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Vol. XVII. No. 1 October, 1963 

Dear Colleagues: 

As a prelude to writing this word of greeting to begin a new school 
year, I had the curiosity to look again at what I wrote five years 
ago, in 1958, which was the last time it fell to the Department of 
French to do so. The return to favor of foreign language study was 
already under way, and Ilr. Conant was urging that every high school 
make available to capable students an adequate offering in languages, 
as well as in science and mathematics. The National Defense Educa- 
tion Act had just been passed, offering the means of additional train- 
ing for language teachers and providing subsidies for the acquisition 
of equipment such as language laboratories. 

In these last five years the number of students getting language train- 
ing in the high schools and colleges has continued to increase, some- 
times steadily, sometimes by leaps and bounds. The number of language 
teachers in training has been rising sharply as well, but not enough 
to keep up with the demand. New teachers as well as experienced ones 
have had five summers of opportunity to improve their competence at 
NDEA summer language institutes or other schools for additional train- 
ing. There is more and more realization that oral competence in a 
foreign language is a major goal and that it demands a high degree of 
skill and perseverance in the teacher. There is now attached to the 
office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Springfield a 
team of Foreign Language Consultants, initially financed by the NDEA, 
and giving reality to a recommendation made in 1957 in the report 
"Language Teaching in Illinois" prepared by the Foreign Language Study 
Group of the Allerton House Conferences on Education, held at the 
invitation of the University of Illinois. 

This is not, of course, a time for complacency, or for anyone's claim- 
ing credit for progress that has come about, in part due to chance 
events, like the first Sputnik, and part through the exercise, by 
hundreds and thousands of people, of will and good-will. But it is a 
time for assessment and for consolidation. We should be asking, not 
how many students are engaged in language study, but how well are 
they learning the languages they are studying? 

It is far easier to ask that question than to give a valid reply to it. 
One should begin by saying that the amount of training given in most 
schools is woefully inadequate. Two years of the study of a language 
does no more than scratch the surface, and we must look with envy 
across the border at our Canadian colleagues where five years of 
language study are expected of those going on to college. Most teach- 
ers now in service among us received their training before much stress 
was placed on the skills of aural comprehension and oral expression. 
The NDEA offers a few of these a few weeks of additional training in 
its summer institutes, but this is still too little, and in many cases 

too late. And in how many cases is language being taught by teachers 
whose sole preparation for it was a grossly inadequate minor in the 
language in college, often no few years distant in the past? 

Even with the best of teachers and with the best of methods and mate- 
rials there will always be those students whose language learning will 
be sub-standard, not to say deplorably bad, because of lack of apti- 
tude and lack of work. It is our job to keep this segment of the stu- 
dent body as small as possible, while realizing that its existence is 
the teacher's burden, and not the teacher's fault. 

The nearest we can get to a broad view of the quality of language 
learning in the schools is to observe the competence of the students 
who carry on with language study in college. Here at the University 
of Illinois we receive a large enough segment of the college-bound 
school population to make some qualitative and statistical observations, 
and the picture is not nearly as bright as it should be. While we get 
many excellent students of language from the schools, the general aver- 
age of competence is unquestionably too low. There is a time-honored 
if rather rough yardstick used for college placement in language: two 
years of high-school study is equal to one year in college. But the 
fact of our experience is that in well over half of the students who 
come to us, it isn't. Our placement tests and procedures show that 
most of the students coming up with two years of high-school language 
are not qualified to go into our second-year classes,, and must be sent 
back for an additional semester or more of training at the elementary 

Many things have contributed to this wasteful and undesirable state of 
affairs. In many cases the students are two years removed from their 
high-school language experience when they enter college. In many cases 
the teachers, through no fault of their own, had not received adequate 
training in audio-lingual work, to use the current terra for listening 
and speaking. For all too many high-school teachers (and all too many 
college teachers, too, alas!) language is a written thing first of all 
and the road to Heaven ( per aspera ad astra ) is paved with a good mas- 
tery of French spelling (to take an instance from the language I 
teach), including such bits of relatively useless knowledge as the 
plurals in -x and the agreement of the past participle. 

If we are to work our way to a better state of affairs, it is going to 
take a great effort of consultation and collaboration among the col- 
leges and schools for the setting up of standards, for the evaluation 
of methods and materials, for improvement in pre-service and in-service 
teacher-training. These needs are now being acutely felt, and there 
is a fair consensus as to the goals to be sought. V/hat is needed now 
is the improvement of communications within the State to harness for 
useful ends the treasures of good will and the high enthusiasm for 
language study we see on all sides, 

Charles A. Knudson 

Head, Department of French 


IMLTA MEETING. The Illinois Modern Foreign Language Teachers Associa- 
tion cordially invites all teachers of modern foreign languages in the 
state to the annual meeting to be held Saturday, November 2, at Chicago 
Teachers College North, 5500 North St. Louis Avenue. 

Notice ; The Executive Council of Officers and the chairmen of the lan- 
guage sections will meet at 7:30 P.M. on Friday, November 1, in the A- 
Bldg. Lounge, CTCN. 

Parking : All participants should park their cars in the College west 
parking lot, located on the west side of the campus with entrance from 
Bryn Mawr Avenue. Cars should not be parked on the streets. 

Motels: Tip Top Motel (6060 N. Lincoln), Edens Motel (Cicero and 

Peterson), Stars Motel (6100 N. Lincoln). In requesting reservations 

be sure to mention that you are a member of IMLTA in order to receive 
special rates. 

Program for Saturday, November 2 

9:00-10:00 „ ■ ^ ^■ 
1:00-2:00 Registration. 

10:00-10:20 Announcements; 

Address of welcome. Dr. Jerome M. Sachs, Dean, CTCN. 
10:20-10:40 Business Meeting; 

Election of Officers. 
10:40-11:30 The MLA Cooperative Foreign Language Tests, Nelson 

Brooks, Yale Univ. 
11:30-12:30 Demonstration of Telemation in FL Teaching, Rosalyn 

O'Cherony, CTCN. 
12:30-1:30 Luncheon. 

2:00-4:00 Sectional meetings: 

French : Room A-109-111 Lucie T. Horner, Roosevelt Univ. 

President, AATF (Chicago Chapter) 
James H. Labadie, New Trier HS 

Business meeting. 

Report by Rene Allewaert, French Cultural Attache in 

"Report on the Advanced Institute in Tours", Edwin 
Cudecki , V/endell Phillips HS , Chicago. 

"A Year of Study in France", Bonnie Relli, senior stu- 
dent at Mundelein College. 

German : Room A-113-115 Elizabeth Teichmann, Univ. of 111-, 

Navy Pier 
President, AATG (Chicago Chapter) 
Rosemarie Lapertosa, Thornton Twp. HS 

Business meeting. 

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"Pedagogical Elements in. the \Vork of Stefan George", 
Peter Lutz Lehman, Northwestern Univ. 

"Brecht and the Problem of 'Alienation'", S.S, Prawer, 
Visiting Professor, Univ. of Chicago. 

