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Chair’s Welcome

Dear LLL Colleagues,

Nearly six years have flown by and it’s hard to believe that this will be my last newsletter as your LLL Chair!  It has truly been a pleasure to work more closely with all of you!  We’ll have many more opportunities to communicate and collaborate this semester and we won’t need to say “good-bye” anyway because we’ll all still be working together.  But I do want to say “thank you” for six very enriching years!

We have a plethora of exciting events to look forward to this semester.  Please read below in this newsletter to learn more about some of them.  I hope you can attend as many as possible.  Our colleagues are hosting some really great activities this spring so I look forward to celebrating with you.

Have a great semester!

All the best,

News and Notes
Upcoming LLL Events

Japanese Spring Festival

The Japanese Program together with the Japanese Students Association and the students from Kobe University will be celebrating “Setsubun” on the evening of February 5th.  We'll be doing a special ritual called  mamemaki (literally "bean scattering") to cleanse away all the evil from the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil sprits for the year to come.  We'll have other activities such as fan decorating, calligraphy, origami, and water-yoyo.  After that each student makes “sushi” and enjoys dinner with pork miso-soup!!

Japanese Spring Festival

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Spring Festival celebrates the Chinese New Year, using the Lunar Calendar. This “spring” it falls upon February 8, and Syracuse University’s students and faculty of the Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department shall be celebrating. From 9:30 to 3:00 in room 340, HBC, we’ll be eating traditional Chinese New Year’s food, snacks, and performing songs and folk dances. Come and meet our Chinese instructors, ask questions about our program, while enjoying good food and camaraderie.

LLL International Poetry Festival

Thursday, February 11 from 11:45-1:00 p.m. IN SHAFFER BUILDING ATRIUM, we invite you and your students to celebrate poetry from the many countries our department represents.  We will set up in Shaffer Atrium, where individuals or groups of faculty, staff, instructors, and students will recite, sing, read, act out, or even dance to the international verses we all love so much.  Colleen will buy a giant basket of Hershey's kisses for our listeners to enjoy.

Please encourage the students in your classes to attend.  Individual students can recite something or groups of students can also perform together.  In the past, we have had wonderful poetry recitations, music, and dance performances by students, faculty, and instructors of every language taught in the department.  We hope to do the same this year!

We hope you'll help us prepare the SU campus for a world-class Valentine's Day and join us for this fun celebration of languages, literatures, and linguistics (and chocolate:-)!  Choose the poems you or your group would like to recite or read and prepare to "perform" them on February 11 in the Shaffer Art Building Atrium.

Please sign up with Chris for an approximate time slot,, so we’ll have an idea of how many participants to plan for.  We’re looking forward to seeing you and your students there!

109 Otisco St., Syracuse NY 13204
Tel. 315-443-2151

FEB 13, 7PM 
A string recital of classical compositions, rhythms and melodies from featuring guitar quartet FOURTEGUITAR with guest performances by guitar soloist KENNETH MEYER and violinist SARA SILVA.
Syracuse University Setnor School of Music alum Jorge Calaf is one of the founding members of Fourteguitar, a quartet that originates in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Kenneth Meyer is member of the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, and Colombian violinist Sara Silva is currently a music teacher for the children's program Mi Música at La Casita Cultural Center.

Warehouse Bldg., 350 W Fayette St., Syracuse NY 13202
Tel. 315-443-2169

Spring 2016 Exhibitions at The Point of Contact Gallery

February 4th – March 12, 2016
Opening Reception February 4th, 6-8pm.
Artist in attendance
Pin the Tail is a site-specific installation by Chilean artist, Catalina Schliebener. Schliebener is interested in working with icons related to youth that implicitly reveal norms associated with the construction of gender, identity, and class.

March 24- June 25, 2015
Opening Reception March 24th, 6-8pm
Artist in attendance
Painting exhibition by renowned Puerto Rican neo-expressionist.

This is a poetry series that takes place every Thursday in April at 6pm, at the Pointo of Contact Gallery, followed by a reception and dialogue with the poets, in commemoration of National Poetry Month.
Co-sponsored by LLL, support for this program comes from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Events are free and open to the public.

