Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Elizabeth Davidson

Elizabeth Davidson discusses her academic experience while participating in the online Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. I’m not sure that anyone’s summer plans went as they anticipated, my own included. I had hoped that I would be able to study abroad in Russia to …

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Flashcards and Stinky Tofu

Since I started learning Chinese, I have known that speaking is my biggest weakness, not only because it was the skill that was worked on the least in class, but also the nerves that came along with trying to speak a different language. In my typical learning environment, I will maybe only say a handful of sentences in …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Finn Casey

Finn Casey discusses his academic experience while participating in the online Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. By now I consider myself somewhat of an American Councils Veteran. Prior to this summer, I participated on two separate AC programs: the Business Russian Language and Internship …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Abigail Anderson

Abigail Anderson discusses her academic experience while participating in the online Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. The most profound and thought-provoking concept I learned about over these short 8 weeks was the complexity of the Russian culture, and how every form of art is …

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The Art of Tuning Out

For me, one of the most enjoyable ways to interact with my target language is through media, such as film, art, and music. It’s studying that feels more like relaxing, what’s not to enjoy? My favorite method is to turn on my Russian playlist and just tune out. And sometimes, I catch phrases and words that …

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A Musical History of Sevdalinka

Instead of writing more about language acquisition, I decided to focus on a type of music called Sevdalinka which we have been listening to and learning about in class. From class documents and some outside research, I found the history and contemporary styles of this genre to be quite interesting. I found the exercise of listening to the …

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A Safe Space: Pushing the Boundaries of Online Learning

Over the last several weeks within the American Councils Virtual Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP), I have improved my Chinese language proficiency while also enhancing my confidence in speaking up for my convictions.  The content-based language learning curriculum has brought us together to discuss various topics including economic development, cross-strait relations, the effects of …

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Staying Connected: Social Media as a Language-Learning Tool

As we have continued our learning over the summer, we have been able to build on some of the relationships we have with our fellow students, our teachers, and with Russian students that we have been meeting with weekly. A lot of interesting things I have learned about life in Russia has come from the …

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Ransom Shenanigans: Familiar Wedding Traditions from Tajikistan

Realizing the abundant similarities between wedding traditions from my immigrant culture compared with those from Tajikistan With one week left until the end of my Persian language program with the ERLP (Eurasian Regional Language Program), I begin to reflect on my weekly cultural classes and how they have utilized technology and a bit of creativity …

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