Panel Discussion; "Language Laboratory Problems Facing 
the High School Teacher Today", David D. Bathrick, 
Univ. of Chicago Laboratory School, Moderator; 
Rosemary Beil, Niles Twp, HS , V/est; Harold Grothen, 
Elmwood Park HS; Don lodice, Hinsdale HS; Marion D. 
Schultz, Glenbrook HS, South; I'irs. Zimmerman, iVest 
Leyden Twp. HS. . 

Italian ; Room A-121-123 Charlotte lOiiazzeh, Chicago Teachers 

College South 
Chairman, Italian Section 

Breve discorso di un rappresentante del Consolato Generale 
d'ltalia, Mario Scialoja, Vice Consul, Chicago. 

"The Development of the Italian Program at DePaul Univer- 
sity", Frank Naccarato, J. Sterling Morton Jr. Coll. 

Conferenza sopra Guide Gozzano, Luciana Stefani, Roosevelt 

Conferenza sopra il premio Strega 1963: Ginsburg, Lessico 
familiare , Valeria Sestieri, Univ. of 111. 

Slavic ; Room A-125-127 Rado L. Lencek, Univ. of 111. 

Chairman, Slavic Section 
D. Stanley Moore, Rich Twp. HS 

Business meeting. 

"Another Look at Bunin", Norman Luxemburg, 111. State 

Normal Univ. 
"Discussion of the Reform of Russian Orthography", Kurt 

Klein, Univ. of 111. 
"Russian Contribution to Existentialism", Constantine D, 

Uszynski, Univ. of 111. 
"Report on the 5th International Congress of Slavists in 

Sofia", Tatjana Cizevska, Univ. of 111. 
"Report on the Summer 1963 Teachers Exchange Program in 

Moscow", D. Stanley Moore, Rich Twp. HS. 

Spanish : Little Theater Terese Klinger, Niles Twp. HS, V/est 

Chairman, Spanish Section 
i Eleanor Stuchlik, Morton HS 

Business meeting, 

"Spanish Reflexive Structures vs. English Non-reflexive 
Structures", Daniel Cardenas, Univ. of Chicago. 

"Coraentario de algunas poesias de Juan Ramon Jimenez y 
de Julio Herrera y Reissig", Bernardo Bianco- 
Gonzalez, Univ. of Chicago. 

"Camino a Santiago", Harry E. Babbitt, Rich Twp. HS. 

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FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Since this is the first Newsletter in several months, we announce be- 
latedly, and with great sadness, the death in Urbana, last July, of 
Professor Emeritus Ccimeron C. Gullette, Kr. Gullette served on the 
University of Illinois faculty from 1930 to 1961, and was for many 
years editor of this section. He had a B. Kusic degree as well as a 
B.A. degree from Ohio University, and had done his Master's and Doc- 
toral work at the University of Wisconsin. He had taught at South 
Dakota College and at the University of 'Jisconsin before coming to 
Illinois, and had served overseas in the U.S. Array during V/orld War I. 
On this campus, as well as in Ch£unpaign-Urbana, Kr. Gullette's vitality 
in teaching and other fields, his performances in many dramatic pro- 
ductions, and especially his kindness and helpfulness had made him a 
favorite figure in town and gown circles. Not, however, in a "Mr, 
Chips" fashion. IVe think of Mr. Chips as having always been old, 
whereas Cameron Gullette was always young. 

To report in these pages each fall that enrolment of students in the 
French Dept . has again increased considerably is, by now, a common- 
place. The figure for first semester is 2,761 , an increase of 10% 
over last year at this time. There is a markedly higher number of 
students in French 102 (second semester); this is partly due to a new 
system which places all students who have had tv/o years of high-school 
French, but whom our placement test shows inadequately prepared for 
French 103 (third semester), back to special five-hour (vs. four for 
the normal sections) sections of 102. However, it is also true that 
there are students coming from high school and going to second- and 
third-year language courses or to literature courses. 

The day when the Dept. will be relieved of elementary, secondary and 
remedial language teaching will indeed be The Day. Naturally, large 
increases in staff are necessary. This semester, the French Dept. 
employs twenty "regular" faculty members and fifty nine Assistants, 

New "regular" members of the Dept. are: Dr. John K. Simon, from Yale 
Univ.; Mr. Roy Harris, from the Univ. of California; and Dr. Ruth 
Rains, from the Univ. of 111. We have two V/oodrow V/ilson Fellows, 
Mr. David L. Rubin and Kiss Constance Kay V/olter, as well as two Uni- 
versity Fellows, Miss Mary Ann Brady and Mrs. Rita S. Mall. 

Last summer. Prof, Claude Abraham taught at the FLES Institute in 
Rockford, 111. Other members of the staff went to Europe for pleasure, 
work, or both. Prof. C.A. Knudson, Head of the Dept., attended the 
Seventh International Arthurian Congress, held in Aberdeen during the 
week beginning July 29, Prof. Philip Kolb attended the annual meeting 
of the "Societe des Amis de Marcel Proust et des /unis de Combray" at 
Illiers (2.&L.), the subject of which was, "L'oeuvre de Proust devant 
le cinema". Film rights are reported to be held for Proust's work by 
the French producer of Brigitte Bardot, Raoul Levy, who is said to be 

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considering a joint venture with Jerry Wald of Fox Studios.. Heaven 
help Marcel Proust. 

Proust is omnipresent in Illinois. Miss Louise Jefferson and Mr. 
Robert J. Hardin have both just passed their Ph.D. oral examinations 
with theses on, respectively: "Proust and Theatre", and "Descriptive 
Technique in Marcel Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu ". Finally, 
the November 11 meeting of the French Journal Club will be devoted to 
the projection of a film on Proust. 

Professors Angelina R. Pietrangeli, Cordelia Reed, and Edwin Jahiel, 
true to the spirit of Departmental Togetherness, returned from France 
on the S.O.S. France , where they shared indifferent food and "un- 
turnable-of f " loudspeakers. Prof. Jahiel was returning from a year's 
leave of absence spent for the most part in Paris and devoted to 
theatre and cinema studies. 

The semester's first guest lecturer in French Literature was Miss 
Alison Fairlie, Fellow and Director of Studies in Modern Languages at 
Girton College, Cambridge, and Lecturer in French at the Univ. of Cam- 
bridge. She gave two lectures at the Univ. of 111., on Baudelaire's 
Petits poemes en prose and on Benjamin Constant's Adolphe . 

The second set of talks for the semester was presented at the French 
Journal Club meeting of October 7. Prof. Knudson reported on the Ar- 
thurian Congress, which appears to have included the Medievalists' 
V.'ho's-V/ho in very pleasant and amicable surroundings. The second 
speaker. Prof. Jahiel, reported on the state of today's theatre in 

The French Coffee Hour, which is held from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. each 
Tuesday at the Gothic Room of the Illini Union, is extremely popular 
with students and younger faculty members. It has now resumed, as 
have the Thursday French luncheons ("French" here applying to lan- 
guage, positively not to the food) at the Univ. of 111. YMCA. The 
Dept. takes this opportunity to invite you, colleagues, students, 
teachers, or plain Francophiles, to drop in at 12:00 and meet us and 
our students, informally. 

