September, 2011  

The DFLL Welcomes Three New Faculty Members 

Yahui Anita Huang (Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin)
Her main research interests lie in the area of Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Philosophy of Language, and Chinese linguistics.

Lorenzo García-Amaya (PhD candidate, Indiana University)
His research focuses on the development of fluency and cognitive abilities, such as lexical access and attention control, by second language learners of Spanish in different learning contexts (overseas immersion vs. standard college-based instruction).

Nicholas Henriksen (PhD in Linguistics and Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University)
His research agenda focuses on issues in the phonetics and phonology of different varieties of Spanish from an experimental perspective, working within the fields of sociolinguistics, dialect variation, and diachronic linguistics. 

June, 2011 bokobza-chair

Dr. Serge Bokobza Named as Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Chair

Congratulations Serge! The department looks forward to your leadership. Read the article on Dr. Bokobza.




June, 2011

Scholarship Opens Doors for Two DFLL Students to Study Abroad

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has awarded UAB seniors Ashley Foster and Markelle Smith $5,000 each to study abroad.

Foster, who majors in history and German, will study for one academic year in Leipzig, Germany. Smith, a Spanish major, will study for a semester in Madrid, Spain.

The scholarship program gives U.S. undergraduates the opportunity to study at two-year and four-year colleges or universities around the world. It is funded by provisions from the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000.

(UAB News announcement by Marie Sutton)

Congratulations to Markelle and Ashley!


June, 2011

Award-Winning Alums Reveal the Secrets of Teaching Foreign Tongues

What's the secret to teaching — and learning — a foreign language? Three UAB alumni, now award-winning Alabama foreign language teachers, discuss the importance of art, music, literature and even science in helping students gain new perspectives along with new words. Read their article.


May, 2011everett

DFLL Chinese minor, Everett wins the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

She is the first University of Alabama at Birmingham student to receive the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship.  Read her article.


May, 2011benton1

DFLL alumna Grace Benton wins Fulbright Scholarship

Congratulations to Grace!  Read the UAB News article on this accomplishment.




April, 2011krish_varma

Krish Varma awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in India

The DFLL congratulates Krish for this distinguished honor!  Read the UAB News article on Krish's achievement.




April, 2011

DFLL Student Markelle Smith Awarded the College Language Association Study Abroad Scholarshipmarkelle

Upon receiving his degree in Spanish from UAB, Markelle plans to attend pharmacy school and use his language skills to work as a pharmacist in urban areas with large Hispanic populations. In addition to participating in the UAB program in Jaén, Spain this May, he plans to spend the Fall 2011 semester abroad in Madrid through Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA). The College Language Association Study Abroad Scholarship will be applied toward the fall program in Madrid.


February, 2011

Sandra Gómez, M.D. and DFLL alumna, receives a warm welcome at the presentation of her novel, Victoria: En busca del pasado.foto_sandra_gmez

The DFLL was pleased to welcome Sandra Gómez, who is the first Hispanic in Alabama to publish a novel in Spanish.  In Sandra’s presentation, she spoke of her experience as a writer.  She explained how the book expresses many of her personal experiences and how this writing process has helped her to grow personally.  Sandra stated that she is currently finishing her second novel and has already had contact with many readers and critics who have responded positively. 

During this event, Associate Professor of Spanish Carlos Orihuela spoke of her literary education in the DFLL and Interim Chair John Moore mentioned how proud he was of her for these accomplishments.  victoria

After Sandra’s presentation, she dedicated more than an hour to share in open discussion with students and others interested in her literary work.  Congratulations to Sandra for her accomplishments!


February, 2011

Congratulations to DFLL student Molly Morrison for winning the AAFLT Joanna B. Crane Scholarship for study abroadmolly

Molly states that many aspects have motivated her to learn French, such as the literature, art, politics, traveling, food, wine, music, and movies associated with that culture.  She loves that so many subjects can be brought into play when learning a foreign language and culture.  Molly wishes to become a high school French teacher.  She would like to instill in her students a passion for other people groups and cultures.  One day, she would like to take students with her to Europe, become a French club sponsor, and even have students over to her house for a French-themed dinner.  Molly believes firmly that an immersion experience, such as hers in Quebec, is absolutely vital to becoming a good foreign language teacher.  After studying abroad, she hopes to begin theAlternative Masters Teacher Education Program at UAB.

February, 2011

UAB Student Grace Benton Receives Critical Languages Scholarshipgrace_benton

Grace Benton, an International Studies major with a regional concentration in the Middle East and minors in Spanish and Arabic, has been awarded a 2011 Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship to study advanced Arabic in Jordan. Grace Benton is in the University Honors Program at UAB. In addition, in 2010 Grace was selected as UAB’s first William Jefferson Clinton Scholar for a semester’s study at the American University in Dubai. Grace plans to complete a Master of Arts in Arab Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, she hopes to work with an organization such as AMIDEAST in the Levant developing education programs at the high school and university levels which promote understanding between the West and the Arab world.


February, 2011

Tunisia: Chaos, Revolt and the Pursuit of Democracytunisia

Read what the DFLL's Wasan Manati and Lamia Zayzafoon have said about the political situations in Tunisia and Egypt. Click here for the article.



February, 2011

Three alumnae sweep the top statewide teaching awards

AAFLT_Awards_Recipients1(left to right) Breanne Holland, Charli Lindley-Hamlin, Dr. Sheri Long, Dr. Malinda O'Leary

This past Saturday at the annual meeting of the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers (AAFLT), held at the University of Montevallo, three alumnae of the UAB Foreign Language Education program and former Spanish majors swept the top statewide teaching awards. Dr. Sheri Long taught and mentored all three outstanding women.

Breanne Holland (formerly Seay) received the AAFLT Outstanding Teacher Award K-12. She is currently teaching K-8 Spanish at Highlands School.

Dr. Malinda O'Leary (formerly Blair) received the AAFLT Outstanding Teacher Award for Post-Secondary. She is currently on faculty at UAB and holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Spanish.

Charli Lindley-Hamlin received the AAFLT Promising New Foreign Language Teacher Award. She teaches Spanish at Thompson High School. Read the article by the Shelby County Reporter on Charli Lindley-Hamlin's award. 

February, 2011

Malinda Blair O’Leary, Ph.D selected as the winner of the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers 2010 Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher Awardoleary

This nomination is a tribute to Malinda's foreign language instruction at UAB and throughout Alabama. She was recognized at this year's AAFLT conference on February 5th.



January, 2011

Francine d'Amour, one of Quebec's most prominent novelists, to give lecture in Hulsey Recital Hall on February 5th

BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Alliance Française of Birmingham and the UAB Department of Foreign Languages are pleased to host a lecture entitled, "Écrire en français en Amérique du Nord," by this distinguished novelist.  Click here for more information.