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<p style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;">Since she first came to Western in 1989, Dr. Egloff has taught a wide array of language courses, as well as literature, culture, film, translation, phonetics and conversation.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;">Her research interests include contemporary French literature, poetry and film. Dr. Egloff enjoys attending conferences at the state, national and international levels. She has been a member of the Council of International Francophone Studies since 1987 and, over the years, has presented scholarly papers at various other professional meetings such as ACSUS, ACQS, MMLA, RMMLA, SCFLLF.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;">While working on the completion of her book length manuscript about female body image in recent Francophone literature and film, Dr. Egloff is also writing an outline for a work of fiction focused on the theme of escape.</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Liu earned her master's degree in Leadership Dynamics in May of 2012.&nbsp; While completing this degree, Liu served as a Chinese Language Drill Instructor and Tutor for the Chinese Flagship Program at WKU. She earned her bachelor's degree at Dalian University of Foreign Languages in 2009. Her major was Korean with a minor in Japanese. She also received Mandarin Chinese training at the university.She has worked as a part-time teacher in the XinDe Language Learning Center in China, teaching Korean and Chinese.</p>
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    [Section_Value4] => <p>Dr. McGee is Head of the Department of Modern Languages. She has been a faculty member in the German Program at WKU since 1997, where she has taught all levels of German language, literature, culture and business German. She is a Professor of German and Fulbright Scholar (2002-2003) who has published in journals such as <em>Film History: An International Journal</em>, <em>German Studies Review</em>, <em>Colloquia Germanica</em>, and <em>Foreign Language Annals</em> as well as in film anthologies appearing in Britain and Germany.</p>
<p>She revised the German curriculum at WKU to foreground contemporary topics and applied uses of the language, in order to better prepare graduates to use languages in their future careers. Dr. McGee is a passionate proponent of study abroad, having studied three languages in four countries, and having led seven study abroad programs for language learners and for teachers of world languages since coming to WKU.</p>
<p>Dr. McGee is a leader in the profession of world language teaching. She served as President of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German from 2004-2006. From 2005-2007 she directed an Improving Educator Quality Grant that provided study abroad experiences and professional development to language teachers from across the state of Kentucky. She continued her leadership role in the state, as a contributor to Kentucky&rsquo;s Program Review for World Languages. In recent years she convened Heads and Chairs of World Languages in Kentucky at the annual Kentucky World Languages Association Conference each September. In 2014-2016, Dr. McGee is serving as President of the Kentucky Fulbright Association.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Under Dr. McGee&rsquo;s leadership as Head of Modern Languages since 2009, the department has expanded its offerings. It is now the academic home to 250 students majoring in Arabic, Chinese, French, German or Spanish. Four semesters of Japanese and Russian are also offered. In cooperation with History and International Affairs, a Minor in Russian and East European Studies was revised. A project to gather stakeholder input for the design of a Certificate in Japanese is under way.</p>
<p>She has helped advance the agenda of proficiency-oriented instruction and assessment at WKU, and developed an increasing interest in measuring learning outcomes and in using data to improve programs.</p>
<p><a href="https://www.wku.edu/modernlanguages/documents_forms/vita_mcgee_cv_2016.pdf"><strong>Complete CV </strong></a></p>
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<p>*Dongfeng, Tao. (2016). De-publicized Secularization and Contemporary Chinese Mass Culture (Ke Peng, Trans.). <em>Cultural Studies</em>. New York: Routledge.</p>
<p>*Peng, Ke. (2015). Chapter 7: Chinese as a Foreign Language in K-12 Education. In Ruan, Jiening., Leung, Cynthia., &amp; Zhang, Jie. (eds.) <em>Perspectives on Chinese as a Foreign Language Education</em>. Springer.</p>
<p>Peng, Ke. (2015). Incorporating Authentic Materials to CFL Classes. [Review of the book <em>Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture</em>, by C. Y. Ning &amp; J. S. Montanaro]. The NECTFL Review, Vol. (76), 67-68.</p>
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<p>*Peng, Ke., Mery, Yvonne., &amp; Newby, Jill. (2012). Performance-Based Assessment in an Online Course. <em>Portal: Libraries and the Academy</em>, 12(3).</p>
<p>*Peng, Ke., Mery, Yvonne., &amp; Newby, Jill. (2012). Why One-shot Information Literacy Sessions Are Not the Future of Instruction: A Case for Online Credit Courses. <em>College and Research Libraries</em>. 73(3).</p>
<p>*Peng, Ke., Mery, Yvonne., &amp; Newby, Jill. (2011). Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Locally Developed Information Literacy Test Items. <em>Reference Services Review</em>, 39 (2).</p>
<p>*Peng, Ke. (2008). Chinese Culture Teaching 2.0. <em>Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association</em>, 43(3), 81-102.</p>
<p>*Peng, Ke. (2008). Chapter V &ndash; Chapter VIII (Trans.). In Liu, J. &amp; Fu, R. (Eds.) <em>A Common European Framework of Reference for Languages</em>, pp. 97-169. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press: Beijing. (Original work published by the Council of Europe in 2001).</p>
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Department of Modern Languages Directory


