Studying Languages at Dalhousie 2011


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Studying Languages at Dalhousie 2011

  1. 1. Studying Languages at Dalhousie <ul><ul><li>Your Passport to the World! </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Why should I study another language? <ul><li>Commune! </li></ul><ul><li>Commute! </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate! </li></ul>
  3. 3. French
  4. 4. French in the world <ul><li>French is a Romance language—a descendent of Latin, along with Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Rumanian, etc. It developed from a dialect of Old French spoken in the territory of Île de France (Paris). </li></ul><ul><li>Nowadays French is spoken worldwide. </li></ul><ul><li>In Europe : </li></ul><ul><li> Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland. </li></ul><ul><li>In Africa : </li></ul><ul><li>Bénin, Cameroon, Maghreb countries (= Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia), Mali, Senegal, Togo, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>In the Americas : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Canada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Pierre et Miquelon, US (Louisiana, Vermont). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In Asia : </li></ul><ul><li> Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>French is the mother tongue of more than 120 million people </li></ul><ul><li>and the second most-commonly taught second language </li></ul><ul><li>in the world (after English). </li></ul><ul><li>It is an official language in some 30 countries </li></ul><ul><li>and one of the 5 official languages of the United Nations. </li></ul><ul><li>French speaking countries of the world —pays de la francophonie— form a powerful economic and cultural network (comparable to the Commonwealth); they sponsor research and development and scientific and cultural exchange worldwide. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>French is the mother tongue of Quebeckers , Acadians , </li></ul><ul><li>Franco-Ontarians , Franco-Manitobans and Fransascois —close to 7 million people, </li></ul><ul><li>or 22% of the total population of Canada. </li></ul><ul><li>It is taught as a second language across the country. </li></ul><ul><li>It is one of the two official languages of Canada </li></ul><ul><li>(along with English): all Canadian institutions—Parliament, Government Agencies, etc.—are bilingual. </li></ul>French in Canada
  7. 7. The influence of French language and culture: the case of English <ul><li>Historically, English borrowed 70% of its vocabulary from French. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some of the old borrowings that are now part of the English language: </li></ul><ul><li>[kinship terms] aunt, cousin, nephew, niece, uncle... </li></ul><ul><li>[foods] biscuit, mutton, pork, potage, prune, raisin, veal, vinegar... </li></ul><ul><li>[architecture] ceiling, chamber, chimney, palace, square, tower... </li></ul><ul><li>[furniture] carpet, chair, curtain, cushion, lamp, lantern, table... </li></ul><ul><li>[abstract terms] glory, memory, victory... </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>French expressions used as is in English: </li></ul><ul><li>à propos , Bon appétit! , carte blanche , C’est la vie. , </li></ul><ul><li>café au lait , Comme ci comme ça. , crêpes , croissants , </li></ul><ul><li>déjà vu , haute couture , hors d’oeuvre , raison d’être , </li></ul><ul><li>R.S.V.P. , touché , voilà , etc. </li></ul><ul><li>English expressions bearing a direct reference to French culture: </li></ul><ul><li>French bread, French fries , French key , French kiss , </li></ul><ul><li>French mustard , French window , take a French leave , etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>France has more Nobel Prize laureates in literature than any other country in the world. Here are some: Albert Camus , André Gide , Anatole France , François Mauriac , Romain Rolland . </li></ul><ul><li>It is also one of the top film-making countries in the world. French cinema has produced such mega stars as Jean-Paul Belmondo , Jean-Louis Trintignant , Gérard Dépardieux , Daniel Auteuil , Brigitte Bardot , Catherine Deneuve , Isabelle Adjani , Juliette Binoche , Béatrice Dalle , and so on. </li></ul><ul><li>Québec has a vibrant film industry, as well. Thus, the work of these Québecois directors has been internationally acclaimed: Claude Jutra ( Mon oncle Antoine , A tout prendre , Kamouraska ), Robert Lepage ( Confessional , La face cachée de la lune ), Denys Arcand ( Jésus de Montréal , Le déclin de l’empire américain , Les invasions barbares ). </li></ul>French: language of art, fashion and—love
  10. 10. <ul><li>France and Belgium are the leading producers of comics </li></ul><ul><li>( bande dessinée ): Astérix and Tintin are known all over the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Paris is one of the world’s fashion capitals: everyone is familiar with fashion lines of Pierre Cardin , Coco Chanel , Christian Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier , to mention just a few. </li></ul>
  11. 11. French at Dalhousie <ul><li>Courses in French language, linguistics, literature and culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spoken French , Quebec French , French for Business , Cinema: the French phenomenon , Stories and Legends of the Francophone World , Electronic Tools for Teaching French , and many more. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Study abroad programmes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A semester in Dakar (Senegal), a year in Dijon (France)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Certificate of proficiency in French </li></ul><ul><li>Social & cultural life </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students’ French society, film screenings, wine & cheese parties, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and a lot more. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Careers with French <ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Language Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Translation & Interpretation </li></ul><ul><li>Journalism & Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Public Service </li></ul><ul><li>International Trade </li></ul><ul><li>Business Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Spanish at Dalhousie El español en la Universidad de Dalhousie <ul><li>In association with partner universities and international institutions, the Department of Spanish offers our students the opportunity to enhance and extend their study of Spanish language and cultures in an immersion setting in four programmes abroad: </li></ul><ul><li>In Spain: Salamanca </li></ul><ul><li>In Mexico: Campeche </li></ul><ul><li>In the Dominican Republic: Santiago </li></ul><ul><li>In Cuba: Havana </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>In association with partner universities and international institutions, the Department of Spanish offers our students the opportunity to enhance and extend their study of Spanish language and cultures in an immersion setting in four programmes abroad: </li></ul><ul><li>In Spain: Salamanca </li></ul><ul><li>In Mexico: Campeche </li></ul><ul><li>In Peru </li></ul><ul><li>In Cuba: Havana </li></ul>
  15. 15. The University of Salamanca, one of the oldest in the world, through its Department of Cursos Internacionales offers a variety of courses in Language, Culture, Literature, History, Art and Business.  The programme consists of five hours of classes a day, five days a week, for 10 weeks in the Fall or Winter semesters. Salamanca, Spain Programme Salamanca is an historical city situated north-west of Madrid in the region of Castilla Leon. 
  16. 16. The Mexico Programme at the University of Campeche Since 1998 Dalhousie Students have been taking courses in Spanish and Mexican culture at the university of Halifax’s “sister city” in Mexico. Campeche is on the Yucatan peninsula, and is surrounded by superb Mayan ruins, which the students visit. Students live with local families and take course at the Centro de Español y Maya . Further information is available from Professor John Kirk.
  17. 17. Peru The Peru programme
  18. 18.   Havana, Cuba Programme This interdisciplinary programme is open to students taking an advanced major, double advanced major, honours or combined honours programme in International Development Studies or Spanish (second year Spanish or equivalent is required).
  19. 19. <ul><li>Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language </li></ul><ul><li>International validation of your knowledge of Spanish. </li></ul><ul><li>  These are the DELEs, the Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language, created in 1991 by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Spain, designed by the University of Salamanca and administered by the Instituto Cervantes through the Spanish Embassies.  </li></ul><ul><li>The Spanish Department at Dalhousie University organizes the examinations every May. </li></ul>
  20. 20. German at Dalhousie <ul><li>Wer keine Fremdsprache kennt, </li></ul><ul><li>kennt seine eigene auch nicht. </li></ul><ul><li>~ Johann Wolfgang Goethe </li></ul>Unless you know a foreign language, you also do not know your own. Die Grenzen deiner Sprache sind die Grenzen deiner Welt. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein The limits of your language are the limits of your world.
  21. 21. German is a Great Language to learn for many reasons: - Many words are very close to English (Wind, Haus, Apfel, Wurm) because they are related languages. - The way that words are combined to make new ones is also fascinating: Krankenhaus = sick-house (hospital), Krankenwagen = sick-waggon (ambulance), Krankenschwester = sick-sister (nurse)‏ - The sounds of German are beautiful! Compare the pronounciation of ‘ Nirvana’, or ‘Marmelade’!
  22. 22. German is useful to learn because: <ul><li>It’s the most widely used language in Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>Germany itself is beautiful, fascinating, progressive, rich in culture and resources, and has a key role in both the history and future of Europe. The country is also Canada’s 4 th largest trading partner. </li></ul><ul><li>In practically every academic field, Germans have made major contributions – to the development of the full range of sciences, to archaeology and anthropology, to music and the visual arts, architecture, engineering, mathematics and philosophy. Many resources in these fields are only available ‘auf Deutsch’! </li></ul>
  23. 23. German at Dal is unique because we: <ul><li>are “one of the best, if not the best German department in the country” (External Review, Toronto/Harvard 1999) </li></ul><ul><li>offer excellent language training with vibrant instructors and lots of opportunity to practice speaking. </li></ul><ul><li>have accelerated and intensive programs available </li></ul><ul><li>have a lively, friendly student society </li></ul><ul><li>offer and accredit a wide range of study-abroad programs (some subsidized by scholarships from the DAAD) - places such as Freiburg, Kassel, Heidelberg and Berlin </li></ul>
  24. 24. Most of all, learn German because it has the power to change the way you THINK. <ul><li>Its strong structure will subconsciously influence the way you put ideas together </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing can broaden your perspective more than contact with other cultures. </li></ul><ul><li>The depth of ideas you can discover in German writers is unsurpassed – if you’re looking for real content, it’s here! </li></ul>
  25. 25. Russian at Dalhousie Русский язык в университете им. Дальхаузи
  26. 26. Courses in Russian Studies <ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation </li></ul><ul><li>History: Imperial Russia, Soviet Russia </li></ul><ul><li>Film: Russian film, Eastern European cinema </li></ul><ul><li>Culture and Civilization </li></ul><ul><li>Literature: Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Modernism, Chekhov, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov </li></ul>
  27. 27. Russian at Dalhousie Major, Second Major, Honours, Combined Honours in Russian Studies Intensive Russian Programme St. Petersburg, Russia Russian Student Society, Russian Tea, Russian Night Contact us: Мы любим русский язык!