The Non-Ugly ..Imerican . Last summer Prof. Francis Nachtmann went to 
Anrona to see an Italian doctor with whom he had started a friendship 
twenty years before. At that time, the Italian had been a prisoner of 
war in an American camp near Bizerte, Tunisia, where Mr. Nachtmann 
was an officer on the staff. The Ancona Voce Adriatica , a large pro- 
vincial newspaper, featured this recent visit with huge headlines over 
half of its front page, as well as photographs. The article was re- 
printed in several other newspapers in Italy and the United States. 

In the best Puccini -Verdi style, the reporter described the "patetico 

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incontro fra le lacrime", and among other flourishes, which, says Mr. 
Nachtmann, show much creative imagination, quotes the American visitor 
as telephoning the following trans-Atlantic message to his children 
in Champaign ("a part of Chicago"): "This is a day, children, which 
will remain among my finest memories. Never more than at this moment 
has papa felt so happy for having treated the Italian prisoners with 
comprehension and humanity". 

GERMi\N NOTES - Prepared by Peter K. Jansen 

For the first time in the history of the Dept. of Germanic Languages 
and Literatures, the total enrolment of students has this semester 
exceeded the 2,000 mark. Registration figures total 2,109 , an in- 
crease of more than 6% over the corresponding period last year. The 
most striking increase is to be found in the number of first-semester 
students, with most of the other courses showing a pattern of more 
gradual growth. The most encouraging sign is perhaps the continuing 
trend toward expansion of the courses designed for students taking hours 
beyond those required for their degrees. The mrolment in graduate 
courses, an increase from fifty-two to fifty-six, reflects the pattern 
of total departmental registration. 

The Dept. welcomes a substantial number of new' colleagues this semes- 
ter, Dr, Paul T, HoffJnann, originally from Vienna, Austria, and now 
a member of the German Dept, at Victoria Univ. of Wellington, New 
Zealand, is with us for one semester with the rank of Associate Pro- 
fessor. Prof, Harry Hailo, who received his Ph. D, from the Univ. of 
111, in 1957, has returned to his alma mater as an Associate Professor, 
after serving in this capacity at the Univ. of Houston. Dr. Albert 
Foulkes, who recently completed his Ph.D. at Tulane Univ., has been 
appointed Assistant Professor, 

New members of the teaching staff with the rank of Instructor are: 
Dr. Rudolf Bauer, from Ulm, Germany; Mr, Gunter Eberspach, from Mainz, 
Germany; Dr, Carol Miller., from V/ashington Univ.; Mr, Rudolf Schier, 
from Cornell Univ. 

Dr. Werner Marx, who recently received his doctorate from the Univ. 
of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation on "Das Bild des Renaissance- 
menschen im Friihwerk Heinrich Manns", has been promoted to the rank 
of Assistant Professor. Mr, Peter Jansen, formerly an Assistant at 
the Univ. of 111., has been appointed Instructor, The number of 
Assistants is now thirty- three. 

We welcome the return to us of Prof. Pauline Schv/albe, after a sab- 
batical leave of absence spent in Marbach and Munich, Germany. Prof. 
Schwalbe is engaged in research on the posthumous papers of Isolde 
and Hermann Kurz, and her stay in Germany was devoted chiefly to in- 
vestigation of manuscripts of these two writers which are in the pos- 
session of the Schiller National Museum in Marbach, 

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Various colleagues have heard from Professor Bneritus Mimi I. Jehle, 
who is enjoying an extended visit to her native Germany, but con- 
tinues to take a very lively interest in the fortune of the Dept. and 
its members. 

On September 30 the Dept, enjoyed the visit of Dr. Henry Remak, Pro- 
fessor of German and Comparative Literature at the Univ. of Indiana. 
Under the auspices of the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature, 
Prof. Remak delivered a spirited and illuminating lecture on "The 
Controversy in Comparative Literature". 

Another recent guest was Prof. Hans Eichner, from Queens Univ., Kings- 
ton, Ontario, who spoke on October 4 to the Fruchtbringende Gesell- 
schaft. His topic was "Friedrich Schlegels Theorie der Literatur- 
kritik". The speaker's thorough familiarity with Schlegel's works and 
his profound insight into the intellectual theories of a man whose 
literary notebooks Prof. Eichner edited for the first time, combined 
to make the occasion a rewarding experience for his audience, and for 
the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft , a promising start for the new 

The German Club began its activities for the first semester with the 
presentation of a recent German film by Helmut Kautner, "Der Rest ist 
Schweigen", an interesting if somewhat forced attempt to transplant 
the Hamlet theme into a modern setting. The Club's October 24 meeting 
featured films on Austria, presented by Miss Martha Foitl, the coun- 
try's only female motion picture producer and directress. During the 
second half of November, the Club will host an open forum in which 
students majoring in German will exchange ideas and experiences gained 
while attending summer sessions at various German universities. 

Recent publications by members of the Dept. include Prof. Harry 
Haile's Das Faustbuch (in the series "Philologische Studien und 
Quellon"), Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 1963, and an article on "Re- 
construction of the Faust Book: The Disputations", P>;LA , LXXVIII 
(June, 1963). 

Prof. Paul T. Hoffmann is the author of an article on Karl V/olfskehl 
in Handbuch der deutschcn Gcgenwarts li teratur , Miinchen: Nymphenburger 
Verlagsbuchhandlung, 3963. A book by Prof. Hoffmann entitled Die 
geistige Welt Karl U'olfskehls is scheduled for publication early next 
year by Lambert Schneider Verlag, Heidelberg. 

Prof. F.G. Nock translated Carl Menger's Untersuc h ungen liber die 
Methoden der Socl a lwi ssenschaften und der Politisciicn Ockonomie 
insbesondere , which was published earlier this year by the Univ. of 
111. Press under the title Problems of Economics and Sociology , edited 
and with an introduction by Prof. Louis Schneider, Head of the Univ. 
of 111. Dept. of Sociology. 

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RUSSIAN NOTES - Prepared by Frank Gladney and Steven P. Hill 

All hir;h school and college teachers of Russian are urged to attend 
the Slavic Section of the IKLTA annual meeting on November 2 (see pp. 
3-4, this issue). 

It has been 1100 years since the Slavs appealed to the Byzantine Em- 
peror for teachers to bring them the Scriptures in their own tongue. 
They were sent the Slavic apostles Cyril and Methodius with the first 
Slavic alphabet. The anniversary of this historic mission was ob- 
served by the Congresus Historiae Slavicae in Salzburg, July 12-16, 
which was attended by Prof. Tatjana Cizevska. Travsling on grants from 
the /unerican Council of Learned Societies and from the Center for Rus- 
sian Language rnd Area Studies, Prof. Cizevska afterward took part in 
the 5th International Congress of Slavists in Sofia, September 17-23. 
She presented a paper entitled, "A comparative lexicon of the Igor 
Tale and the Zadonscina". 

ACLS and University Faculty Feliov.'dhipS enabled Prof. Rado Lencek to 
be in Ljubljana and Zagreb during the summer, where he investigated 
contemporary colloquial standard Slovene. With a grant of the latter 
type, Prof. Kurt Kloin did research at home. Prof. Temira Pechmuss 
was Visiting Professor in Russian' at Hunter College during the summer, 
and Prof. Paul Trensky did research at Berkeley. Mr. Ira Goetz began 
compilation of a book of contemporary scholarly texts for use in the 
graduate reading course, 401, 

During the summer we were privileged to hear Prof. Igor V. Chinnov 
(Cinnous), Univ. of Kansas, a distinguished emigre poet. In addition 
to his course in modern Russian drama, Prof. Chinnov gave a reading 
of his own poetry. 

