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Libby Rowe funds new show ‘Taming the Chaotic Mind’ with funds from Stumberg Summer Research Award

July 16, 2021

Libby Rowe, COLFA Associate Professor of Art, was awarded a solo exhibition through a call for submissions held by Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in collaboration with Casa Lü Gallery and Artist Residency Program.

The show, ‘Taming the Chaotic Mind’ was funded through The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Liberal and Fine Arts Stumberg Summer Research Award.

“It has truly been a labor of love bringing this work to fruition and I am thrilled to share it with our community,” Rowe said. “This installation visually represents the different sources of the noise that, often, render me unable to begin any one task.”

The exhibition is at Casa Lü in Mexico City, Mexico, through the month of July. Then, the full version of this installation will also be on view from July 30-Aug. 13 at the Main Art Gallery on campus as part of ‘We Are Overwhelmed: things we learned this year...immersive installations’ by Ashley Feagin and Libby Rowe. Art and Art History Professor Scott Sherer put together a symposium that will take place in conjunction with the show opening on July 30 from noon-5p.m. Details to come. 4

Rowe said the idea for the installation came after she learned that 15% of people do not have an inner dialogue, a fact that prompted her to dig in and research further.

“What do these people have going on in their heads? How do they think of what they need to accomplish, … prepare for phone conversations with strangers or businesses, rehash arguments to find the perfect response if only 14 years too late,” she asked rhetorically. “This week-long process of researching the phenomenon brought me to a startling realization that my head was incredibly noisy all the time. Rarely am I ever able to focus on one task without the noise of other pressing business or time-wasting activity infecting my mind space.”

She drew from visual representations of objects that hang or dangle, everyday items that are suspended such as clothes drying on a line, swings on a swing set, strings of lights or chandeliers. The objects represent different aspects of life.

Then, the objects were overlaid with imagery and text from visual references to the myriad attention-demanding thoughts, ideas, and bits of information that fuel the chaos that exists within my, and many contemporary women’s, minds, she said.

“Ultimately, viewers should feel overwhelmed by the multifaceted and intricate tangle of visual cacophony contained within the space,” she said. “My intent with this experiential piece is to give a physical embodiment that conveys the chaos I experience each day.”

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UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures’ Student Achievement Awards 2021

May 3, 2021

Over 200 students were nominated by their instructors for awards for their excellent work in Modern Languages and Literatures classes during the 2020 calendar year.  Normally, the department would host an awards ceremony in the spring to honor these students but due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was not possible this year.  In lieu of the in-person ceremony, students are being recognized here.

Congratulations to all the 2020 winners!

Here is a brief message from the Department Chair.



And the winners are...

(Click on the link with your name to download your certificate. Please check the list carefully, your name could be there more than once)

Spring 2020 Winners

Ace Whitehouse, ITL 2023
Adaugo Agu, CSH 3823
Agnieszka J. Quinones, SPN 2333
Agnieszka Quinones, GER 4213
Alexis Eick, SPN 1014
Anja Burkman Flaig, GER 3413
Anjali Rayasa, SPN 1014
Autumn Bonds, SPN 1014
Barbara Gold-Davis, CSH 3823
Billy F. Madrid, SPN 2333
Brandon Kaiser, SPN 1024
Camryn Haby, JPN 2023
Carrie Abbas, TIS 5973 
Chelsea A. Moreno, SPN 1024
Chloe Palmer, JPN 3053
Christina Gonzales, CHN 1024
Daniel Bertetti, JPN 1014
Daniela Barrientos Sanchez, ITL 2023
Diana Rodriguez, SPN 1014
Diego Quintero, JPN 1014
Diego Rodriguez, JPN 1014
Doug Ceffalo, LNG 5143
Eliana Sanchez, SPN 3003
Elysse Reyes, SPN 1014
Emilia Romo, SPN 1014
Frances Araujo, SPN 1024
Generra Strankschreier, GER 3023
Gillian Wilson, CSH 1213
Grant Smith, CSH 1213
Guang Liu, CHN 2023  
Hannah Wool, ITL 1024
Hannah Wool, SPN 3033
Heather N. Pugnetti, SPN 1024
Iris Valdez, JPN 1014
Isaac O. Letz, SPN 2023
Jacob Kleifges, GER 3023
Jacob Makalena, JPN 3053
Jaden Herzog, CSH 1213
Jasmin Starr, CHN 2023
Jorge Lozano Moncada, TIS 4013
Jose Anguiano, JPN 1014
Kaylie Manzano, SPN 1014
Kennedy Bustos, ITL 2333
Kiana M. Jenkins, SPN 2013
Krisztina Kondor, ITL 1024
Lacie Allen-Bey, SPN 1014
Layla Zamora, TIS 5143
Logan Diller, SPN 1024
Loren Gomez, SPN 1014
Madison Gleinser, SPN 1014
Madison Schmidt, SPN 1014
Makayla Wang, CHN 1024
Mariana Arredondo, TIS 4013
Marianna Fares, ITL 1024
Marina Arriola, JPN 3023
Matthew Hernandez, JPN 2023
Miami Litton-Palmer, SPN 1014
Michael Cornelius, JPN 1014 
Milagros Mandujano, GER 1024
Mo Krayyem, SPN 1014
Nayeli Diaz, SPN 1014
Nicholas Hernandez, SPN 1014
Olga Estrada, SPN 3033
Omar Alvarado, GER 1024
Oscar Medina, SPN 1014
Parisa Naini, TIS 5953
Raha Shanehbandi, GER 2023
Roan Dominguez, GER 1024
Ryan Bonecutter-Knight, CSH 1213
Ryne Martinez, JPN 1014
Sean Hilla, GER 1024
Shelby Price, GER 4213
Shiloh Fields, CHN 1024
Subaru Davis, GER 2023
Sydney Braddy, JPN 3023
Takashi Thomas, JPN 2023
Taylor J. Allen, SPN 2023
Theresa Garcia, SPN 1014
Tommy Nguyen, JPN 2023
Valeria Arroyo Medina, ITL 1024
Valerie E. Ukpede, SPN 2013
Vanessa Martinez, SPN 1014
William Moon, JPN 1014

Summer 2020 Winners

Adrian Martinez, SPN 1024
Ana Gabriela Maldonado, SPN 2013
Andersen J. Dedmon, SPN 1014
Brandon J. Miller, SPN 1024
Genevieve LeBlanc, SPN 1024
Jesse M. Dews, SPN 1014
Jillian Gonzaba, SPN 1014
Leticia Padilla, SPN 3063
Lorraine Hernandez, SPN 1024
Madeleine Postlethwaite, SPN 1024
Madeleine T. Tran, SPN 1014
Madeleine T. Tran, SPN 1024
Martha Vargas, SPN 1014
Meghan Veasey, SPN 1024
Miguel Aviles Bonilla, SPN 1014
Olivia Schwarcz, SPN 3063
Rebekah Means, SPN 1014
Thao N. Ho, SPN 1014
Victoria Chaires, SPN 2013
Viola Vallez, SPN 1014
Warren L. Foxwell, SPN 1014

Fall 2020 Winners

Alexander Luna, SPN 1024
Amalia Guirao, LNG 5003
Amber Chin, GER 1014
Amber French, SPN 1014
Anari Stubbs-Guerra, SPN 1014
Andersen J. Dedmon, SPN 2023
Anja Burkman Flaig, GER 4213
Annabelle Nyberg, SPN 3053
Annali Troas, SPN 1024
Antonio Zubillaga, FRN 1014
Anyssa Solis, CHN 1014
Ariana Eads, SPN 2013
Ashlea Dean, FRN 1014
Brandon R. Ponce, LNG 3813
Briana Williamson, CSH 3823
Brittany Coe, SPN 1024
Camille Quinones, SPN 1014
Carolina Gonzales, CSH 2113
Carrie Abbas, TIS 5123 
Catherine Nalle, GER 1014
Cheryl S. Clark, SPN 1014
Chri'Ara C. Stevenson, SPN 2013
Claudia Slater, JPN 1014
Crystal Kiowski, SPN 1024
Dalton J. Scheel, SPN 2023
Daniel Mosely, GER 1014
Daniela Gutierrez, SPN 1014
Destiny Mccarthy, SPN 1024
Diana Mejia, SPN 1014
Diego A. Rodriguez, SPN 3013
Doug Ceffalo, TIS 5123
Eduardo Calderon, SPN 1014
Elizabeth Ryktarsyk, JPN 2013
Ellena A. Bonnell, SPN 2333
Elma Andrews, SPN 1024
Fabiana Correa Falcone, ITL 2013
Faith Gaudlitz, JPN 1014
Gabby Falcon, JPN 1014
Generra Strankschreier, GER 3413
Guillermo Suarez, SPN 1014
Hannah Wool, ITL 2013
Ivania Moreno, SPN 1014
Izzy Almazan, JPN 1014
Jacob Hoover, FRN 1014
Jaden M. Herzog, LNG 3813
Jarrod Fischer, GER 3413
Jasmin Starr, CSH 2113
Jasmin Starr, CSH 4003
Jason P. Wylie, SPN 1014
Jonathan Carawan, SPN 1024
Jordan Oulela, GER 1014
Jose Anguiano, CHN 2013
Joshua Cherry-Solomon, CSH 4003
Karianne Chupp, JPN 3023
Kariely Rivera Roldan, JPN 1014
Karla Flournoy, ITL 1014
Kathleen Yeary, CHN 1014
Kathryn M. Curtin, SPN 1014
Kent Taylor, GER 4213
Kerry A. McKeon, LNG 5003
Kurt Frederick Mabangue, JPN 1014
Lauren Nelms, CHN 2013
Lesley Perez, ITL 1024
Leslie Ramos Hernandez, SPN 3013
Liam Conner, SPN 1024
Lilly Watkins, SPN 1014
Lindsay Cavil, SPN 1024
Luke Hartung, JPN 3023
Madelyn Goodwin, JPN 1014
Madi Clayton, ITL 1014
Mariana Perez, SPN 1014
Marianna Fares, ITL 2013
Max Crisp, CHN 3023
Maximilian Herbst, 3113
Merann Carter, MES 3113
Michelle Vo, CSH 4003
Milena Porras, TIS 3003
Miranda Perez, CHN 1014
Morgan R. Marfuggi, SPN 1014
Nancie Brown, CHN 3023
Natalie Contreras, JPN 1014
Oceanna Escribano Perez, FRN 1014
Pamela Morones, SPN 1024
Philip Scheidt, JPN 1014
Priscilla M. Onamusi, SPN 2333
Qiming Zhu, JPN 1014
Sara Forest, CSH 3823
Sarah Moon, JPN 2013
Suhyoung Kim, SPN 1014
Sydney Marriner, GER 2013
Teri Strain, SPN 3003
Teri Strain, SPN 3053
Tuyet Mcfaul, GER 2013
Tyler Sudderth, SPN 1024
Victoria Parker, CHN 1014
Vivienne Martinez, ITL 1024


Check out our FALL 2021 course offerings!

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UTSA student earns Fulbright Scholarship

April 30, 2021

Amber Chin earned a Fulbright Scholarship for 2021-2022. She’ll be working for 10 months at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. Her project is focused on political science and social media network analysis, specifically how our political affiliations translate into our digital environments. She's currently completing the first year of German language classes at UTSA, which will help her acclimate to daily life in Rostock. Contact Dr. D if you have questions about the German Program at UTSA.

Learn about the Fulbright Student Program and how to apply to travel in the 2022-2023 cycle! The Fulbright Student Program is the educational exchange flagship program that sees thousands of students travel abroad following graduation to study, research, or teach English as a second language. Students travel on 10-month programs that are fully funded by the US Department of State. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students who will have graduated by Spring 2022 are especially encouraged to apply. Base eligibility for the program is that you are a US citizen. There is no minimum GPA and prior foreign travel is not required.  


Workshops will be hosted in Spring and Summer by UTSA's Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and UTSA's Fulbright Campus rep, Andrew Chapman. Please contact with any questions.  

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April 27, 2021

What would it be like to attend two universities full time at the same time? Could you do it? How about if these two universities were on opposite sides of the planet. Well that´s exactly what UTSA Japanese students, Anna Hyjek and Eric Martinez, pulled off this past February, participating in a virtual study abroad program at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in Japan while attending UTSA classes at the same time.


Hyjek and Martinez maintained a grueling schedule attending UTSA by day while studying at Kyoto University from 8 p.m. every evening until three in the morning, Monday through Friday. Both students worked alongside UTSA professor Mimi Yu who served as an unofficial liaison helping student navigate the virtual halls and classrooms of the Japanese university. UTSA and KUFS have exchanged students for over a decade and UTSA students have regularly studied abroad in Kyoto under professor Yu´s direction.


For their efforts, Hyjek and Martinez received official participation certificates, transcripts, and of course an awesome T-shirt, not to mention significantly approved ability with the Japanese language. Both students are also featured in KUFS's recent promotional video viewable here:


KUFS will run a similar virtual program this July and UTSA students are beginning to line up. What will you be doing this July at 3:00 AM? 

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The French program at ISSA

April 15, 2021

Madame Isabelle Hall, the director of our French program, was invited to make crêpes at ISSA (International School of San Antonio) for the worldwide celebration of La Journée de la Francophonie on March 20, 2021.  Three of her former UTSA students greeted her, now as employees of ISSA. From left to right, Anita Sangbong, French native originally from Cameroun, Sydney Robin (Alumni), and Margot Duque. Sydney and Margot were hired at the end of their internships. 

We are very proud of our students for their positive and professional impact on the Francophile community in San Antonio.

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Interview with Karla Hernández

March 22, 2021



Short bio

Karla Hernández is a proud first-gen, UTSA 2020 alumna with a bachelor of arts in Medical Humanities and a minor in Biology. She speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and is a CoreCHITM medical interpreter for underserved Hispanic communities in her home city, Houston, Texas. Karla is also a child language acquisition research assistant at UTSA for Professor Pablo Requena. Ultimately, she aims to become a speech pathologist, aiding multilinguals who possess language impediments.

Karla, congratulations are in order for passing the first exam in the process of earning national certification as a healthcare interpreter through CCHI, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters. Can you tell us how you got here?

Thank you, go roadrunners! I was introduced to the CCHI certification by one of my lovely professors and mentors, Dr. Wallace. I was intrigued by her biography after reading that she received a PhD in translation and interpreting studies in Spain, which I had recently traveled to for a medical fellowship abroad through a program named Atlantis. During my fellowship I found myself translating for monolingual peers and realized I didn’t know how to translate medical terminology, and that being bilingual wasn’t enough. I needed to fix that, so I enrolled in the following courses with her: Introduction to Translation and Interpreting Studies, Spanish for Health Care Professionals, and Advanced Practice for Health Care Interpreters. Any form of interpreting (medical, civil, etc.) has intricacies that require education, training, and practice, which her courses provided. Once I completed 40+ hours of academic medical interpreting, I became eligible to take the CCHI core exam. The CCHI core is a non-language-specific, multiple-choice exam focused on terminology, core values, ethics, role boundaries, and more. After passing the core exam I applied to jobs in my field and accepted an offer at an amazing hospital in Houston.

What advice do you have for other students who are interested in certification as healthcare interpreters?

