Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

National Foreign Language Week to feature informational programs

From “Aramaic and Some Curious Things About It” to “Mayan Friendship Bracelets and History,” the Language Resource Center will offer various informational programs as part of National Foreign Language Week.

The LRC is located at 2018 Modern Languages Building.

Planned programs include:

• LRC Table: Programs, Workshops General Info, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 2
The mission of the Language Resource Center at the University of Michigan is to serve, support, and promote the study and instruction of foreign languages, cultures, and literatures at all levels within the academic community. Take a look at all the resources the LRC has to offer to both students and faculty.

• “Arabic: The Flagship Program,” 1-3 p.m. March 2
The Arabic Language Flagship Program is a three-year program that provides funding for studies in Arabic language and culture at the undergraduate level. The program also offers opportunities to study abroad through the Language Flagship Center in Alexandria, Egypt. Graduate student Spencer Scouville will give a short presentation about his experiences learning Arabic, and Arabic Language Flagship Coordinator Sofia Rosenberg will promote, and answer questions about, the ALF program.

• Office of International Programs: Study Abroad Info, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 3
OIP administers more than 90 programs, with more than 26 languages spoken, in 41 countries on six continents. Its programs are designed to enrich the undergraduate experience by offering opportunities for cultural immersion, intensive language learning, and participation in another educational system. Students earn Michigan in-residence credit for coursework and may apply Michigan awarded financial aid to program costs.

• School of Music, Steve Whiting, 1-3 p.m. March 3

• “Aramaic and Some Curious Things About It”: Eric Reymond, noon-1 p.m. March 4
The language of Aramaic is one of the earliest attested languages that continues to be spoken down to the present time. It is known that Aramaic is the language spoken by Jesus, but the language is also associated with the supernatural and with demonic possession. Such associations are reflected in contemporary movies such as “The Passion of the Christ,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and “Stigmata.”

• “Intro to Indonesian Language and Culture”: Fnu Agustini, 1-3 p.m. March 4

• Career Center: Careers in/with Languages, 1-4 p.m. March 4
The U-M Career Center will staff an information table with handouts and resources for students to explore their career options using their foreign language skills.

• “Mayan Friendship Bracelets and History”: Tati Calixto, noon-2 p.m. March 5
Spend some time with the energetic Tati who will dispense information about South American cultures and teach you to braid friendship bracelets.

• “Ojibwe: Language and Traditions”: Meg Noori, 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 5
Howard Kimewon, Meg Noori and the students of Ojibwe 323 will read excerpts from the story “Esibanens gii bi Dagooshin,” sing “Hail to the Victors” in Ojibwe and share why they enjoy learning the ancient language of the Great Lakes.

• “Simple Vietnamese Songs, Phrases, Food”: Thuy'Anh T Nguyen, 10-11:30 a.m. March 6.