Posts Tagged ‘News’


0 Commentsby   |  03.29.11  |  Announcement, Chapel, French, International Studies Major, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors, Study Abroad

The North American Christian Foreign Language Association is holding its annual conference here at ACU. It will be held mostly in the Hunter Welcome Center, from Thursday 4/7 through Saturday 4/9. Things of general interest include:

  • Dr. Susan Felch, from Calvin College, will be the plenary speaker on Thursday evening.
  • Multi-lingual devotionals on Friday and Saturday morning, possibly may get additional Chapel credit (still looking into it).
  • Two sessions devoted to Study Abroad on Saturday morning. Would be of great value for those remotely interested in study abroad.
  • For students in a foreign language class, possible additional credit or replacement of low scores on an assignment for attending a session and completing an activity associated with it (check with your instructor).

See the entire program at

Critical Language Scholarship Program 2011 Application Now Open – Deadline: November 15, 2010

0 Commentsby   |  10.29.10  |  Announcement, International Studies Major, Programs

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2011 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students.

Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, described at The deadline to apply for the 2011 CLS Program is November 15, 2010.

Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

To access the online application, or for more information about the CLS Program, please visit the CLS website at or email

French “soirée”, great success!

0 Commentsby   |  10.25.10  |  French, Language Tools

French “soiree” Thursday October 21, was a great success!  With “crêpes”  and French music… Next

French “soirée”

And now two teams are competing on a puzzle of French regions…IMG_2595

Peruvian Author Mario Vargas Llosa Awarded 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature

0 Commentsby   |  10.07.10  |  International Studies Major, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the 2010 Nobel prize in Literature.  Vargas Llosa is part of the so-called “Latin American Boom,” the literary movement in the 1960’s that propelled Latin American narrative, especially the novel, to the highest echelons of World Literature.

The “Boom,” as it is sometimes called, introduced such literary modes as “magic realism,” popularized by Gabriel García Márquez -who won the Nobel in 1967- and politically engaged works such as Vargas Llosa.  While García Márquez’s narrative is straightforward -at least on a superficial reading- Vargas Llosa’s is structurally much more complex; he frequently eschews linear plots and univocal narratives for complex timeframes and plurivocal exploration of a politically engaged theme, such as power structures and poverty.

Below is the announcement in Stockholm of the Nobel award, in Swedish, English and Spanish.

Vargas Llosa interviewed about his work.  In Spanish.

In 2007, he addressed the Letras Libres Forum held in Monterrey, Mexico, as one of the 8 intellectual “heavy weights” of the worlds.  His lecture was on the links between literature and reality.  In Spanish, with English subtitles.

Become Famous Reading Don Quixote

0 Commentsby   |  10.06.10  |  Announcement, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

Become famous reading Don Quixote!

The Real Academia Española wants to put the better part of Don Quixote up on YouTube.  To that end, it is enlisting the help of volunteers from around the world to sign up at their site to read pre-selected chunks and post them on the video site.  To find out more about it, read this article from the BBC.

** Bite-size Don Quixote on YouTube **
The Royal Spanish Academy invites the public to read a section from the 17th Century novel Don Quixote – and upload it to YouTube. >

Entra a la Plaza

0 Commentsby   |  09.17.10  |  Announcement, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

Entra a la Plaza

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Friday night, September 24th at UP.

Spanish Language and Culture, Music, Traditional Food…

Hispanos Unidos

Celebrating National Foreign Language Week


0 Commentsby   |  03.01.10  |  Uncategorized

Abilene Reporter News guest columnist Dr. Joe Alcorta is professor of Spanish at Harding-Simmons University.  Below are his comments on National Foreign Language Week.

Access article here

West Brain, East Brain


0 Commentsby   |  02.28.10  |  Uncategorized

Sharon Begley

West Brain, East Brain

What a difference culture makes.

Access the article here.

Newsweek, March 1

Terremoto en Chile / Earthquake in Chile


0 Commentsby   |  02.27.10  |  Uncategorized

Al menos 147 muertos por un terremoto en Chile Durante la madrugada de hoy se produjo un sismo de 8,8 grados de magnitud en la escala de Richter; la presidenta Michelle Bachelet sobrevoló la zona afectada; consideró que el país está en condiciones de responder a las necesidades; varias regiones fueron declaradas zonas de catástrofe; desde la Argentina, cancelan los vuelos al país vecino por el cierre del aeropuerto de Santiago | Exterior | Sábado 27 de febrero de 2010

Riding with Pancho Villa, Photographic Exposition


1 Commentby   |  02.27.10  |  Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

To the Foreign Language Department at Abilene Christian University,

We cordially invite you to the Riding With Pancho Villa, Photographic Exposition.  Please join us in an attempt to create an awareness of the multicultural society in which we live through the figure of the revolutionary general Francisco “Pancho” Villa.  This event is a cultural effort for the Abilene Community by Francisco Villa, an ACU student, and the Hispanos Unidos organization of Abilene Christian University.  This event will be hosted on the 9th of March at 6:30 pm.  The Riding with Pancho Villa, Photographic Exposition, will take place at the widely known Frontier Texas Museum in Downtown Abilene.  We are proud to bring to history and cultural awareness to Abilene community.

The honor of your presence is requested and appreciated.


Hispanos Unidos of Abilene Christian University

Pancho Villa Flier