My best advice to any student interested in certification as a healthcare interpreter is to enroll in TIS courses early and practice. Utilize the textbooks assigned in your TIS courses, they truly are beneficial. You can use a resource called Anki to practice and quiz yourself or YouTube scenarios (links below) to practice your interpretation skills. When you interpret, take notes. Don’t be too confident in your memory retention because one little thing forgotten could be detrimental. Don’t be afraid to kindly ask people to pause if they are expecting you to interpret too much at once; remember that you are in control of the communication flow, and you are not a robot. Also, always clarify if there is any doubt in your mind. Due to the many dialects and differences in Hispanic/Latin cultures, the intended meaning and your interpretation can be distinct, so when in doubt, clarify. Take advantage of free resources… there are so many available. Below I have listed a few that continue to aid me along this path. I hope they are useful to you too!

What’s next for you?

I’m currently preparing to take my CCHI oral exam, which is a language-specific exam with audio-recorded verbal responses and a written translation component. I’m also in the process of applying to another program abroad. Hopefully, in a few months, I will be away for a full school year teaching English in Spain, having a firsthand look at bilingual development. In the meantime, I will continue my time as a research assistant to prepare for graduate school. I plan on applying to a speech pathology or communication disorder master's program that offers a bilingual certification in the fall of 2022. In 2025, I will be beginning my career as a speech pathologist, I can’t wait!!

For questions about the UTSA’s offerings in translation and interpreting studies, contact Dr. Melissa Wallace at

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Three students accepted into a Master’s program in Taiwan!

January 27, 2021

Students got accepted into Graduate Program:

International Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS) in the College of Social Sciences at National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei City of Taiwan

Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Ward is very familiar with some Taiwanese universities. Thus, she contacted several department chairs in graduate programs of universities in Taiwan to provide the opportunities for her students to continue their higher education overseas. Then she helped the students apply for their graduate schools through advising, guidance, and editing their application documents. Meanwhile, she continuously confirmed and followed up with the department chairs in Taiwanese universities.

“I helped students apply to three national universities, and they already received the admission certificates from the first graduate school they applied. This university (NCCU) is one of the top universities in Taiwan, and NCCU’s graduate program in political majors is the top one in Taiwan”, said Dr. Ward.

Faith Woods: graduated in Dec. 2020

My name is Faith Woods and I graduated cum laude from UTSA in Fall 2020. I earned my bachelor's degree in Political Science with a double minor in Global Affairs and Chinese. For two years, I have been a student of Dr. Ward from Elementary level to Advanced level Chinese courses. In the summer of 2019, I was able to travel with Dr. Ward to Taiwan where I studied Chinese language and culture while also having unique opportunities such as guest starring on radio stations and participating in ancient Chinese festivals. After graduation, I am thankful to say that with Dr. Ward’s support, I have applied and been accepted to attend graduate school at a top Taiwanese university. I am very excited to further my education in Taiwan while also strengthening the Chinese language and culture knowledge I have acquired at UTSA.

Michaela Almendariz: graduated in May, 2019

My name is Michaela Almendariz. I graduated in spring of 2019 with a Bachelor's in International Business. During my studies I was able to learn Mandarin, from beginners to advance level, with Dr. Ward. I was even able to visit China with UTSA a couple times to expand my knowledge on the culture. During my travels abroad, I decided I wanted to pursue a higher education overseas. Dr. Ward was able to provide great guidance in researching the different universities in Taiwan for me to apply to. I am blessed to say that I have officially been accepted into a Master's program at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. It is one of the top recognized universities in the country. I am ecstatic on my next adventure in a new country and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Katharine Jones: graduated in Dec. 2020

My name is Kathatine Jones, although entering UTSA back in fall 2016 I didn't settle on my Global Affairs major until Spring 2019. It was also the semester I joined the UTSA Chinese

Language and Culture Club. The leading factor for why I joined the club and later on deciding to pursue further studies in Taiwan was the rich culture and history of Asia, more specifically the China and Taiwan's political culture and history.

In all honesty the idea of applying to graduate school was daunting, but I got told by friends in the club to talk to Dr. Ward. The entire process went smoothly with the guidance and instruction from Dr. Ward, she made it feel more achievable than I thought it was going to be. I can't thank her enough for the mentorship and help she provided. My acceptance to NCCU, which is the top political science university Taiwan, was made possible by Dr. Ward.

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Students’ Creative Writing Featured in Journal

December 8, 2020

The current issue of The dossier Voces Germinales, includes selected works of the students of the Creative Writing Class in Spanish (SPN4003, Fall 2020) taught By Dr. Isaura Contreras Rios. This dossier was chosen to be part of the second issue of the University of Toledo’s Creative Journal Cohetes.  

Each story was written by a UTSA student taking Dr. Contreras Rios’s course during the Fall semester. Many of their stories involve struggles within life, from losing a loved one to meeting someone special. One student shared how difficult it was to lose her pet dog, which meant the world to her. One story portrayed the struggle of a young immigrant trying to live the American Dream. Another student wrote about discovering and expressing his sexuality within the Latino community.

Dr. Contreras Rios and her students created a website named Crónicas de San Antonio, where students share their favorite places, which features many beautiful sites to discover within San Antonio.

During the Spring 2021 semester, Dr. Contreras Rios will be teaching two online Spanish upper-level courses – SPN 3043, Introduction to Literature, and SPN 4003, Advanced Language Skills.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, a Spanish Minor, a Master of Arts in Spanish, a Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Linguistics.

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UTSA Partners with German University for Online Campus Week

November 16, 2020



Last week was the first Online Campus Week together with the TU Darmstadt in San Antonio's German sister city. The week-long event highlighted collaborations between Germany and the US in the fields of Politics, Engineering, Cyber Security as well as Culture. The contributors to panels, interviews, and discussions were representatives of various academic fields, of the German Embassy/the German Information Center, from German Industry, Military Services, and German Cultural Institutions. Thanks to Philina Wittke for her grant-writing and organizational skills that made this event successful.

The week ended with a session on Diversity in Germany with journalist and filmmaker, Jana Pareigis. You can view her documentary, Afro Germany, in Englishin Spanish, or in German. You can view or listen to the Zoom conversation using this link.

 From the Campus Week website: Jana Pareigis “is a powerful role model for the next generation of girls in Germany. She has an insatiable passion for people, politics, and puns. For her documentary Afro Germany, she traveled through the country to speak with other Black Germans and to discover their stories of the last 400 years. On the panel, she will share experiences with (Anti-)Racism in Germany and thoughts on Diversity in German Culture.” 

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New Leadership for Modern Languages Department

September 3, 2020

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures has had some recent leadership changes.  Department Chair Dr. Nathan Richardson has been named Associate Dean for Undergraduate studies in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.  He will retain his current position as chair and will be assisted by Dr. Michael Rushforth, who has stepped into the position of Assistant Department Chair.

Rushforth will handle the day to day management of the department and Richardson will continue to be involved in hiring, promotion and tenure, and strategic planning.

“I am happy that I get to work with so many colleagues who teach various languages," Rushforth said, "and I am humbled by this opportunity to serve the department.”

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Linguistic Student Wins Competition

August 26, 2020

Christine Martinez, an undergraduate Modern Language Studies major and Linguistics minor at
UTSA was recently awarded third place in the 3M Ready, Set, Research Competition. Martinez,
who is currently a fellow in the Mellon Humanities Pathways Program, presented her research
project “Intergenerational Spanish language loss and language ideologies among UTSA
students” which builds on her experiences as a third generation Latina from the border city of El


Q&A with Christine Martinez

Why are you studying linguistics?
I find the complexities of language fascinating and learning about them and analyzing them is
very fun for me. I love how linguistics gives us a way to explain and explore all of those
complexities. Also, being a 3rd generation Latina from a largely bilingual city has prompted a lot
of my interest in language acquisition, attrition, and heritage languages.

What are you planning to do with your degree?
I plan to teach English abroad in Japan before pursuing a graduate degree in Teaching English
as a Second Language with the goal of becoming an ESL Teacher.

What do you wish more people knew about linguistics?
I wish people knew just what linguistics is – the scientific study of language. And if they already
know that, I hope they understand that it is not about learning languages or “useless
overanalyzing” of language, but a necessary study of concepts and details about language that
affect people’s everyday lives from pronunciation to prejudices.

What makes linguistics so unique and interesting?
Linguistics is a fascinating area of study because it goes, for the most part, unnoticed or
unnamed by society at large even though it’s always present, and it can explain the
innerworkings of language that we don’t usually learn in school. Many people notice linguistic
phenomena in their everyday lives, but don’t know that there is a name for what they are
noticing and a whole field dedicated to studying it.

For example, someone may notice that people of a different socio-economic class speak
differently than they do, but do not know exactly what is different. A Sociolinguist can analyze
both group’s speech and determine exactly what is different (pronunciation, vocabulary,
sentence structure, etc.) and discover what perceptions are tied to those differences. They can
inform people of the perceptions related to the different uses of the language and that these
differences do not make one group’s English lesser than the other group’s English, which can
help to break down prejudices. Linguistics is unique in that it provides a way to explain how
languages function, how languages are acquired, and the social effects of linguistic choices or

To find out more about Linguistics at UTSA, contact Dr. Whitney Chappell or Dr. Pablo

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Chappell Named Lutcher Brown Distinguished Professor

August 26, 2020

Dr. Whitney Chappell, Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at UTSA, has been chosen as one of UTSA’s Lutcher Brown Distinguished Professors for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The prestigious professorship comes with a $30,000 award for Chappell to collect oral histories in San Antonio and create an open-access bilingual corpus of recordings. More specifically, the project will document the ways in which the coronavirus pandemic has altered lives in the Hispanic community, and it seeks to amplify local voices and create connections in what can be an isolating and disorienting time.

“This is quite an honor, but hardly surprising,” noted Dr. Nathan Richardson, UTSA Modern Languages and Literatures department chair.  “Dr. Chappell is an outstanding scholar and teacher, a real rising star in her field, and the award is well deserved.”

“I feel incredibly honored to have been chosen for this professorship,” Chappell says, “and I look forward to bringing people together through this project.” She notes that her corpus will be freely available online, providing both an accessible point of pride for San Antonians and a rich data bank for local, national, and international scholars, including historians, sociologists, linguists, and economists, among many others, to explore now and in the future.

“As chair, I´m really excited to see how this award will impact not just Dr. Chappell´s career but the many students and colleagues who will benefit from engagement in her project. It´s exciting for all of us,” Richardson said.

At UTSA Dr. Chappell teaches classes on language and gender, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, Spanish phonetics and phonology, introduction to Spanish linguistics, and language and identity, among many others.

Her most recent research projects focus on the sociophonetic perception of nonstandard variants among monolingual and bilingual Spanish speakers, and her work has been published in prestigious venues like Language Variation and ChangeThe Journal of VoiceHispania, Heritage Language JournalEstudios de fonética experimental, and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, among many others. Her new edited volume, Recent Advances in the Study of Spanish Sociophonetic Perception, has been called “A must-read book for students and scholars of language, variation, and change” by Dr. Manuel Díaz-Campos at Indiana University.

UTSA offers a minor in linguistics and a graduate certificate in linguistics.

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Online Spanish Classes for Heritage Speakers (SPN 1014 & 1024)

July 30, 2020

UTSA is offering two special online courses for students who grew up speaking Spanish and now want to improve their skills.  Both courses were developed by and are taught by Lilian Cano, Lecturer 3 in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and fulfill the language requirements for most degree plans.

  • SPN 1014 section 013 is a core curriculum, four credit hour course

  • SPN 1024 section 011 is the next level of Spanish for those who need two semesters of credit

The coursework involves watching TV in Spanish and practicing with other students during real time classes. 

Students who are interested can take the placement test.

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UTSA Student Receives Fulbright Student Grant

June 23, 2020

David Diaz, a recent graduate of UTSA and a former student of Dr. Liang Ward, Lecturer 2 in Chinese, has received a grant from the Fulbright Student Program to teach in Taipei City, Taiwan. Diaz will teach English in Taiwan for a year beginning in Fall 2020.

David Diaz Statement

I am a Spring 2020 graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) degree program at UTSA. I was recently awarded an English Teaching Assistantship grant in April 2020 from the Fulbright Student Program for the 2020-2021 school year in Taipei City, Taiwan. In 2018 I began my TESL studies at UTSA and worked as a graduate assistant for my department and program. While at UTSA, I have also taken Chinese language courses for a year under the instruction of Dr. Liang Ward where my interest in the cultures and languages of Taiwan grew even further, applying for both UTSA’s Taiwan Study-Abroad Program and Taiwan’s Huayu Enrichment Scholarship for Summer 2020. I recommend that students interested in UTSA’s study abroad program in Taiwan and the Huayu Scholarship (intensive Chinese language study in Taiwan) contact Dr. Liang Ward and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures for more information.

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UTSA Professor Chosen as Guest Editor of Journal

June 23, 2020

Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Professor of Spanish at UTSA, has been selected to be the guest Editor of a special issue of the scholarly, peer-reviewed journal Religions. The title of the issue is “Syncretism and Liminality in Latin American and Latinx Religions.”

The journal is currently seeking manuscript submissions with a deadline date of January 15, 2021.

"Cross-cultural fertilization has been happening for thousands of years during migrations, invasions, wars, and other forms of displacement. In recent history, a notable period of intense, accelerated cultural exchanges started during the conquest and colonization of the Americas, and the forced conversion to Christianity of millions of Amerindians, as well as slaves imported from Africa. In the words of Fernando Ortiz: “All the cultural scale that Europe traversed in more than four millennia Cuba experienced in less than four centuries…. In one day in Cuba millennia and ages went by.” This situation that continued during colonial times and is still present today required extreme adaptability and fluidity, creating ideal conditions for multiple forms of syncretism. Since the mid-nineteenth century, another important layer has been added to this puzzle, through the prevalence of liminal conditions, engendered by the movement of populations between the United States and Mexico. In recent years, new circumstances of "liminality", "outsiderhood", "structural inferiority", and "marginality" have been created as a consequence of the war on drugs, climate change, extreme poverty, and displacement of millions of migrants from Mexico and Central America to the United States. This unprecedented, permanent liminal status has led to the creation of alternative economic as well as cultural, including religious, circuits and practices, both in the borderlands and in large urban areas across the USA, as well as in Latin America. There is a great need for documenting and analyzing the new phenomena that have deep roots in history but are being created daily in even more complex ways. Therefore, we are looking for contributions analyzing any new religious phenomena both in Latin America and in the United States, as well as for new approaches to existing literature on the topic." -- Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba

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Two UTSA Students To Teach in Taiwan

June 23, 2020


Katie Andrews and Shelby Price, both students of Dr. Liang Ward, Lecturer 2 in Chinese, have each been chosen to teach English in Taiwan.  Andrews completed four semesters of Chinese at UTSA and will be working in Taipei, Taiwan.  Price, who studied Chinese for two semesters, will be teaching in Taichung, Taiwan.. Both students attended last summer's UTSA study abroad program in Taiwan.

Katie Andrews Statement

I graduated from UTSA in May 2020 with a  Business Management degree. Thanks to the help of my professor, Dr. Liang Ward, I was able to get an amazing opportunity to teach English in an elementary school in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. It is a dream come true as I fell in love with the country when I and many others travelled to Taiwan in May 2019 for a wonderful study abroad program that was put together and led by Dr. Ward. I hope to be able to use the language skills that I have cultivated under Dr. Ward’s instruction over the course of two years in the Chinese language program under the department of Modern Languages at UTSA. I appreciate all the hard work Dr. Ward has put in to help during every step in the process, making sure that everything was done 100% and without any mistakes. Without her, none of this would have ever been possible and I recommend anyone interested in going to Taiwan to go through her as she really and truly cares for her students’ happiness and well-being.