Spanish Symposium 2016

LLL will be hosting the Spanish Symposium 2016 on April 15 in Newhouse II RM 350 . The symposium will feature both undergraduate and graduate presentations and is a great opportunity for students to present on a topic which they are passionate about in an academic setting. We are looking for students to make presentations on an academic paper or research they have completed during the course of their studies at Syracuse University. Undergraduate presentations should aim to be around 10 minutes long and should be from students that have taken SPA 202 or higher. Graduate and professional presentations should be 20 minutes long.

Please submit proposals by March 1st to Chelsey Smith at or Andrew Scheuer at for consideration.

Something about Rome

This Spring, the Italian section in the LLL Department is organizing an Italian Film Series, where diverse Italian movies will be shown with English subtitles for free throughout the semester. The purpose of this series is to give students and other interested members of the SU community the opportunity to hear native Italian, to observe the contexts in which different types of language usage can occur, and to become acquainted with the diversity of Italian culture, while enjoying relevant Italian movies with pizza and drinks. This semester the title of the Series is “Something about Rome” and focuses on the capital city of Italy. Three major movies will be shown: Caterina va in città (2003) by 2015 Academy Award-nominated director Paolo Virzì, Ladri di biciclette (1948) by Vittorio De Sica, and the 2014 Academy Award winning film by Paolo Sorrentino, La grande bellezza (2013). Pizza and drinks will be served!

Caterina va in città: Friday, January 29 at 1:00pm, HBC Kittredge Auditorium
Ladri di biciclette: Thursday, February 11 at 6:30pm, HBC 213A
La grande bellezza: Friday, March 25 at 1:00pm, Shemin Auditorium (Shaffer Art Bldg)

The 19th French Colloquium will be taking place on Friday March 25th 2016 and everyone is welcome. Also, any Graduate or Undergraduate student that has studied French at a 202 level or beyond is welcome to submit an abstract of a paper they wrote - in French - by March 1st to participate in the colloquium (email: or

Watson Visiting Professor 2016 Laura Freixas

Laura Freixas is an internationally known creative writer, translator and public intellectual.  Her work on literary and social feminist issues has garnered her acclaim in the Spanish press and abroad. In addition to her prolific publishing career of short stories, novels, essays and translations, Freixas is the president of  Clásicas y Modernas (Classics and Moderns) an organization promoting gender equality.

*Please note Friday mini-seminar/workshops! Sign up soon as space is limited!

Tuesday March 29

5:00-6:30 Opening Reception at Faculty Center:  “An Evening with LAURA FREIXAS, Author, Social critic, Public Intellectual” book-signing, hors d’oeuvres and music.

Wednesday March 30
Lunch and talk with faculty and students of Women's and Gender Studies.

Thursday March 31
Born in Ukraine in 1920 to a Russian Jewish family, Clarice Lispector went into exile in Brazil, with her parents and sisters, at an early age. She married a diplomat and lived in Europe and the United States before going back to Rio de Janeiro where she died in 1977. The originality and variety of the work she left are impressive; no wonder she has become extraordinarily popular in Brazil and revered by literati in other countries.
Laura Freixas, who has written extensively about her, including a biography (Ladrona de rosas, 2011), examines in this lecture one of the topics on which Lispector mused time and time again: what is a woman? The answer is far from simple. It involves a variety of ideas such as nature, creation, conscience, guilt, imitation or words.

*Friday April 1 9:00-12:00 Mini-Seminar/Workshop “The First Page: The Importance of Beginning a Novel.” Conducted in Spanish. Registration required.

El comienzo de una novela es crucial. Las primeras páginas deben tener interés e intriga suficientes para incitar al lector/a a seguir leyendo, pero deben contener también –y en ese sentido, son fruto de una serie de decisiones previas- los principales elementos de todo relato: argumento, personajes, temas, narrador, estructura temporal, atmósfera, estilo, tono…
El taller “La primera página” aspira a reproducir el proceso que sigue cualquier escritor/a para crear una novela: a partir de una vaga idea, concretarla –es decir, tomar una por una las decisiones que antes mencionábamos- y empezar a redactar.

Monday April 4 6:30-7:30 Conversation with writer, critic and feminist Laura Freixas. Sponsored by Creative Writing Program.

