Friday, June 29, 2018

Julia Williams featured on Language U podcast

Director of English Language Studies, Julia Williams, was recently featured on a podcast titled Language U. A creation of Dr. Joel Heng Hartse, Language U podcasts focus on issues of language, literacy, and multilingualism in higher education. In the January, 2018 podcast, Heng Hartse talks to Williams about the relatively rare phenomenon of credit English as a Second Language courses within university contexts.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Exploring perceptions of speech fluency


Kent Williams, an instructor in English Language Studies and a PhD candidate at Carleton University, has recently published an article in TESL Ontario’s  Contact Journal, exploring how speech fluency

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Consul General of Japan visits Renison

consul general

On June 19, Renison received a visit from the Consul General of Japan (Toronto), Ms. Takako Ito. Touring Renison, the Consul General was able to see firsthand the fruits of the strong, ongoing relationship between Japan and Renison University College.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Renison Students Excel in Chinese Proficiency Competition Once Again

Hannah Gardiner

Hannah Gardiner performing Chinese classic, "Farewell."

On Saturday, March 24, at the Ontario-Manitoba University Students Chinese Proficiency Competition, University of Waterloo students, Hannah Gardiner and Daniel Afzal, won the First Prize and Excellency Award respectively.

​Gardiner received the highest score of the fourteen competitors from six universities for both her speech "One World One Family" and her musical performance of a classical piece of Chinese music "Farewell.” Afzal won the Excellency Award with his speech of the same title and his rendition of “How Are You My Friend,” a popular Chinese song.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Waterloo student wins Grand Prize at Ontario Japanese Speech Contest

Working with Renison's Culture and Language Studies department, a University of Waterloo student has won the Grand Prize at the 36th annual Ontario Japanese Speech Contest.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Where can APPLS take you?

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Applied Language Studies (APPLS) welcomed back APPLS alumni to share how APPLS courses impacted their careers and academic paths. Coordinator of the APPLS minor, Julia Williams, organizes this semi- annual event. “This is a fun event for current APPLS students and for the returning alumni too. Current students are really interested in talking with the alumni and finding out how the APPLS courses influenced their study and work decisions post-graduation.” This year, five alumni returned to talk with APPLS students.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Applied Language Studies & English Language Studies, Public Lectures

The Department of Culture and Language Studies is hiring a Research Faculty member in Applied Language Studies and English Language Studies at the Assistant or Associate level. Three candidates are interviewing for the position, and as part of the interview process, each candidate will give a research presentation. The presentations are open to all faculty, staff and students who wish to attend.

There will be a time for meet-and-greets and/or additional questions following the presentation. All public lectures will be held in the Dunker Lounge (REN 1303). 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Visiting Scholar position for academic refugee

This story originally appeared in the Daily Bulletin. 

Thousands of academics are among the millions of refugees who in recent years have had to flee their home countries due to war or persecution. A collaboration between the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo and English Language Studies at Renison has resulted in the creation of a visiting scholar position to assist one such academic. (For this story, the visiting scholar asked to be identified as B.A. due to continuing safety concerns.)

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