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Amber Hoye and Fátima Cornwall to Present “Best of PNCFL” Presentation at 2017 ACTFL Conference

Each year, one member state from the Pacific Northwest Council for Foreign Languages (PNCFL) selects a speaker to present at the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign languages (ACTFL) annual conference. 2017 is Idaho’s year to select a presenter and the Executive Board of the Idaho Association of Teachers of Language and Culture (IATLC) has selected Department of World Languages’ Amber Hoye and Fatima Cornwall’s presentation titled “A Teacher’s Toolbox: Comprehensible Input Strategies for Language Educators.” Their presentation was selected from the IATLC conference which took place in Pocatello, Idaho, last October. Cornwall and Hoye will have the honor of presenting their session at ACTFL as the BEST of PNCFL this coming November in Nashville, Tennessee.

Fatima Cornwall at IATLC Amber Hoye at IATLC

The Eloise Garmendia Bieter, Chair in Basque Studies Inaugural Event Held March 8th

The Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair in Basque Studies was created through an agreement between Boise State and the Etxepare Basque Institute of the Basque Government in July 2015. A professor is invited to teach graduate students, with the aim of increasing the study and research of issue related to Basque language and culture. This is one of several chairs of Basque Studies maintained by the Etxepare Institute around the world.

The chair is named in honor of Eloise Garmendia Bieter. Eloise was born in Boise in 1925 to immigrant parents from the Basque Country and remained active in the Basque community throughout her life, as did her husband, Pat Bieter, a former Boise State professor and Basque convert.

In 1974 their family lead the drive to launch a study abroad program connecting Boise State to the town of Oñati in the Basque Country. Eloise and Pat passed away in 1999, but the Bieter-Boise Basque ties remain strong.

This chair strengthens the academic presence of Basque culture at the university and Treasure Valley community. A scholar is invited to Boise State to teach a course to graduate students, with a stay that ranges from a few weeks to a few months.

Our Basque Studies Minor student Madalen Bieter singing in Basque

Boise State Meistersingers singing in Basque

Spanish Major Samantha M. Rodriguez Honored and Alicia Garza Speaks as Keynote Speaker at Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon

Samantha M. Rodriguez, María Mabbutt and Alicia Garza

Department of World Languages, College Assistance Migrant Program

Student Samantha M. Rodriguez was awarded the Aspiring Youth Award at the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon held Feb. 16 at the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho in Nampa. This honor is given to Latino college students who have been involved in community work and are dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives. Rodriguez is majoring in Spanish with minors in political science and Latin American/Latino studies. She currently is the president of OELA (Organización de Estudiantes Latinoamericanos) and MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan).

At the same event, María Mabbutt, an instructor with the College Assistance Migrant Program, was awarded the Community Pillar Award. Mabutt was honored at the luncheon because of her dedication to advocating for Latino youth and education.

Alicia Garza, an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and director of Casita Nepantla, was one of three keynote speakers who spoke about the state of the Hispanic Community in Idaho. Her remarks focused on the political climate in Latino communities in Idaho.

German Section Hosts 6th Annual Do Deutsch Day

This past week, the German Section hosted its 6thannual do Deutsch German outreach day for local High School students. Approximately 450 students from seven different high schools attended the all-day event. Students completed nine stations with German activities and also participated in competitions between the schools. Rebecca Sibrian (German instructor, Department of World Languages) was the main organizer of the event. Also involved were her colleagues Beret Norman, Franzi Borders and Heike Henderson, as well as many student volunteers.

Hispanic Film Festival Next Week!

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Heike Henderson Publishes Two Translations of Poems by Hendrik Rost


Portrait of Heike HendersonHeike Henderson

Professor of German
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
Heike Henderson recently published two translations of poems by Hendrik Rost in “No Man’s Land: New German Literature in English Translation” 11. Read the poem translations here

Spanish Internship Opportunity

My name is Luz Camarena and I am the Spanish teacher at St. Mary’s School in Boise. We have been teaching Spanish consistently since 2014 starting half-day at KG. Our idea was to keep growing with the same rhythm through upper grades and became a two way immersion school, but unfortunately we do not have the resources to continue as planned. As it is now, we are offering Spanish literacy. I am hoping to offer an internship to Spanish students who would be interested in helping!

Boise State and Concordia Law Partner for Project Laura

Students from Concordia Law University, University of Idaho – School of Law, and Boise State University are collaborating with local immigration attorneys to represent individuals in the Boise immigration court who seek asylum, protection under the convention against torture, and special immigration juvenile status as part of Project Laura.

Project Laura is Boise’s legal community’s response to the Latin American refugee crisis. Since 2014, the number of Latin American families fleeing violence in the U.S. has significantly increased, and as of 2016, unrepresented refugees facing deportation total approximately 2/3 of all Boise’s non-detained removal cases. Until Project Laura, no pro bono program existed in Boise to provide legal representation of these individuals.

Nicole Derden, founder of Project Laura, is the instructor of record for the Immigration Clinic at Concordia Law School, and Fatima Cornwall, Department of World Languages, is the instructor of record for the Spanish program.

Students from Boise State University assist with bilingual interpretation during attorney-client visits, as well as with document translation.

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Annual China Night Event to be Held January 28th

The Boise State Chinese Club will host the annual China Night to welcome the “Year of the Rooster”. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in the Jordan Ballroom of the Boise State Student Union Building.

Chinese Dinner will be served. Entertainment will include beautiful Chinese traditional dances, Chinese ethnic group dances, Chinese Kung-Fu, Tai-Ji performance, Korean Drum dance. Additionally, Boise State students will present Chinese songs, Taekwondo demonstration, and magic show.

The annual China Night event is open to students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. Admission for Boise State students is free. Donations are welcome from non-students.

Free event parking will be available at the Lincoln Garage.

Internship Opportunity: Spanish, French, ASL

Location: Pi Baby Boutique.  

As of January 1, 2017, we’ve expanded our company and space to include an adjoining Studio.  (Pi Baby Boutique + Studio)

We are lining up a calendar of classes focused on early childhood development.  The classes are projected to start sometime late January to early February and will continue until summer break. 

Classes will consist of a 4, 6 or 8 week series.  Ages will range from infancy to 5Y+; primarily focusing on those children who have. It started school yet.  

We are seeking to hire a few upperclassmen for internship opportunities to teach a series of classes during next term, Spring 17.  

The intern specifically would be for the following
(by age 1-2Y, 2-3Y, 4-5Y)
Intro to Spanish
Intro to French  
Baby Sign Language (infancy – 18M)
Intro to ASL (18M+)
And possibly…
Cultural Awareness (possibly a 6 week series for ages 2-3, 4-5 that helps kids celebrate diversity)