It is generally supposed that women’s literature is prone to using autobiographical material, much more so than men’s. Is that true? If so, we should ask ourselves two questions. First: which are the experiences or themes more often found in these autobiographical texts? Secondly: is the tendency to autobiography  characteristic of women’s writing only, or is it shared with other subaltern groups (such as African-Americans, gays, Latinos, Jews, etc)? And then, what differences are there between the representation of an experience that has been (or can be) experienced directly, and the representation of something that the writer has not and will never live through? Finally, we must consider the political implications of the fact that some groups have been and still are in a position that allows them to speak on behalf of others.

Thursday April 7 class visit 12:30-1:50
SPA 400 Spain in the New Global Context
Prof. Everly

*Friday April 8 9:00-12:00 Mini-Seminar/Workshop “The Pitfalls and Promises of Translation” Conducted in Spanish.  Registration required. Please contact
This workshop will be dedicated to analyzing sections of Elizabeth Smart’s novel By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept translated by Laura Freixas. Through close textual readings and hands on experience translating from English to Spanish, the participants will gain insight into the process of professional translation.  The text will be circulated before the workshop for participants to translate.

Japanese: A Research Project in the Digital Humanities On Friday, April 1 at 1 p.m. Dr. Joanne Bernardi, Associate Professor
Japanese Studies | Film and Media Studies
Dept. of Modern Languages and Cultures
University of Rochester

Will present a talk on her research project in the digital humanities,  Re-Envisioning Japan.  To learn more about this project, check out this link:  Re-Envisioning Japan as Destination in 20th Century Visual and Material Culture

World Culture(s) on the Quad

On Wednesday, April 13 from 11-1 we will host our annual LLL World Culture(s) on the Quad in HBC Breezeway. In the past, this has been a joyful, rich, and vibrant celebration of the many world languages and cultures that we teach and we hope for the same this year.  We will reserve a table for each program in the department. We will also have a karaoke system and microphone available for any programs' performances.  Please join us by sharing artifacts, information, music, food, dances and everything that is interesting and wonderful about your culture and language.

LLL Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award

Thanks to the generous endowment established by Dr. Harold G. and Mrs. Barbara Jones, we will once again be able to celebrate an LLL faculty member’s outstanding research achievement at a reception next fall.   This award is presented each year to any deserving member of the LLL department.  To be considered, candidates for the award must 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 past year’s recipient was 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, which resulted in so much international acclaim, was worthy of the 2015 LLL Outstanding Research Achievement Award.  Professor García Reidy was this award's first recipient.

Nominations and self nominations for the 2016 LLL Faculty Outstanding Research Award Achievement Award are now being accepted through April 15, 2016.  To nominate or self-nominate, please submit a hard copy of a single piece of published research with a(n optional) statement or proof of its significance to the LLL Department Chair (

On April 22, 2016, the following exhibition curated and donated by Emeritus Professor of Spanish Harold Jones will open, with reception, in the Special Collections Research Department of the Syracuse University Library.

"AVIDA DOLLARS: SALVADOR DALI, Joseph Forêt, and the Three Most Expensive Books in the World"

Between 1956 and 1963 the Parisian editor Joseph Forêt published a dozen books that he marketed as the most expensive books in the world. The three most notable were collaborations with Salvador Dalí, with illustrations of Don Quixote, The Apocalypse, and The Divine Comedy. This exhibition features the most original and important graphic work done by Dalí during his lifetime. Nearly fifty very rare versions of these books and illustrations will be displayed.

The exhibition will continue for six months.

Amy Wyngaard, Professor of French and Editor of Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, and Alejandro García-Reidy, Assistant Professor of Spanish, will host a day-long symposium on "Lope de Vega and the Early Modern World (1580-1635)" on Friday, April 22 in the Peter Graham Commons, Bird Library.  Specialists from universities in the US and Canada have been invited to participate. In honor of Emeritus Professor, Harold Jones and the 70th anniversary of Symposium, the featured speakers will include:  Alejandro García-Reidy, Syracuse University; Javier Rubiera, University of Montreal; Veronika Ryijk, Franklin and Marshall College; Fernando Plata, Colgate University; Chad Leahy, University of Denver.  All are welcome!

Annual Gerlinde Ulm Sanford LLL Departmental Award Ceremony and Reception

Annual Gerlinde Ulm Sanford LLL Departmental Award Ceremony and Reception

This year’s sixth Annual Gerlinde Ulm Sanford LLL Departmental Award Ceremony and Reception will be held on Friday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. In 500 Hall of Languages. Please mark your calendar and join us for this fun and celebratory event!

