in the LCWA International Lab

Global Ambassadors Program 2020

Don’t forget that the Global Ambassadors Program is currently taking applications! 

https://lcwa.cofc.edu/student-resources/global-ambassadors-program/index.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENT

  • Up to 8 students will be selected for the duration of the program, which will run for two semesters (typically fall and spring). Students may apply after their first two semesters on campus, but some preference will be given to students who will be a Global Ambassador in their third or fourth year at the College. Participants will not be restricted by major.
  • For consideration for the program, students should submit: a resume; a personal statement describing their achievements to date at the College, as well as interest in the program and goals for participation (1-2 pages); 2-3 references from faculty. Students must have at minimum an overall GPA of 3.25.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

  • Regular meetings during the first semester of the program, including advising, mentoring, and discussion sessions with the Director and guest speakers. Students will enroll for an independent study or experiential learning (1 credit hour) within their major or within International Studies.
  • The second semester of the program will consist of consultations with the Director and an independent project on a global issue (e.g., written research; service learning; internship; performance). Students will enroll with the approval of the Director and the Chair/Director of their major department for an independent study or experiential learning (2 credit hours) within their major or within International Studies.
  • During Spring Break students will travel with the Director for a week in DC where they will participate in special programming, such as visits to think-tanks, NGOs, and service organizations. The cohorts will also take in the sites in DC. This trip will be paid for by the program, provided a student’s performance in the program is judged satisfactory by the Director.
  • Guest presentations by and strategic interactions with experienced leaders in international service. Participants will attend lectures associated with the LCWA World Affairs Colloquium and the Ambassador’s Corner.
  • Membership in the World Affairs Council

 

LCWA International Lab furniture has begun to arrive!

The furniture has begun to arrive! It’s so exciting to see the pods installed and beginning to look like a real International Lab!

 

American University in Cairo, Egypt Study Abroad Award

Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English language, American-accredited institution of higher education and a center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its University community represents over 60 countries. The University offers 37 undergraduate, 44 master’s and 2 PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourage students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing the region and the world. It also offers a globally-recognized, professional, community-based education in English and arguably the best Arabic language/culture program available.

Open to all majors but must be pursuing at least a minor in an LCWA program.

Award Amounts

  • A select number of competitive awards will be available for the exchange program with the American University in Cairo.
    Semester (either fall or spring) up to $7,000
    Full Year (both fall and spring) up to $14,000
  • Awards may be used for expenses incurred because of participation in the program, such as: airfare, room and board, food, insurance/fees, books, travel and transportation while in Egypt.
  • Awards are contingent upon acceptance to study at AUC
  • Awards are subject to taxes.

Required

  • 3.0 GPA
  • In Good Disciplinary Standing
  • Some Arabic language experience or plans to start/continue Arabic language courses while at AUC

Go to the website lcwa.cofc.edu/student-resources/student-scholarships/ to fill out your application!

All materials must be submitted by the deadline of April 5, 2020.

 

Globally Connected: Professor Della Lana’s German Business Translation Course links up with Editing Class in Amsterdam

Globally Connected: Professor Della Lana’s German Business Translation Course links up with Editing Class in Amsterdam

French 201 La Couscousmania

Professor Lauren Ravalico’s French 201: Intermediate French class had a delicious and fun La Couscousmania event! Check out these photos of them cooking North African couscous in the McAlister Kitchen!