The 49er footprint can been seen all around the Queen City thanks to the talented faculty and students in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. Such is the case in this newly released short video about the 2015 Bon Odori Festival, held on August 1st in the Wells Fargo Atrium. This was the 31st year of the festival, hosted by the Japanese Association in Charlotte and the The Japanese Language School of Charlotte. The event was supported by the Consulat General of Japan, located in Atlanta, GA.
If you’ve ever been to a poetry slam, you’re familiar with the rise and fall of emotion as poets engage minds with clever rhythms, rhymes, and tales of life’s joys and struggles. The scene has changed a bit since the years of coffee houses frequented by “cool cats,” sharing a righteous vibe, punctuated by the sound of bongo drums. And then there is the UNC Charlotte Multi-lingual Poetry Slam offering, as you can imagine, original poetry performed in multiple languages.
The Foreign Language Association of North Carolina recognized three members of the UNC Charlotte family during its 49th annual conference held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center in Research Triangle, Park, N.C. More than 700 educators from across the state attended this two-day annual conference devoted to world language education. Each year, the organization selects educators who exemplify commitment and excellence across levels of education. The following were recognized from UNC Charlotte:
The Department of Languages and Culture Studies welcomes Dr. Ann Gonzalez as new interim Chair. A full Professor of Spanish with a focus on Latin American children’s literature, Dr. Gonzalez has been a valued and productive member of the Department of Languages and Culture Studies for 25 years. Recently, Dr. Gonzalez served as interim chair of the Department of Philosophy for two years. Therefore, she brings invaluable administrative experience to the position of interim chair of LCS.
Charlotte is proud to play host to the 51st Annual Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) on February 18-20, 2016 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel. This event brings together world languaged educators, coordinators,and students from 14 states in the southeastern United States. The Call for Proposals is now closed. For more details, see the SCOLT website at www.scolt.org
Language acquisition in 2015 means connecting with native speakers, no matter where they live. Russian Lecturer Yulia Baldwin took this idea to heart when she developed a virtual exchange program between students at UNC Charlotte and the Department of Foreign Languages at Voronezh State Medical Academy in Russia.