This event honors the memory of former Department Chair and Professor of German, Gerlinde Ulm Sanford, at the same time that it celebrates the accomplishments, dedication, and contributions of valued LLL members and students.  The following awards will be given out on April 29:

• Gerlinde Ulm Sanford Award for loyalty, dedication, and valuable contribution to the LLL Department;
• 2016 LLL Language and Spirit Award
• Gerlinde Ulm Sanford Award for Outstanding Student of German;
• Gerlinde Ulm Sanford Award for Outstanding LLL Student;
• Awards for Outstanding Graduating Majors in LLL programs;
• Awards for Outstanding MA students of French, Linguistics, TESOL concentration, and Spanish;
• Award for overall Outstanding LLL TA;
• A few other honors and awards.

Both this year's reception and the $5000 Gerlinde Ulm Sanford Award for an LLL member are generously funded thanks to an endowment established by Dr. and Mrs. Harold G. Jones.

To nominate your colleagues  for this year's Gerlinde Ulm Sanford award for collegiality, dedication, loyalty, and service to LLL, please submit the form which will be circulated soon to the LLL Department Chair ( by Friday, April 1 .  This year's award winner will receive $5000, thanks to the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Harold G. Jones.

To submit nominations for the Gerlinde Ulm Sanford LLL student award, please submit the student nomination form also by April 1.  This award will be presented to a student in any LLL program or level.  The student should be motivated, enthusiastic, hard working and passionate about his/her course work in the department.  GPA is not the primary factor in this nomination.

Special Topics in Spanish, Spanish Immersion

For the fourth summer in a row, LLL will once again offer SPA 200: Special Topics in Spanish, Spanish Immersion. This is a two- week intensive Spanish course designed to immerse students in the language and expose them to opportunities to use it in daily activities.  Last summer was a huge success with outings to Guzman Dance Studio and to the West Side Learning Center.  Once again, participants will receive both formal instruction in the language as well as numerous opportunities practice their new skills in real-world settings. Activities will include: hands-on cultural opportunities such as cooking, sports, and dance; creating and participating in a Spanish performance; viewing and discussing films in Spanish; excursions to Hispanic cultural centers and events; and interactive online activities.

The course will run from July 5th through July 15th and is geared to high school students who have completed at least two years of Spanish.

Working Papers
Endless Petals Fallen Ill: Alcoholism and Song Literati

This talk features unprecedented research into the presence of alcoholism in China’s Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE). The Song was the only imperial dynasty to sustain a monopoly on alcohol production and distribution, and the ubiquitous banquets of Song literati were saturated with alcohol. Employing the criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, I find symptomatological evidence of alcoholism in Song literati poetry and medical anecdotes. By merging philology with a comparative symptomatology of alcoholism, I break new ground into Chinese literary and cultural history, uncovering the startling dark side of Song bacchanalia.

Edwin Van Bibber-Orr
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Working Papers Talk, 2.26.16

That Korean Emotion: Han, Maladies, and the Unspeakable

I will examine the Korean sentiment of “han"—a term meaning sorrow or grief, but also anger and aggression—and its relationship to trauma and its aftershocks in Korean culture and Korean-American communities. It is a term that does not denote one meaning but rather encompasses multiple or even conflicting meanings in Korean language. The word han does not also translate into a single English word. I will first explain this ambivalence inherent in “han," examining literary texts ranging from folktale to contemporary fiction and films. I will then discuss this concept’s (un)translatability and unspeakability both within the Korean context  from a trans-cultural perspective in traumatic situations.

Meera Lee
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

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Professor Jaklin Kornfilt will receive from the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor an award for organizing an international conference on DP versus NP structure. Co-PIs: John Whitman (Cornell); Jeffrey Runner (Rochester). Amount: $2,500. (Decision announced on February 1, 2016.)

Professors Gail Bulman, Myrna García-Calderón, and Alicia Ríos will receive from the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor an award for their LELACS(Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies)/Global Literatures and Cultures Working Group to organize two events: A spring 2016 LELACS conference on "Transatlantic Studies, Local and Global Readings" and (with Tomoko Walter) a lecture by Joanne Bernardi on “Re-envisioning Japan through Digital Humanities.”  Total amount: $4,000.

