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Chair’s Welcome

Dear LLL Colleagues,

As I begin my sixth year as LLL Chair, I can’t remember a time when more challenging changes were in the air!  While change can be unsettling and very stressful (Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan, new travel policy, office staff shrinking as their and our workloads increase, new and too few office spaces), I know we’ll get through it.  In fact, we have many new changes to celebrate:

* We welcome eight new full-time Lecturers and Senior Lecturers and several new part-time instructors;

* Professors Rania Habib and Emma Ticio were awarded tenure and promotion;

* Jean Jonassaint was promoted to Full Professor;

* For the eighth year in a row we were awarded a $62,956 grant from The Division of Foreign Fulbright Programs at the Institute of International Education;

* We received a recent grant of $190,543 from the Japan Foundation;

* This summer, we offered our third successful Spanish immersion program;

* The German program created and taught an intensive summer hybrid course, Introduction to Business German.

In addition, this fall, we will honor our faculty’s outstanding research at the First Annual Dr. Harold and Mrs. Barbara Jones LLL Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award Ceremony on Monday evening, October 19, beginning at 5:30. I hope you will join us to celebrate!

Amidst all the transitions, I’m happy to say that, at least for me, there is one thing that has not changed at all: my passion for what we do!  I love this department because we live what we teach.  In every corner of LLL you can meet someone from a different culture who speaks a different language, and we appreciate what we learn from each other every single day. Our LLL home (a lot of us spend a lot of time here!) is a beautiful place, full of diversity and warmth.  We teach our students to broaden their horizons, and our own vision of the world is enriched every day as well.  My only lament is that I don’t have enough time to learn all the languages and cultures that we offer.  Our students are so very lucky because we literally offer them the world just by stepping into our building. 

So continue to do what you are doing, because you do it so well.  The changes will go on around us, but if we focus on what’s important: global communication, cultural understanding and appreciation, and knowledge of the richness of the diversity in the world, then how can we not be excited about our central role on this great campus and beyond.

Have a fantastic year! Let’s keep our mission alive and go forth with gratitude for great students, wonderful colleagues, and an incredible opportunity to make a difference in this world! 

Shukriyaa; Riconocente; Agradecida; Gratitude; תודה; Dhanyavaad; 感激 ;感謝; Agradecimiento; Charis; reconnaissante; gratia; 감사;  Благодарность; wdzięczność; minnettarlık; Dankbarkeit; الامتنان

All the best, 


News and Notes
Upcoming LLL Events

Professional Development Workshops will be held again this semester, with dates, times, and topics to be announced in our next newsletter.

Using Technology in Language Teaching: Exploring new techniques and how to implement them
October 2nd, 2:00-3:30pm OLS joins LLL!  Members of Online Learning Services will join LLL Spanish Senior Lecturer, Cathy Nock, French Senior Lecturer Ellie Voss, and ESOL Lecturer, Laura Lisnyczyj, to present a workshop focusing on how to use and implement technology in the language classroom.  The LLL team will present how to use several free online teaching resources including Prism, a close reading tool, Neatline, a geo-spatial tool to use in literature courses, and Kaizena, a Google add-on tool that allows teachers to leave voice and written comments on student writing. This will be followed by a hands-on workshop led by members of the OLS team, who will demonstrate how to easily incorporate these resources and others to Blackboard.

New this year: LLL Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award to be held this year at 5:30pm at Phoebe's, on October 19, 2015.

Thanks to the generous endowment established by Dr. Harold G. and Mrs. Barbara Jones, we will be celebrating an LLL faculty member’s outstanding research achievement at a reception at Phoebe’s restaurant.   This award is to be presented each year to any deserving member of the LLL department.  To be considered, candidates for the award submit a single piece of "published research," the one that in their judgment represents the best work they have published in the last five years. An ad hoc committee of three members selects the awardee.

This year’s recipient is Dr. Alejandro García Reidy, Assistant Professor of Spanish. The selection committee unanimously agreed that Alejandro’s archival work to uncover Lope de Vega's “lost” play, Mujeres y criados, and the subsequent publication of the critical edition of it that has resulted in so much international acclaim, is more than worthy of the LLL Outstanding Research Achievement Award.  We are proud and honored to select Professor García Reidy as this award's first recipient.  

Alejandro will be back in town to talk about his past and current work at our celebration this October.  Every department member is invited to attend the presentation and enjoy the reception to celebrate Alejandro’s accomplishments and the bestowal of this prestigious award upon him.

