News Briefs 2010-2011 Issue 2

2010-2011 Issue 2

Marketers Partner with the School of Continuing Studies for Online Curriculum

Once again, Continuing Studies’ teaching and courseware expertise have been recognized outside the university. The Career and Professional Development unit is currently developing 11 customized learning modules for the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which offers its members a Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation. The modules will make the most of the CMRP curriculum available online so MRIA members throughout Canada can earn their CMRP designation without having to travel great distances for their training and professional development needs. This initiative is part of MRIA’s
mission to raise the level of professionalism in the marketing, survey, public opinion research and market intelligence industries.

New Publication from Translation Studies Lecturer

Dr. Heberto Fernández, Program Director for Spanish and Portuguese, has just had a new book published in the series Vertere (Monográficos de la Revista Hermeneus) at the University of Valladolid in Spain. Fernández’s Dictionaries in Spanish and English from 1554 to 1740 is an historical and comparative study based on 12 dictionaries and 22 editions published in London roughly from the Tudor period to the early Georgian era. Fernández’s study examines these early alphabetical and topical Spanish and English dictionaries from multiple perspectives to determine how their structure and content demonstrate the intentions of early lexicographers and the purpose of their works.

Aboriginal Community Initiative this Summer

The Faculty Partnerships and Summer Studies unit is pleased to announce the coordination of the Aboriginal Pathways Program – a series of summer activities that allow Aboriginal learners to meet various members
of the McGill community and get a head start on their university experience before they begin their studies in September. The program includes an intensive 12-week, three-credit writing course, activities at First Peoples’ House and numerous cultural and social events. As well, participants have the option of living in a McGill residence. For more information, contact First Peoples’ House.

McGill SCS’s Got Talent, Lots of Talent

What do Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Korea, Russia, China, Venezuela, the Philippines, Ukraine and Edmonton have in common? They were all well represented by talented singers, accompanists, dancers and even a magician at the Delta Hotel last fall. Approximately 250 lively audience members gathered to sing along, clap in rhythm and be awed by some very talented entertainers from the Intensive English Language and Culture (IELC)
program (see photo above). The Talent Show was organized and hosted by Devaki Groulx and co-hosted by Ashifa Shamji, with plenty of assistance from myriad IELC instructors, staff members and students. Participants were required to audition and then rehearse weekly before the big event.

International Language & Culture Colloquium

On October 14-16, 2010, the School of Continuing Studies hosted the 9th annual colloquium of the Association française d’éducation comparée et des échanges (AFDECE). With the theme of “The Integration of Culture into the Language Class: Theory, Training and Practice,” this event brought together nearly 100 language professionals, researchers and writers from Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and North America to participate in various stimulating sessions and roundtables. The opening plenary speaker was renowned applied linguist Claire Kramsch from the University of California, Berkeley. Many Continuing Studies instructors
attended the conference and a number of them were presenters as well. The Proceedings will be published this summer by Editions L’Harmattan in Paris.

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