News and Accomplishments

2019 World Languages Highlights

Sigma Delta Pi -  Nu Theta Chapter at Framingham State University

Framingham State University’s Spanish program in the Department of World Languages is an active member of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, with its Nu Theta Chapter. Sigma Delta Pi is the largest foreign-language honor society in the world. Framingham State's Nu Theta Chapter was founded in 1978.

 During the Fall Semester, FSU’s Nu Theta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi inducted nine student members to the organization: Samantha Cruz, Taylor Gaston, Payton Hodsdon, Patricia Lyna, Jessica Pollard, Mariah Prosansky, Marc Respass, Zackera Solis and Kathleena Thompson.

 The students will plan activities to promote the study of Spanish language and Hispanic literatures and cultures at Framingham State University and in the greater Framingham Community. Congratulations to these students!

Stay tuned for upcoming events and activities.

Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi

Spanish and Portuguese classes host Special Guest Speakers

Margareth Shepard, City Councilor from Framingham, and first Brazilian-American citizen to be elected in the U.S.A. for a City Council position, spoke to Elementary Portuguese I about political engagement and Brazilian immigration in the U.S.A. 
In Intermediate Spanish I, Ramón Valdivieso and María Elisa Muñoz, a Ecuadorean couple completing an MBA program at Framingham State University had an informal conversation with students about Economy and Social issues in Ecuador. This activity was part of a semester project students accomplish interacting with students from Ecuador via Skype and on campus. 
Spanish Language Table - Fall 2019

Margareth

Spanish Language Table - Fall 2019

This Fall, the Spanish Language Table was hosted by Professor Everton Vargas da Costa and Spanish Major Marc Respass. We are grateful to Sodexo for providing delicious meals from different Spanish-speaking countries to welcome our awesome guests. Thank you Professor Mirari Elcoro (Psychology and Philosophy, FSU), Professor Joanne Britland (Spanish and Portuguese, FSU) and Adriana Luchian (Adi's Schools of Language).

language table

language table

Welcome New Majors and Minors in the World Languages!

The Department of World Languages held a reception to our new faculty members, majors, and minors in American Sign Language, Spanish, and World Languages. Happy start of the semester, everyone!

Majors and Faculty

Downtown Walking Tour - Fall 2019 Beginnings 

On September 3, 2019, Professor Vargas da Costa led a Walking Tour in Downtown Framingham. During the trip, students, faculty and administrative agents at FSU explored the Brazilian gastronomy and influence in Framingham. Courtney Thraen, Executive Director of Downtown Framingham Inc. led the historic tour, Padaria Brasil Bakery offered students for coffee and pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), and Braza Grill Union House hosted the group for a traditional Brazilian barbecue lunch.

At the Bakery

Sidewalk

Portuguese Children's Books: new titles, new partners

"Writing Children's Books in Portuguese" is a project-based assignment students complete as part of their semester coursework in PORT101 at Framingham State University. The activity intends to involve students in community service by using a foreign language as they pick linguistic elements of Portuguese that they learn throughout the semester and use them to craft a childhood literacy material. 

On October 2019, Kathleena Thompson, Major in Spanish, joined Professor Vargas da Costa to deliver the titles produced in the Spring 2019 first and second grades part of the Two-way Language Program at Potter Road Elementary School. On December 2019, 20 titles were delivered to the newly-implemented Two-way Language Program at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, in Framingham. 

Check the list of 20 titles and authors below:

