Five College Consortium

Innovative Language Teaching


Please join us at the 3rd Annual Student Language Symposium

Date and time: April 6, 2018 2-5:30pm

Location: Smith College, Hillyer Art Library - Graham Hall 


1st Panel (2 – 3:10 PM)                                                                    

“My Experience as a Spanish Translator and Interpreter,” Haley Barravechia (Smith College)

“Interning in the Early Childhood Education System in Italy,” Camilla Eigen Zucchi and Leah Crisman (Smith College)

“Interning as a Bilingual Interpreter at Amherst-Regional High School,” Kamilla Silva (UMass Amherst)

“Cracking Language Learning to Pursue Other Interests,” Tianhua Zhu (Smith College)

“Combining my Passion for Medicine with Studying Chinese,” Catherine Peabody (Mt Holyoke College)

“Entering Filmmaking through French Translation and Immersion,” Jasmine Keuter (Mt Holyoke College)

“Studying Abroad in Russia and My Journey towards Self-awareness,” Jacob Nadreau (UMass Amherst)

“Speaking ‘Proper Greek’ and My Fulfilling Study Abroad Experience,” Gwen Jones (Smith College)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – 3:15 - 3:45pm

ERIN WHELCHEL, Special Projects Coordinator,

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Lead with Languages: Join the National Movement’


RECEPTION – 3:45-4pm

2nd Panel (4-5:30 PM)

“Meaningful Connections and Conversations on Gender and Minority Groups in Japan,” Liz Nagy (Smith College)

“Entering the Famous West Gate: Summer Intensive Chinese in Peking,” Savana Wang (Mt Holyoke College)

 “Exploring How Arabic is Taught in the US and How It Can Be Improved,” Casey Chon (Hampshire College)

“Memoir Writing and Perspective: Paris under the Occupation,” Claire Lane (Smith College)

“Studying Italian and My Interdisciplinary Thesis,” Rumi Handen (Mt Holyoke College)

“Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Zanzibar Culture through Mentored Swahili,” Gretchen Walch (Smith College)

“Interacting with Hebrew and Arabic while Studying Abroad in Israel,” Kassy Dillon (Mt Holyoke College)

“Creating Spaces for Immigrant Voices in France,” Nichole Rondon (Smith College)

“My Study Abroad and Internship Experience through Arabic,” Helen Clapp (Amherst College)

“Community Engagement through German,” Emmalie Keenan (UMass Amherst)



Spring 2018 Faculty Language Pedagogy Seminars

Seminar 1:

This event will occur on Thursday March 22, 4:00-5:15pm at the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages at 79 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, Suite 100.

Faculty and Teaching Assistants from the Five Colleges are encouraged to participate in this year's Language Pedagogy Seminars!

        #vocabulary: Instagram in the  L2 Classroom

          Stacy Giufre, UMass Amherst

          STEM + GERMAN

Sarah Jackson, UMass Amherst


Reading journals as structured reflection in Intermediate French

Laura Jensen, Smith College

Welcome Back Reception

When: September 14 2017, 4:00-5:15.m

Where: The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages 

             79 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA01002

Welcoming back all language faculty within the Five Colleges!