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Modern Languages News

New Faculty in the Department: Zenan Zhao is lecturer of Chinese, who is joining in the Chinese faculty at Bryant in fall 2012. She has an M.A. degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from University of Iowa. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Nankai University, China. She has taught Chinese in China and the U.S. in the past five years. Her research interests are Chinese writing and students’ orthographic development. She is accepted to present a research paper in this area at the annual conference of Chinese Language Teachers Association in Philadelphia, November, 2012.

Tony Houston is on sabbatical for AY 2012-2013. He is perusing scholarship on psycholinguistics, computer-assisted language learning, international business education and freethinking.

The Annual Faculty Achievement Awards are Bryant's highest honors for faculty inthe University's College of Business and College of Arts and Sciences.the awards, presented atthe end of each academic year, recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research and publication, service, and mentoring.the Modern Language Department would like to congratulatethe following department members fortheir recent awards:

Yun Xiao : Research and Publications Award for her significant contribution tothe field of Chinese linguistics. For a complete list of Professor Xiao's publications visit our Research and Publications page.

We would also like to congratulate:

Yun Xiao : Merit Award for her sustained, exemplary performance at Bryant University.

Patricia Gomez : Merit Award for her sustained, exemplary performance at Bryant University.

Tony Houston on his one-year Sabbatical (2012-2013).

New Faculty Publications:

Professor Yun Xiao announces her newest publication Current Issues in Chinese Linguistics, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011) with Liang Tao and Hooi Ling Soh.

Upcoming Events:

Bryant will again be one ofthe venues forthe Providence Latin American Film Festival (PLAFF) on September 27-30. For updates on films and show times visit

Past News and Events:

Co-sponsored by BUSCO, FRANCO B.U. IAA, ICC and IB, the Taste of the World was held on Wednesday, March 28th from 5-6:30pm inthe Rotunda.students, faculty andstaff competed in teams for cash prizes andthe honor of creatingthe most delicious international dish!

The annual Cinco de Mayo event was held on Wednesday, May 2 inthe Rotunda.students enjoyed authentic Mexican food, music and various contests including a sombrero-decorating contest and a photography contest.


Global Community Hour: France

Tourthe world without leaving Bryant's campus! Jointhe ICC in learning aboutthe countries of our internationalstudents. Join French Fulbright Mélanie Bozzo and senior Emmanuelle Calvet asthey talk abouttheir native country. Free French food from La Crêpérie in Providence!

Wednesday, March 21st
Location: Papitto

Franco BU Meeting
Wednesday, March 21st
Location: Heritage
Come join us to discussthe wine and cheese event as well as upcoming elections!

French Film: Monsieur Ibrahim
Wednesday, March 21st
Interfaith Center
Discussion and refreshments to followthe film.
Synopsis: A boy from a broken home finds a friend in a spiritual shopkeeper inthis period drama from writer/director François Dupeyron. Set in 1960s Paris, Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran revolves around Momo (Pierre Boulanger), a young man who lives alone with his father inthe bustling Rue Bleue district.still smarting overthe separation from his wife and other son, Momo's dad neglects his son in ways both minor and major, tothe point wherethe teen spends most of his time out of school alone and isolated. He finds an unlikely ally in Monsieur Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), a Muslim shopkeeper who spends most of his days behindthe counter of hisstore readingthe Koran. As time passes, Momo and Ibrahim begin to bring each other out of his respective shell, sharing a series of everyday adventures, culminating in Momo's indoctrination into Ibrahim's faith. Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran playedthe Toronto and Venice film festivals; atthe latter, Sharif was given a lifetime achievement award forthis andthe rest of his career's work. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Presidents' Day weekend: Franco B.U. trip to Montréal (Feb 17th-20th)
Franco BU meeting
Wednesday, February 12th
Bryant Center, Heritage Room

French Coffee Hour:
Wednesday, February 12th

French Coffee Hour:
Wednesday, February 22nd

Mask Making for Carenevale
Wednesday,February 15
Bryant Center, South

Film, Benvenuti al Sud
Wednesday, February 15
Unistructure, M33

Italian Festival, Friday, April 13th. For more information email or Prof. Misuraca

IAA Meetings
3:00pm, Bryant Center, South
Feb 29th , March date TBA, April 11th and April 25th .

Italian film showing at Interfaith Center on March 21st at 2:00pm. For more information email or Prof. Misuraca

Chinese Language Day

The Chinese Language Day in spring 2012 will feature a guest speaker, Mr. Patrick Lui,the President of Green Great Wall Foundation-- a film producer in profession, will speak on "Green China" at Bryant University at 5 pm on April 12th , 2012. It will be held atthe Grand Hall of Douglas & Judith Krupp Library.

January 2012

The Modern Language Department held its traditional all member Professional Development Day on Saturday, January 21, 2012. Lead and organized bythe department Chair, Yun Xiao (Chinese), guest speakers included David Lux, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bryant andthe distinguished Professor Terrance Wiley.

Professor Wiley isthe current President ofthe Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington DC. He is also Professor Emeritus at Arizonastate University. Professor Wiley's teaching and prolific research have focused on educational and applied linguistics, concentrating on language policy, literacy and biliteracystudies, language and immigration, bilingual education and bilingualism, heritage and community language education, English and globalization, and English as a second and international language with emphases on educational equity and access.

His presentation, "The Salience of Language Rights inthe Unitedstates with Implications for Language Education" addressedthe extent to which language minorities inthe Unitedstates have historically been able to access language rights in education and consideredthe implications of restrictive policies on language education more broadly.

Faculty presentations included a technology roundtable on teaching with slate computers by Tony Houston (Spanish), Patricia Gomez (Spanish), Heather Moon (Spanish) and Elisabetta Misuraca (Italian). Heather Moon also presented an overview ofthe Spanish and Latin American Film course tothe department, with specific analysis ofthe Argentinean film "El secreto de sus ojos."