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New Course in Arabic Media

New Course in Arabic Media

In fall 2009, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages will offer a new course in Arabic Media, FRLN 330. The course is designed to provide students with the basic skills and vocabulary required for understanding the language of newspapers, magazines, television and internet news.

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Professor Emeritus Aksyonov Dies

Professor Emeritus Aksyonov Dies

Vassily Aksyonov, Professor Emeritus of Russian Literature and Writing, died on Monday, July 6, in Moscow. He was 76. According to news reports, he had been in the hospital since January 2008 after suffering a stroke. In December 2004, Aksyonov received the Open Russia Booker Prize, which is awarded for the best Russian novel of the year. His award, presented in Moscow, was for “Voltairiens and Voltairiennes,” a historical narrative about 18th-century Russia laced with hints and prophecies about contemporary political issues.

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Join the French Club

Join the French Club

Mason's French Club offers students and exciting set of options, including meetings and parties with cultural food exploration, films and more.

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Iraqi the Focus of Arabic Dialects Class

Iraqi the Focus of Arabic Dialects Class

George Mason University offers ARAB 380, a class that explores the different dialects of the Arabic language. In fall 2009, the class will focus on Iraqi. “Iraqi is the dialect that concerns many Americans these days,” said Sana Hilmi, Arabic program coordinator. She adds that because Iraq is a hot spot, many students go there, and they would like to learn this dialect. It is a dialect that needs to be studied because of the many linguistic changes it represents.

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Confucius Institute To Send 28 Students to China

Confucius Institute To Send 28 Students to China

This summer, 28 local high school students will fly to China, one of the first major initiatives of George Mason’s new Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute, which was established on April 16, is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is a cooperation between George Mason University, the Beijing Language and Culture University and the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing to promote Chinese language and culture in the metro area.

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2009 Graduates Celebrate with Family and Friends

2009 Graduates Celebrate with Family and Friends

They lined up in the parking lot of Patriot Center, smiles on their faces and arms wrapped around their friends in celebratory hugs. George Mason University's class of 2009, grouped into the College of Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, marched into the Patriot Center on May 15, 2009 for undergraduate convocation. "This celebration recognizes your efforts and dedication in fulfilling your degree requirements," Dean Jack Censer told the group of students. "Your passion and pursuit of excellence brought you to this culminating moment, where you are surrounded by the family and friends who have guided and supported you along the way."

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New Course Encourages Students to Think Critically about Language

New Course Encourages Students to Think Critically about Language

Although English is the only language spoken in the majority of homes in the United States, almost 20 percent of the population five years and older speaks another language at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But what are these languages and who speaks them? Is this similar to or different from other countries and other historical periods? How do multilinguals use the different languages they know, and how is their language use related to their identities?

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Ellis Speaks on Corrective Feedback

Ellis Speaks on Corrective Feedback

University of Auckland professor Rod Ellis delivered the fall lecture on Second Language Learning sponsored by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Ellis argued that the controversial role of corrective feedback needs to be examined from three different perspectives: cognitive, social, and psychology. Corrective feedback should be viewed as a collaborative endeavor that must be adapted to the individual learner and the social/situational context.

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Department Activity Chronicled in Newsletter

Department Activity Chronicled in Newsletter

The 2006-2007 department newsletter is dedicated to chair Jeff Chamberlain, whose leadership and wit were missed during his time away. It contains information about the new full-time faculty and updates from each of the language sections.

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