Shelby Price Statement

I am a recent UTSA Graduate with a bachelor degree in Modern Language Studies which I am getting ready to put to good use at an English Teaching Job in Taichung, Taiwan. Thanks to Dr. Liang Ward, the Chinese Program and the Modern Languages and Literatures Department (MLL), I now have the opportunity to go teach English and touch many students' lives while also learning one of the most difficult languages in the world. Speaking Chinese has always been a dream of mine and after 2 semesters with Dr. Ward in her Chinese class, I am well prepared to begin my learning and immersion in Taiwan. Studying Chinese is an amazing way to expand your learning style, and learning a high-grossing language in a very competitive job market is always an amazing way to stand out. Thank you so much again to Dr. Ward and the Chinese Program for opening the door to the countless opportunities ahead.

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Two UTSA Students Receive Taiwan Scholarship

June 23, 2020

Jacob Wagner and Jason Gov, students of Dr. Liang Ward, Lecturer 2 in Chinese, have each received the Taiwan Huayu Enrichment Scholarship which finances two semesters of study in Taiwan for them. Both students have take two semesters of Chinese at UTSA, including last summer's study abroad program to Taiwan.


Jacob Wagner statement

I am heading to Taiwan to study Chinese for a year. It was only through the exposure that I got in the programs and courses organized by Dr. Ward and offered by UTSA’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, as well as Dr. Ward’s help and recommendation, that I have this fantastic opportunity.  Before I went on Dr. Ward’s 2019 Taiwan study abroad trip offered at UTSA, I had only considered working overseas in an English-speaking country such as Britain or Australia. After going on the study abroad trip, my horizons were broadened. After taking one year of Dr. Ward’s Chinese language courses, Dr. Ward helped me apply for the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship to study Chinese for an additional year in Taiwan. With Dr. Ward’s assistance and recommendation, I was awarded the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship and am now heading to Taiwan after graduating with my degree in Business Management. If you want to learn more about Taiwan or are considering Chinese for your language studies, I highly recommend checking out Dr. Ward’s study abroad program and/or her course offerings.

Jason Gov statement

I am minoring in East Asian Studies and majoring in Systems Information at the University of Texas San Antonio. I have been taking Chinese language courses with Dr. Ward for a year after attending Dr. Ward’s study abroad program during the summer of 2019 in Taiwan. I am thankful I was able to receive the scholarship with the help from Dr. Liang Ward’s recommendation and help. I would also like to thank the recommendations from the Chinese program at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures for giving me this opportunity to further advance my studies in a new area. I appreciate being chosen and will work hard on my studies while in Taiwan.

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Modern Languages Award Winners

May 19, 2020

This spring over 200 students were nominated for awards for their excellent work in Modern Languages and Literatures classes during the 2019 calendar year.  Ordinarily the department hosts an awards ceremony in the spring to honor these students but it had to be cancelled this year due to Covid-19. In lieu of the awards event, students are being recognized here and in social media.

Award categories include: language literature and culture in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish; linguistics; comparative studies in the humanities; and media studies.

Fall 2019 Award Winners

  • Iman Adams,  Elementary Russian I

  • Destany C. Aguilar Rivera,  Elementary SPN I

  • Jace Aguilera,  Russian Women Lit English Tran

  • Alexia M. Alaniz,  Elementary SPN I

  • Taylor J. Allen,  Intermediate SPN I

  • Jandi Alvarado,  Elementary Japanese I

  • Omar Alvarado,  Migration in Post-War Germany

  • Bobbie Amador,  Films & Francophone Literature, Spanish Literature in Translat

  • Lynette Amaram,  East Asian Pop Culture

  • Mckinley R. Anderson,  Elementary SPN I

  • Michael Arrowsmith,  Latin Amer Lit Since Modernism, Spanish Culture & Civilization

  • Hector Azurmendi,  Elementary French I

  • Austin Baeza,  Elementary SPN II

  • Tiffany M. Barajas,  Elementary SPN II

  • Emily Baskett,  Elementary SPN I

  • Lauren M. Blackledge,  Hispanic Lit-English Translate

  • Isaac Bourg,  Elementary SPN I

  • Theron Boyer,  Elementary Russian I

  • Sydney Braddy,  East Asian Pop Culture, Elementary Korean I

  • Dan Brown,  Digital Video Production

  • Nancy Bui,  Elementary Spanish II

  • Merann "Amby" Carter,  Migration in Post-War Germany

  • Douglas Ceffalo,  Latin Amer Lit Since Modernism

  • Victoria Chaires,  Elementary SPN I

  • Karianne Chupp,  Intermediate Japanese I

  • Isabelle Cisneros,  Elementary Korean I

  • Michael Cornelius,  Elementary Japanese I

  • David  Danmier,  Elementary SPN I

  • Ryoma Davis,  Elementary German I

  • Subaru Davis,  Intermediate German I

  • Anisha Deida-Cuba,  Spanish Creative Prose 19thCen

  • Leslie Deluna,  Elementary German I

  • Jenny T.  Do,  Elementary SPN II

  • Joshuaa Drew,  Elementary Russian I

  • Karen  Elliot,  Advanced Russian

  • Caressa Esparza,  Digital Video Production, Digital Video Practicum, Excellence in the MES Program

  • Olga H. Estrada,  Introduction to Literature

  • Matt Farnsworth,  Elementary SPN I

  • Tai B. Fong,  Digital Video Production

  • Sara Forest,  East Asian Pop Culture

  • Desiree Frayre,  Migration in Post-War Germany, Spanish Literature in Translat

  • Camille Gaspard,  Elementary SPN I

  • Diana Goettsch Melendez,  Intermediate French I

  • Jonathan Matthew Gongora,  Digital Video Practicum

  • Stacy Guzman,  Intermediate French I

  • Jasmine Harrington,  Elementary French I

  • Luke Hartung,  Intermediate Japanese I

  • Aya Hasan,  Migration in Post-War Germany

  • Chad Hasegawa,  Elementary Japanese I

  • Teddy Helal,  Elementary SPN I

  • Maximilian Herbst,  Migration in Post-War Germany

  • Samantha Hernandez,  Oral Communication Skills

  • Alfonso E.  Hernandez Gimenez,  Elementary SPN I

  • Ashley Higgins,  Intermediate Russian I

  • Randa Ibrahim,  Elementary SPN I

  • Grace In,  Intermed Language Inst:Korean

  • Kiana M. Jenkins,  Elementary SPN II

  • Patrick Jenkins,  Elementary Russian I

  • Austin Jennings,  Elementary Korean I

  • Ana Juárez,  Intro to Grad Hispanic Studies

  • Abdul Kalo,  Migration in Post-War Germany

  • Brianna Kobberoe-Perez,  Intermed Language Inst:Korean

  • Jose Lagunas,  Spn Phonetics & Pronunciation

  • Amelia Landin,  Elementary SPN II

  • Lauren Lazik,  Digital Video Production

  • Sharon A. Lopez,  Hispanic Lit-English Translate

  • Ryder Martin,  Elementary French I

  • Samantha Martínez,  Transl and Interpret: Medical

  • Olive Masungi,  Elementary French I

  • Roxanne Mehdizadeh,  Elementary SPN I

  • Kirah M.  Meister,  Elementary SPN I

  • María Montealvo Rojas,  Spanish Culture & Civilization

  • Zaida Montoya,  Intro to Grad Hispanic Studies

  • William Moon,  Elementary Japanese I

  • Chelsea Moreno,  Elementary Spanish I

  • Roland M. Mori,  Intermediate SPN II

  • Sosanwo Moyosore,  Elementary SPN I

  • Boma J. Muaka,  Elementary SPN II

  • Austin T. Muno,  Intermediate SPN I

  • Joshua Munroe,  Elementary SPN I

  • Derek Myers,  Transl and Interpret: Medical

  • Stefanie A. Naoun,  Introduction to Literature

  • Yaremy Nava,  Elementary SPN I

  • Khadija Neiner,  Films & Francophone Literature

  • Brittney Nguyen,  Advanced Language Skills

  • Erendira G. Nolasco,  Elementary SPN I

  • Natalie Parshall,  Migration in Post-War Germany

  • Joshua Perez,  Tpcs Russian Women Literature, Intermediate Russian I

  • Rachel Pharr,  Elementary Russian I

  • Michael T.  Powell,  Elementary SPN II

  • Salena P. Prescott,  Elementary SPN II

  • Cydnee Quinn,  Elementary SPN I

  • Diego Quintero,  Elementary Japanese I

  • AJ Ramos,  Elementary SPN I

  • J Rash,  Elementary Korean I

  • Cynthia Raya Campos,  Elementary French I

  • Ricardo Requejo,  Films & Francophone Literature

  • Janice Reyes,  Advanced Language Skills

  • Juanita Reyes,  Spn Phonetics & Pronunciation

  • Judith Rivera,  Oral and Written Expression, Oral Communication Skills

  • Kiley C. Roberts,  Elementary SPN I

  • Diego Rodriguez,  Elementary French I

  • Leonardo Santeno,  Films & Francophone Literature

  • Raha Shanehbandi,  Intermediate German I

  • Daniela Sosa,  Digital Video Production

  • Jasmin Starr,  East Asian Pop Culture

  • Amber D. Stillwagon,  Elementary SPN II

  • Generra Strankschreier,  Migration in Post-War Germany, Advanced Russian

  • Matt Taylor,  Elementary Russian I

  • Danny Tran,  Elementary Japanese I

  • Maria I. Trejo Garcia,  Oral and Written Expression

  • Victoria Troutz,  Elementary German I

  • Steven Vega,  Topics in Spanish Linguistics

  • Evan  Wallace,  Russian Women Lit English Tran

  • Robbyl Wartson,  Elementary SPN I

  • Charlie Weathersby,  Elementary SPN II

  • Vanessa Williams,  Elementary SPN I

  • Kai Willis,  Elementary German I

  • Kelly L. Willsey,  Intermediate SPN II

Spring 2019 Award Winners

  • Hannah G. Abie,  Elementary SPN I

  • Mfon Afangideh,  Elementary SPN I

  • Vanessa Alatorre Villalobos,  Oral Communication Skills

  • Sarah Arellano,  The Foreign Film: Korean Film

  • Lois Armendariz,  Tpcs Cltr France:Global Impact

  • Mike Arrowsmith,  Tpcs Spn Linguistics:Dialects

  • Adilene Arroyo,  IndivInstInter Lang: Korean

  • Christopher Batey,  Elementary SPN II

  • Natalia I. Berio-Perez,  Elementary SPN II

  • Emily  Blythe,  Elementary French II

  • Elliyah S. Burgess,  Elementary SPN II

  • Anja Burkman Flaig,  German Lit: Love Conquers All?

  • Liezel Calulot,  Film Studies: Korean Film

  • Luis A. Caraballo Montero,  Elementary German II

  • Madisyn Carter,  WrldCltrs-France:Global Impact

  • Anna Cecic,  Digital Video Practicum

  • Douglas Ceffalo,  Tpcs Spn Linguistics:Dialects

  • Brandon Coburn,  Elementary Russian II

  • Haley E. Crane,  Elementary SPN I

  • Maiya A Cruz,  Elementary SPN II

  • Lopez Daizy G.,  Elementary SPN II

  • Deer Davis,  Advanced Language Skills

  • Jeremy J.  De Jesus,  Elementary SPN II

  • Dante A. Deblanc,  Elementary SPN I

  • Gabrielle N. Dunn,  Elementary SPN II

  • Tia N. Eason,  Elementary SPN I

  • Karen Elliot,  Oral Communication Skills

  • Rudy Esparza,  Elementary Russian II

  • Daniel Farias,  Elementary German II

  • Cynthia Gibson,  Topics in culture, Spanish Dialects

  • Barbara Gold-Davis,  German Lit: Love Conquers All?

  • Lydia Gonzalez,  Lit of Spain Middle Ages-1700

  • Emily Hahn,  Elementary SPN I , Elementary SPN II

  • Alani Hall,  Elementary Japanese II

  • Davin Harris,  Elementary German II

  • Ethan T. Hebert,  Intermediate SPN I

  • Taylor Helmcamp,  Intermediate Russian II, Structure Of Russian Language, Sociolinguistics

  • Lindsey R.  Holland,  Elementary SPN II

  • Erin N. Horvath,  Intermediate SPN II

  • Austin Jennings,  Film Studies: Korean Film

  • Lucas Johns,  Advanced Language Skills

  • Justin M. Jones,  Elementary SPN II

  • Brianna Kobberoe-Perez,  Elementary Korean II

  • Isel S. La Guardia,  Elementary SPN II

  • Madi P. Lay,  Elementary SPN I

  • Nicholas Laznovsky,   Oral Communication Skills

  • Nathanael D. Lisanti,  Elementary SPN II

  • Shahzin Makani,  Elementary SPN II

  • Sabrina Marcano,  Spanish Dialects

  • Tawny M. Marceaux,  Elementary SPN I

  • Gabrielle Martinez,  Elementary Korean II

  • Annabelle Martino,  Tpcs Cltr France:Global Impact, Elementary French II

  • Manuel McKinley,  Elementary SPN I

  • Yedid Mejia Vázquez,  Topics in culture

  • Sarah Moon,  Elementary Japanese II

  • Austin  Muno,  Elementary SPN II

  • Brittney Nguyen,  Intermediate French II

  • Alma Ochoa,  German Lit: Love Conquers All?

  • Joshua Perez,  Elementary Russian II

  • Agnieszka Quinones,  German Lit: Love Conquers All, Elementary SPN II

  • Joshua Rebel,  Elementary Korean II

  • Juhannah Reduque,  The Foreign Film: Korean Film

  • Janice Reyes,  Intermediate French II

  • Andrea Richie,  Elementary SPN I

  • Jonathan Riojas,  Advanced Language Skills

  • Bonnie Robinson,  Intermediate German II

  • Michael J. Rocha,  Digital Video Production

  • Victoria C.  Rodriguez,  Elementary SPN II

  • Lizet  Rojas,  Elementary SPN I

  • Kayla Sánchez,  Elementary SPN II

  • Leonardo Santeno,  WrldCltrs-France:Global Impact

  • Kevin A. Spenny,  Elementary German II

  • Madison M. Starks,  Elementary SPN I

  • Teri L. Strain,  Intermediate SPN II

  • Generra Strankschreier,  Intermediate German II, Intermediate Russian II, Structure Of Russian Language

  • Brenda Valverde,  Oral Communication Skills

  • Drue VanDuker,  Elementary SPN II

  • Isabella Vega,  IndivInstInter Lang: Korean

  • Joshua W.  Vett,  Digital Video Production

  • Davila Victoria ,  Elementary SPN I

  • Zuwena Virani,  Sociolinguistics

  • Evan Wallace,  Elementary Russian II

  • Trinity Woods,  Elementary Korean II

  • Sydney T. Zahorik,  Intermediate SPN I

  • Ada Zamarripa,  Lit of Spain Middle Ages-1700, Topics in culture

  • Myhra Zarate,  Digital Video Practicum

Summer 2019 Award Winners

  • Christopher Batey,  Intermediate SPN I

  • Eryn O.  Epperson,  Elementary SPN II

  • George Flores,  Intermediate SPN I

  • Jonatan Matthew Gongora,  Digital Video Practicum

  • Caroline G. Stea,  Adv LangStudyAbroad:Russia

  • Matthew R.  Vargas,  Elementary SPN II

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Taiwan Drummers Live Stream Concert

May 13, 2020

The Taiwan band, Ten Drum Art Percussion Group, had been scheduled to visit UTSA campus this September for a special performance, which has been cancelled.  However, the group is subsituting the live concert with a live stream performance, Drumming Up Hope, which also include the Cross Metal Band.