On October 19, 2015, Alejandro García-Reidy received the “LLL Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award” in recognition of his published research on Lope de Vega’s play Mujeres y criados.

Alejandro García-Reidy was member of the organizational committee of the conference XVII Congreso de la AITENSO. El teatro clásico en su(s) cultura(s): which was del Siglo de Oro al siglo XXI, held at Queens College on October 20-23, and was atended by nearly 120 international scholars who specialized in early modern Spanish and Latin American theater (

On October 23, 2015, Alejandro García-Reidy was voted in as a member of the Board of the international association “Asociación Internacional de Teatro Español y Novohispano de los Siglos de Oro (AITENSO)”.

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Recent Faculty Publications

Bhatia, Tej K. 2015. Early Hindi Grammars: Context and Contribution to Language Study. Bulletin d’Études Indiennes, Publié par l’Association Française pour les Études Indiennes 32: 37-46

Bhatia, Tej K. 2015. Bollywood Banter: The melting pot of Bambaiyaa [Mumbai] Hindi. ASIAN Geographic No. 109, Issue 1 (January), Phenomenal! Passsport Section, p. 9. Singapore: Asian Geographic Magazines Pvt Ltd.

Bhatia, Tej K. Forthcoming. The journey of words (in Hindi) Shbadon kii yaatraa (The Journey of Words).  Vishwa Hindi Patrika, Mauritius

Tej K. Bhatia, Forthcoming Hindi-Urdu and Indian English: Intra-national and International Diaspora. Communicating in Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (with Bill Ritchie)

Eikel-Pohen, Mona: German/English Poetry and Short Prose - Deutsche/Englische Poesie und Kurzprosa. Self-published. Printed through CreateSprace. December 2015.

Everly, Kathryn.  Mercè Rodoreda. Short Story Criticism. Columbia, SC: Layman Poupard Publishing, 2015, 245-321. Print.

Frieden, Ken.  Travels in Translation: Sea Tales at the Source of Jewish Fiction (Syracuse: Syracuse UP, Spring 2016).

García-Reidy, Alejandro, “Difusión, presencia pública y fama en la polémica en torno a la oscuridad gongorina,” Boletín Hispánico Helvético, 25 (2015), pp. 167-191.

García-Reidy, Alejandro, El cordobés valeroso, Pedro Carbonero, notes and critical edition by Alejandro García Reidy, in José Enrique López Martínez (coord.), Parte XIV de comedias de Lope de Vega, Madrid, Gredos, 2015.

García-Reidy, Alejandro, “¿Competencia o colaboración? Memoriones, copistas y actores en un manuscrito de El príncipe perfecto (primera parte)”, in Germán Vega García-Luengos, Héctor Urzáiz y Pedro Conde (ed.), El patrimonio del teatro clásico español: actualidad y perspectivas. Homenaje a Francisco Ruiz Ramón, Valladolid, Universidad de Valladolid, 2015, pp. 381-389.

Kornfilt, Jaklin. 2015 (a) “NEED-ing HAVE for HAVE-ing NEED, but BE-ing (almost) NEED-less”, in Eine hundertblaettrige Tulpe — Bir şadbarg lala (= A Tulip with a hundred leaves): Festschrift in Honor of Claus Schönig; I. Hauenschild, M. Kappler & B. Kellner-Heinkele (eds.): Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag; 269-282.

Kornfilt, Jaklin. 2015 (b) “Happy Birthday, dear Josef! (Locality violations in Turkish and German syntax)”, in Charting the Landscape of Linguistics: Webschrift for Josef Bayer; E. Brandner, A. Czypionka, C. Freitag & A. Trotzke (eds.);; pp. 104-106.

Kornfilt, Jaklin.  2015 (c) “Two types of Free Relatives in disguise: One is headed, the other a correlative”; in Ankara Papers in Turkish and Turkic Linguistics; D. Zeyrek, Ç. Sağın Şimşek, U. Ataş, J. Rehbein (eds.); Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz; 132-150.

Lee, Meera. “‘Doing'” Theory In and About East Asia: Transgression and Translation," Special Issue on "Problematizing East Asia,"Tamkang Review Summer (2016).

