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Amber Hoye Presents Webinar for International Association for Language Learning Technology

Amber Hoye, Bronco Snapshot

Amber Hoye

Director, World Language Research Center
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Amber Hoye recently presented an online webinar titled “Let’s Chat!: A Model for Proficiency-Based Conversation Labs and Task-based, OER Activities” for the International Association for Language Learning Technology.

Hoye’s presentation, attended by approximately 40 participants, showcased the unique conversation lab model at Boise State and the resulting Open Educational Resources project that will make over 400 activities available to other universities, community colleges and K-12 institutions.

Chinese Club Picnic this Friday!

Chinese Club Picnic

Korean Club Hosts Annual Korean Thanksgiving Day Event

On Saturday, September 22, the Korean Club hosted more than 130 participants who enjoyed authentic Korean foods and learned about the cultural significance of Korean Thanksgiving day.Korean Thanksgiving Food Korean Club Participants Korean Club Meeting

Kim Carter-Cram Presents at the International Symposium on Teaching, Education and Learning in Seoul, South Korea

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Kim Carter-Cram

English, World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
Kim Carter-Cram presented her paper, “Increasing Social Presence in the Online Classroom: What Works and What Doesn’t,” at the International Symposium on Teaching, Education and Learning in Seoul, South Korea July 6-8. The paper, which will also be published in the conference proceedings, investigates a variety of means for establishing both instructor and social presences in the online classroom including, but not limited to: various uses of synchronous sessions, best practices in discussion forum, methods of providing feedback to students, uses of email and announcements, and other communication strategies. Included in the essay is an assessment of “what works” and of “what doesn’t work” based on case studies, external research and classroom experiences with an eye to creating a set of best practices to promote both teaching and student success.

Yookyung Lee Participates in the Infusing Korean Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum Institute at the University of Hawaii-Manoa

Lisa Brady, Yookyung Lee and Carole Schroeder

History, World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
A team of Boise State faculty including Lisa Brady (History), Yookyung Lee (World Languages) and Carole Schroeder (History) participated in the Infusing Korean Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum institute at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa in Honolulu. Brady, Lee and Schroeder are working together to create a Korean Studies minor at Boise State that will build upon current course offerings in Korean language instruction and modern Korean culture to include a broader range of classes in the region’s history and culture. The institute, sponsored by the East-West Center at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, provided important content sessions and networking opportunities to support that goal. The Boise State Center for Teaching and Learning provided support for the team’s travel.

Shoko Asay Featured in IDEA Shop Newsletter

Portrait of Shoko Asay

Shoko Asay has taught for Boise State’s Department of World Languages for twelve years. She teaches the four-semester Japanese language sequence as well as Japanese Culture through Film, which is offered through the Department of World Languages and cross listed with both the Sociology, Communication and Theater, Film and Creative Writing departments. She also teaches Japanese 101 online.

Shoko brings native fluency in the language and deep cultural experience to the classroom. Not only do her students study the Japanese language, but she also provides opportunities for them to participate in exchange programs, the Japanese English Teaching program and helps to prepare her students for job interviews. Shoko enjoys the opportunity to create these learning experiences (for her students and herself). She says, “I love it when my students understand the learning materials in Japanese and find ways to apply them practically in real-world situations.”

Mariah Devereux Herbeck Publishes Article in Dalhousie French Studies

Mariah Devereux Herbeck

Mariah Devereux Herbeck

Professor of French
World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
Mariah Devereux Herbeck recently published an article in Dalhousie French Studies titled “(Re)casting the Concierge in Muriel Barbery’s L’élégance du hérisson.”Devereux Herbeck writes that Barbery’s successful 2006 novel may provide the first instance in French literature of a female concierge who narrates her own story.

Through textual analysis, Devereux Herbeck demonstrates that the theatrical lexicon characterizing Renée’s narration sets the stage, so to speak, for a (re)examination of the often stereotypical image of the French female concierge and the role that she has been cast to play in French literature, and by extension, French society.

Job Posting for French Students

The following job posting may be of interest to French students:

French Translations Coordinator. For more specific details regarding the position, you can view the job posting by following this link:—french/job []. And for more information about working for Scentsy in general, you can check out this link:

Manuel Gómez Navarro Interviewed by the Idaho Virtual Reality Commission

Manuel Gómez Navarro

Lecturer, Spanish
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
Manuel Gómez Navarro recently was interviewed by the Idaho Virtual Reality Commission for a recent online Q and A: “Bringing VR To Boise State’s Spanish Language and Culture Classes.”Gómez used virtual reality, or VR, in his course, Spanish Peninsular Culture and Civilization, spring 2018. He created virtual tours using various resources — photos, spacial audio, and hotspots — to take students on virtual journeys to significant sites including the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Jewish Quarter in Córdoba, and the Carmel Mission in California.

“I see an increasing use of VR in my classes, especially in those with a strong cultural component,” said Gómez. “I’m planning trips to record 360 videos about Hispanic cultural events for use in the classroom. In the near future, I see my students pulling VR headsets (bought by themselves or the university) out of their backpacks and it being totally normal to have a class interacting with this technology.”

Kelly Arispe and Amber Hoye Present Two Day Professional Development Workshop for Idaho Language Instructors

Kelly Arispe and Amber Hoye

World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Kelly Arispe, associate professor of Spanish, and Amber Hoye, director of the World Languages Resource Center, recently presented a two-day professional development workshop for Idaho Secondary World Language Instructors. Attended by over 50 instructors, the workshop focused on updated Idaho State and ACTFL standards to achieve a communicative classroom. Participants became familiar with updated standards and created practical activities and assessments that can be integrated immediately for the 2018-19 school year.

The workshop was sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Concurrent Enrollment.

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