The performance is dedicated to facing the challenges of darkness and replacing it with hope. Performance tracks will be:

Cross Metal Band

        1.The Space of Dark Phoenix (adapted from The Flying of Phoenix originally  composed)
         2.Sunlight of Thunderbolt (adapted from Reappearance of Thunderbolt.)

Ten Drum Art Percussion Group

        1.18 Arahans Drum
        2.General Order
        3.White Deer Running, Sun Moon Lake Shinning
        4.Victory over Chained Horses
        5.Celebration with Drum and Dance
        6.Sky Slash
        7.Amused Cock

The performance will live stream at 9 pm central time on Friday, May 22, 2020. Use this link to watch the concert free of charge. 

For more information contact Dr. Liang Ward, Lecturer of Chinese at UTSA.

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Gibson Winner at COLFA 2020 Spring Conference

May 12, 2020

Cynthia Gibson, a candidate for the Master’s degree in Spanish, received first place in the COLFA 2020 Spring Conference, MA Spanish Research Paper category. Her submission was titled “La dualidad femenina en la literature narco: muerte, violencia y traición”. Her faculty advisor was Dr. Malgorzata Oleszckiewicz-Peralba, Professor of Spanish at UTSA.

Gibson has worked as a teaching assistant and research assistant for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.


Find out more about the MA in Spanish at UTSA

Find out more about the Graduate Translation and Interpreting Studies Certificate at UTSA

Find out more about the Graduate Linguistics Certificate at UTSA

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New Course for Summer—Spanish Road Trip

April 10, 2020

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SPN 4303/SPN 5483 Topics in Hispanic Culture: Spanish Road Trip 

Summer 2020

Así que no pudimos viajar a España este verano. Una lástima. Pero no quiere decir que no podemos imaginarlo y, al hacerlo, además pensarlo. Así que para el curso suplementario de este verano, vamos a tomar el viaje virtual por España como lo habríamos hecho si el tiempo y el dinero no nos limitasen nada. O sea, vamos a tomar un “Road Trip”. El viaje se organiza alrededor de forma geográfica pero también histórica. Visitaremos lugares de gran importancia histórica y cultural por toda la península ibérica. Estas visitas nos llevarán por el tiempo desde los yacimientos arqueológicos del Homo más primitivo hasta las obras arquitectónicas más avanzadas del siglo XXI, pasando por obras representativas de las grandes civilizaciones que han dejado huella a lo largo de la historia: los Celtas, los Romanos, los Visigodos, los Musulmanes y los Cristianos de la Reconquista. También pasaremos por palacios renacentistas, apreciaremos la pintura barroca, visitaremos grandes ciudades neoclásicas y decimonónicas, y conoceremos las mejores obras de la modernidad y posmodernidad. Y claro, en el camino conoceremos las grandes ciudades y culturas de España. Ah, y como en cualquier buen “road trip”, escucharemos buena música al viajar de lugar en lugar en nuestros coches virtuales. 

El viaje durará un máximo de 10 semanas (26 de mayo a 7 de agosto), pero cada uno puede hacerlo a su propio ritmo. 

En el viaje visitaremos catorce lugares diferentes a través de videos y lecturas asignadas. 

Para cada lugar visitado habrá un espacio de conversación (Discussion Board). En este espacio habrá preguntas a las cuales tendrán que responder, y tendrán la oportunidad de responder a los comentarios de los compañeros. 

Cada semana del viaje habrá una conversación de video por Blackboard Collaborate para poder compartir, comentar y analizar nuestro viaje doquier que sea el lugar de nuestra visita en ese momento. La conversación no será obligatoria. 

Cada uno de ustedes también se hará experto de uno de los sitios que vamos a visitar. Prepararán un itinerario de visita para la ciudad en cuestión y también prepararán un guía de visita a una de las obras o lugares claves de ese lugar. 

La nota de la clase se basará en lo siguiente: 

  1. 40%Conversaciones en la Discussion Board y/o en Blackboard Collaborate 

  2. 10%Guía de ciudad con itinerario 

  3. 20%Guía de obra clave (2500 palabras más imágenes) 

  4. 15%Análisis de obra clave 1 (750-1000 palabras) 

  5. 15%Análisis de obra clave 2 (750-1000 palabras) 

Libros (para comprar): Juan Eslava Galán. Historia de España contada para escépticos. Madrid: Planeta, 2019. (se puede comprar en Amazon, etc) 


Itinerario de nuestro viaje (versión básica): 

  1. San Antonio International Airportà Madrid Aeropuerto Adolfo Suarez (no Discussion Board; es mejor dormir en el avión para que no sufras de “jet lag” al llegar) 

  2. Atapuerca (los orígenes del homo en España) 

  3. Altamira (el arte rupestre de los primeros homo sapiens) 

  4. Los Castros de Asturias y Galicia (Los Celtas y otros tribus en la península Ibérica) 

  5. Mérida (Hispanae: La España Romana) 

  6. La Iglesia de San Pedro de la Nave (La España Visigótica) 

  7. Córdoba (La España Musulmana) 

  8. Granada (La España Musulmana tardía) 

  9. El Camino de Santiago y Santiago de Compostela (La Reconquista) 

  10. Toledo (La España de las Tres Culturas y la Renacentista) 

  11. Salamanca, Ávila y Segovia (La España Renacentista y Mística) 

  12. La Granja, El Palacio Real, El Prado (La España Barroca y de los Borbones) 

  13. Madrid (La España del s. XVIII y s. XIX) 

  14. Barcelona (La España del s. XX) 

  15. Bilbao (La España del s. XXI)

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A&M Linguistics Professor Visits UTSA - CANCELLED

February 27, 2020

--- This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for Fall 2020 ---


María Irene Moyna, Linguistics Professor at Texas A&M University, will be lecturing on langage and music at UTSA on March 16. 

Her multimedia presentation, A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada: Language mixing in the musical production of San Antonio artists, focuses on eight bilingual San Antonio artists and groups and shows the intricate linguistic underpinnings of the city’s vibrant music scene. The artists selected span the 20th century, and include soloists and groups (e.g., Rosita Fernández, Nick Villarreal, the Texas Tornados).

The event will be held in the Main Building Room 0.106 on the UTSA Campus and is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $2 per hour in the Bauerle Garage.

Moyna holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Florida. She is the author of Compound Words in Spanish: Theory and history (2011, John Benjamins), and the co-editor (with Alejandra Balestra and Glenn Martínez) of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Linguistic Heritage (2008, Arte Público Press). Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Language and Literature, Linguistics, Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana, Southwest Journal of Linguistics, Spanish in Context, and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, and in several edited collections.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. For more information, contact Dr. Whitney Chappell.  UTSA offers a minor in linguistics and a graduate certificate in linguistics.


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Japanese Instructor Promotes Program at High School

February 13, 2020

Mimi Yu, Lecturer of Japanese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, joined a team of international professionals and served as a panelist in Johnson High School’s International Language Summit on Feb. 11, 2020. Yu spoke to three groups of students, 800 in total, to promote foreign language studies and study abroad with both professional advice and anecdotes.

Yu has been teaching Japanese at UTSA since 2009, along with Dr. Makiko Fukuda.  She is the former director of the UTSA East Asian Institute and received the UTSA President’s Distinguished Diversity Award for promoting diversity and inclusion in creative and collaborative ways. She leads study abroad programs in Japan every summer. 

Find out more about the Japanese program at UTSA

Find out more about studying abroad in Japan

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Faculty Members Attend Workshop on Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling

February 5, 2020

Modern Languages and Literatures’ April Johns and Whitney Chappell attended a two-day intensive workshop with Craig Sheehy on Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS), sponsored by St. Mary’s University. The TPRS approach provides repetitive, interesting, comprehensible and high-frequency input to language learners through interactive books and oral stories.

TPRS was created by Blaine Ray, a Spanish teacher, in the late 1980s. This method of teaching largely focuses on story comprehension, most often, TPRS creates a story where the language learner has a role of input in crafting the story. Due to this level of interaction and engagement, TPRS helps keep the learner actively engaged in their language learning experience. 

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Modern Languages Offers Record Number of Study Abroad Programs for Summer 2020

February 5, 2020

The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is offering seven faculty-led study abroad during the summer of 2020:


First trip May 13 through May 27; second trip June 30 through July 19. Led by Mimi Yu. Students will visit Tokyo and Kyoto.


Dr. Liang Ward will accompany students to Taiwan May 18 through June 8.  They will study in Taipei and visit various historic sites. 


For the first time ever UTSA language students will be studying in Seoul, Korea May 18 through June 6. Led by Dr. Deukhee Gong.


Mme. Isabelle Hall will be returning to France where students will be studying in Annecy and visiting Paris, of course. This will be the third department-sponsored trip to France. Scheduled for May 29 through June 27.


The department has sponsored many study abroad trips to Germany but this year is the first time students will be based in Dresden. Led by Dr. Devon Donohue-Bergeler, the trip is scheduled for June 7 through 27.


Department Chair Dr. Nathan Richardson will be accompanying students to Valladolid, Spain July 3 through August 1.

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Dr. Whitney Chappell Publishes New Volume on Spanish Perception

January 30, 2020

Dr. Whitney Chappell, Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has published a new edited volume called Recent Advances in the Study of Spanish Sociophonetic Perception with John Benjamins Publishing Company.


What is it about?

This book provides a cutting-edge exploration of the social meaning of phonetic variation in the Spanish-speaking world. Its 11 chapters elucidate the ways in which listeners process, perceive, and propagate phonetically motivated social meaning across monolingual and contact varieties, including the Spanish spoken in Spain (Asturias, Catalonia, and Andalusia), Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and the United States. The book presents a wide variety of new and innovative research by renowned scholars, and the chapters examine issues like the influence of visual cues, bilingualism, contact, geographic mobility, and phonotactic predictability on social and linguistic perception. Additionally, the volume engages in timely discussions of intersectionality, replicability, and the future of the field. As the first unified reference on Spanish sociophonetic perception, this volume will be useful in graduate and undergraduate classrooms, in libraries, and on the bookshelf of any scholar interested in Spanish sociophonetics.


Dr. Manuel Díaz-Campos (Indiana University, Bloomington) has called the volume “…an outstanding and timely crafted volume… A must-read book for students and scholars of language, variation, and change.”

Dr. Scott Schwenter (The Ohio State University) writes, “Chappell has done a phenomenal job in bringing together some of the brightest minds in Hispanic linguistics to contribute groundbreaking case studies to this volume. In the process, she has created an essential point of departure for all future research on Spanish sociophonetics.”


The entire volume is available to students and faculty for free through the UTSA Library.  

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Korean Tutoring for Spring 2020

January 29, 2020

Korean tutoring for the Spring 2020 semester is now available.

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Summer Teaching Positions Available

January 29, 2020

Rewarding & Enjoyable Summer Teaching Jobs

Teach Reading Classes to Students of All Ages

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2020

The Institute of Reading Development offers summer reading skills programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Since 1970, the Institute’s teachers have helped over 3 million students master valuable reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.  Programs designed by the Institute give students the right skills, books, and experiences that result in greater success in school and beyond.

We are currently hiring hard-working, encouraging people with a passion for reading to teach our summer programs. As an Institute teacher you will:

  • Earn up to $8,000 in one summer. Our full-time teachers typically earn $550-$700 per week.
  • Improve your teaching skills and confidence during our comprehensive, paid training program.
  • Gain over 400 hours of classroom teaching experience with a variety of age groups from 4-year-olds to adults.
  • Help your students become successful readers with a love of great books.

We are seeking applicants from any academic discipline. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree or higher in their field before the start of our teaching season.

Successful Institute teachers:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Are responsible and hard-working, with good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students

Learn more about teaching for us and apply today: Summer Teaching Jobs

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First Annual Journée de la Francophonie at UTSA

January 28, 2020

The department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Alliance Française of San Antonio will welcome high school students and their French teachers to UTSA to celebrate all things Francophone on Saturday, February 8. More than 250 students from 13 local high schools are expected to attend.

French students from UTSA will present films, literature, French global impact, gastronomy, and personal life adventures.

Natives from France, Belgium, Morocco, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be on hand to share their culture -- dance, music, traditional clothing, pétanque, and more.

The visiting high school students will have an opportunity to compete in French in categories such as poem recitation, prose reading, art, singing, dictation, and video.

More than 60 volunteers, including Francophiles who are part of UTSA and the San Antonio community, will donate their time to share their passion for the French language and the great diversity of the Francophone world.

The Consulate General of France in Houston, Alexis Andres, will be on hand to address the participants in the opening ceremony.

A touch of French gastronomy will be provided by Stéphane Raveneau of Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café in La Cantera. The restaurant will provide lunch for all the participants.

For more information, contact Mme. Isabelle Hall at 210-458-7732.

Find out more about the French program at UTSA

Find out about studying abroad in France

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Fall 2020 TA & GRA Applications Now Being Accepted

January 23, 2020

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is now accepting applications for teaching and research assistants for fall semester 2020 for the following positions:


  • Teaching Assistant 2

  • Teaching Assistant 1

  • Graduate Research Assistant

  • Graduate Assistant


Applicants must be graduate students currently enrolled at UTSA in one of the department’s programs.  To qualify for the position of Teaching Assistant 2, the applicant must have completed 18 hours in the Spanish MA program by the end of summer 2020.



Submit completed applications in person or via email to Dena Bruedigam, MH 4.01.01.

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UTSA to Host NACLO 2020 Contest

January 8, 2020

The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is serving as a host for the 2020 North American Computational Linguistics Open Competition (NACLO).  

The contest invites high-school students to compete by solving linguistic puzzles. In solving these puzzles, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary.

Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics, and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.

The contest consists of two events: the Open Competition and the Invititational Round and students need to register before January 22, 2020. Practice problems are available on the NACLO web site.

Open Competition

Invitational Round


More Information

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Linguistics Lab Recruiting Students for Research

December 4, 2019

If you are curious about how children acquire language in monolingual and bilingual settings and would like to engage in hands-on research experience for credit, the UTSA Linguistics Lab might be the place for you.

Dr. Pablo Requena is seeking highly motivated, detail oriented students who have studied Spanish or grew up speaking Spanish at home to assist with research in linguistics.  Projects investigate the acquisition of Spanish grammar by typically developing monolingual and bilingual children. The results will be useful to researchers interested in how to detect language delays in both monolingual and bilingual children.  Training will be provided.

Students who are interested should email Dr. Pablo Requena to be screened.  If selected, students will be enrolled in a 3-credit hour foreign language (FL) course.

The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a minor in linguistics and a graduate certificate in linguistics

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National Foreign Language Honor Society Now at UTSA

November 27, 2019

UTSA students are now eligible to join Phi Sigma Iota, an honor society that recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the study of or teaching in foreign language, literature, or culture. Students who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs with a major or minor in foreign langauges, comparative literature, linguistics, and other areas are eligible to apply for membership.

Applications are being accepted through March 15, 2020. 

Benefits of Phi Sigma Iota include eligibility for scholarships, subscription to the society's magazine, The Forum, networking, and more.

Lilian Cano is the program advisor for Phi Sigma Iota and Gilberta Turner and Liang Ward are coordinators.