Developing Better Writing Assignments for Language Classrooms
Friday October 23 at 2PM. In this workshop, presenters Joseph Denn, Matthew Hammill, and Seungmin Yun will discuss how to develop fully contextualized writing assignments from a process-based, rhetorically informed pedagogical perspective. The presenters will focus on how to design writing tasks that encourage students to see writing in an other language as an authentic form of communication, rather than only as assessments of linguistic proficiency. The presenters will discuss the relationship between “writing” and “language” as assessment constructs, and then discuss specific ways to develop writing projects that address rhetorical issues such as audience, genre, and discourse community, while also promoting linguistic development. Participants at the workshop will have a chance to share their own ideas about what writing assignments have worked well in their own classrooms.

THE Retirement Party of the Year (A.K.A. the Buy-Out Blow Out) - please save the date! On Friday, December 4th, 4:30 pm, at Pascale’s Italian Bistro @ Drumlins, there will be tears! There will be laughter! But mostly there will be love as we join together to celebrate the many contributions of Karen Ames, Margo Sampson and Don Wagner, our soon-to-be “retirees” who have chosen to participate in the University’s Voluntary Separation Incentive Program.  Let’s gather together to share wonderful memories, maybe a few funny stories, and wish these folks all the best for the future!

Tuesday, December 8 @ 12-3 – LLL Holiday party Save the Date!  

The LLL Holiday Party - Tuesday, December 8th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m in our LLL Department Suite, 340 H. B. C. We can’t wait to begin celebrating the holiday season with you.

Food, Friends and Frivolity! all are waiting for you during our wonderful Holiday Party! Stop in between classes or stay the whole time! 

It is a great way to end the semester and get you in the spirit of the season!

Spring 2016 events – more information to come – please save the dates

Friday, January 22 @ noon – LLL Faculty Working Papers

Saturday, February 6 – SUPER/LECNY conference at SU

Thursday, February 11 – Schaffer Art Building foyer – LLL International Poetry Festival – 11:30- 1:00

Friday. April 1  – Japan Foundation lecture by Professor Joanne Bernardi

Wednesday, April 13 – World Culture(s) on the Quad

Friday, April 22 - Symposium journal colloquium on Spanish writer, Lope de Vega, in honor of Dr. Harold Jones and organized by Professors Alejandro García Reidy and Amy Wyngaard

Friday, April 29 – Gerlinde Ulm Sanford Award Ceremony – 2:30 p.m.; 500 Hall of Languages

Past Gerlinde Ulm Sanford Award Winners:

2015 - Colleen Kepler and Karen Ames

2014 - Antonina Distefano and Laura Lisnyczyj

2013 - William Ritchie

2012 - Margo Sampson

2011 - Elaine Meltzer

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LLL Program Updates

Jean Jonassaint Promotion to Full Professor
Professor Jonassaint's broad field of research is Francophone Studies, which covers a huge area of literary productions primarily in French, from eighteenth-century Europe and the Americas to twenty-first-century Africa or Asia. Mainly, his research is on narratives by Caribbean, Quebecois and African writers or transnational writers in France and Quebec. On the other hand, he is more and more interested in a practical epistemology, which to some extent implies an ethics of criticism and theory. His growing interest in the questioning of traditional approaches to Francophone or Caribbean literatures leads him more recently to critical and genetic edition of texts. His most recent articles related to these issues are:  “Édition génétique de Dézafi et Les Affres d’un défi de Frankétienne,” Rencontres scientifiques 2013-2014 de l’IEA (2014); “Le labyrinthe des ayants droit,” Continents manuscrits 3 (2014) online @ <>; and “Genèse et impact d’une traduction anglaise des Christophe de Césaire,” Présence Africaine 189 (2014). Currently, he is completing a book on Caribbean literatures and their reception, Contre Vulgate (des lieux dits Caraïbes), under contract with Presses de l’Université Laval (Québec); he is also working on a genetic edition of Dézafi and Les Affres d’un défi by Frankétienne in a single volume to be published in the series “Planète libre” of CNRS editions (Paris) and, at the same time, he is researching for book on Le Cri des oiseaux fous by the Haitian-Canadian writer Dany Laferrière of the Académie française for Honoré Champion (Paris).