Students will have the opportunity this semester to take part in a 
seminar on the Russian novel given by Prof. Hugh McLean, Chairman of 
the Dept . of SlavAic Languages and Literatures, Univ. of Chicago, who 
is currently Visiting Professor in Russian. 

New staff members in the Dept. are Assistant Professor Constantin D. 
Uszynski, Lie. es let., Univ. of Geneva, and Mr. Frank Y. Gladney, 
Instructor, who is completing his Ph.D. at Harvard and who taught 
last year at Northwestera Univ. New Assistants are Miss Yvonne Craig, 
Mrs. Maria Merkelo, and Mr. Patrick V/reath. Mrs. Linda Kopp Thomas 
and Mr. Thomas Berry are Teaching Fellows, and two graduate students 
hold NDEi'i Fellowships: Mr. Ronald R. Edwards and Mr. Laurence Richter. 
Miss 'Vanda Zielinski and Mr. Kenneth IVurzburger , recent B.A. recip- 
ients in the Dept., hold assistantships elsewhere in the Univ. 

The Slavic Roundtable, a series of talks by local professors on topics 
of interest for the Slavistics field, goes into its second year with 

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a slate of seven gr.thoriags, on :\ more informal basis thr.n last year, 
each to be held at 8:00 P.K. in the General Lounge, Illini Union, 
with refreshments served. The first presentation, on October 23, was 
by Prof. Rado Lcncek about his summer research trip to Yugoslavia. 
On November 21, Prof. Tatjana Cizevska will speak on the two confer- 
ences which she attended in Europe this summer, and on December 18, 
Frof. Earl Lenp, of the Univ. of 111. Agronomy Dept., will speak on 
East European agricultural matters. 

The Center for Russian Language and Area Studies, headed by Prof. 
Ralph Fisher, is continuing its fine v/ork in bringing to the campus 
outstanding specialists in the Russian Area field. Each will present 
a formal public lecture in the evening, and an informal afternoon 

The first speaker, on October 17, was Prof. Raymond Garthoff, who dis- 
cussed Soviet foreign policy. The following lectures are scheduled 
for the rest of the semester: October 29 - Prof. Donald Treadgold 
(Univ. of Washington) on "Russia in 1917" and "The Reception of the 
Enlightenment in Russia and China"; November 7 - Prof. Philip Mosely 
(Columbia Univ.) on Soviet foreign relations; November 14 - Prof. 
Alfred Rieber (Northwestern Univ.) on intellectual and artistic acti- 
vity in the USSR. If these lectures are as engrossing and informative 
as was the last of the 1962-1S63 series, by Mr. Gene Sosin on Radio 
Liberty and the Russian children's theater, they will merit everyone's 

Russian Club . Under the direction of newly-elected president T-liss 
Yvonne Craig and secretary-treasurer Kiss Valentina V/ojtowicz, and 
with Mr. Ira Goetz as faculty advisor, the Russian Club begins the 
new academic year with a full schedule of events. At the first meet- 
ing of the Club, on October 10, Miss Craig spoke about her summer study 
trip to the USSR, followed by piano selections by Mr. Fred Thayer and 
accordian selections by Mrs. L'aria Merkelo. In addition to the weekly 
Tea Hour ( Chashka chayu , every Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.Pi. in the 
Gothic Room, illini Union, with refreshments, board games and informal 
conversation), Club members will have two more meetings this semester: 
October 31 and December 12, both scheduled for 8:00 P.M. in the Union, 
with musical entertainment, talks by Soviet exchange students, etc. 

Special events in store include an outstanding recent Russian film. 
The Unsent Letter, to be shown December 2, and possibly a picnic. 
Membership cards in the Russian Club are now available (annual dues: 
50/(^), entitling the holder to attend all the functions of the organi- 
zation during the year. This should include two or three more feature 
films plus short subjects in the spring, in addition to all events of 
the first semester. 

Anyone wishing to join the Russian Club should see either Miss Craig 
or Kiss Wojtowicz. 

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Enrolment in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese courses continues to 
climb, with a total registration in all three languages for first sem- 
ester of 1,896 , a 23% increase over the same period last year. Under- 
graduate Spanish majors now number thirty in the general curriculum, 
and seventy nine in the teacher training program. Seventy five grad- 
uate students are officially registered. The substantially higher 
number of undergraduate majors and of graduate students, is best noted 
in Spanish 332, La Cultura Hispanica. The unexpectedly high enrolment 
in this course necessitated its division -- for the first time in a 
300-level course — into two sections, taught by Professors Luis Leal 
and Marcos A. Morinigo. Italian enrolment figures are comparable to 
those of last year, while the great upsurge of interest in Portuguese 
continues, with eighty seven registrations. 

The Dept, welcomes to its staff Assistant Professor John V/. Kronik, 
who served from 1958 to 1963 as Assistant Professor of Romance Lan- 
guages at Hiimilton College, Clinton, New York. Prof. Kronik received 
his B.A. degree in 1952 from Queens College (New York), and holds M.A. 
and Ph.D. degrees from the Univ. of V/isconsin. He was in Spain in 
1960-1961 as a Fulbright Follow, and is co-editor of Camilo Jose 
Cela's La familia de Pascual Duarte. Prof. Kronik is the author of 
articles on nineteenth-century Spanish literature and on comparative 
literature, in Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos , Archivum , Revue de 
Li tterature Ccmparee , Romance Notes , and Modern Lan^;uage Journal . 

Prof. Henry Kahane this fall rejointed the departmental teaching staff, 
after a year's sabbatical leave of absence from the Univ. of 111. 
Traveling under a Guggenheim Fellowship, and as an Associate Member of 
the Univ. of 111. Center for Advanced Studies, he spent fifteen months 
in Europe, chiefly in Austria, where he was a guest of the Institute 
of Roir.ance Linguistics at the Univ. of Vienna. In connection with his 
work, he also visited Spain, France, England, Switzerland, and the 
Balkan countries. 

Working principally in the Univ. of Vienna library, Prof. Kahane was 
engaged with his wife in an investigation of the sources of the Grail 
and Parzival myth. A book on the results of this study will be pub- 
lished in 1964 by the Univ. of 111, Press, and two articles thereon are 
scheduled for publication in Germany and Belgium. Prof. Kahane re- 
ported on his research at recent meetings of the Univ. of 111. Linguis- 
tics and Medieval Clubs. 

Prof. James 0. Crosby also resumed his teaching duties this fall, 
after a year's sabbatical leave of absence. The recipient of a 
Guggenheim Fellowship, he was engaged in research, for three and a 
half months in Madrid and later at the Univ. of 111., for a critical 
edition of Francisco de Quevedo's Politica de Dios. 

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Friends and colleagues in the state of Illinois v/ill be pleased to 
learn of the promotion last spring of Associate Professors Angelina 
R. Fietrangeli and Joseph S. Flores, to the rank of Professor. 