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Donohue-Bergeler Presents at ACTFL

November 27, 2019

Dr. Devon Donohue-Bergeler co-presented two talks at the ACTFL Conference in Washington, DC in November, 2019. ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) is a national professional organization that publishes proficiency guidelines and advocates for K-16 language programs and their instructors.

The talks were titled “Preparing German Teachers for the 21st Century,” and “Proficiency-Oriented Language Instruction: Authentic Texts for Cultural Competency.”

The second talk was based on revamping the curriculum at UTSA to combine intermediate and advanced German students in one course. In this cross-listed experiment, Dr. D taught several lessons using the FLLITE model, which develops multiliteracies through work with authentic materials from the target culture. She then empowered the advanced students to create similar lessons to teach their intermediate peers using self-selected authentic materials on topics as diverse as astronomy, Holocaust poetry, pregnancy, and the Eurovision Song Contest.

Her conference participation was made possible through funding from the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.


Find out more about the German Program at UTSA



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Pazir Winner of Japanese Contest

November 18, 2019

Bilal Pazir

Bilal Pazir

Bilal Pazir, a student of Dr. Makiko Fukuda, is the winner of the J.LIVE Talk 2019 (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement) contest, beating finalists from Georgetown University and George Washington University. The annual event, which is modeled after TED talks, provides a platform for students to showcase their proficiency in Japanese, share ideas, and polish their public speaking skills. 

In his winning talk, Pazir spoke of his love for Japanese and his desire to continue studying languages, which he developed after visiting the town of Minamisanriku, Japan in high school.

“The kindness of the people and the courage I observed while there had a great influence on me and still motivates me to continue learning Japanese,” he said.

He plans to pursue a career that involves putting his Japanese skills to use.

Pazir flew to Washington DC to participate in the final round where he won a six-week instensive Japanese language course at a university in Tokyo, a round-trip air ticket to Toyko, and a $2700 stipend.

Bilal was one of nine finalists selected from students across the United States.  


Find out more about the Japanese Program at UTSA

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Donohue-Bergeler Attends German Teachers Conference

November 6, 2019

Dr. Devon Donohue-Bergeler, Senior Lecturer in German at UTSA, participated in the AATG 3-Day College Faculty Seminar held from October 25–27, 2019, at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. The seminar was titled “Program Building through Curricular Reform, Co-Curricular Enhancement, and Inclusion” and will help Donohue-Bergeler with her plans to grow the German program at UTSA.

Her participation was made possible through funding from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Find out more about studying German at UTSA

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In Memoriam: UTSA Founding Faculty and Former Department Chair Frank Pino Dies at Age 76

November 6, 2019

Frank Pino, Jr., professor emeritus in the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, passed away on Oct. 10 at age 76. Considered one of UTSA’s founding faculty members, Pino served 39 years on the faculty until his retirement in 2012.

Recruited by former UTSA faculty member Tomás Rivera, Pino joined UTSA’s Division of Foreign Languages in 1973 as an associate professor. He served in various administrative roles, including 16 years as director of the Division of Foreign Languages, where he also taught upper-level and graduate classes in Hispanic Culture and Literature, including Chicano Literature.

“We remember Dr. Frank Pino mostly as one of the longest serving faculty members in our department,” recalled Marita Nummikoski, associate professor and most recent past chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. “The department faculty used to call him the oral historian of the university, as he was always referring to the early years of UTSA. Most of the programs we now have in the department were created under Dr. Pino’s leadership. He was an advocate of communicative language teaching and issues of Spanish heritage speaking students. He loved his students and students loved him. He was especially interested in teaching Mexican American Literature and History of Ideas, two courses he had created.”

He met his future wife, Barbara Gonzalez-Pino, in 1975 when she was hired as an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Division of Education and the Division of Foreign Languages. They married after 10 years of working together in a variety of capacities. After retiring as active faculty, together they participated in UTSA’s Retired Faculty Association until recent years.

Pino was involved in the civil rights movement and in the field of Chicano literature, creating short stories and poetry of his own in both English and Spanish.

“He was always very interested in social justice issues and sought to expand diversity and fair treatment in every setting,” recalled Gonzalez-Pino. “He also sought to broaden the study of languages beyond literature so that students of Spanish heritage could have additional advanced applications for their knowledge and skills.”

He was also active in several professional organizations and community groups, such as El Patronato de la cultura Hispanoamericana, the University Roundtable, Sembradores of San Antonio and the International Black and White Ball.

“Connections with the community were important to him as well,” Gonzalez-Pino said of her husband. “He was an outgoing person with many friends and someone who influenced many students and others in the community though his broad participation in it.” 

Pino served on the faculty of Michigan State University prior to coming to UTSA. He held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Northwestern University.

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Dr. Makiko Fukuda Selected Teacher of the Year

October 31, 2019

Dr. Makiko Fukuda, senior lecturer of Japanese and coordinator of the UTSA Japanese program, won the 2019 TFLA (Texas Foreign Language Association) Excellence in Teaching Award and 2019 TFLA Teacher of the Year.

TFLA selects its teacher of the year from Texas teachers of all world languages and levels (i.e., elementary, secondary, post-secondary).

Fukuda will represent the state of Texas at the 2020 SWCOLT, SouthWest Conference on language Teaching, in Los Angeles among other exceptional teachers from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah.

Find out more about the Japanese program at UTSA.

Find out more about faculty-led study abroad in Japan.

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TexLER Conference Presentation

October 9, 2019

Graduate students Layla Zamorra, Sabrina Marcano and Cynthia Gibson presented their research project “El efecto de la revolución bolivariana en el habla venezolana” (The Effect of the Bolivarian Revolution on Venezuelan Speech) at the 2019 Texas Language Education Research (TexLER) Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The theme of the conference was 21st Century Literacies: Critical Approaches for Social Transformation. The students wrote and researched the topic in Dr. Whitney Chappell’s La dialectología española (Spanish Dialects) class.

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Students Celebrate Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)

September 30, 2019

UTSA students who are taking Korean classes had a unique opportunity this fall to learn how Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, is observed.

Instead of their classrooms, students met in the Demo Kitchen in the Wellness Center for a hands-on cooking experience and learned to make japchae, the most popular Korean holiday dish.  Once the cooking was finished, they enjoyed the japchae with steamed rice and kimchi.

Dr. Deukhee Gong heads the Korean Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at UTSA.

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Donohue-Bergeler Participates in German Teacher Conference

September 30, 2019

Dr. Devon Donohue-Bergeler co-presented “Coaching an Middle- und High-Schools in den USA: Ein Programm des Goethe-Instituts New York” at the GETVICO German Teacher Virtual Conference on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

In German, she discussed her experience coaching German teachers in pedagogical issues related to teaching German as a foreign language. The coaching program included 3 phases: 1) online consulting, usually about lesson planning or other pertinent issues; 2) in-person classroom observations and follow-up discussions; 3) continued support for pedagogical change and action research.

Both the coaching program and the virtual conference are free services supported by the Goethe Institute, which is funded by the German Federal Government.

Donohue-Bergeler is Senior Lecturer of German and coordinator of the German program at UTSA.

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Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 20, 2019

Students and faculty from the Modern Languages and Literatures Department celebrated Hispanic Heritage month at Calle UTSA this week. Students from Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society, and the Spanish Club were on hand to discuss their heritage with students and to give lessons in Spanish card games (baraja española).  Dr. Maria Cruz-Cruz, Spanish lecturer, provided entertainment, playing her guitar and singing songs in Spanish.

The event was organized by Lilian Cano, Piedad Flores, and Gilberta Turner, also Spanish lecturers at The University of Texas at San Antonio. 


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International Translation Day 2019

September 18, 2019

Mark your calendar for the International Translation Day event on September 30, 2019 in the UTSA Student Union's Travis Room 2.2.02.

This year's symposium will highlight the importance of effective translation and interpreting in our global community and is generously co-sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake University and Worldwide Languages. It will consist of a one-hour plenary address and a one-hour Spanish-language workshop for interpreters, as follows:

  • Keynote address: Public service interpreting in education and health services: What should Spain learn from the situation in the United States? Dr. Ana Isabel Foulquié Rubio, Lecturer, University of Murcia, Spain

  • Workshop (in Spanish): La traducción en el ámbito educativo: El español y sus registros, Alpha A. Martínez-Suárez, PhD Fellow, Culture, Language, and Literacy, University of Texas at San Antonio


  • Admission is free, however please "purchase" a ticket in order to reserve your seat. Please indicate when you register whether you will be attending both sessions or just one (the workshop is in Spanish).

  • Please be on time and calculate a bit more time to arrive, park, find the venue and register than you may be used to. 

  • Don't worry if you can't print your ticket or if you forget to bring it. Once you register, we know who you are!

  • There will be a separate sign-up sheet at the door for those attendees who would like to receive a certificate of attendance.

  • Please be advised that there is no free visitor parking on campus. We suggest the Ximenes Parking Lot or the Bauerle Parking Lot. You can plug them into your GPS or consult this campus map: For any doubts, please refer to UTSA's page on visitor parking at

  • Read down for more specific information about our presenters and the content of their talks. We are thrilled to offer this program and look forward to seeing you on September 30th!

Sponsored by the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Co-sponsored by Worldwide Languages and Our Lady of the Lake University. 

Admission is free but please reserve your seat prior to the event.  For more information, email Dr. Melissa Wallace or call 210-458-4373.


Additional Information

Dr. Ana-Isabel Foulquié-Rubio is a Lecturer at the University of Murcia. She holds a PhD in Translation and Interpreting in the field of Public Service Interpreting by the University of Murcia and a degree in Translation and Interpreting by the University of Granada. She holds a postgraduate in Aliens Law from the University of Granada and a Postgraduate in Intercultural Mediation by the University of Murcia. Since 2000 she has been a member of the GRETI research group (UGR). Since 2002 and until the end of 2018 she has combined her work as freelance translator and interpreter with lecturing in different universities such as the University of Ulster, the University of Alicante, and the University of Murcia. In 1999, she was appointed as a Sworn Translator by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is also the Vice-president of APTIJ.

Keynote description:

Public service interpreting should be a must in some settings such as health and education services in order to grant citizens’ rights to understand and to be understood. However, linguistic presence in these settings depends heavily on policies at the country and even local levels. The result of this situation is that interpreting services in such settings are provided ad hoc by non-professional “interpreters”, usually relatives, friends, volunteers or “bilingual staff”. Therefore, non-majority language speakers are deprived of the right to understand and be understood. In settings such as education and health, this situation can lead to problems for non-Spanish speaking children and parents, and patients in the case of hospitals. Due to this de-professionalisation, there are no professional associations for public service interpreters. In this talk, the situation in Spain is presented and some comparisons with the state of affairs of public service interpreting in the United States are made.

Alpha A. Martínez-Suárez is a third year Ph.D. Fellow in the Culture, Language, and Literacy program at The University of Texas in San Antonio. She currently teaches Análisis Lingüístico y Bilingüismo (Language Analysis & Bilingualism)  to pre-service teachers at the College for Education and Human Development at UTSA. Martínez-Suárez is a two-time Academy for Teacher Excellence Presidential Distinguished Scholar awardee and two-time Who is Who in UTSA and Universities in the US awardee. She holds a B.H. in International Relations from the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas in México and an MA in Bicultural and Bilingual Teaching Education, with honors. Her teaching experience includes English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL), as well as Bilingual and Bicultural (BBL) settings both in private and public education in Mexico and the US. Her areas of research interest include social justice in education and the role of the teacher as a social justice advocate for historically marginalized populations as well as teacher education to pre-service teachers at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs institutions).

Workshop description (Note: this workshop is in Spanish)

En este taller, los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de aprender de las experiencias de la ponente como traductora de un distrito escolar del sur de Texas. Se tocarán temas como el registro en el idioma español al traducir una variedad de documentos que van desde manuales oficiales de procedimientos a nivel de distrito hasta cartas de comunicación entre las escuelas y los padres de familia. Diferentes aspectos del ejercicio traductorio serán incluidos en el taller desde temas lingüísticos y perspectivas en la selección de términos concretos para traducir conceptos y palabras claves hasta el activismo lingüístico-académico en la traducción, pros y contras, pasando por aspectos técnicos del negocio de la traducción tales como preguntas frecuentes de facturación, cómo hacer un estimado de traducción a servicios educativos, entre otros.

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Korean Tutoring Available

September 11, 2019

Tutoring for Korean students will be provided this semester by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in MH 3.01.05 during the following times:


Beginner students

  • Mondays, 2 - 4 pm

  • Tuesdays, 2 - 4 pm

  • Wednesdays, 12 - 2 pm

  • Friday, 12 - 2 pm

Intermediate students

  • Mondays, 3:30-4:40 pm

  • Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm


For more information contact Dr. Deukhee Gong.

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Membrez Book on World Cinema Published

September 10, 2019

Memory in World Cinema: Critical Essays, edited by Dr. Nancy Membrez, has been published by McFarland & Company, Inc. and is now available for purchase

Drawn initially from presentations from a series of film conferences held at the University of Texas at San Antonio, this collection of essays covers multiple geographical, linguistic, and cultural areas worldwide, emphasizing the historical and cultural interpretation of films.

Included are works by Membrez as well as other UTSA Modern Languages and Literatures faculty, Dr. Melissa Wallace and Dr. Molly Zaldivar.

Membrez is an associate professor of Spanish literature, culture, and Spanish/Latin American film at the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches film production. She edited two books on Eliseo Subiela's films, wrote the English subtitles for four Subiela films, and produced three featurettes for the Kino Lorber DVD/Blu-ray of Man Facing Southeast (Subiela, 1986). Her first feature film, Portrait in Sepia Tone, won Best Picture and Best Sound Track at the International Filmmakers Film Festival in Kent, England in 2008.

Discover more about media studies at UTSA.

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Teaching English in Japan Information Session

September 10, 2019

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will host a Teaching English in Japan information session from 12:00-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in the Hidalgo Room (HUC 2.214) on UTSA’s main campus.  This information session is free and open to the public.

Alisa Tobin, JET Coordinator from the Japanese Consulate in Houston, will be on campus to introduce the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.  The program is conducted by the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations with the combined efforts of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and local government organizations.  It was created in 1987 and has gained an excellent reputation since.  

The goal of the JET Program is to promote cultural understanding between Japan and other countries.  To meet this goal, the program enhances foreign language studies in Japan and promotes international exchange.  

The JET program gives native English speakers the opportunity to teach English language and culture in Japan while simultaneously absorbing Japanese culture.  It is recommended that applicants be adaptable and have a strong interest in Japan and Japanese culture. This program is intended for those with a bachelor’s degree.  Two types of positions are available, both of which will be discussed during the information session.

The event is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Houston and the UTSA Center for Professional Development.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Mimi Yu at 210.458.8558.

Discover more about the Japanese program at UTSA.

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Austrian Author Franzobel Visits UTSA

August 30, 2019

Franzobel | Image Credit: Georg Buxhofer/Paul Zsolnay Verlag

Franzobel | Image Credit: Georg Buxhofer/Paul Zsolnay Verlag

In “Das Floss der Medusa” (Zsolnay, 2017), the Austrian writer, Franzobel, re-tells the true story of one of the greatest disasters in seafaring history. Wrapped in a breathtaking novel, this is a story of suffering, moral, and human surviving that is as topical today as it was in the 19th century.

In cooperation with several universities in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents a literary tour of the renowned and prolific Austrian author, offering an opportunity for talks and personal encounters with Franzobel, who is also undertaking research for his forthcoming historical novel.

On Wednesday, September 18 from 4-6pm in MH 3.01.28, Franzobel will facilitate a discussion (in English) about the current influx of migrants to Europe, the up-tick of right wing parties, and the parallels to his novel. He will also field questions from the audience in English and German.