  28. 28. 中文 Chinese ZhongWen
  29. 29. Learn Mandarin @ Dalhousie! 你好 Hello NiHao
  30. 32. Why learn Mandarin Chinese? <ul><li>Mandarin Chinese is o ne of the five official languages of the United Nations </li></ul>
  31. 33. Why learn Mandarin Chinese? <ul><li>Mandarin Chinese is s poken by over a billion people in the world </li></ul>
  32. 34. Why learn Mandarin Chinese? <ul><li>Mandarin Chinese is w idely used in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia </li></ul>
  33. 35. By learning Mandarin Chinese, you’ll be able to better … <ul><li>Immerse yourself in Chinese culture, history, and civilization </li></ul>
  34. 36. By learning Mandarin Chinese, you’ll be able to better … <ul><li>Participate in one of the most dynamic economies in the world today </li></ul>
  35. 37. By learning Mandarin Chinese, you’ll be able to better … <ul><li>Travel with ease in China and other Chinese-speaking regions in Asia </li></ul>
  36. 38. Learn Mandarin @ Dalhousie! <ul><li>Chinese Studies at Dalhousie offers the following language and culture classes: </li></ul><ul><li>CHIN1030x/y Introductory Mandarin Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>CHIN2030x/y Intermediate Mandarin Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>CHIN3030x/y Advanced Mandarin Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>CHIN2050x Chinese Culture (in English) </li></ul><ul><li>CHIN3050x Asian Cinema (in English) </li></ul><ul><li>The language courses fulfill the BA language requirement. </li></ul><ul><li>All courses are available to Dalhousie Students. </li></ul>
  37. 39. Chinese Class Choir
  38. 40. Calligraphy Demonstration
  39. 41. Chinese Speech Competition National Champion Niko Bell
  40. 42. Complete information at … <ul><li>Chinese Studies </li></ul><ul><li>c/o Russian Studies </li></ul><ul><li>McCain 3010 </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 494-3473 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  41. 43. 谢谢 ThankYou XieXie
  42. 44. 再见 Good Bye ZaiJian
  43. 45. Arabic at Dalhousie
  44. 46. Italian at Dalhousie
  45. 47. ITALIAN STUDIES C LASSES IN: Italian Language Italian Cinema Italian Literature Italian Culture
  46. 48. <ul><li>ITAL 1010XY.06 Italian for Beginners </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 1012XY.06 Reading Italian </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 2010XY.06 Intermediate Italian </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 2200.03 Modern Italian Culture </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 2210.03 Introduction to Italian Literature </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 3010XY.06 Advanced Italian </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 3200.03 Modern Italian Literature </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 3300.03 Twentieth Century Italian Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 3500.03 Topics in Italian Culture </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 3600.03 Italian National Cinema: the New Wave </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 4010.03 Advanced Composition </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 4020.03 Italian to English Translation </li></ul><ul><li>ITAL 4040.03 Dante's Inferno </li></ul>
  47. 49. DEGREES OFFERED <ul><li>Combined Honours </li></ul><ul><li>Double major </li></ul><ul><li>Area of concentration </li></ul>
  48. 50. STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS Urbino: Summer classes in -Italian language -Italian culture
  49. 51. EXCHANGE PROGRAMS <ul><li>Macerata: </li></ul><ul><li>- One and two-term exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Classes in all subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Credits recognized by Dalhousie </li></ul>
  50. 52. STUDENT SOCIETY <ul><li>AMICI MIEI, Italian Student Society, offers: </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation, games, </li></ul><ul><li>movie nights </li></ul><ul><li>..and more! </li></ul>
  51. 53. CONTACTS <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone: (902) 494-6816 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: </li></ul>
  52. 54. European Studies Two degrees: BA, Major in European Studies BA Honours in European Studies BA Honours requires: Classes in two European languages beyond English One term of study at a European university An honours project (an essay of ~40 pages)
  53. 55. European Studies courses are taught in: Classics Early Modern Studies Economics English French Geography German History Italian Music Philosophy Political Science Russian Studies Spanish Theatre
  54. 56. Contact: Dr. Michael House Department of German [email_address] [email_address] Phone: 902.494.1093
  55. 57. Thank you!