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March 2: Celebration connects languages, cultures
February 20, 2014

ABSS-logo-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A free dinner, performances and speeches will promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in the CUB junior ballroom at Washington State University. Donations will be accepted to help cover costs.

WSU students gain from autism learning center partnership
December 16, 2013

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

Domino-project-120SPOKANE, Wash. – In a bustling classroom, college student Kellie Carns shows Daniel Fast, age 4, a small yellow car and encourages him to point to a matching picture and name the object: “Kuh…” she prompts. “Car,” he responds – to her satisfaction.

Foreign film, lecture series discusses relationships
January 14, 2008

The 18th Annual Foreign Film and Lecture Series will focus on Marriage in the Movies: Cinematic Views from around the world.

The lecture and movie schedule is below. All lectures and showings will take place in Cue 202 at 7 p.m. All shows are open to the campus and the community, free of charge.

 

Jan. 15, El hijo de la novia /Son of the Bride  (Juan José Campanella, Argentina, 2001) In Spanish with English subtitles.  Presented by Ana María Rodriguez-Vivaldi, Department of Foreign Languages &  Cultures.

 

Jan.  22, Muriel’s Wedding … » More …

Saudi enthusiastic to teach Arabic language, culture
April 27, 2007

For the first time in a long time, Arabic language will be taught on the WSU Pullman campus, and the new instructor is brimming with enthusiasm.

“I have a plan in my mind,” said Saad Alshahrani, a 24-year-old native of Tendaha, in the Abha region of Saudia Arabia. “I’m going to make it like a combined class,” he said. Not only will students learn elementary Modern Standard Arabic, but they’ll learn it within the cultural context of the Arab world.

In addition to classroom lessons that incorporate a multimedia approach, Alshahrani has recruited a handful of students from Saudi Arabia to meet several times a … » More …

Arabic language offered during the summer
April 5, 2007

PULLMAN-Students at Washington State University will have the opportunity to learn the Arabic language and culture starting the summer semester. The eight-week class will start June 4 but enrollment is limited, said Saad Alshahrani, a doctoral student in the WSU Economics Department, will be the instructor of Arabic 101 during the summer semester. Alshahrani holds a master’s degree in statistics from WSU and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Arabic language from King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia. He has previous experience teaching Arabic and mathematics in his country.He said that WSU students enrolled in his class will learn to write and speak Arabic, but … » More …

Preschool aids those with hearing impairments
April 14, 2006

Kaid’dub Pavel, a bright-eyed, blond-haired, effervescent 4-year-old, is leading the way for a new WSU preschool program that focuses on honing the oral language and listening skills of children with hearing impairments.Each Monday and Friday morning, Kaid’dub and a handful of other preschool children gather with speech-language pathologist Carla Jones, audiologist Michele Fredrickson, and undergraduate Speech and Hearing Sciences students inside Daggy Hall to do the same kinds of things preschool children all over the Palouse are doing: singing songs, playing games, painting pictures.Affiliated with WSU’s Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Oral Language Enrichment program (OLE!) opened in January in response to the requests from … » More …

WSU Spokane will host foreign Fulbright Scholar
January 13, 2006

WSU Spokane has been selected to host visiting Fulbright Scholar Rogayah Binti A Razak, during the 2005-2006 academic year. A Razak, who is from Malaysia, is one of approximately 850 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals the Fulbright Scholar Program will bring to the U.S. to teach and do research during the year.An associate professor with the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences at the National University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, A Razak will be at WSU Spokane for three months, from February through April this year. She will use that time to construct a prototype of a Malay language preschool assessment test that reflects … » More …

Good neighbor assists WSU aid to students of the world
November 11, 2005

A university can be an intimidating place. Upon entrance students are required to learn a whole new way of life: new books, classes, schedules, friends. Now imagine having to do this in a new language. Every school year, approximately 1,200 students from around the globe enter Washington State University and encounter this situation. With the help of the Intensive American Language Center (IALC) and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), some of these students have at least one solution to the problem. Over the past two years, SEL has and continues to provide funding for design, advertising, implementation and scholarships for a 16-week course in which international … » More …

Films explore lives at odds with the world
January 5, 2005

Rachel Halverson and Ana Maria Rodriguez-Vivaldi, associate professors of foreign languages, have put together a spring foreign film and lecture series titled “Like a Duck Out of Water: Cinematic Explorations of Lives at Odds with the World Around Them.” All films are free to the public and will be shown at 7 p.m. in Smith CUE. * Feb 1, “Good-bye, Lenin!” (Wolfgang Becker, Germany, 2003).* Feb. 8, “Kukushka / The Cuckoo” (Aleksandr Rogozhkin, Russia /Finland, 2002).* Feb. 15, “Mediterraneo” (Gabriele Salvatores, Italy, 1991). * Feb. 22, “Aiqing wansui /Vive l’amour” (Cai Mingliang /Ts’ai Ming-liang, Taiwan, 1994). * March 1, “En la ciudad sin limites/The City … » More …

Intensive American Language Center accredited
August 27, 2003

Pam Duran, director, IALCThe Intensive American Language Center (IALC) at Washington State University has received accreditation by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), said Pam Duran, director of the IALC. CEA is a national agency which oversees institutions that prepare non-English speaking international students to enter higher education or to pursue professional goals. The process included an extensive self-study report addressing 52 standards — each including a narrative description, evaluation and supporting documentation — as well as a two-day on-site review. The accreditation is for a five-year period.The IALC offers a multitude of services, including:* Five 8-week sessions … » More …