Posts Tagged ‘Russian’

Enter the ACTFL Video Podcast Contest and shine during Discover Languages Month

0 Commentsby   |  11.02.10  |  Announcement, Dialektos, French, International Studies Major, Programs, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

$500 prize for contest winner!

This year’s theme of the ACTFL National Video Podcast Contest is “Why I am a 21st Century Learner.” Open to currently enrolled world language students in grades K-16. All entries will be displayed for the world to see. Selected winners can win up to $500 and will be featured on ACTFL’s website and in the February issue of “The Language Educator.” The deadline is Dec. 20. Find out more and check out last year’s winners.

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

Dialektos is here!

by   |  03.24.10  |  Dialektos

Registration is right around the corner!  If you are interested in studying one of the languages below, simply click on the Dialektos introduction page, read up on the Dialektos methodology (it’s not like an ordinary language class), and fill in the application to request entrance into the program.  Next fall, we will offer beginning and intermediate tracks in:

  • Arabic
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin (Chinese)
  • Portuguese
  • Russian

Read all about it and sign up today!

Are you a native speaker of one of the languages above?  Would you like to meet people interested in you and your culture?  Would you like to help English-speaking students learn your language?  If so, we want to hear from you.  Find out more about becoming a Native Conversation Partner here.

Putting Google to the Test in Translation

0 Commentsby   |  03.09.10  |  Language Tools

Have you ever wondered about using translation machines for your foreign language classes?  You’d better know what you’re doing (grammatically speaking)!

While these are certainly useful tools for helping you understand a website or a page written in another language, they are not able to produce something you would want to turn in.  As the examples from the New York Times article show, it will certainly be easy for your instructors to differentiate between original work and a machine translation.  See the article at:

Putting Google to the Test in Translations.