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January

The Office of Study Abroad hosts its Spring fair on January 28th at MMC to promote various study abroad opportunities including programs to for language abroad.

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The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy Student Award Committee is accepting nominations for the 2016 Jorge Pérez-López Student Award Competition. Deadline is May 20, 2016.

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On Wednesday January 27th, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs will provide an informational briefing on various professional and academic opportunities.

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February

Congratulations Dr. Fanta!

The Department of Modern Languages congratulates Dr. Andrea Fanta, whose new book, Residuos de la violencia: Producción cultural colombiana 1990-2010, has just been published. ¡Felicitaciones Dra. Fanta!

The Latin American and Caribbean Center is sending out the call for the Summer 2016 FLAS Fellowships. The FLAS fellowship supports language training in Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs), including Portuguese and Haitian Creole. The Summer Fellowship also includes the study of Quechua.

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The Latin American and Caribbean Center is sending out the call for the 2016-2017 Academic Year FLAS Fellowships. The FLAS fellowship supports language training in Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs), including Portuguese and Haitian Creole. The Summer Fellowship also includes the study of Quechua.

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Join the Turkish Language Club in a 10 week series of Turkish classes. RSVP at fiuturkishstudies@gmail.com include your major and class standing by February 8th.

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March

ELS Educational Services, Inc. presents their third year of their sponsorship, in conjunction with the United Nations, of the Many Languages, One World Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum for 2016. The contest will qualify contestants for a trip to New York to participate in the United Nations Global Youth Forum. Deadline for essay submissions is Thursday March 31, 2016.

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April

José A. Villar Portela, Spanish doctoral student, has been awarded the 2016-21017 Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship in support of his research project, “New Men, New Nations, New Selves: Homonationalist Assimilation and Queer Practices of Freedom in Contemporary Cuban Cultural Production."

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April 10th marked the 9th Annual FIU Chinese Speech and Skit Contest, which took place at the SIPA Auditorium. Students of many nationalities from all across South Florida participated in the event. They ranged from children to adults, beginners to heritage speakers, and, of course, nervous to confident. More than 100 students, teachers, and judges represented nearly two dozen institutions, along with over 50 of our own FIU students and Chinese Department professors.

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Univision covers Dr. Baralt's latest research initiative - the Háblame, Bebé app to help reduce the word gap and promote bilingualism among Hispanic underprivileged children:

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May

Two Chinese language students have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical languages during the summer of 2016.

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The U.S. Department of State invites students to learn more on how a proficiency in Spanish can be used for a national service program to work in U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.

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June

The U.S. Department of State invites students to learn more about how they can use their proficiency in Mandarin as part of a unique national service program working in U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.

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Applications for the 10th International Manga Award by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has been extended to June 30th.

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The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the the opening of the competition for the Fiscal Year 2016 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program.

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The University's Frost Art Museum has recognized Dr. Maria Antonieta Garcia as their June 2016 Docent Feature.

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July

The Department of Modern Languages invites you to discover the value and flexibility of completing a Spanish minor online as part of your undergraduate degree program. The Spanish minor is delivered online utilizing the latest technologies in online learning.

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September

Dr. Melissa Baralt and her team were chosen as a winner for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Word Gap Challenge for the new phone app Háblame Bebé.

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Congratulations to Dr. Renée Silverman on her recent co-edited volume titled "Mediterranean Modernism: Intercultural Exchange and Aesthetic Development".

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Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Fanta, whose book presentation, Residuos de la violencia, was a huge success at Miami's Books and Books. Dr. Fanta gave a talk and then answered participants' questions. We congratulate Dr. Fanta on her new book!

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November

The Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Pathways Fellowship application is now open to undergraduate students of foreign languages and literatures.

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Congratulations to Alexus Raymond for winning 1st place at the Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ) Bento Contest.

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December

It’s never too late to start learning a new language. FIU’s Department of Modern Languages offers introductory classes to a variety of languages, including one that could break the communication barrier between you and about 100 million people worldwide: Swahili.

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Congratulations to Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas and to Dr. Melissa Baralt for their recent honors at the 2016 Faculty Convocation. Dr. Camayd-Freixas was selected as the 2016 Worlds Ahead Faculty Award winner thanks to his effort to provide in-state tuition to undocumented students, which was pioneered by FIU and has since become Florida law. Dr. Melissa Baralt received an Excellence in Teaching award. The Department of Modern Languages is very proud of them both!

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