Rania Habib Awarded Tenure and Promotion
Dr. Rania Habib specializes in sociolinguistics with a focus on language variation and change. She is also interested in bilingualism, child and adolescent language and second language/dialect acquisition, phonology, cross-cultural communication, pragmatics, and syntax. Her research can be described as interdisciplinary as it combines a number of subfields of linguistics, sometimes applying formal linguistic theory such as Optimality Theory and at other times applying qualitative and quantitative methods of analyses to sociolinguistic variation and change. In addition to syntactic, phonological, pragmatic and acquisition research, she has dealt mostly with dialectal variation in Syria particularly the influence of urban dialects on rural ones through speakers' migration to urban centers or through the spread of urban linguistic features to rural areas. She has been focusing on the latter by analyzing the speech of children and adolescents and comparing their speech to their parents to discover if there is a linguistic change towards the use of urban features and to see if children show statistical learning of the frequencies of their parents or acquire variation later in life due to other factors: internal, cognitive, social, and/or socio-psychological. Her research has led to publications in prestigious journals such as Journal of Pragmatics and Language Variation and Change. It also contributed to various linguistic theories, including identity construction and second language/dialect acquisition particularly the current debate about the age in which children acquire and interpret the variation present in their environment and the factors that lead to the acquisition of such variation.
In addition to teaching linguistic and Arabic courses and contributing to the Linguistics Program and the Middle Eastern Studies Program, Dr. Habib has served as the Coordinator of the Arabic Program since her appointment in 2008, and as such has greatly enriched  this program by developing its curriculum and establishing an Arabic Minor. She was also involved in obtaining a major grant for the Middle Eastern Studies Program from the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program in the United States Department of Education, which extended from 2009-2012.

Emma Ticio Awarded Tenure and Promotion
Professor Emma Ticio was recently granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Spanish.  Prof. Ticio’s research trajectory has contributed to both the theoretical and empirical study of language. Her theoretical research has focused on the syntactic properties of Romance languages, particularly of Spanish. Among other topics, she has examined in detail the structure of nominal expressions, the cliticization and ellipsis processes, the optionality of movement and its locality, and the distinction argument/adjunct. Her theoretical line of research has led to several papers, book chapters, and conferences on the topic and to her first research monograph. In addition to her theoretical research, she has compiled Spanish-English longitudinal databases to support research in the Spanish-English bilingualism field, and has conducted research on Bilingual First Language Acquisition that has been disseminated in papers and conferences, and will appear in her second research monograph.  Prof. Ticio holds a joint appointment (Spanish & Linguistics) in LLL and she is responsible for teaching all undergraduate and graduate linguistics courses offered in the Spanish program, and the required phonology course in the Linguistics program. She has served on several committees and actively contributed to the creation of programs for LLL and developed service learning experiences for the Spanish program. Currently, among her other service contributions, she is the secretary of the Executive committee of the Modern Language Association’s Discussion Group on Comparative Romance Linguistics, the Coordinator for the Spanish Education program, and the Future Professoriate Program liaison.

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(Not so) "Old" colleagues with NEW positions:

Joe Denn, Lecturer of English to Speakers of Other Languages, has been an ESOL instructor in the department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics since the fall of 2012.  Each semester, he enjoys teaching multiple sections of undergraduate ENL courses emphasizing writing and research skills.  On the SU campus, he has experience administering ESOL placement exams with the ENL program in LLL, the Graduate School, and the School of Architecture, Graduate Program.  Additionally, he has gladly served as a lower-division advisor with the College of Arts and Sciences since the fall of 2013.  Since 2010, he has gained valuable experience teaching reading, writing, research, and grammar courses, focusing on English for academic purposes at SU’s English Language Institute.  During the summer of 2015, he has had the pleasure of teaching a 4-week, intensive writing and research course at the ELI as part of the English for graduate studies program for Fulbright scholars.  He is so grateful to be returning to LLL this fall as a full-time ESOL instructor.

Robert J. Lally, Lecturer of English to Speakers of Other Languages, has taught general, academic, and business English in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, China, and Japan, as well as the USA, and has given professional presentations on the use of technology in the classroom and task–based learning.  At Syracuse University, he has developed a number of discipline-specific English courses for graduate students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Information Studies, and the School of Architecture; collaborated with the Korean Peninsula Affairs Center at the Maxwell School; and worked with visiting students through University College. Currently, he teaches courses in academic writing at the undergraduate level and academic / professionally oriented classes at the graduate level.

Laura Lisnyczyj, Lecturer of English to Speakers of Other Languages - After completing a B.A. at Syracuse University with a dual major in Spanish and Italian, Languages, Literatures and Culture, Laura Lisnyczyj completed a Master’s Degree from the School of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University in 2004.  Her M.A. degree is in Linguistics with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  While working on her degree, she taught ESOL classes for SU as a teaching assistant.  She continues to teach at SU as an instructor and has participated in TESOL and NYSTESOL Conferences.  She also assisted the ESOL Coordinator from 2012-2014, assisted in coordinating the Fulbright FLTA Orientation since 2009, and was assigned as coordinator of the Fulbright FLTA Orientation in 2014.  She is now a full-time non-tenure track instructor of ESOL at Syracuse University.  Laura was born in Syracuse and raised with both the American and Italian language and culture.  She enjoys learning foreign languages and loves to travel abroad where she can practice using them.

