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What’s Next?: Foreign Languages and The Job Market

Teaching English around the Globe  

Ryane Buck

Nick Knaebel

Ryane, who graduated in 2013 with a double major in German and Russian, and Nick, who will graduate in spring 2014 with a triple major in Spanish, Rusisan and English, will be teaching English in Russia in Fall 2014. 

George Colbourne

George, who will graduate in Spring 2014 with a double major in French and International Studies, will be teaching English in France in Fall 2014. 

Michael Mason 

Michael, a graduate student of English, will be teaching English in China in Fall 2014. 

When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 3:30pm

Where: Dean’s Conference Room, 122, Humanities Building



Linguistics in the Real World

A talk on how linguistics is being used in real-world applications

Dr. Nicholas Gossett

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

When: Monday, March 17th, 3:30pm

Where: Dean’s Conference Room,

122, Humanities Building

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The University of South Alabama chapter of Phi Sigma Iota invites high school junior and senior students of Spanish, German, and French to participate in our inaugural foreign language essay competition. Phi Sigma Iota is the only international honors society for collegiate foreign language studies. Participants in the competition will write a short essay in their target foreign language. Please follow the guidelines below.


Essay Topic:"Walls" Please discuss.You may interpret this term however you wish. You may focus on dominant or alternate meanings for this term or a combination of these.

Format: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and in 12 pt, Times New Roman font.


Submitting Your Essay: Essays must be submitted electronically to by , STATURDAY, March 15th.


Essay Evaluation Standards: Present your perspective on the topic below. The essay must be typed and must not exceed 500 words in length. Be sure to include your full name on your essay. Essays will be evaluated on the basis of:


  • Appropriateness of response to the topic
  • Development and support for your position
  • Focus and organization
  • Clarity and precision of ideas
  • Fluency in target language (Spanish, French, German)
  • Creativity


The essay will be evaluated by a panel of USA faculty and Phi Sigma Iota student members.




Prize: One winner will be declared for each of the three languages. Each winner receives a certificate of achievement, a $25 gift card from USA Bookstore, and a dinner for two at Bonefish Grill. Additionally, all contestants will receive a certificate for their participation.



What’s Next?: Foreign Languages and The Job Market

A Conversation with USA alum

Megan Heatherly

Megan Heatherly

Graduate Legal Studies Program Coordinator at Columbia Law School,

New York City

When: Friday, February 28th, 3:30pm

Where: Dean’s Conference Room, Room 122, Humanities Building

Megan graduated from USA with a double major in Spanish and International Studies in 2012. She will talk about her experiences in New York City and how her background in foreign languages helped her be successful in her job search in NYC.

FALL 2013



4-6 PM NOVEMBER 15, 2013


As part of the International Week celebrations on campus, Phi sigma Iota hosted a foreign languages poetry jam or rather, "FLAM," as they chose to call the event. Faculty and students readpoetry in  Spanish, French, Russian, German, Polish, Korean, Vietnamese, Greek, Persian, Hindi, Romanian and Hungarian.  Due to tis resounding success, we plan to make FLAm an annual fixture.

Interested in Participating ?

Please email or





Outlaws: Spanish Quinqui Film of the 80s and its Radical End with El Lute

Talk on contemporary Spanish cinema by Dr. Roberto Robles Valencia, Assistant Professor of Spanish, delivered on November 5, 2013.


Summary: The 80s were the years of the Movida in Spain, a somewhat celebratory cultural movement welcoming democracy. However, they were also the years of an acute economical crisis. The Quinqui films witness the lives of some young urban outlaws and offer, in the context of the present crisis in Spain, an interesting perspective about the recent past and the arrival of neoliberalism. This talk will explore the characteristics of this “genre” and its coming to an end with the series of films on El Lute.









































Dr. Zoya Khan

HUMB 331

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