Research Colloquia Program (2018-2019)

Every academic year the CFLLC holds a Research Colloquium, at which a colleague presents current research in an informal setting, with ample opportunity for discussion, feedback, and questions. This year’s colloquia will include the following discussions:

“Oral fluency for advanced level of proficiency: How fluent should one be?”

Tuesday, November 13, at 4PM, Hollander 241
Mamoru Hatekeyama, Visiting Lecturer in Japanese

Oral fluencyThis study investigated the relationship between oral fluency and proficiency in Japanese as a second language (L2). The study measured several indices of speech rate (such as number and length of runs), repairs (number and length of repetition), and breakdowns (number and length of filled and unfilled pauses) found in the audio recording of 57 ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPIs) that were rated Advanced Low or Intermediate High. The participants spoke Chinese, English, or Korean as their first language (L1). Measures of indices were analyzed to examine whether oral fluency significantly differed across the major borderline of proficiency (i.e. Advanced Low and Intermediate High) and across different L1s within the same proficiency level.

The results indicated that Advanced Low speakers spoke significantly longer, faster and with less breakdowns. L2 speakers of different L1s within the same proficiency level did not differ significantly in terms of their oral fluency in the L2. In addition, measures of breakdown seemed to be better predictors of advanced level proficiency than measures of speech rate.

“Intereses (re)vestidos: Female Masculinity in the Mexican Revolution Photography”

Wednesday, November 28, at 4PM, Hollander 241
Roxana Blancas Curiel, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Mexican Literature and Cultural Production

Amelix RoblesIn this study, I explore the performance of female masculinity in the photography of the Mexican Revolution (1910). I take into account how this performance informed the construction of the “Mexican” identity during the first half of the 20th century, and its intersection with race/ethnicity and social class. In addition, I explore our understanding of femininity and masculinity outside the heteronormative spectrum in Mexican social imaginary. I concentrate on different ways women used both masculine and feminine elements to either survive during the armed phase, to actively participate in the battles, or to explore dissident gender identities.