Also promoted, this fail, were Dr. S.U, Baldwin and Dr. Daniel P. 
Testa, from the rank of Instructor to that of Assistant Professor, 

Under the direction of Prof. J.H.D. Allen, who continues this semester 
to serve the Dept. as Acting Head in the absence of Frof. .V.H. Shoe- 
maker, now in Spain on a sabbatical leave of absence, the 1963 summer 
session was characterized by high enrolments: seventy three graduate 
and seventy four undergraduate in Spanish, and five graduate in Portu- 
guese. Members of the faculty were: Prof, J.H.D. Allen, Dr. S.V/, 
Baldwin, Mr. Victor N. Baptiste, Dr. Lucille V. Braun, Prof. Joseph 
S. Flores, Kr. Robert J. Hoeksema, Mr. Panos D. Karavellas, Mrs. Gail 
B. Thorstenson. 

Other departmental members devoted the summer to travel and study. 
Doctors Daniel P. Testa and Mitchell D, Triwedi traveled in Europe, as 
did Prof. Angelina S, Pietrangeli. Prof. Luis Leal again served on 
the faculty of the Second-Level NDSu'^ Institute held in Guadalajara, 
Mexico, under the direction of the Univ. of Arizona. Working at the 
Univ. of 111, under a University Faculty Fellowship, Assistant Prof. 
Merlin H. Forster began work on a book on the Mexican poet Xavier 
Villarrutia. Frof. Marcos A. liorinigo participated in the lexico- 
graphic seminar of the Real Academia Espanola, for the preparation of 
a historical dictionary of the Spanish language, and took part in a 
meeting of Spanish and foreign philologists, held in Madrid on June 
5-15, to study questions related to the present and future of the 
Spanish language throughout the v/orld, Mr. M. Mario Diaz spent the 
summer in Spain, and Mr. R, Joe Campbell and Kr, Robert J. Hoeksema 
made a brief excursion to Mexico, Also in Mexico were Miss Joan M. 
Zonderman and Mr. Vito Benivegna, who attended nine-v/eek summer school 
sessions in Guadalajara, sponsored, respectively, by the Univ, of 
Arizona and the Univ, of San Francisco, 

Graduate degrees were conferred last j-^ear to thirteen members of the 
Dept. Mr, James L, '.'.'alsh, who received the Ph.D. degree, is now 
teaching at San Diego State Univ. Two other departmental members com- 
pleted Ph.D. requirements, with the exception of the final examina- 
tion: Kr, Marion Holt, now at Queens College (New York), and Miss Mary 
Lois Jones, Univ. of Texas, 

The M,A. degree was received by: Mr. Robert Brody, Miss Virginia C, 
Burbridge, Miss Cynthia J. Burns, Miss Susan A. Calkins, Mrs. Gloria 
Ceide-Echcvarria, Mrs, Lucie Jells Clark, Miss Carol Lee Heim, Mrs, 
Dencith Holtaway, Mr. Gerald «', Petersen, Mr, Timothy J, Rogers, Miss 
Edna N, Sims, I'iss A, Luellen Watson. 

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Spanish Club . The Spanish Club, under the direction this year of 
Dr. S.W, Baldwin and Hr. j£,ck R. i/illey, held its first meeting of 
the semester on October 3. The prcgrtjn featured a char la by Prof. 
Marcos A. Morinigo on his summer visit to Spain, and guitar selections 
by Mr. Antonio Leal, /idditional Club meetings are scheduled for No- 
vember 20, December 11, January 8, and February 19, to convene at 
8:00 F,M, in the General Lounge, Illini Union (note: the December 11 
meeting will be held in Room 3143, Union). 

Officers of the Spanish Club for 1963-1964 are: President - Kiss 
Norma V.'alker, Vice-President - Mr. Hector Munoz, Secretary - Miss 
Susan Howey, Treasurer - Miss Barbara Cherney. Serving on the Plan- 
ning Committee are: Miss Carole Balchunas, Mr. Larry Crowley, Mr. 
Edmund Eisner, Mr. Harry Hef folfinger, Miss Faye Hightovver, Miss Julie 
Long, Miss Karen Sharff, Miss P. Anne Shoemaker. 

The Spanish Club is again sponsoring a series of v;eekly tertulias, 
held each Friday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Federal Room of 
the Illini Union, All interested persons are cordially invited to 
attend these informal reunions. 

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The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor J.H.D. Allen, Acting Head. The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Mrs. Carol Blackburn. All communications should 
be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, 
Urbana, Illinois. 

Modern Foreign Language 

Vol. XVII. No. 2 Novombcr, 1963 

NDEA INSTITUTiLS. Under the Language Institute Program, sponsored by 
Title VI of the National Defense Education ^-ct, the Federal Government 
offers an excellent opportunity for elementary and secondary school 
teachers of modern foreign languages to improve their preparation. A 
normal institute curriculu:?. encompasses intensive work in lan^^uage 
practice, courses in applied linguistics and contemporary culture, 
practical experience with the lan;j,uage laboratory, an introduction to 
new teaching methods and materials, a:id the opportunity to observe 
the latest methods illustrated in a demonstration class. Participants 
are housed by language group and eat at language tables. A rich pro- 
gram of extracurricular activities complements the worli in the class- 

Eligibility criteria vary from institute to institute, but normally 
two years of formal study of the language or the equivalent, and a 
commitment to teach the language in the fall folloiving the institute, 
are required. No fees or tuition are charged for participation in an 
institute. Public school teachers, in addition, are eligible for a 
stipend of 375 per week and il5 per i/eek for each dependent while in 
attendance at an institute. Private school teachers, while not eli- 
gible for stipends or dependency alio ances, receive tuition remission 
and do not pay fees. The majority of institutes are summer ones last- 
ing from seven to nine weeks, but there are also academic -year pro- 
grams . 

The 1964-1955 program will be announced in December of this year, and 
will appear in tne New sletter . 

SIRACUSA ZDITOR. The Newsletter extends congratulations to a newly- 
born sister publication. Breve Notiziario Italia no, issued in St. 
Louis. Its fall editor is Dr. Joseph Siracusa, who received his Ph.D. 
from the Univ. of 111. (Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese) in 
1962, and is novv on tae staff of Rice University. 

LANGUAGE CONSULT.1NTS . Illinois schools which wish to avail themselves 
of consultative assistance, should contact the following Foreign Lan- 
guage Consultants for the State of Illinois: Mrs. Vivian roasters , 229 
l.est Locust St., Canton, 111. (647-0989 - Code 309); I:rs. Barbara Ort, 
1020 Denmark Road, Danville, 111. (446-6993 - Code 217); Mr. Dan 
Romani , 238 Norwood Place, iiast Alton, 111. (Clinton 9-3728 - Code 
618); Mrs. Margaret ..ood, 117 Nashua, Park Forest, 111. (Pilgrim 8- 
3261 - Code 312). 

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LANGUAGE LABO-IATORY AT UPIIV. OF ILL. In September of this year the 
Language Laboratory at the Univ. of 111. opened a new unit with tliirty- 
two student positioiis, bringing to a total of IIG the positions avail- 
able in the entire Language Laboratory. Each new position is equipped 
to listen, record and piay back, and has a Bell deck providing push- 
button control for all of the operations. There is a separate console 
in the new room. 

