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New Project from the Modern Languages and Literatures and the LLC!

Oral Histories Project: Immigration and Language in Baltimore - Who's the New One Here? (Spring 2017)

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University Maryland is looking for native Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish speakers born before 1945 for an Oral Histories project. This project stimulates dialogue between undergraduate students learning a foreign language and immigrants from the so-called “silent” generation, born between 1925 and 1945. By interviewing members of this generation in the target language and then producing five-minute videos with English subtitles, students improve their language skills even as they learn the countless stories that this generation has to tell. In exchange, our narrators, many of whom are based in Maryland, find an outlet to share with the public their stories of integration in American culture. Our goal is to celebrate linguistic diversity in the Baltimore area while our students improve their language skills. We hope that this project will also foster mutual respect and empathy while bridging a generational divide.

Questions will relate to cultural assimilation and integration, language-learning, and life as an 18-year old.

If you're interested in being interviewed, fill out our Google form to register and we will contact you in early February 2017!


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