On Wednesday, May 28th, Dr. Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Prof. Emerita San Diego State, was able to sit in on a discussion involving representatives from several departments at ECU concerning Dual Language Immersion programs. Included were possible steps for implementation and how DLI programs in schools would change the way we prepare educators to teach children through dual language education. She then gave a presentation to community members and school superintendents of Eastern North Carolina interested entitled “Benefits and Challenges of Dual Language Programs. Research and Implications.” She shared her findings about DLI effectiveness in student learning for both English-speakers and Spanish-speakers. She answered questions concerning this research, and participated in a discussion with several groups interested in learning more about this topic.
Thursday, May 29th, and Friday, May 30th, were spent visiting 2 different school settings in the area. First, we visited Greene County schools, a district which was a pioneer in our region, having implemented a DLI, the Los Puentes program, over ten years ago. With Dr. Lindholm-Leary, we observed classes at the elementary and intermediate level to assess the strengths of the program, as well as areas for growth and further development. On her last day here, Dr. Lindholm-Leary visited Pink Hill Elementary School in Lenoir County, to speak to teachers and administrators about dual language research, and gave a presentation to show concrete findings in the positive effects of this type of education.
Having Dr. Lindholm-Leary present with us for a few days gave us an additional perspective on our current and previous work on the Engagement and Outreach Scholars’ Academy project, along with an opportunity to reach out to the community and start a meaningful conversation on Dual-Language Immersion programs in our schools.
— Stephen Fafulas
Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award
and Phi Beta Kappa Honoree:
M. Rachel Mehaffey, EC Scholar
BS Chemistry, BS Applied Physics, Hispanic Studies minor
Future Plans: Pursuing a PhD in Chemistry and Physics at UT Austin
Phi Beta Kappa Honoree:
Mariah Richards, BS Hispanic Studies Education
Future Plans: Graduate School, MA in Spanish and Latin American
Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies, NYU in Madrid
2014 Research and Creative Activities Week Presenters:
· Anna Lawrence (right – BA-Hispanic Studies) Paper: The Personified Cultural Contrast in “Blancanieves”
· Joshua Mangum (2nd major BA-Hispanic Studies) Poster: An Information-Theoretic Approach to Cellular Decision-Making Strategies
· Jennifer Moser (BS-Hispanic Studies Education) Poster: The Effects of Implementing Authentic Materials in a Foreign Language Classroom
· Laura Pons (2nd major BA-Hispanic Studies) Paper: Blancanieves: The True Hero
· Jessica Chirico (Classical Studies Minor) Poster: New Technologies in the Public Library
· Megan Mehaffey (Hispanic Studies Minor) Poster: Insight into the Location of DNA Xenobiotic Damage by Mass Spectrometry
· Sandra Ross (Hispanic Studies Minor) Paper: Comparison and Contrast of Sethe and Scarlett as Independent Women
Graduate School Fellowship Recipient: Samantha Belmont, MA in French Studies, LSU
2014 Conference Presentations
Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez presented A sociolinguistic analysis of morphosyntactic phenomena in the Spanish of Pitt County: A pilot study’ at the SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) Conference at Appalachian State University in February and again at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) in North Myrtle Beach in March.
On February 8, Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez, who are completing a BA in Hispanic Studies and are student members of the SoCIOLing (Study of Community Involvement and Outreach & Linguistics) Lab, presented the poster ‘A sociolinguistic analysis of morphosyntactic phenomena in the Spanish of Pitt County: A pilot study’ at the SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) Conference held at Appalachian State University. Under the mentorship by Dr. Stephen Fafulas and Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig, the students summarized the results of the research project in which they investigated the expression of future and clitic doubling constructions by native Spanish speakers from Pitt County.
An extremely interesting article was published this week in Science regarding the origin and expansion of the Indo-European language family (which includes most of the languages we deal with). Here is a link to the abstract of the paper. Also, there was a piece on this article on the August 24th show of NPR’s Science Friday.