The new equipment permits programs to be recorded from the console for 
the students in advance. when the student arrives, he finds his pro- 
gram awaiting him on the tape, and there is no problem of putting on 
or taking off the tape, nor does the attendant have to broadcast the 
program every hour. Prior to the ordering of the new equipment, the 
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences authorized Professor 
Francis Nachtmann, Coordinator of the Lan^^uage Laboratory, to visit 
schools comparable to the Univ. of 111. in their foreign language pro- 
grams and possessing large language laboratories. As a result, the 
new unit includes tiie best of what has been observed elsewhere, as 
well as various new features suggested by the experience of the Univ. 
of 111. staff. 

The new room connects •■vith the previously established facilities, but 
can be separated by closing a door. It is hoped that in the more in- 
timate atmosphere created by this smaller unit, more classes can come 
in with their instructor during their class period. The Univ. of 111. 
Language Laboratory, which remains open sixty-one hours per week, is 
now serving nearly 4C00 students weekly. 

GERT-iAN AT NAVY PIER. Members of the German Dept. at the Univ. of 
111., Navy Pier, continue to play an active role in the AATG: Kiss 
Elizabeth Teichmann is President of the Chicago Chapter, and Mr. 
Robert Kauf will serve as Local Chairman at the National Meeting to 
be held December 27-30 in Chicago. 

Mr. Ernest V/illner spent part of his sabbatical semester collecting 
Anglicisms and Aiiiericanisms in the contenmorary written and spoken 
German language, in Germany and Austria. He worked at the Dolmotscher- 
Institut of the Univ. of Vienna during the months of May and June. 

ILLINI IN TOURS. Of the eighty teacliers of French selected to par- 
ticipate last summer in the second-level N!)EA Institute sponsored by 
Oregon Univ. and held in Tours, France, five were from the state of 
Illinois: Edwin Cudecki (..endell Phillips HS, Chicago), Ruth Oliver 
(East Leyden HS , Franklin Park), Becty Jane Pfcnder (Freeport Jr. HS ) , 
William Scarsetli (^'-aukegan Township HS ) , Elizabeth Snow (Glenbard 
West HS, Glen Eliyn). 

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PROFESSIONAL MSSTINGS. The annual meeting of the Illinois Modern 
Language Teachers Association was held c'.s scheduled on November 2, 
1963, at Chicago Teachers College North. Detailed coverage of the 
meeting will appear in the December Newsletter . 

The 1963 meeting of the r.odsrn Language Association ivill be held in 
Chicago on December 27-29, 1963. 

The 11th Annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Lan- 
guages will be held on April 17 and 18, 1964, in V/ashington, D.Co The 
theme for the meeting will be "Foreign Language Teaching: Ideals and 
Practices". Further information is available from Kr. Alfred S. Hayes, 
Center for Applied Linguistics, 1755 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington 
36, D.C. 

The annual spring meeting of the Downstate Illinois Chapter of the 
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, to be held 
in Canton, Illinois, has been tentatively scheduled for April 25, 1964. 

MRS. FSRDINA J.C. TCKT of the Spanish Dept., Univ. of 111., Navy Pier, 
was last March elected President of the Romance Language Society of 
Chicago. On April 8 the Spanish Club under her direction celebrated 
Pan-American Day with a luncheon, at v/hich the guest of honor and 
speaker was Mr. Luis Baralt, Editor of Barsa (the Spanish edition of 
the Encyclopedia Britannica ) . Iir. Baralt, former Cuban Consul to New 
York and former Ambassador to Canada from Cuba, spoke on Pan-Americanism, 

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TEACHER AIDE PaOGRiXK,' Throu'^h the National Foreign Language Teacher 
Aide Program, it is possible to bring to American schools volunteer 
aides from Mexico and other Spanish-Anierican countries, Spain, France, 
Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Volunteers iiiay be invited 
for periods ranging from six to thirty-six weeks. They spend three 
hours per day, without salary, helping individual students or small 
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school system, visiting or participating in classes which interest them, 
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gram for trans^jortation and incidentals. In addition, each community 
provides board and room plus iS.OO a week spending money for each aide. 
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tional Foreign Language Teacher Aide Program, Wisconsin State College 
Cainpus, Eau Claire, uisconsin. 

DO;VNSTATE SPANISH iLXAIil NATIONS. Final results of tke 1963 annual 
Illinois Downstage National Spanish Examinations have been reported by 
Miss Dorothy Dodd, Contest Chairman>. V.inners in the first category 
(no outside class experience) uere: Year II - Jon Glende, Edison Jr. 
HS, Champaign (Mr. Travis Poole, teacher); Year ill - Philip Logsdon, 
Hillsboro ilS {Mrs. Marianne McCallj t.); Year IV - Norman Hull, Rock 
Island HS (Mr. John Blomberg, t . ) . First-place honors v;ere v/on in 
the second category (with outside class experience) by: Year II - 
Maria Trejo and Frances Hurtado, Alleman IIS, Rock Island (Sister Anna 
^iaria , t.); Year III - Carmen Deere, Urbana HS (Krs. Nancy Nash, t.); 
Year IV - Luis Llavona, Stephen Decatur US, Decatur (Mrs. L". Dittus, • 
t.). Awards to those in thd first category were AATSP medals; in the 
second category, winners received books. 

FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

The Univ. of 111. Radio Station, broadcasts, on AM and FM, from 7 A.M. 
to 10 V,V'. on weekdays, and from 7 A.M. to eaily afternoon on Sundays. 
The quality and variety of these broadcasts are not only incomparably 
superior to most of our wretched cominercial stations, but are very good 
in their own right. Several regular piogi^ams pertain, in whole or in 
part, to France: "Kastcr-ivorks frorii France", "Songs of France", "Conti- 
nental Comment", "French Press Review", "European Review", "Interna- 
tional Report", "Paris Star Time", "French Traditions", etc. A note 
to Radio Station WILL, 223 Gregory Hall, Urbana, will bring you at no 
cost the station's monthly schedule. 

The University's Television Station, 'VILL-TV, Channel 12, operates on 
a more limited schedule, evenings only, Monday through Fiiduy. Up to 
this time in the season, 'ViLL-TV has not liad any specifically French 
programs, although some French films are included in the weekly series 

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"Cinenio International" (Tuesdays at 9). The series openers were quite 
lamentable — "Typhoon Over Nagasaki" (with Danielle Darrieux and Jean 
Ma^ais); "Deadlier than the Male"; "The r'rench They Are a Funny l^ice" 
( i.e. , "Les Garnets du iMajor Thompson") — hut the forthcoming "Gei-- 
vaise" is rather good. "It Happened in Broad Daylight" is not pre- 
cisely a French film, but a European co-production, based on a short 
novel by the Swiss auvhor ^fireniuatt, and including actor liichel Simon 
in the cast. Recommend jd. 

