Modern Languages High School Contest
The 4th edition of the Shippensburg University Modern Languages High School Contest took place on Saturday the 15th of November. Eleven schools of the area participated with 47 students and in 4 languages (Chinese, German, French and Spanish). The events, Jeopardy, poetry reciting and Karaoke, met with great success. Several students opted to take an Oral Proficiency Interview or OPI with the Shippensburg professors in order to gauge their progress in language acquisition. After the events, the visitors--students, parents and teachers--took a tour of campus with Modern Languages students who served as ambassadors, and had lunch at the Reisner Dining Hall, courtesy of the Dean of the Office of Admissions.
The contest concluded with the announcement of winners in each category and of the winner for the High Point Trophy that went this year to Cumberland Valley High School.
Congratulations to all participants for all your achievements!
Conference for Undergraduate Research (CUR)
Several of our students presented at the Conference for Undergraduate Research. Emily Howell presented her research entitled "The Benefits of Teaching Languages
in Elementary School" at the Celebration of Student Research on April 22. Her
work debunks myths and makes a convincing case for making second language
learning a priority starting in the early grades. Emily did a great job
summarizing her most salient points for the many interested visitors she had at
Those who are interested in learning more are encouraged to attend
Emily's presentation, in Spanish, of this same research at the Modern Languages
Conference on May 3.
Here is the list of Dr. Mitaut's students who also presented at CUR:
Bucher, « Du cirque et des jeux pour contrer la révolte: les dessous du
divertissement parisien depuis le XIXe siècle » (Keeping the People
Content since the Nineteenth Century: What Lies Behind Parisian Entertainment)
Bouhmam, « Enfances Juives dans le Paris de Vichy : tentatives de reconstruction
de l’expérience et de témoignage à travers la littérature » (Jewish Childhoods
in Paris under the French Vichy Regime : Attempting to Reconstruct Experience
and Bear Witness through Literature)
Hefner, « Exploration littéraire du traitement des immigrés en France depuis la
Seconde Guerre Mondiale : La Seine était
rouge de Leïla Sebbar, La
Goutte d’Or de Michel Tournier et Entre les murs de François Bégaudeau »
(Literary Exploration of the Treatment of Immigrants in France since
With endorsement from Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy, David Craig, a sophomore with a major in International Management in Chinese 102, has his Chinese essay titled "我的中国心“ won the writing competition of Write the Ship. The essay has been selected for publishing in this on-campus undergraduate journal at Shippensburg that recognizes excellent undergraduate writing.
Dr. Pomeroy also has another student, Ashley Moriarty, who was in her Geography class and wrote an essay on China's "One Child Policy" selected for publication in Write the Ship.