Faycal Ben Sassi

Faycal Ben Sassi
-

Ms. Desiree Blaine

Ms. Desiree Blaine
- Office Coordinator

Dr. Yufen Chang

Dr. Yufen Chang
- Assistant Professor, Chinese Flagship Program

Susann Davis, M.A.

Susann Davis, M.A.
- Instructor of Spanish

David DiMeo, Ph.D.

David DiMeo, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor of Arabic

Melinda Edgerton

Melinda Edgerton
- Assistant Director of Chinese Flagship Program

Karin Egloff, Ph.D.

Karin Egloff, Ph.D.
- Professor of French

Joe Ertl

Joe Ertl
- Instructor of Japanese

Lhousseine Guerwane, M.A.

Lhousseine Guerwane, M.A.
- Instructor of Arabic

Stasie Harrington, Ph.D.

Stasie Harrington, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor of Spanish and Language Pedagogy

Sonia Lenk, Ph.D.

Sonia Lenk, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor of Spanish

Yang Liu

Yang Liu
- Instructor, Chinese Flagship Program

Nathan Love, Ph.D.

Nathan Love, Ph.D.
- Retired faculty, Associate Professor of French

Laura McGee, Ph.D.

Laura McGee, Ph.D.
- Department Head / Professor of German

Sara Moody

Sara Moody
- Chinese Flagship Program Coordinator

  • Email: sara.moody@wku.edu
  • Office: Honors College & International Center
  • Phone Number: 270-745-2763
Ekaterina Myakshina, M.A.

Ekaterina Myakshina, M.A.
- Instructor of Russian

Mari Nishimura

Mari Nishimura
- Instructor of Japanese

Amina Ozrokova

Amina Ozrokova
-

Ke Peng, Ph.D.

Ke Peng, Ph.D.
- Academic Director of Chinese Flagship, Associate Professor of Chinese

Inmaculada Pertusa, Ph.D.

Inmaculada Pertusa, Ph.D.
- Professor of Spanish

Melissa Stewart, Ph.D.

Melissa Stewart, Ph.D.
- Professor of Spanish

Tim Straubel, M.A.

Tim Straubel, M.A.
- Instructor of German

Jiuling Sun

Jiuling Sun
- Instructor of Chinese

Francesca Sunkin, M.A.

Francesca Sunkin, M.A.
- Associate Professor of Spanish

Yertty VanderMolen, M.A.

Yertty VanderMolen, M.A.
- Instructor of Spanish

Hua Wang, M.A.

Hua Wang, M.A.
- Instructor of Chinese

Dr. Ching-Hsuan Wu

Dr. Ching-Hsuan Wu
- Assistant Professor, Chinese Flagship Program

Huiqiang Zheng, Ph.D.

Huiqiang Zheng, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor of Chinese

 


 

 


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