In the F rench Vteek lies . V.'e woulc' like to call your attention to a 
few of the many interesting articles appearing in recent French maga- 
zines, frankly in the hope of encouryging the "profession" to keep in 
touch with France through its periodical press. V.hat we have here is 
a selection of lather general interest items in non-specialized jour- 

In L ' Express No. 644, critic Robert Kanters has written a sensitive 
and intellig-ent tribute to Jean Cocteau, who recently died. In No. 
645, Marguerite Duras interviews "G.F. ", a "voyou" who spent fourteen 
of his thirty-six yoai's in Jail and who has acquired some fame by making 
a record where, in the fashion of Gospel songs, the Lord's Prayer, 
Hail Mary, and the Credo are sung as twist music. The same issue in- 
cludes a book-rev^iew article "Pourquoi des professeurs? Farce que." 
which combiits the current trust put by some in classroom television, 
and especially the fascination with audiovisual devices for their own 
sake: "... la civilisation de 1'imc.go n'a rien de nouveau, elle est 
tres ancienne au contraire. C'est la civilisation de 1 'alphabet, du 
mot, du sifne, de la pensce iniprimee, du concept non figuratif, qui 
est recente,,.," 

L ' JLxpres s also has scored a journalistic scoop by serializing the 
latest book by former Aviation officer Jules Koy, La ba taille de Pi en 
Bisn Phu, This is undoubtedly a major work, a sad and exhaustive 
analysis of the nine-year-old tragedy .vhich, in the words of a critic, 
is France's moJern V.aterloo and Secan, and the folly of iviiich has pro- 
foundly affected i'Yance ever since. It is bound to be a highly con- 
troversial book. Les Lettres Fran gaises No, 997 ran an interview with 
the author, and in No. 9SS Pierre Daix, discussing the book, calls it 
le livre terrible . 

Arts No. 928 asks "Les profs savent-i 's le iran<jais?" ^nd claims that 
French students have bilingual in the worst sense; that is, 
there is a huge gap between the Frencl. they speak and the literary 
French of tae classroom. Art^ No. 930 includes a most entertaining 
sampling from a ne.v book on literarj- pastiches . In the same issue. 
Drama Critic Gilles Sandier launches an all-out attack against 
"1 'abominable Jean Weyer", actor, director, playwright, former Gray 
Eminence of the Comedie Frantjaise, and professor at the Conservatoire. 
Arts has also been running a series of enquctes of younger American 
and Russian intellectuals. 

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As for Les Nouvelles Litteraires , page 1 of No. 1883 asks in large 
bold type "Les Americains sont-ils contre 1 'intelligence?", in an 
article by our Princeton Univ. colleague, Pi'of. Armand Hoog. The 
answer is yes. Actually Prof. Hoog merely anthologizes from Richard 
Hofstadter's Anti-intellectualism in ^\inerican life (New York, ICnopf, 
1963), while concluding that the period covered in the book (ca. 1949- 
1956) was followed by great change, 3gg-heads are respectable now, 
V.hat is an egg-head? Adlai Stevenson's definition was at one time: 
"An egg-head is sonieone who calls Jiarilyn Monroe Mrs, Arthur I'iller", 

The fashion in France today, especially among egg-heads, is to be 
against the man whom Le Canard Lnchaine ( the satirical French weekly) 
calls "liong^neral" or "le Roi". I believe that it is in Le Canard 
that the following cartoon appeared: De Gaulle's quarters at the 
iLlysee Palace are on fire and Pompidou rushes in to put out the blaze -■ 
only to be greeted by a towering, General who, pointing to the sign 
"Do not disturb except for emergencies", scolds the Prime Minister: 
"Can't you read, Pompidou?" 

On the serious side, P aris-Iiatch No, 755, alongside an impressively 
photographed series on China and another denunciation of school con- 
ditions, ran another chapter of "Churchill et les Grandes Heures de 
Notre lestin", in ivhich the Churchill-De Gaulle story is retold, What- 
ever the parti -pris of Katch , the incredible struggles and humiliations 
of the then-leader of the Free French are impressively described. 
While Churchill was working with an entire Zmpire, "De Gaulle, lui , 
travaillait dans 1 'infinitesimal .,,", scorned, mistrusted, and alone. 
Good reading for those baffled by De Gaulle's present attitude. Latch 
No, 757 includes unpublished photographs of the Dien Bien Fhu battle, 
on both sides, but somehow the faces of war are much too similar, who- 
ever the warriors be. 

RUSSIAN NOTES -r Prepared by Steven F. Hill and Frank Y, Gladney 

This semester the Russian Dept, shows another slight rise in total 
enrolment, thanks to the opening of a class in Polish, whose thirteen 
students brought the overall departmental total to 527, as compared 
with 515 a year ago. The percentage increase over last year is 2,3%; 
in 1962, the increase over the year before that was 2,0/o. This sug- 
gests that the "population explosion" in Russian classes of the 1958- 
1960 post-Sputnik era (where annual increases of 30/0-40% and more were 
the norm) is now leveling off. 

Sizeable increases on the third-year and graduate levels (200- and 
400-level courses, respectively), including one of 53,8% in graduate 
courses exclusive of 400 and 401, were counterbalanced by exactly the 
same totals in the 300s (fourth year) and in 400-401, and, surprisingly, 
by noticeable drops on both the first- and second-year levels. On the 
other hand, new higlis in enrolment were set by the following courses 
this semester: 201 (third-year Russian), 309 (literature in transla- 

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tion), 323 (advancGd literary reading), 405 (Old Church Slavonic), 
and 410 (llth to 16th century literati'.re ) . 

The nuruber of undergraduate Russian majors (juniors and seniors only, 
including teacher trainees) is twenty-five this year, ."nd there are 
eighteen graduate najors, four working for the Ph.D. The number of 
faculty members reached a new high of nineteen, eight of whom are 
teaching Assistants. 

Before this year the only official mention of Polish in the Univ. of 
111', catalogue was negative: freslmien entering in 1918 were told in 
the fine print that the language xvas not acceptable as a high-school 
requirement. This year, however, Polish is being offered on an equal 
footing with other beginning language courses. The text for the course, 
being prepai'ed by the instructor, l-lr . Frank Gladney, presents the gram- 
mar in; the light of re'cent findings in the field of descriptive lin- 
guistics. The forms of the verb, for exanjpie, are derived from a 
single principal part, rathor than from several as in traditional gram- 
mars., and the forms of tl;e noun in certain cases are predicted from 
the quality of the last stem consonant. But more important are the. 
oral and written exercises in the classroom and in the laboratory, in 
which the students work a limited vocabulary through a wide range of 
situations. Armed with a repertoire of basic analogies, they should 
have no trouble tackling less familiar materials. In other words, 
Mr. Szczucki may bie a mouthful, but in Tolish ICl he is just cinother 
adjective (try it: Shchoots-kee). 

The Slavic Round Table opened for the year on October 23, with a talk 
by Prof. Uado Lencek on his summer in Slovenia, his native country, 
which he ivas visiting for the first time in twenty years. V.hile there 
he studied the modern spoken language, and was able to pass on to the 
l^ound Table audiance many interesting observations about the surprising 
uniformity of speech today, as compared with the pre-war fractionation 
of that small country (two million population) into forty-six different 
<iialect areas. The disappearance of dialect variation in speech and 
the "uplifting" of the colloquial language to.vard the literary language 
and the educated speech of radio and television announcers was attri- 
buted by Prof. Lencek to the population shifts of IVorld l.'ar II and to 
the rise of reading and of mass wedia after tlie war. Ke also dis- 
cussed the frequency of spelling pronuncictions , pr-edicting they will 
be an important problem for future generations of linguists. 