Spring 2019

"Alimentação Saudável" by Kaitlin Rodrick e Amelia Beaton

"Animais" by Katie Eaton

"As Árvores e as Estações" Emily Petro

"Como Dar Banho no seu Cachorro" by Sarah Green

"Como Fazer um Smoothie" by Yesenia Marshall

"Como Você Pode Ajudar" by Kathleena Thompson

"Esportes" by Kelly Burman

"Esportes" by Sean Haser

"Minha Melhor Amiga" by Juliana Schiappa

"Os Animais no Fundo do Mar" by Brittany Watson

"Terça-Feira com Efa" by Mariah Prosanksy

"Todas as estações do ano" by RJ Santiago

"Verbos Comigo" by Sarah Thibault

Fall 2018

"Minha mamãezinha", by Matheus Sardinha

"As estações do ano" by Tiana Souza

"Leo, a tartaruga"by Robson Rodrigues

"O dia de Paulo na praia" by Marquise Adams

"A gigante do oceano" by Amber Cahill 

"Que cor é esta?" by Melissa Vieira and Josilma Montrond

"Ao redor do mundo" by Mason Hollick

Everton Kathleena

Books on the table

Movie Screening: One Day We Arrived in Japan

On Sept 19, the Department of World Languages held the screening of the documentary One Day We Arrived in Japan at the Alumni Room at 6:30pm. The event was a success with over 60 very diverse attendants: language students, faculty members, ESL students, deans, the Consul-General of Brazil in Boston, Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca Filho and other consular representatives, members of the community. The directors Aaron Litvin and Dr. Ana Paula Hirano led a very personal and instructive Q&A after the screening and the level of engagement of the audience brought many different perspectives about the immigrant experience in Japan and in the USA. The event is part of the newly Brazil Movie Series coordinated by Professor Everton Vargas da Costa and it is sponsored by Consulate-General of Brazil in Boston and the Department of World Languages at Framingham State University. Check the images below:

Attendance

Aaron and Ana Paula

Aaron and audience

A Response to Racism

 

Jesús Ruelas García, ’19, spent two years with Residence Life at Framingham State University. Despite his short tenure, Jesús witnessed the campus community come under attack from a series of hate crimes. Growing frustrated with what seemed like a constant threat of racial injustice and wanting to do something to combat the series of events, Jesús one day brought his film camera to class. The idea was to capture the faces and stories of students whom this directly impacted. From there, Jesús opened it to other faculty and administrative figures of color. As more and more people began to be involved, the project thus started to invite everyone who wanted to participate, especially considering that there must be a community response that showed unity and strength.

In total, Jesús approached over 100 individuals for their portraits and a short statement. After photographing as much as possible, Jesús then fundraised a total of $1,000 for printing. During the last week of the spring 2019 semester, Jesús walked into the McCarthy Center late one night and put up the installation.

The aim of the installation was to instill pride within the impacted community of color, raise awareness about the very real issue of inequality that happens today, while also hoping to continue the conversation about the past racial hate crimes.

The installation, which carried the name of “Response to Racism”, was on display from early May to late July. Jesús Ruelas is currently the World Languages' Student of the Year 2018-2019.

Jesús' Exhibition

 jesús' Exhibition

Elementary Portuguese: Writing Children's Books in Portuguese Project


"Writing Children's Books in Portuguese" is a project-based assignment students complete as part of their semester coursework in PORT101 at Framingham State University. The activity intends to involve students in community service by using a foreign language as they pick linguistic elements of Portuguese that they learn throughout the semester and use them to craft a childhood literacy material. 

The goals for crafting children's books in elementary language classes are a) to reflect in a contextualized fashion on lexical and grammatical aspects of Portuguese, b) to build motivation for students to use acquired knowledge to create unique artifacts, c) to foster student's authorship, and d) to connect students with teachers and students with public schools in the area. In April 2019, Professor Everton Vargas da Costa delivered the titles produced in the Fall 2018 to one of the first grade classes part of the Two-way Language Program at Potter Road Elementary School. 7 books written by Portuguese students at FSU to Portuguese students at Potter Road. Check the list of titles and authors below:

"Minha mamãezinha", by Matheus Sardinha

"As estações do ano" by Tiana Souza

"Leo, a tartaruga"by Robson Rodrigues

"O dia de Paulo na praia" by Marquise Adams

"A gigante do oceano" by Amber Cahill 

"Que cor é esta?" by Melissa Vieira and Josilma Montrond

"Ao redor do mundo" by Mason Hollick

Everton talks to children

Book cover titles

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