Catherine Nock, Senior Lecturer of Spanish, teaches Spanish and assists in coordinating the lower-division Spanish program at Syracuse University.  Her interests include curriculum development, teacher training, the communicative classroom, and the use of technology in language learning. She has taught SPA 101,102, 201 and 202, as well as SPA 301 (Approaches to Reading Texts) and SPA 200 (Spanish Immersion). Two of her teaching goals are to design opportunities for students to speak Spanish in the interactive classroom and in real-world contexts; and to encourage cultural literacy through film, music and texts.

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New LLL Colleagues

Marie O'Leary joined our staff last semester as Budget Analyst.  Welcome Marie! We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful office staff in LLL! The LLL main office is staffed by our two fabulous office members:  Colleen and Chris, who became a permanent member of LLL office staff as of January 2015!  Please remember to thank them for all that they do for all of us!

LLL is also lucky to have two, hard-working, and very loyal work-study students, who help us on a daily basis. Lindsey Ludlam, a senior Marketing and Italian major, comes to us for her first year in the department.  Welcome her aboard.   Sol Escribano is a junior political science major.  His technical expertise has been invaluable to our department during the past two years.  We are lucky to have these two great student workers as part of our team.

Lakham Gusain will be teaching Hindi and did his PhD in linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before joining Syracuse University, he has taught Hindi and Urdu languages at the University of Michigan, Washington University in Saint Louis and School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. His areas of interest are language documentation, Descriptive grammar, Language pedagogy, and South Asian languages and cultures.

Matthew J. Hammill has joined LLL this year as a Senior Lecturer teaching ENL. Matthew  earned his Ph.D. degree in English with a concentration in Applied Linguistics from Arizona State University in June of 2014. His previous position was as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Linguistics/TESOL at Oklahoma State University. His research focuses on second language teaching and learning, with a specialization in second language writing. His work has appeared in The CATESOL Journal, International Multilingual Research Journal, The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics and A Guide to Composition Pedagogies. He has taught language and writing classes in many contexts, including secondary schools in Japan, community language programs in the U.S., Intensive English programs, and First Year Composition.

Mona E. Pohen has joined LLL this year and is teaching GER 201. Mona studied English and German at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (1993-1999) and Performing Arts at Braunschweig University of Art (2002-2004), and worked as a high school teacher in Germany and the USA (2000-2007). Her PhD thesis (2009) revolves around Uwe Johnson’s novel Jahrestage and its translation into English. She is interested in creative writing and improvisation theater in foreign language teaching, literary translations, and narratives about the German 20th century. Currently she teaches at Wells College, Ithaca College, and Syracuse University. Her bilingual poetry anthology It’s out now!—Jetzt ist’s raus! is coming out this September. She plays the cello in the winter and tends to her garden in the summer.

Stefano Selenu is a Senior Lecturer in Italian and holds an Italian laurea in philosophy from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Italian Studies from Brown University. He taught Italian language and literature at Wellesley College, Cornell University, and the University of Oklahoma. His teaching interests include Italian language at all levels and literature courses on Dante, medieval-Renaissance culture, and Italian theory. His research focuses on the role of language and political thought in medieval Italian literature and culture as well as the Mediterranean in Dante and Boccaccio. He has published essays on Dante and Antonio Gramsci and has completed two book manuscripts. The first is currently in print in Italy with the title Ideas: Riflessioni su Dante, Gramsci e il sardo comune; the second is under consideration for publication with the tentative title De-vulgarizing the Vulgar: Language, Exile, and Poetry of Praxis in Dante. In 2005 he was awarded the Antonio Gramsci Prize.

Seungmin Yun has joined LLL this year teaching ENL as a Senior Lecturer. Seungmin Yun received her doctoral degree in TESL/Linguistics from Oklahoma State University. She has been teaching ESOL courses at university level for 8 years. Based on her teaching, she is working on material development for EAP courses focusing on the simulation based approach. Her major research interest lies on intercultural pragmatics, code-switching, and language socialization of bilingual children.

Elizabeth (Ellie) Voss is a Senior Lecturer in the French Program and a recent graduate of the PhD program in the Department of French at the University of Virginia, where she also received her MA in 2008.  She first sojourned in France in 2003 as part of the University of California Education Abroad Program and, having developed a keen interest in French and Francophone history, literature, and culture, she returned to France as an Assistante de Langue and later in her graduate career as a Lectrice d’Anglais at the Université de Provence Aix-Marseille.  She has taught college-level French at the University of Virginia, including the Summer Language Institute, and worked with high school students in the Virginia Governor’s Academy French Program.  In 2015, she was awarded the Departmental Graduate Teaching Award by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Virginia.  Ellie’s research focuses on travel accounts of the late medieval period and their manuscript traditions.  She received her training in manuscript studies from Rare Book School and has visited several libraries abroad, including the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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