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Kelly Arispe Publishes Article in “The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics”

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Kelly Arispe

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
Kelly Arispe recently was published in “The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics” for her work on hybrid language learning. The encyclopedia has more than 1,100 articles that reference the myriad of groundbreaking topics in applied linguistics. Arispe’s article is timely given that “The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics” is the go-to source for all applied linguists and foreign language practitioners. As hybrid language learning becomes more common, researchers and instructors can reference this article for understanding the linguistic affordances hybrid language learning offers, as well as to glean different pedagogical models for hybrid language teaching. Contrary to what one might imagine, hybrid language learning results in equal linguistic gains, if not better, compared to the traditional, face-to-face context.

Spanish Internship Opportunity!

Internship Opportunity for Upper-Division Spanish Students

Spanish 494 – Spanish Teacher Assistant

1 credit


Mountain View High School, Meridian, Idaho, is looking for one conversation lab assistant for fall 2016 for Spanish 3, 4 and/or AP (the equivalent to Spanish 101-202). The CL Assistant is expected to conduct small group conversations with students, and collaborate with instructor to develop conversation prompts and oral activities for the students. The Fall 2016 TA must have the availability to work the following hours:


Tuesdays from 7:30 am to 11:00 am         (not every week; specific dates are below)

Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Plus additional flexible prep time hours

Required:         One Spanish upper-division class with a grade of B+ or higher.

Preferred:        Spanish Secondary Education major

Spanish 412 Adv. Grammar & Syntax

If interested, please send you résumé to Fátima Cornwall


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Adrian Kane Presents Paper at 98th Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in Miami, Florida.

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Adrian Kane

Department Chair
World Languages
Adrian Kane recently presented his paper, “The Central American Diaspora in Roberto Quesada’s Nunca entres por Miami,” at the 98th Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in Miami, Florida. He asserts in this paper that by capturing the liminal space of the Central American diaspora, critiquing U.S. interventionism in Central America, and challenging anti-immigrant nationalist rhetoric, Nunca entres por Miami makes a move towards establishing the identity politics that Guatemalan novelist Arturo Arias asserts will be necessary for Central American-Americans to emerge as a unique and recognizable entity in the multicultural landscape of the United States in the 21st century.

Article by Jason Herbeck Selected by Editors of Contemporary Literary Criticism

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Jason Herbeck

Professor of French and Section Head

Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

An article written by Jason Herbeck has been selected by the editors of Contemporary Literary Criticism to be included in the series’ entry on prominent Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou. Herbeck’s 2011 article examines the surreptitiously embedded inter texts in Mabanckou’s 2005 novel, “Verre Cassé” (“Broken Glass”).  According to Contemporary Literary Criticism, the series is designed to serve as an introduction to important authors of the 21st century.  Each CLC volume contains individual essays and reviews selected from hundreds of review periodicals, general magazines, scholarly journals, monographs and books.

Scentsy Seeks Bilingual Consultant Support Representatives

Scentsy is hiring!  The company currently has openings for French, German and Spanish Bilingual Consultant Support Representatives.   For more infomation and to apply visit:

Jason Herbeck Featured in June 24th Edition of “Reader’s Corner”

June 24: Reader’s Corner – Conversations about Haiti

Dr. Bob Kustra prepare for an interview on "Reader's Corner"

President Bob Kustra continued his conversation with Jonathan Katz about his book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster. Also featured was a conversation with Jason Herbeck, professor of French and French section head in the Department of World Languages at Boise State University. Herbeck was in Haiti when the 2010 earthquake struck, and has since returned to the country to continue his research.

Grad Accepted to Prestigious JET Program in Japan

Alex Jones in Japan

By Becca Burke

Alex Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a teaching emphasis and a minor in Japanese from Boise State this spring, and since graduation he has been busy preparing to travel to Japan and begin a new job at the prestigious Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET).

The JET program began in 1987 with the goal of promoting and enhancing foreign language education for Japanese youth, as well as developing and fostering international relationships and cultural understanding between Japanese and foreign youth. About 60,000 students have participated since it was founded.