Franzobel (*1967) is one of Austria‘s most popular and controversial writers. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize (1995), the Arthur Schnitzler Prize (2002) and the Nicolas Born Prize (2017). Zsolnay most recently published his novel Was die Männer so treiben, wenn die Frauen im Badezimmer sind (2012), the crime novels  Wiener Wunder (2014) and Groschens Grab (2015) and Das Floß der Medusa (2017), which was shortlisted for the German Book Prize 2017 and for which he was awarded  the Bavarian Book Prize.

This event is made possible through funding from the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  Students of German, global affairs and other interested parties are welcome.  For more information, contact Dr. Devon Donohue-Bergeler.

BOOK SYNOPSIS: The Raft of Medusa
July 18, 1816, eleven o’clock in the morning: Off the West coast of Africa, the captain of the Argus spots a raft of about twenty meters in length. What he sees makes his blood run cold: hollow eyes, parched lips, hair stiff with salt, burned skin full of wounds and blisters … The emaciated, naked bodies that are the last 15 of the original 147-man group who have survived two weeks at sea after the sinking of the frigate Medusa.

This historical event, immortalized by the romantic painter Théodore Géricault’s oversized canvas painting, is the backdrop for Franzobel’s novel that explores the dark side of the human will to survive and the limits of civilization and humanity.

Discover more about the German program at UTSA.

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Apply by Sept. 6 for Mellon Humanities Fellowships

August 26, 2019

The Mellon Humanities Pathways Program is now accepting applications from undergraduate students who are interested in learning how to conduct research and plan for graduate studies.

September 6, 2019 is the application deadline.  The online process can be accessed from the UTSA Mexico Center's web site.

The UTSA fellows will be paired with a faculty mentor who is conducting research in the student’s area of interest. The mentors will work with the fellows one-on-one and share research and writing best practices.  

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Oleszkiewicz-Peralba Research in Crete

August 15, 2019

During the summer of 2019, Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba travelled to the island of Crete, Greece, to present her paper “Symbolism and Mythology of Eurasia and the Americas: Manifestations in Artifacts and Rituals,” at the 22ndCongress of the Mediterranean Studies Association, at the University of Crete, Rethymnon.

The topic of her paper was related to Dr. Oleszkiewicz-Peralba’s new book manuscript by the same title. The work examines commonalities and continuity of a cohesive system of feminine symbols and patterns from Neolithic Eurasia that subsists in popular imagery of various cultures until today. This becomes evident during the analysis of popular art, mythology, and rituals of Eastern Europe and of Indigenous Americas.

While in Crete , Dr. Oleszkiewicz-Peralba continued her research in various museums and archeological sites in Rethymnon, Heraklion, Chania, Aptera, Phaistos, Knossos, and Malia, among others. She will be including her recent findings in her book and in her classes.



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Chappell editor of Hispanic Studies Review

May 9, 2019

Dr. Whitney Chappell, UTSA Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, has been invited to serve as the Associate Editor of linguistics for Hispanic Studies Review, an international, peer-reviewed, and open-access journal published by the College of Charleston’s Department of Hispanic Studies. The journal is well known for its innovative dialogues and interdisciplinary approach, publishing articles on applied and theoretical linguistics, cultural studies, and literature. In her new role, Chappell will oversee all linguistics submissions to the journal, which will contribute to an understanding of the intersection of language and society in the Spanish-speaking world.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers an undergraduate minor in linguistics and a graduate certificate in linguistics.

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UTSA student wins scholarship to study in Taiwan

April 30, 2019

Scholarship winner Aramis Babcock and Dr. Ward

Scholarship winner Aramis Babcock and Dr. Ward

UTSA student Aramis Babcock has received 2019 Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) from the Ministry of Education of Taiwan.

Babcock is a sophomore majoring in Cyber Security at UTSA who is currently taking intermediate level Chinese courses under the tutelage of Dr. Liang Ward.  Beginning in the Fall 2020 semester, UTSA students will be able to major in Modern Langauge Studies or minor in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Chinese.

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Faculty reach out to K-12 students

April 30, 2019

Two UTSA language instructors have been volunteering their free time to visit local high schools and participate in student events.  Michael Rushforth (Spanish) and Isabelle Hall (French) were guest speakers at the French and Spanish honor society induction ceremony at Taft High School. UTSA Alumnus Nathalie Laborde-Martin teaches French there and initiated the collaboration, which is planned to continue and expand.

In a visit to McDermott Elmentary School during Multicultural Day, Isabelle Hall gave a well received presentation on French culture to second and fourth graders, which included information about Paris, French food, and French-English cognates.

The Department of Modern Languages offers two bachelor of arts degrees: one in Spanish and one in Modern Language Studies which can include a concentration in French.

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Arrowsmith receives Modern Languages Scholarship

April 29, 2019

UTSA Spanish major Michael Arrowsmith is the recipient of the Modern Languages Endowed Scholarship for 2019.  He graduated from high school in Laredo and after serving in the U.S. Army decided to attend college where he is studying Spanish and Kinesiology. His career goals are to teach Spanish or be an interpreter.

Arrowsmith loves to travel and plans to visit every Spanish-speaking country.

About the UTSA Spanish faculty, Arrowsmith says, "Dr. Chappell and Dr. Himelblau are amazing. Their energy and enthusiasm for their respective fields has continually inspired me to learn more."

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Chappell Receives Fulbright Award

April 29, 2019

Dr. Whitney Chappell, assistant professor of Hispanic linguistics at UTSA, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar. Chappell will be conducting research in Spain during the Fall 2019 semester, working collaboratively with international partners in educational, political, cultural, economic, and scientific fields.

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. 

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Honsalek wins scholarship

April 29, 2019

Elizabeth (Libby) Honsalek, a senior psychology major and Spanish minor, is the recipient of the 2019 Centro Cultural Cubano endowed scholarship. 

Originally from Dallas, Honsalek has served on the UTSA Student Government Association, was a co-founder of the UTSA Human Trafficking Awareness organization, worked with the Blue Ribbon Task Force, and received the University Life Award for Most Outstanding Junior in 2018.

Her future plans include pursuing a law degree, becoming a judge, and opening a treatment center for abused children.

The Centro Cultural Cubano organization promotes Cuba and Cuban culture in the United States.

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Dr. Fukuda on panel at Japan-Texas Leadership event

April 29, 2019

Dr. Makiko Fukuda served as a panelist at the recent Japan-Texas Leadership symposium held at the Henry B. Gonzalez convention center in San Antonio.  The panel addressed “Education and the value of Japanese culture and language to the U.S. Audience”.

The Japan-Texas Symposium is a program of Sister Cities International in partnership with the Koyamada International (KIF) Foundation, hosted by the City of San Antonio, and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Fukuda is senior lecturer and coordinator of the Japanese program in the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

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UTSA students win Japanese Video Contest

April 29, 2019

First prize winners Sarah Moon and Alani Hall with their faculty mentor, Mimi Yu

First prize winners Sarah Moon and Alani Hall with their faculty mentor, Mimi Yu

UTSA students took the top three prizes in at the recent 6th Annual Japanese Video Contest, which featured films made in the Japanese language by both high school and college students.

  • First place – Momohanako, by Sarah Moon, Alani Hall, Elexa Moore, and Christine Martinez

  • Second place – Why is Japan Great?, by Benjamin La Guardia, Logan Ulabarro, Chloe Palmer, Kimberly Casanova, and Jessica Lim

  • Third place – Famous Dream, by Kirby Shanklin, Drew Mausolf, Jayla Vicks, Andrew Espronceda, and Madeleine Toro

The event was sponsored by the UTSA East Asian Institute, the Japan Foundation, the Japan-America Society of San Antonio, and the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The judges were Noriko Baxter, Ian Cruz, Rieko Johnson, Fahad Khan, and Rudy Alba.

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Student selected to teach in Japan

April 29, 2019

UTSA student Wesley Van Fredenberg has been selected by the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program to teach English in Japan.  A psychology major, Van Fredenberg has taken two years of Japanese at UTSA under the tutelage of Mimi Yu and Makiko Fukuda.

The JET Program is a highly competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan. 

Van Fredenberg will depart for Japan in July for a one- to five-year teaching assignment in a private or public school.

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New Spanish courses for native and heritage speakers

April 23, 2019

Two new classes on the schedule for Fall 2019 are specifically geared toward native Spanish speakers and heritage Spanish speakers. Both are four credit-hour classes and meet only one day per week:

  • SPN 1014.010 23720, taught by Ms. Granados-Hinojosa, meets on Fridays at 9 a.m. It is a core curriculum course designed for native or near-native speakers of Spanish.

  • SPN 1014.013 10417, taught by Ms. Cano, meets on Fridays at 11 a.m.  It is also a core curriculum course and it is designed for heritage speakers (those who grew up with Spanish spoken around them but consider English to be their dominant language).

Use this link to enroll in either of these classes

For more information, please contact 210-458-4377.

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Grad student presents at Lisbon conference

April 12, 2019

Kenneth Bond, a UTSA graduate student in the Spanish masters program, presented his research on code switching between Spanish and English at the recently held VIII Jornadas Internacionales de la Linguistica Hispanica in Lisbon, Portugal, April 1-3, 2019. As a first time presenter, he was invited to several upcoming Spanish linguistics conferences.


Bond is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  In addition to the M.A. program, he is enrolled in the Translation and Interpreting Studies and Linguistics graduate certificate programs.

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Student wins 2nd place in statewide Japanese speech contest

March 26, 2019

Blake Trumble, a modern language studies major, took the second place prize at the March 23 Japanese Language Speech Contest in Houston. Trumble's speech on artificial intelligence also garnered him a $300 scholarship.


Originally from Granbury, Texas, Trumble fell in love with Japan when he was selected for an exchange program called Kizuna (bond) following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  He has visited two other times since then and wants to live there after he graduates. At UTSA he is studying Japanese and minoring in East Asian studies to prepare for a career in the translation and interpreting industry.


UTSA students participate in the speech contest, sponsored by the Japanese America Society, every year.   Trumble is a student of Dr. Makiko Fukuda, the coordinator of the UTSA Japanese program.

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Hispanic author joins UTSA Modern Languages faculty

March 25, 2019

Dr. Isaura Contreras Rios will be joining the faculty of the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures this fall as assistant professor of Latin American Literature and Culture.  Contreras Rios  received her M.A. from Universidad Nacional  Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 2011 and her PhD from UCLA in 2017.  She comes to UTSA from Earlham College where she was an assistant professor.

At UTSA Contreras Rios will be teaching Spanish literature and culture courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

She is also the author of the short novel La casa al fin de los días (2007) and the children’s book Un día en Kilimaján (2012). In 2010 she won the Premio Nacional de Novela Breve Rosario Castellanos with the novel Cosecha de Verano (CONECULTA).

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a B.A. in Spanish, a minor in Spanish, an M.A. in Spanish, and a graduate certificate in Translation and Interpreting Studies.

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Linguist joins UTSA Faculty

March 11, 2019

Dr. Pablo Requena, a linguist from the University of Montana, will be moving south this summer to join the faculty of the UTSA Department of Modern Languages as an assistant professor of Hispanic linguistics.  

Requena completed his undergraduate degree at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina, and an M.A and Ph.D. in Spanish with Dual Title in Language Science at The Pennsylvania State University.  His research focuses on how children acquire adult-like use of their community language/s. In particular, he is interested in how monolingual and bilingual children acquire aspects of Spanish morphosyntax such as aspectual or mood distinctions, case marking, and morphosyntactic variation. 

Requena previousy taught at the University of Montana, Pennsylvannia State University, and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba.  At UTSA he will be teaching Spanish and linguistics courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as continuing his research agenda.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at UTSA offers a minor in linguistics and a graduate certificate in linguistics.

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Students visit Latin American Art exhibit at the McNay

March 11, 2019

On Thursday, March 7, students from Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba’s class, SPN 3623 Latin American Culture and Civilization, visited the exhibit Estampas Chicanas at the McNay Art Museum, and attended the related lecture “Resistance and Affirmation” by the renowned Los Angeles-based Chicana muralist and educator, Judy Baca. Several of her paintings were on view at the exhibit. This visit was a fascinating and inspiring experience for the entire class.


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Linguistics Students Hold Academic Mini-Conference

March 8, 2019

Linguistics students present posters in class

Linguistics students present posters in class

Students in Dr. Whitney Chappell's Sociolinguistics class participated in an academic mini-conference on Tuesday, March 5th, sharing the results of their linguistic experiments in poster presentations. The students followed William Labov’s famous 1966 methodology in which Rapid and Anonymous Surveys were conducted in public places, and the responses of different age groups, genders, and social classes were recorded. Such an approach allows for correlations to be drawn between linguistic and social variation.

Students explored how UTSA students pronounce the word “garage,” which social groups are more likely to produce “going to” or “gonna,” and how social class is related to the use of double negatives, among many other topics. Congratulations to UTSA’s sociolinguists for their hard work on this project.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at UTSA offers a minor in linguistics and a graduate certificate in linguistics.

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UTSA Students win 1st, 2nd, & 3rd in Japanese speech contest

February 26, 2019

UTSA students took the top three  prizes in the recent Japanese Speech Contest in San Antonio.  Daniel Trumble, Han Ji Yeon, and Kirby Shanklin won first, second, and third prizes, respectively, in the college division at the event.  All are students of Dr. Makiko Fukuda, Senior Lecturer and coordinator of the Japanese program in the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and literatures.  Trumble and Yeon will compete in the state competition in Houston in March.

The event was sponsored by the Japanese America Society of San Antonio.

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Bond invited to Nida School of Translation Studies

February 26, 2019

Kenneth Bond, a graduate student in the UTSA Spanish M.A. program, has been selected to attend the Nida School of Translation Studies summer program.


The Nida School of Translation Studies is a prestigious institute dedicated to translation and interpretation theory and practice. It offers a yearly instruction session to assist students in furthering their research in the translation and interpretation fields.


Bond applied to this year's session concerning interpreters and interpretation in war/conflict zones. His recent research in this field deals with Iraqi interpreters during the second Gulf War and the challenges they faced there.


Bond teaches Spanish as a Teaching Assistant 2 for the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. In addition, he is a fulltime Spanish instructor at CACI and retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years of service as a cryptologic language analyst.

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UTSA Students win Japanese Art Contest

February 18, 2019

UTSA students Marshall Goldsmith, Kayla Byrd, and Cary Inzerello

UTSA students Marshall Goldsmith, Kayla Byrd, and Cary Inzerello

UTSA students recently participated in the 2019 “Year of the Boar” AATJ NENGAJO contest hosted by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). The contest revolved around creating a drawing of a boar, with several categories including artistic, comical, original and computer graphics. The contest went from the lower grades such as elementary school all the way up to college. There were “758 cards submitted by 126 teachers across the United States” according to an official release by the AATJ.

Winners selected through a blind decision, meaning the judges had no idea from which schools or universities the art was coming from.

UTSA students Cary Inzerello and Marshall Goldsmith won first and second place respectively in the computer graphics category. Another UTSA student, Kayla Byrd, also received an honorable mention for her art. Kayla Byrd had this to say about her art. “I based my art off of Kagami mochi which I learned was a traditional decoration, so since it is the year of the boar I wanted to put a happy boar family taking the place of the Kagami mochi with the baby being the orange on top.”


