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Texas Language Center Announces Professional Development Award Winners

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posted: Monday March 15, 2010

The Texas Language Center has announced the 2010 Professional Development Award recipients. These awards are given to instructors of languages other than English at The University of Texas at Austin who are developing 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.

The awards, ranging in value from $500 to $1,500, will fund 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, for “Yoruba Video-Film Library for Language Instruction.”
  • Kirsten Belgum, associate professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, for “Debating about Contemporary Germany:  A Collocation-Oriented Approach to Advanced Conversation and Composition.”
  • Chih-Wei (Elsa) Chang, lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies, for “Chinese Jeopardy: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.”
  • Eric Edwards, lecturer in the Department of French and Italian, for “Tutt’orecchie (con Arlecchino).”
  • Mark Hopkins, assistant instructor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, for “Tech the Czech.”
  • Dale Koike, professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, for “Revision of SPN 367K Advanced Oral Expression for Spanish Teachers.”
  • Fehintola Mosadomi, assistant professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, for “Role-Play as an Effective Method of Enticing Proficiency in Yoruba Language Teaching.”
  • Lucia Osa-Melero, lectuer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, for “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, for “Purchasing of Persian Teaching Videos.”
  • Naoko Suito, senior lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies, for “Developing Online Homework Assignments for the Japanese Program.”
  • Wen-Hua Teng, senior lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies, for “Chinese Oral Proficiency Exercises: 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, for “The Reformed Language/Culture/Literacy Curriculum for Second-Year German Instruction.”

 

 

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