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Congratulations to Mark Hopkins!!

Posted: March 15, 2010

The Texas Language Center is pleased to announce its first cohort of Professional Development Award winners for 2010! These awards are made to instructors of languages other than English at UT who are seeking to develop new materials, courses, or methods for teaching their languages, or who may need to attend a conference or purchase materials in order to improve their teaching.

In this round, applications came from six language departments, and represented eleven of the languages of the 34 taught in the College of Liberal Arts. The awards, ranging in value from $500-$1500, will be used to supplement instructor salaries, purchase materials, and/or subvent travel to professional conferences. This year’s winners, including graduate students, lecturers, and tenured or tenure-track faculty, are:

• Omoniyi Afolabi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
   “Yoruba Video-Film Library for Language Instruction”

 Kirsten Belgum, Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies
  “Debating about Contemporary Germany:  A Collocation-Oriented Approach to Advanced Conversation and Composition”

• Chih-Wei (Elsa) Chang, Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies
  “Chinese Jeopardy:  Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader”

• Eric Edwards, Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian
  "Tutt’orecchie (con Arlecchino)”

• Mark Hopkins, Assistant Instructor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
  “Tech the Czech”

• Dale Koike, Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  “Revision of SPN 367K Advanced Oral Expression for Spanish Teachers”

• Fehintola Mosadomi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies
  “Role-Play as an Effective Method of Enticing Proficiency in Yoruba Language Teaching”

• Lucia Osa-Melero, Lectuer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  “Implementing Leisure Reading of Authentic Novels as a Means to Analyze Language in Advanced Spanish Grammar 
   Classes for Heritage Speakers”

• Anousha Shahsavari, Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies
  “Purchasing of Persian Teaching Videos”

• Naoko Suito, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies
  “Developing Online Homework Assignments for the Japanese Program”

• Wen-Hua Teng, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies
  “Chinese Oral Proficiency Exercises (COPE):  An Online Speaking Curriculum   for Accelerated Second-Year Chinese”

• Per Urlaub, Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies and
• Zsuzsanna Abrams, Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies
  “The Reformed Language/Culture/Literacy Curriculum for Second-Year German Instruction”

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