Kayla Byrd, Honorable Mention


Marshall Goldsmith, Computer Graphics


Cary Inzerello, Computer Graphics

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Comanches in the Texas Hill Country Presentation by Wickham & Gelo

February 12, 2019

On Saturday, Feb.9, 2019, Dr. Christopher Wickham, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures (German), and Dr. Daniel Gelo, Dept. of Anthropology, delivered their presentation “Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier” at the Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls, Texas. Dr. Wickham and Dr. Gelo spoke to an overflow audience of around 75 about the 1851 German publication of the first Comanche dictionary, and its background story of German settlement, Comanche language and culture, treaty making and hostage taking in the Texas Hill Country. Their findings are published in the book Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier: The Ethnology of Heinrich Berghaus (Texas A&M Univ. Press, 2018).


Photo by Gabrielle Gelo

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Rushforth Receives VR Grant

December 20, 2018

Dr. Michael Rushforth, UTSA Senior Lecturer in Spanish, has been awarded a $12,600 grant from the UTSA Office of Information Technology to research the effectiveness of using virtual reality (VR) in the classroom.  The grant will fund virtual reality headsets for the department computer lab that students will use for culture-focused assignments in their introductory Spanish classes, allowing them to take virtual tours of culturally significant sites in Spanish-speaking countries, such as El Zócalo in Mexico City, El Escorial in Spain, and La Plaza de Mayo in Argentina.  Students will be assigned pre and post reading and writing activities that will guide them to use their language skills at the same time they are gaining a greater understanding of what those sites mean in the broader culture of their home countries.

Rushforth also hopes to explore other applications of VR that are emerging in the area of language instruction -- simulated conversation partners, immersive training environments for interpreters, etc. Having the equipment in place will allow the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to be at the forefront of developing innovative programs for language learning.

Students in Rushforth's introductory Spanish classes have been experimenting with virtual reality for several years.  His classroom was featured on Kens5 News and UTSA Today in the spring of 2017.

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Chappell Elected as MLA Delegate

December 20, 2018

Dr. Whitney Chappell, UTSA Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, has been elected to the Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly for a three-year term.  Chappell is one of nine scholars representing Language Studies and Linguistics in the organization.

The MLA is a leading advocate for the study and teaching of languages and literatures and serves as a clearinghouse for professional resources for teachers and scholars. 

Dr. Chappell is a Hispanic linguist,specializing in sociophonetic variation across monolingual and bilingual dialects of Spanish and languages in contact with Spanish. Her research sheds light on how different phonetic realizations are used to encode meaning and negotiate identity within a broader social setting, contributing to our understanding of sociolinguistics, phonetics, and dialectology.  She is the advisor for the UTSA Graduate Certificate in Linguistics program.

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Students Visit Spanish Painting Exhibition

November 12, 2018

Students in Dr. Nancy Membrez’s Spanish Civilization class (SPN 3613) recently visited the “Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid” exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Students picked their favorite painting, took a selfie, and wrote a thoughtful essay on their experience. A good time was had by all.

“Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid” featured works by El Greco, Diego Velázquez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Jusepe de Ribera, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, and Pablo Picasso, and was organized in celebration of San Antonio’s 300th anniversary.


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Humanidades Hispánicas Book Now Available

September 6, 2018

Humanidades Hispánicas: Lengua, Cultura y Literatura en los Estudios Graduados, a new book designed for graduate students of Hispanic language, culture, and literature is now available on

Edited by Professor Emeritus Dr. Francisco Marcos-Marín, the volume has 12 contributors, five of whom are UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures faculty: Dr. Melissa Wallace, Dr. Nancy Membrez, Dr. Whitney Chappell, and Dr. Santiago Daydi-Tolson.

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Donohue-Bergeler Heads German Program

September 6, 2018

UTSA’s newest senior lecturer of German, Dr. Devon Donohue-Bergeler, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  

After growing up in Dallas, Texas, Donohue-Bergeler studied German language and literature at Boston university. Post-Graduation, she supported U.S. study abroad participants and completed her M.A. at the Technische Universität Dresden with a focus on teaching German as a foreign language. She then complete a traineeship at the European Parliament in Luxembourg and an administrative job at the Universität Hamburg.  

Following that, Donohue-Bergeler made her way back to Texas to complete her Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas in Austin. Her time spent teaching in the Department of Germanic Studies served as inspiration for her dissertation work.  

“I developed and implemented a semester-long professional development opportunity in drama-based pedagogy aimed towards graduate student instructors teaching German in the collegiate lower-division curriculum,” Donohue-Bergeler said.  

Finding herself back in the area, Professor Donohue-Bergeler made the decision to come to UTSA, which was easy for more ways than one.  

“I landed in the central Texas area and I wanted to stay. I did my Ph.D at the University of Texas at Austin so I’m excited to stay in the UT system, but I’m also excited to get to know a new study body,” said Donohue Bergeler. “I feel the diversity here, the stories, the backgrounds that students are coming from is really inspiring.” 

Donohue-Bergeler hopes to provide an environment that inspires growth by learning from mistakes. That is something the professor stresses to everyone, no matter the class.  

“I want to foster an atmosphere that feels safe where students can try things out, where they can speak without being afraid of making mistakes,” said Donohue Bergeler. “ I try to share my own mistakes as a way of learning to provide a model that you don't have to be perfect. Growth happens when you put effort in and you’re making a sincere effort.” 

Isaiah Alonzo 


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Human Trafficking to be Explored at ITD 2018

September 5, 2018

For the fourth year in a row, the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will host an International Translation Day colloquium in order to highlight the importance of effective translation and interpreting in our global community. 

This year’s conference will focus on how language disparities affect already vulnerable individuals (victims of human trafficking and sexual assault, victims of gang violence, and unaccompanied minors) as they navigate healthcare and justice systems. 

Morning session:

10 am

  • A workshop for practicing interpreters and interested community members entitled “Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault in a Healthcare Setting: Best Practices for Identification and Intervention” by Manuel Higginbotham, President of the Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators (1.5 CCHI hours)

11:45 am

  • "Interpreting for Victims of Gang Violence in Central America” a workshop by Janis Palma, federally-certified judiciary interpreter.   

Afternoon session:

12:45 pm 

  • Welcome by Dr. Nathan Richardson, Chair, UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; opening remarks by Dr. Melissa Wallace, UTSA Assistant Professor of Translation and Interpreting Studies

1 pm

  • Keynote Address by Ludmila Golovine, CEO of MasterWord Services, “Interpreting for the Vulnerable: Language Access and Cultural Mediation for Survivors of Human Trafficking”, keynote speaker (1 CCHI hour) 

  • Ineffective and Inaccessible: A Closer Look at Language Access for Unaccompanied Children in the U.S. Immigration System,” by attorney Carlos Iván Hernández and Katherine McCoy, both who work on the frontlines with unaccompanied minors on the border

3:30 pm

  • Door prizes, closing remarks

Where noted, the sessions are already pre-approved for  continuing education credits by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). 

The colloquium will take place on Saturday, September 29th, and will run from 10 am to 4 pm in Ballroom 2 - HSU 1.104 (Student Union).  The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required and can be made online via Ticket Tailor.  In addition, a box lunch can be purchased for $10. 

Parking is available free at any surface space  marked A, B, or C. (Note: do not park in green reserved spaces). Please see the UTSA  campus map for more information. 

International Translation Day 2018  is organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures  and is co-sponsored by  MasterWord ServicesWorldwide LanguagesUTSA Department of Kinesiology, Health, and NutritionUTSA Mexico CenterUTSA Institute for Health Disparities Research; and the UTSA Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI).


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Richardson New Head of Department

August 23, 2018

Dr. Nathan Richardson has joined UTSA as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Professor of Spanish.  Richardson comes to UTSA from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where he taught Spanish and served as Chair of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. He holds a PhD from the University of Kansas and an MA from Brigham Young University.

Richardson is author of Constructing Spain: the Re-Imagination of Space and Place in Narrative and Film 1953-2003 and Postmodern Paletos: Immigration, Globalization, and Nation Building in Fifty Years of Spanish Narrative and Film, as well as numerous journal articles.

The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers B.A. degrees in Spanish and Modern Languages Studies and minors in French, German, Japanese, Russian, and East Asian Studies.  Graduate programs include a Master of Arts in Spanish, a certificate in Linguistics, and a certificate in Translation and Interpreting Studies.

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World Affairs Internship Program

August 23, 2018

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio (WACA) is now accepting applications for its fall intership program.


WACA is an educational nonprofit that seeks to enhance the international educational offerings that exist in the city of San Antonio. This is done through a number of efforts, including programming, educational outreach, and community engagement to “bring the world to San Antonio and San Antonio to the world.” The organization hosts interns from area universities during Spring, Summer, and Fall terms. The internships are great for students interested in international affairs or international business, the humanities, non-profit management, development, marketing and communications, and linguistics. 

Interns within this program are placed on one of four main tracks, based on their aptitude and interest in particular areas:  

  • Education: assist with educational outreach, organization of high school and college programming, and work with educators to bring international education to San Antonio students.

  • Development: assist with fundraising, grant writing, and donor relations.

  • Communications/Marketing/Public Relations: digital & print, website, social media

  • Programs: research, planning & logistics including Young Professionals and General Programming.

To apply, students will need to submit a resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references. There is no deadline to apply—applications are received until positions are filled—but it is highly recommended that any interested students apply as soon as possible, as the program tends to fil up quickly.

For more information, contact Olivia Morales Gomez, visit the World Affairs Council of San Antonio web site, or call  210-683-7632. 

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Oleszkiewicz-Peralba Speaks at LASA

August 17, 2018

In May 2018, Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba delivered a paper on Brazilian female tricksters at the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association  (LASA) in Barcelona, Spain. Her paper was part of the panel “Brazilian Cultural Heritage: Traffickers and Tricksters”. She then spent three weeks conducting research on feminine images and symbols in various locations of Spain and Portugal.

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Moran Receives PhD from Birmingham Univ

July 26, 2018

Linda Moran, an alumna who received her MA in Spanish from UTSA, is now the recipient of a PhD from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.  


Moran has taught in Texas and Arkansas and currently is an assistant professor of Spanish and program coordinator at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.  At UTSA she was a graduate research assistant for Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba.

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Daydi-Tolson to Read from New Book

May 22, 2018

Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, Santiago Daydi-Tolson will be reading from his most recent non academic book, El cuaderno de don Baruj (ALJA Ediciones), a collection of brief prose texts of a meditative, lyrical character with some anecdotical narration and dialogue involving the figure of don Baruj, and old ironic wise observer of people and the world.


The presentation and reading, followed by a period of questions and answers, will take place at UNAM in San Antonio's Hemisphere Park on Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m.  

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Juarez Wins Endowed Scholarship

May 21, 2018

Ana María Juarez, a senior Spanish major at UTSA, has been awarded the Centro Cultural Cubano Endowed Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.  A native of Mexico, Juarez  eventually plans to become a Spanish teacher to "transform young minds and hearts into passionate learners."  After she graduates with her bachelor's degree next fall, she will continue in a master's program either in Spanish or education.


Juarez's record of service at UTSA includes many hours of volunteer tutoring and serving as vice president of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honor society, as well as membership in the Spanish Club and National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).


Her enthusiasm for studying the Spanish language and culture, her academic success at UTSA, and her leadership qualities have made her an excellent role model for other students.  

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Spanish MA Graduate Fellowships Available

May 17, 2018

The Department of Modern Languages announced today that the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) has made it possible to award two Dean’s Fellowships, in the amount of $2,500 each, to two of the most outstanding new applicants to the master’s degree in Spanish.

In order to be eligible for consideration, graduate students must be officially admitted to the MA program and must be enrolled in two graduate-level courses for the fall 2018 semester. The Graduate Studies Committee will review the applications of all eligible incoming graduate students and will select the fellowship recipients based on the strength of their applications, with special emphasis on students’ personal statement, letters of recommendation, and potential to develop as researchers in literary studies, cultural studies, or linguistics. No additional application is necessary.

Applicants may apply online by the June 15th deadline at

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Love of Language Fuels Translation & Interpreting Career for Grad Student

April 19, 2018

UTSA Graduate Student Layla Zamora is carving out her own niche in the growing translation and interpreting field by using her Spanish and English language skills to more effectively help patients, caregivers, physicians, nurses, other healthcare workers, social workers, and the various departments at WellMed Medical Management Group in San Antonio communicate.

A native of Laredo, Texas, Zamora spent much of her early childhood there and in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, before she moved to San Antonio with her family at the age of seven. Her bilingual and bicultural upbringing helped fuel her fascination to understand the complexities of human speech and language and their relationship to translation and interpreting.

“There is so much to contemplate beyond simply looking up words in a bilingual dictionary—such as context, nuance, register, dialect, cultural norms, and cultural idiosyncrasies,” she points out.

At WellMed, a physician-led health care delivery system serving more than 320,000 older adults in Texas and Florida, Zamora translates various types of documents, phrases, and texts; researches medical codes and acronyms; proofreads, and edits for the other translators on the team; and conducts English-Spanish interpretations over the phone. She knows how important it is to translate and interpret by choosing the correct words, especially when someone’s health is at stake.

The skills she acquired from the UTSA Spanish Translation and Interpreting Studies Certificate program that she completed in 2016 are being put to good use. She is currently working on a M.A. in Spanish and enrolled in the newly created Linguistics Certificate program at UTSA. In addition, Zamora is a member of the American Translators Association which helps her stay current on developments and innovations in translation and interpreting across many industries.

“It’s important to have skilled translators that possess command of both languages doing the work. Translation software and applications in isolation lack the ability to create authentic, relevant, meaningful translations that express the complete, intended, culturally appropriate message,” said Zamora.

In addition to her work in the medical management field, Zamora has an entrepreneurial side and now has a small business offering English-Spanish translation and interpreting services. 

“People’s lives are sincerely impacted by the translation and interpretation services they have access to,” Zamora said. 

Zamora articulated that this is evident not only in the healthcare field, but also in the judicial system for the protection of basic human rights as adequate language access is a human rights issue given the migratory, intercultural world we live in.


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UTSA Student Wins Scholarship To Study in Russia

April 13, 2018

Maltseva (left), Kerfai, Nummikoski

Maltseva (left), Kerfai, Nummikoski

Born and raised in Tunis, Tunisia, Mariam Kerfai moved to San Antonio five years ago. Since then, her passion for languages has earned her the fully funded Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program as part of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Kerfai will be attending the KORA Russian Language Center in Vladimir, Russia during the Summer of 2018.

Though Kerfai is fluent in Arabic and French, she wanted to add an additional foreign language to her studies. Russian was presented to her as an option and in the Fall of 2015, Kerfai formally began studying Russian at UTSA with Ms. Anastasia Maltseva, Lecturer 1 of Russian. She continued perfecting the language in the Spring 2016 with Dr. Marita Nummikoski, Director of Undergraduate Language Programs and Associate Professor of Russian.

“Mariam’s perseverance to master everything quickly and efficiently has led to this opportunity,” Maltseva said. “This experience will be yet another challenge she will so effortlessly conquer.”

The CLS program offers a full language and cultural immersion to students through intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. Additionally, CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

“I look forward to a positive, enriching experience by establishing friendships with my host family, language partner, and other peers with the same aspirations as me,” expressed Kerfai. “Most of all, I am eager to improve my linguistic skills and gain deeper cultural knowledge of Russian society.”

Kerfai hopes to use this experience to expand her career goals of becoming an international translator or interpreter.