“Programs like JET are important because they allow countries that demand a certain proficiency in English to meet actual people from countries where English is more dominant,” Jones said. “Not only do Americans participate in the JET program, but English speakers all over the world. This allows for more transcultural flow between countries and native English speakers. Hopefully programs like JET will allow more people to understand other communities around the world and create a more open-minded, educated globe.”

Jones will work as an assistant language teacher, teaching English to students at the elementary through high school level, as well as training Japanese teachers in English.Alex Jones in front of a statue in Japan

This trip to Japan won’t be Jones’ first. He spent the spring 2014 semester studying abroad at Chukyo University in Nagoya, Japan, and credits his studying abroad experience with giving him the skills, background and experience necessary for his new position with JET and for creating his interest and goal for working for the JET program.

“I applied to the JET program because I wanted to teach in a country other than the United States,” Jones said, “I have a strong interest in the Japanese country, culture and language. After I left my study abroad in 2014 at Chukyo University, I knew that I wanted to come back. The JET program allows me to do all the things my degree has prepared me for and that is why I wanted to make it my goal post-college.”



Kelly Arispe Presents “Advanced Proficiency Targeted by CALL” at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium Conference (CALICO)

Kelly Arispe

Kelly Arispe

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Kelly Arispe and Jack Burston of Cyprus University of Technology gave a presentation titled “Advanced Proficiency Targeted by CALL” at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium Conference at Michigan State University on May 13. They presented a meta-analysis from the top four journals in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) related to advanced language learning augmented by technology. Their work establishes a niche for future research in CALL at the advanced level, specifically with regards to oral proficiency. Most importantly, it underscores the need to align new technologies to pedagogical practices aligned to the standards for foreign language instruction.

Spanish 303 Students Contribute to the American Prison Writing Archive

The Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation class at World Languages in the spring and fall of 2015 worked on a Service Learning project with the prison of Boise. The goal of this project is to give a voice to incarcerated Hispanic people that currently do not have one, while allowing researchers, politicians and taxpayers know how the prison system works (from an inside point of view) so informed decisions can be made to improve it.

Professor Doran Larson from Hamilton University, NY created the American Prison Writing Archive  (APWA) where inmates´ personal reflective essays can be published in order to serve these goals.

Students’ work consists of translating essays (from Spanish to English) written by Hispanic inmates. By doing so, their essays were published this week by the APWA. As a result, BSU students learned first hand about incarcerated Hispanic people and this experience of translating helped them break their stereotypes about the prisoners.

You can find the students´ translation under this link:*%3A*?f[0]=mods_language_languageTerm_text_s%3A%22Spanish%22

Chinese Minor Lindsey Bays Wins Prestigious International Scholarship

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Photo by Allison Corona

Junior Lindsey Bays received a year-long scholarship to study Mandarin in China. Last summer, Bays completed an intensive eight-week language course in Dalian, a city in China’s Liaoning Province. For fall semester, Bays will study in Bejing, followed by a spring semester in Guangzhou. She hopes to volunteer at an orphanage while there, in addition to attending university classes.

“My interest in the country initially stemmed from my adoption from China,” Bays explained. “That, combined with my interest in political science and how different governments operate, really made me start to question how being born in a certain country, under a certain government, shapes your perspective on the world.”

Bays hopes to take political science classes while studying in Bejing.

“I’m interested specifically in the one-child policy and the cultural revolution,” she said. “A lot of that cultural background and history ties back to girls who were put up for adoption.”

Bays will graduate in spring 2017 with a bachelor of science in political science with an emphasis in international relations and a minor in Chinese studies. Following graduation, Bays hopes to apply to be a foreign affairs intern in Congress. “Eventually, I’d like to be a foreign policy analyst,” she explained.

Both Bays and Gallina are members of Boise State’s Honors College and credit the college, and specifically Emily Jones, the college’s national scholarships coordinator, and Honors College Dean Andrew Finstuen, with helping them craft successful applications.

“The Honors College was instrumental in my success – I couldn’t have done it without Emily or Dr. Finstuen,” Gallina said. “Every faculty member I asked to coffee agreed and they ended every coffee with, ‘Anything I can do to help.’ I feel like the campus won, I didn’t win. It was a community effort.”

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