Rios, Alicia.  “Lectores y lecturas del siglo XIX latinoamericano.” Cuadernos de Literatura [Bogotá] 20.39 (2016): 54-228.

Van der Meer, Matthieu and Albrecht Diem, eds. Columbanische Klosterregeln: Regula cuiusdam patris, Regula cuiusdam ad virgines, Regelfragment De accedendo. Germany: ERSCHEINUNGSJAHR, 2016.

Wyngaard, Amy. "The End of Pornography:  The Story of Story of O."  MLN 130 (2015):  980-97.

Wyngaard, Amy.  "The Austryn Wainhouse Papers."  Translation Review 92, no. 1 (2015):  99-106.

Zhou, Lanjing, My Homeless Generations: The True Story of a Young Lady Coming of Age During the Cultural Revolution, Ming Lei Press (2015).

Zhou, Lanjing, Neighbors: Contemporary Chinese Poems (Chinese Edition), Ming Lei Press (2015).

Habib, Rania. 2016. Bidirectional linguistic change in rural child and adolescent language in Syria. Dialectologia 16, 117-141.

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New LLL Colleagues

Dr. James M. Hunt grew up in New York City.  He majored in History and minored in Medieval Studies at SUNY Geneseo before learning Latin and Greek at CUNY’s Latin Greek Institute, where he was subsequently an instructor.  He received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Classics from Fordham University.  He has studied in both Rome and Athens, where he met his wife Gloria, an art historian.  Jim is in his ninth year teaching Latin at Fayetteville Manlius High School.  He lives in Manlius with Gloria and their five children.

Lindsey Ludlam - Lindsey is senior from Framingham Massachusetts graduating this may with a dual major in Marketing and Italian Language. She has been working at LLL since the beginning of the year, and is delighted to once again be surrounded by so many different languages and cultures that she hasn't experienced since her time abroad in Florence.

Dr. Samia Shenouda , born in Egypt, is a US citizen and an Arabic Language Lecturer with a native proficiency in both Modern Standard Arabic, and the spoken Arabic of Egypt to all ages (children to University level Ph.D. students), in both Egypt and the USA. She has a Ph.D. degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy. Dr. Shenouda will teach two upper-division Arabic courses. ARB302: Arabic VI and ARB336: Arabic Cultures.

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
325 HB Crouse Hall
Phone: 315-443-5490

Pratik Gote , has joined LLL this year and is working as a technical work study. He is from India and has completed his under graduate studies in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He has over 4 years of work experience on developing Enterprise Web Applications. He has worked with Tata Consultancy Services, EMC2, Mphasis. Currently, he is pursuing his Masters in Computer Engineering.

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Student Profile

Meet Jasmyn Chacko, Spanish Education Major

At first, junior Jasmyn Chacko was averse to the idea of majoring in Education. “It was my mom who suggested it, and I was resistant. But then she showed me that I had been teaching all my life  -  helping other students with their homework, working with children – and I realized that I was excited about presenting knowledge to others.”  Her indecision about education changed when taking RED 321 with Kelly Chandler-Olcott, whose energy was contagious and depth of knowledge was eye-opening. Early in Jasmyn’s college career, she recognized that she was passionate about topics like grammar, vocabulary, register and code-switching. She had volunteered during high school as an ESL teacher with Spanish-speaking students, and knew she wanted a program that offered courses in Spanish language as well as Education.  She credits LLL faculty members Katie Clinton (“She really believed in me and took the time to show me what a great fit the Spanish Ed program would be for me.”) and Prof. Emma Ticio (“Her course on Spanish Phonetics changed a lot of things for me. Even though it was hard, I loved the course and wish I could take it again!”) with her decision to major in Spanish Education.

Jasmyn has just recently returned from a semester in Spain, which she says was an even better experience than she could have imagined. While there, she took 18 credits, all taught in Spanish. She studied topics such as the History of Women in Spain, and Colonial Latin American History. The diverse content presented in these courses enabled her to expand her knowledge as well as her vocabulary. “I feel like this major can take you in so many directions”, said Jasmyn. After graduation in May of 2017, she is considering staying at Syracuse University to pursue her Master’s in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) because “The options are unlimited - there are so many people who need help.”  With her enthusiasm for language and her dedication to teaching, it seems that Jasmyn Chacko is exactly the right person to help them.

--Catherine Nock

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