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Center for Language Studies French & Italian Foreign Language Humanities News
Partnered with ACTFL, the Center of Language Studies works to promote language learning worldwide.
PROVO, Utah (February 7, 2019)—Dr. Greg L. Thompson has been named the Program Administrator of the BYU Master of Arts program in Second Language Teaching (SLaT), effective Spring 2020. Dr. Thompson, an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will maintain the position through Winter 2023.
Albert Camus’ novel depicts the city of Oran, Algeria during a contemporary outbreak of the plague. While there are obvious parallels between the plague in the novel and the peste brune (the brown plague, a nickname for the Nazis who occupied France during World War 2), by transforming the threat into an act of nature, Camus shifts the focus from human cruelty to the many reactions to suffering: some pretend it doesn’t exist, some try to escape it, others accept it and try to alleviate pain.
For almost 20 years, the Center for Language Studies has supplied BYU and the foreign language community with the tools to achieve their language acquisition goals.
Associate Professor Jennifer Haraguchi (Italian) speaks about the role of the plague in Boccaccio’s Decameron and his unique prescription for a cure: storytelling.
As we all spend time in isolation, Associate Professor of French Bob Hudson reflects on how the Heptaméron provides us with a model for reflecting upon and challenging ideologies and social conventions during this period of quarantine.
Dr. Céline Rose is the recipient of this year’s ACTFL Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education.