Modern and Classical Languages
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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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Newsletter Tells Story of Active Department

Newsletter Tells Story of Active Department

Recent developments in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages are described in the recently published newsletter for 2005-2006. This edition contains information on the new full-time faculty, a "what's new" section, updates from each of the language programs, and a list of the students recognized in the annual awards ceremony in May 2005.

Department Launches Newsletter

Department Launches Newsletter

Chair Jeff Chamberlain welcomes readers to the department newsletter for 2004-2005. The publication includes information on new full-time faculty, updates from the language sections, congratulations to the talented students who were recognized at the department's annual awards ceremony, and alumni news.

Wagner on Tony Schumacher

Wagner on Tony Schumacher

Imgard Wagner, Modern and Classical Languages, published an essay "Tony Schumacher, Jugendschriftstellerin aus Ludwigsburg, Zeugin bewegter Zeiten," in a volume on 18th- to 20th-century women writers from the Ludwigsburg area. Irmgard's essay portrays the children's literature writer Tony Schumacher (1848-1931) as a witness of the eventful times in which she lived and wrote.