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MLL Student Named as a 2017 Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate

May 2017

photoAmerican Council of Teachers of Russian, a division of the American Councils for International Education, has named UCF student Michael Martinez as a 2017 Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate. Martinez is the first student from UCF to win the award. The award is given to students for “an unfailing devotion and passion for Russian language literature and culture, a commitment to excellence, and an enthusiasm for knowledge and cultural literacy.” Dr. Alla Kourova, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, says that Russian language at UCF is better and richer, thanks to dedicated students like Michael Martinez!

UCF Students Travel to Cuba for Research

April 2017

photoLast March the Journey Cuba Study Abroad class, led by Professors Anne Prucha and Kacie Tartt, traveled to Cuba. During the week-long trip, the group of eight students and two faculty members visited the cities of Havana, Cojimar, and Viñales, and kept journals of their daily learning experiences, not as tourists, but as students immersed in the island nation’s unique culture.

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Modern Language and Literature Professors Create UCF-Hillcrest Foreign Language Club

April 2017

photoSpanish and French Professors Rita De Luca Guerriero, Marie Leticée, Amelia Lyons, Anne Prucha, and Kacie Tartt have come together to create the UCF-Hillcrest Foreign Language Club.

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Voices in Italian Americana recognized by ANVUR

March 2017

Modern Languages and Literature's journal, Voices in Italian Americana, has been recognized by the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.

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Three College of Arts and Humanities Students to be Inducted into the Order of Pegasus

March 2017

Three College of Arts and Humanities students, Sabrina Jérôme, Christopher Clemente, and Lauren Gandy, will be inducted into the Class of 2017 Order of Pegasus—the university’s highest and most prestigious award—honoring outstanding student performance “in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service.”

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Ballet Performance of Don Qixote to benefit Ukrainian Down Syndrome Organization

February 2017

The Russian club at UCF will host a performance of Don Qixote in partnership with the Russian Ballet of Orlando. The event will benefit the Ukrainian Down Syndrome Organization.

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Kourova wins third STARTALK grant for Russian language program

February 2017

photoAlla Kourova has been awarded a STARTALK grant for the third year in a row. Kourova’s proposal, “Preparation of a Business Trip to Russia,” has been selected for funding as part of the STARTALK 2017 program. Kourova is an assistant professor of Russian.

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UCF Club provides opportunities to use foreign language skills in the community

February 2017

The UCF-Hillcrest Modern Language Club, established in spring 2015, provides UCF and Hillcrest Elementary School students the opportunity to use their Spanish and French skills in a collaborative environment. This partnership connects UCF students with the greater Orlando community.

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The U.S. Department of Education Awards $2.4 Million Grant for Researching Ways to Improve the Teaching of English Learners

October 2016

Dr. Florin Mihai and Dr. Kerry Purmensky of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures have just received a 5-year, 2.4 million dollar research grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). Both are Co-Principal Investigators with Principal Investigator Dr. Joyce Nutta of the College of Education and Human Performance. This research grant, entitled Project MELTS (Micro-credentialing of English Learner Teaching Skills) and partnering with Pinellas County Schools will develop and research the effectiveness of 10 video-based modules. These modules of instructional skills will support elementary English learners at beginning, intermediate, and advanced English proficiency levels and will be implemented in eight teacher preparation courses taken at the beginning of a student’s junior year through student teaching.

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Professor Folse Delivers Opening Plenary at Panama TESOL Congress

September 2016

photoDr. Keith Folse (Professor of TESOL) was invited to deliver the opening plenary address to the 30th Annual Congress 2016 at the Universidad Interamericanama de Panama in Panama City on September 16, 2016. His talk compared teachers' vs. learners' perceptions of the most challenging aspects of learning English as a foreign language, particularly grammar. Citing examples of errors found in his research data from UCF students learning Spanish as a foreign language, Dr. Folse compared Panamanian university students' and UCF students' foreign language difficulties.

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Kourova Presented Book Picturing Russia: Research Guide to Russian Culture at the Embassy of the Russian Federation

September 2016

photoOn September 22, 2016, Dr. Kourova presented her book, Picturing Russia: Research Guide to Russian Culture, in Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the USA. She met with the head of the Russian Cultural Center and the first secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the USA, Oleg Zhiganov. Along with the presentation of her book, Kourova and Zhiganov took part in a discussion regarding future collaboration between the University of Central Florida and the Russian Culture Center of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.

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UCF Student Excels During Internship in Washington

September 2016

photoEvery day for an entire semester, Alex A. Alvarado would wake up, walk to Capitol Hill, and say to himself: “Man, how did I get here?”

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Summer 2016 STARTALK Intensive Russian Language Program

September 2016

photoJuly 2016 marked the second year in a row of an intensive Russian language program at UCF. (Program director Alla Kourova). The program, STARTALK, meaning "Start Talking" lasted for 3 weeks, starting Monday, July 11th. It consisted of 60 students, both beginner and advanced, who had the opportunity to participate in this program for free. There were a total of 3 different classes (two beginner and one advanced). Over the course of three weeks, students of varying levels of Russian attended Monday thru Friday classes from 9 am to 12 pm, where they learned everything from the alphabet and basic introductory phrases to more complicated conversations that one might encounter in Russian daily life. After classes, students were treated to an hour long free lunch from the Russian store/bakery Lacomka, which prepared multiple course meals every day that the program ran.

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Folse is Recognized as one of "50 at 50" by TESOL Association

August 2016

photoThe International TESOL Association has recognized UCF's Dr. Keith Folse as one of a special group of "50 at 50" leaders who have made a significant contribution to the TESOL profession within the past fifty years.

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Study Abroad in Russia

July 2016

photoIn June of 2016, 18 UCF students traveled to Russia to study abroad at Moscow State University. Dr. Kourova is the program director. There they had the opportunity to study the Russian language, explore Moscow and St. Petersburg, and experience all the Russian culture had to offer. After their classes at the Institute of Russian Language, students would embark on excursions to museums, cathedrals and historical sites. When not on an excursion, students would have the opportunity to practice their communication skills, through peer to peer interaction at the Moscow Pedagogical University with Russian students.

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