The Modern Language Studies major and Business Administration minor is set to graduate in the Fall of 2018 and hopes to begin her career in the Peace Corps serving in Armenia as a TEFL Volunteer.


-Andrea Avalos


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Chappell Speaks at International Conference

April 11, 2018

Dr. Whitney Chappell recently presented her research at the International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, held at Queens College in New York. Her presentation, entitled “Mexican listeners’ evaluations of [v] in native, heritage, and L2 speech”, showed that Mexican listeners perceive [v], e.g. [v]ino, as a hyperarticulation strategy evaluated positively in women’s speech and negatively in men’s speech. Additionally, she shows that Mexican listeners’ negative attitudes towards heritage speech are apparent after a single sentence, highlighting the linguistic discrimination faced by many bilinguals in the United States.

Chappell is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at UTSA and the advisor for the Graduate Certificate in Linguistics. She specializes in sociophonetic variation across monolingual and bilingual dialects of Spanish and languages in contact with Spanish. Her research sheds light on how different phonetic realizations are used to encode meaning and negotiate identity within a broader social setting, contributing to our understanding of sociolinguistics, phonetics, and dialectology.  

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Media Students Win Big at COLFA Conference

April 10, 2018

UTSA students J. Matthew Góngora and Olivia Wood won first and second prize respectively at the recent COLFA 18th Annual Spring Research Conference.  Both entered original films in the Digital Media category moderated by Dr. Seok Kang.


Góngora's entry, A Word With An Artist, is a documentary and Wood's Date Night is a thriller.  They are studying Digital Video Production under the direction of Dr. Nancy Membrez in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

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Scholarship Winner Wants to Break Language Barriers

April 10, 2018

Lucero Valdez, a UTSA Junior majoring in Modern Language Studies, is the recipient of a department academic scholarship and plans to use it to study abroad in Japan this summer.  Before attending UTSA, Valdez studied Japanese on her own learning both the hiragana and katakana alphabets and reading Japanese comic books to learn vocabulary.  After additional study at UTSA, she has decided that she wants to increase her linguistic knowledge and skills to become a translator.  "I want to help people break language barriers ... and be a competent, capable, and skillful cutural broker," she said.


A top student in the Japanese program at UTSA, Valdez is a native Spanish speaker and knows firsthand the toll that language and cultural differences can take, having been held back in grade school for not knowing English well enough to keep up.  Her interest in improving her English skills led to her interest in Japanese and her love for language, linguistics, and translation. 


"In addition to her Japanese studies, she is doing advanced-level coursework in Spanish," said Dr. Melissa Wallace, Assistant Professor of Translation and Interpreting Studies. "Lucero brings a more nuanced perspective to class discussions as well as an appreciation for a world increasingly shaped by translated literature and intercultural communication."


Dr. Whitney Chappell, Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics, nominated Lucero for an award in ther Spanish phonetics and pronunciation course and noted that, "Her thoughtful and inquisitive nature will serve her well as she continutes to explore her passion for language and other cultures."

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Scholarship Winners Heading to France

April 6, 2018

UTSA students Crystal Hernandez and Jonathan Riojas will have a little more spending money in their pockets when they visit France this summer.  Both were recipients of Modern Languages & Literatures Department academic scholarships.


Hernandez and Riojas are both modern language studies majors and plan to study in France this summer with the department's faculty-led program headed up by Mde. Isabelle Hall, Lecturer 2 in French.  The students will spend five weeks studying the French language in Annecy, located in the French Alps, and an additional week exploring Paris and the surrounding areas. 


Last summer Hernandez was able to study abroad in Costa Rica, which she remembers as a mind opening experience.  "Being raised in a Mexican household, I didn't realize that there is more to Latin America," she said, "...I truly feel that I now know more of myself." 


After UTSA, Hernandez plans to go to graduate school and study sociolinguistics.  She recently presented her research findings at the COLFA Undergraduate Research Conference, an impressive accomplishment for a young scholar.  "It is obvious to anyone who knows Crystal that she is very passionate about foreign languages and cultures," says Dr. Whitney Chappell, Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at UTSA.  


In addition to the French language, Riojas loves French literature and culture, which he plans to study in graduate school.  According to Mde. Hall, "Jonathan is very dedicated to his studies and has a passion for the Middle Ages."  She expects his trip to France to help soothe his thirst for knowledge as he visits medieval castles, churches, and libraries. 


Riojas is currently serving as the secretary of the UTSA French club and is described as reliablle, helpful, polite, and accomplished. "I have seen him help other students with their homework outside of class," Hall said.

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Grad Student Presents Research at UA Conference

February 14, 2018

Amber Aubone Crawford, a graduate student in the Linguistics Certificate program, presented "The Devil’s in the Details – A Sociolinguistic Explanation of Failed Integration of National and Rebel Forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo" at the University of Alabama Language Conference in Tuscaloosa.

Crawford's paper addressed why military integration as a form of peacebuilding in post-conflict, multilingual societies is less likely to be fully implemented than in less linguistically diverse, post-conflict societies, examining the case in the Democratic Republic of Congo from a sociolinguistic perspective. The implications of the study highlight the importance of sociolinguistic theory and empirical studies for peacebuilding theory and practice.

In addition to her studies and research, Crawford is also a Teaching Assistant II in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, teaching SPN 1014.

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French Tutoring Sessions

February 13, 2018

For the Spring 2018 semester, tutoring in French is available for UTSA students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4pm.

Tutoring sessions are held in the McKinney Humanities Building (MH) room 3.01.05.  Mariam Kerfai, senior Modern Language Studies major, provides instruction which will be based on availability (first-come, first-served).  Email her ahead of time at to pick a slot and inform her of what you would like to review (if you have a book or a hand out, bring it too). Also, feel free to contact her with any questions you may have as well.

For more information, call 210-458-4373.

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Dr. Oleszkiewicz-Peralba’s Book Available in Paperback

February 13, 2018

Dr. Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Professor of Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies, releases her book, Fierce Feminine Divinities of Eurasia and Latin America: Baba Yaga, Kali, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte. It is now available in hardback, e-book, as well as paperback from Palgrave Macmillan.

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Bridging Scholarship Recipient Wins $2,500 to Study Abroad in Japan

February 5, 2018

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, J’ayla Vicks’ love for the Japanese language and culture has earned him a scholarship with the U. S-Japan Bridging Foundation. As the only Texas recipient amongst twenty-six undergraduate students across the United States, Vicks will be attending a Study Abroad in Japan during Spring 2018.  

“Growing up, I really enjoyed watching Toonami or One Piece anime shows that would premiere on Cartoon Network,” Vicks said. “I liked it so much that I would go online to watch the rest of the untranslated episodes that did not air on television, so I made it my goal to be able to watch and understand Japanese-only anime shows just as I watch and understand any other show in English.”

In 2015, Vicks formally began studying Japanese with Dr. Makiko Fukuda, Senior Lecturer of Japanese at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, who became a mentor and essay editor during the application process.

“J’ayla has always been a very determined and hardworking student whose creativity truly translated into his essay,” Fukuda said. “I believe this opportunity will allow him to use the Japanese perspective in future business ideas. J’ayla possess traditional Japanese values which are evident in his respect for the customs.”

Administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ), the Bridging Scholarship program has supported more than 1,600 students studying abroad in Japan since 1999. AATJ strives to,  "foster professional development, the promotion of Japanese and foreign language education, and the exchange of research, and seeks to coordinate its activities with related organizations to promote Japanese studies, including a network of state and regional affiliate organizations."

Along with the help of the Hazelwood Act financial program, Vicks will not only will gain an unforgettable experience as defined by AATJ, but hopes to understand the Japanese business structures and models well enough to influence and incorporate into American business culture.

The Psychology major and double minor in East Asian Studies with a focus in Japanese, is set to graduate in the Fall of 2018 and intends on pursuing a career in international business.


-Andrea Avalos

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Dr. Chappell publishes article on Miskitu language attitudes in Hispanic Studies Review

November 20, 2017

Dr. Whitney Chappell, Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Graduate Language Certificate Advisor at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, recently published an article on Miskitu language attitudes titled, Las ideologías lingüísticas de los miskitus hacia la lengua indígena (el miskitu) y la lengua mayoritaria (el español) in Hispanic Studies Review.

The article investigates the linguistic attitudes of bilingual miskitus and the transmission from Spanish and Miskitu to children. A study was performed with 10 sociolinguistic interviews and 27 written surveys which resulted in Spanish being perceived as a more universal language than Miskitu. Chappell elaborates on how native Spanish speakers tend to evoke the power dynamics between languages. Miskitu speakers unlike native Spanish speakers, do not believe in the same hierarchical relationship. She comes to the conclusion that it is less likely that Miskitu will be transmitted to children if their parents acquired Spanish before Miskitu, which poses a potential threat to the future of the Miskitu language in the cities of the Atlantic Coast.

Read the complete article here.

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Cano Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

November 16, 2017

Lilian Cano, Lecturer II in Spanish for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. 

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. This organization strives to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. This Honor Society has chapters at over 300 college campuses in North American and the Philippines. Officers are composed of faculty, staff and student members and lead their chapters in recognizing and promoting academic excellence while serving others. Each chapter hosts events ranging through community service projects, informational sessions, test prep courses, and lecture series.

UTSA's chapter aids in the process of maintaing the university at a Tier One rank. Phi Kappa Phi awards $1 million biennially to outstanding students and chapters through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. UTSA students have won a number of these awards, including the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship for $15,000. The society also offers career assistance and networking and training opportunities. Finally, members can receive discounts through Phi Kappa Phi's corporate partners, including AT&T Wireless, Apple, Dell and GEICO.

Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.


To learn more about Phi Kappa Phi, visit:

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The Grand Adventure Spring 2018

November 14, 2017

What is a roadtrip class?

It is taking an American travel ideal and analyzing how other cultures would interpret it. Some of the different references this course studies include Jack Kerouac’s "On the Road" and John Steinbeck's "Travels With Charley."

This online discussion-based course takes the concept of movement with the ability to move and hold conversations. Instructor, Dr. Budarz elaborates, "This course is designed to understand the idea of crafting our life to be a good story, which events are worth re-telling--where does the intentionality of living come from?"

Reigster now under GER 2333/GER4003/CSH3023 to experience the journey of a class that embraces travel and resists ethnocentrism. Space is limited.

The class is taught in English.


For more information, contact: Dr. Sara Budarz

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Dr. Wallace Edits Legal Translation and Court Interpeting Book

November 13, 2017

As the demand for legal interpreters rise, the regulations and standards must be maintained. Recently published by Frank & Timme, “Legal Translation and Court Interpreting: Ethical Values, Quality, Competence Training” adheres to advocates of language justice and legal translation and interpreting studies.

The publisher elaborates:

This multidisciplinary volume offers a systematic analysis of translation and interpreting as a means of guaranteeing equality under the law as well as global perspectives in legal translation and interpreting contexts. It offers insights into new research on

• language policies and linguistic rights in multilingual communities

• the role of the interpreter

• accreditation of legal translators and interpreters

• translator and interpreter education in multiple countries and

• approaches to terms and tools for legal settings.

The authors explore familiar problems with a view to developing new approaches to language justice by learning from researchers, trainers, practitioners and policy makers. By offering multiple methods and perspectives covering diverse contexts (e.g. in Austria, Belgium, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Norway, Poland), this volume is a welcome contribution to legal translation and interpreting studies scholars and practitioners alike, highlighting settings that have received limited attention, such as the linguistic rights of vulnerable populations, as well as practical solutions to methodological and terminological problems.


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Classic Theatre of SA Performs A Doll’s House

October 26, 2017

A Doll's House, the play by Henrik Ibsen, opens live in San Antonio on November 3 at the Classic Theatre.  Performances extend through November 26.

Directed by Kelly Roush, The Classic Theatre’s production of A Doll’s House is the second show celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary season. Familiar faces at Classic like Kacey Roye (Bus Stop, The Tempest), Nick Lawson (Born Yesterday, The Merchant of Venice), Christina Casella (Private Lives, The Importance of Being Earnest), John Boyd (The Seagull, The Merchant of Venice) and Zach Lewis (School for Scandal, 9 Circles) return to the stage. 

Set in 1950’s America with a Mad Men flair, The Classic Theatre’s production of A Doll’s House written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879, is the “modern tragedy” that changed theatre forever. It opened the door to realism. So explosive was the message, that a marriage was not sacrosanct, that a man’s authority in his home should not go unchallenged, and that the prime duty of anyone was to find out who he or she really is and to become that person, that the play shocked audiences then and still resonates with them today. Sometimes the perfectly presented family and home are not what they seem… Sometimes finding your home means finding yourself first.

For more information and to purchase tickets call 210-468-3900 or visit the Classic Theatre of San Antonio's web site.

Students receive a discounted ticket price of $17.

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Critical Language Scholarships Now Available

October 25, 2017

Applications are now beeing accepted for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.  CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.


Summer 2018 Deadline

November 15, 2017


Program Overview

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, through the US Department of State, is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.


Program Benefits 

The CLS Program covers most of the costs of participating in its overseas institutes, including:

  • International and domestic travel between the student's U.S. home city, Washington, D.C., and the CLS Program site

  • Related costs for a mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.

  • Visa fees, language instruction, room, board, program-sponsored travel within the host country

  • All entrance fees for program activities


Languages Offered

Offered at all levels

  • Azerbaijani

  • Bangla

  • Hindi

  • Indonesian

  • Korean

  • Punjabi

  • Swahili

  • Turkish

  • Urdu


Requires at least one academic year of prior target language study or the equivalent

  • Arabic

  • Persian


Requires at least two academic years of prior target language study or the equivalent

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Russian


Students can apply online at the CLS website.

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Dr. Fukuda Presents Research at TFLA Fall Conference

October 24, 2017

The Teachers Foreign Language Association (TFLA) Fall Conference was held at Arlington, Dallas on October 13th and 14th, 2017. Dr. Makiko Fukuda, Japanese senior lecturer, presented “Teaching perspectives of the Japanese people with film.” Her research effectively teaches the unique perspectives of the Japanese culture—such as modesty, patience and determination, ambiguity, dependence, and so forth with films. During the presentation, Fukuda stressed the importance of language education that incorporates culture by focusing more on perspectives and ways of the mind than products and practices.

 Fukuda explains, “Learning what people eat on what occasion is the information about the product, e.g., food and practice e.g., New Years’ tradition, which is indeed exciting information to share. However, what students need to know is why a certain people follows such practice so that when it comes time for the students to experience it, they can examine the differences objectively and respect the culture.”

She emphasizes introducing empathetic and awareness perspectives in the foreign language course provides the students with the understanding on how to respectfully interact with people from different cultures without making any judgements. This benefits students to become globally competent individuals who knows how to communicate ideas effectively with diverse audiences. Dr. Fukuda offers the film class every spring semester under course title Japanese Film.


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Internship Opportunies for Spring and Summer 2018

October 24, 2017

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program (HNIP) is providing Hispanic students the opportunity to receive work experience through paid internships with federal agencies and private corporations nationwide. HNIP matches a student's career interest, educational background and previous experience with needs and demands of federal and corporate partners. Recipients will receive paid round-trip airfare, housing arrangement assistance, emergency medical insurance, a weekly stipend, and most attend an intern orientation in Washington D.C. Students will also participate in a wide range of professional networking and cultural activities.

The deadline to apply for a Spring 2018 internship is October 27, 2017.

The deadline to apply for a Summer 2018 internship is February 16, 2018.


Visit the HACU webpage to apply online and/or call the Washington D.C office at 202-467-0893 or email your questions to for more information.

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