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U.S. News ranks WSU Writing Program in top 19 nationally

 By Emma Epperly, Undergraduate Education

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PULLMAN, Wash.The Writing Program at Washington State University has been ranked among the top 19 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Colleges” issue released on Sept. 12. » More …

WSU Tri-Cities partners with Thai, Canadian universities in exchange program

Memorandum signingBy Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday, June 28, to partner with Vanwest College from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Mahasarakham University from Talat, Thailand, for a language and cultural exchange program that will benefit students from each of the three campuses and countries. » More …

WSU students land Gilman international scholarships

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Four WSU students have won nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad in summer 2017. A fifth student was named an alternate. » More …

April 20: Event to promote Indigenous language, culture

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A pair of internationally renowned Maya scholars will visit WSU on Thursday, April 20, to speak about Indigenous language revitalization, as well as research ethics and relationships between Native and non-Native scholars. » More …

WSU among top 10 innovative schools for foreign language

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University recently was recognized among colleges and universities nationwide for its pioneering approach to teaching foreign languages. » More …

Nov. 4: Western comedian performs ancient Japanese act

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

sunshine-comedian-headPULLMAN, Wash. – Bleached hair, blue-eyed comedian Katsura Sunshine will give a free standup act – while sitting down – of a centuries’ old Japanese tradition at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre at Washington State University. The performance in English is open to the public. » More …

$2.2M to fund English learning development for teachers

By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education

gisela-ernst-slavit-headVANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University has won a five-year, $2.2 million grant to increase the number of certified K-8 teachers with bilingual and English learners (EL) endorsements and to provide professional development to improve EL instruction. » More …

Through Oct. 15: Events celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

hispanic-heritage-monthPULLMAN, Wash. – Film, music, food and discussion will mark Hispanic Heritage Month at Washington State University, beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the CUB junior ballroom with a keynote address by Victor Villanueva, WSU Regents professor, and music led by WSU Latin-ska band “Landrace.” » More …

WSU Full-Immersion Spanish Institute starts June 15

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WENATCHEE, Wash. – A four-week Spanish immersion class beginning Wednesday, June 15, is designed for school, state agency and law enforcement personnel, as well as those who want to increase their fluency in the Spanish language and cultures. » More …

How a joking phrase builds rapport … no kidding

By J. Adrian Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

Nancy-BellPULLMAN, Wash. – The phrase “just kidding” is more than a way to escape a failed attempt at humor. Research has found it serves at least four distinct functions and plays an important role in maintaining relationships. » More …