On Monday, January 12th, three members of the Girard College Middle School World Language Department and the school’s Director of Technology visited the Foreign Languages and Literatures department on campus. Girard College is in the process of assessing their technological needs and exploring various options. They are interested in creating a Language Laboratory and implementing the SANAKO system that we currently use in our language courses. Department Chair, Dr. Robert Daniel and Language Laboratory Coordinator, Lindsay Dragon met with the visitors to provide information on using the system in the classroom and the university’s positive experience with SANAKO. In addition, Dr. Daniel and Miss Dragon showed the middle school faculty the Foreign Languages Writing Center, located in Bellarmine 329. This 25 Macintosh computer lab has Atajo 4.0, Spanish-English Dictionary software and Système-D, French-English Dictionary software installed on both its Windows and Mac OS X platforms. Although the middle school may not have the budgetary funding to procure all of the technological resources that we have on campus, the guests were pleased with their visit and found the information immensely helpful.
The Foreign Languages and Literatures Department plans to continue maintaining the relationship with the Girard College Middle School. The middle school has invited Saint Joseph’s students, majoring in French, to visit and to speak to their 8th grade students to explain why they have chosen to major in this field and the importance of learning another language in today’s global economy.