The fifth annual Illinois-Indiana Slavic Picnic was held on October 
23, at Turkey Run State Pai^k. Tlii'eatening skies, as v/ell as poor ad- 
vance noticQ at the neighbor institution, held the number of partici- 
pants to around fifty, but t'lose who came enjoyed a varied smorgas- 
bord, played ball, and made the scenic canyon paths resound with Slavic, 

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Russian Club . The October 31 meeting of the Russian Club featured a 
talk in Russian by Hr. Igor Chekalkin, a Soviet e:;:change student who 
is working in American history at the Univ. of 111, !ie sooke on Soviet 
youth organizations, especially the Pioneers and the Komsomol o The 
program also included another of the excellent Syracuse series of un- 
subtitled educational short films (Ct dyx i^ r azvl e ccnie v SSSR), and 
concluded with poetry readings by advanced literature students. 

Russian Club members are reminded of the final meeting of the semester, 
to be held December 12 at 8:00 T.K, in 314-A Illini Union. 

During December the Russian Club is presenting two feature films. The 
first, Letter That was Never Sent ( Neotn r avlennoe pis 'mo ) will be shown 
on December 4 -- not December 2, as previously announced — at 8:00 
P.M. in the University Auditorium, with general public welcome. Ad- 
mission will be free for i^ussian Club members, 50/^ for all others. 
This highlj"^ dramatic, brilliantly photographed new film, which is hav- 
ing its Champaign-Urbana "premiere", tells of a tragic trek through 
the wilds by four explorers. It is the latest v;ork of the "all-star" 
team which previously created Cranes are Flying : director, Michael 
Kalatozov; star, Tatiana Garnoilova; carrieraman. Serge Urusevsky; play- 
wright, Victor Rozov, It will be shown with English subtitles, and 
will be accompanied by a non-subtitled fifteen-minute educational color 
short from the Syracuse series: Nauka , texnika i^ iskusstvo v SSSR , 

The second feature film, which is open (free) to Russian students. 
Club members, and teachers only, is Certificate of Maturity ( ^;ttestat 
zrelosti ) , a 1954 production dealing with the problems of young people 
in the USSi? today. It will be shown, ..ith subtitles, on December 17 
at 8:00 P.M., in 319 Gregory Hall. 

GERMAN NOTES - Prepared by Peter K, Jansen 

The Chairmen of the German Departments of the Big Ten Universities and 
Chicago held their annual meeting on November 1 and 2 in Chicago, with 
Prof. Frank G, Banta representing the German Dept. of the Univ. of 
111. These meetings serve as a useful forum for exchanging informa- 
tion and discussing mutual problems. This year special attention was 
devoted to placement tests, study abroad, coordination of high-school 
and college language study, summer programs, and various requirements 
for the >i.A. and Ph.D. degrees in German, 

Enrolment figures exchanged at the meeting show that for the first time 
the German Dept. of the Univ. of 111, at Urbana has the largest over- 
all enrolment cimong the German Departments of the Big Ten Universities, 
with the Univ. of liichigan second. Figures for the four Illinois in- 
stitutions represented at the meeting are: 

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On October 21 the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature, presided 
over by Prof. Phillip M. Mitcholl oT the German Dept., sponsored a 
public lecture by Prof. Rene Vi'ellek of Yale Univ. Prof. V.ellek, an 
internationally-kn-own authority on Ccnperative Literature and co-author, 
with Prof. Austin .i'arren, of the widely-acciaimed The^^ry of Literatur e , 
spoke on "German and English i^onianLi cism: A Confrontation", h large 
audience received Prof. .."ellek warmly and with gratitude. Prof. V/ellek 
also met Prof. Mitchell's comparative literature class, Theory of Lite- 
rature, on October 22 and 23. Th3 first meetiiig was devoted to a dis- 
cussion by Prof. V.ellek of style in literature; at the second meeting, 
he answered CjUestions of members of the class and various guests. 

Another recent guest of the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature 
was Pi^of. Ulrich U'eisstein from Indiana Univ. On November 4 he dis- 
cussed "l-roblems of Periodi^ation in Literature and the Arts", in Prof, 
Mitchell's Theory of Literature class. 

Prof, Pauline Schwalbe has been elected to the departmental Executive 
Comi.iittoe, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Prof, Gerard 
F. ochiiiidt. 

Prof. Paul Hoffuann, from Victoria Univ. of '.Vcllington, New Zealand, 
guest member of th^> Dept. during the current semester, was the speaker 
at the second meeting for this semester of the Fruchtbringende Gesell- 
schaft, held in the Illini Union on October 17. The topic of his 
lecture, delivered to a capacity audience, was "Das Spatwerk Karl 
..olfskehls". Prof. Hoffmann, who knew tiie poet well during the last 
few years of his life — I'.'olfskehl emigrated to New Zealand during the 
Third Reich to escape Nazi persecution ~ conveyed a vivid and moving 
impression of .'.'olfskehl 's indomitable spirit and of the poetry he 
wrote in exile, liuch of Frof. Hoffmann's research has been devoted to 
vVolfskehl, and his thorough familiarity with the poet and his work, 
contributed to make the lecture a memorable experience. 

Prof. Ernst A. Philippson is the author of an article entitled "Uber 
zwei ' Srfindungen ' in Thomas lianns iioman Per Jr'.vahlte ", which appears 
in -i archon , Is ythos , Dichtunr, : Festschr ift zum GO. Gebu rt sta cy Friedrich 
von Leyens am 19 . August 1963 , Liiinchen: C.II. Beck, 1963, pp. 437- 

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Ttie German Quarterly , Vol. XXXVI, No. 3 (May, 1963), pp. 258-258, con- 
tains Mr. Cliaric-s B. Giordeno's article "On the Gig-iificance of rJarnes 
in iiofmannsthal 's r.osankavalier". 

German Club . Tha German Club will hold its smiwal Christmas Party on 
December 17, 7:15 P.M., in Latzer Kail of the Univerbity Yx-ICa. "Sankt 
Nikolaus", the Gern:an equivalent of Santa Claus, and "unccht Ru-recht", 
his helper who, according to Ger«oon folklore, metes out punishment to 
the bad children as Sar.kt Nikolaus rewards the good ones, will be pi-e- 
sent in person to fulfill thair rcspoctive functions, German Cliriotmas 
carols will be sung, aud various other attractions are to be expected. 
Refresliments will be served. 

SPANISH, ITALIAN, AND FCIcTUGUESii; IJOTSS - Prepared by Carol Blackburn 

An ejtperimental course in elementary Spaiiish (lOl) ivas initiated by 
the Dept. this setnestcr, under the directioxi of| Dr. Daniel P.. Testa, 
and with Ilr. i^obert J. liocksenia as instructor. Eighteen students ivith 
no prior Spanish tr;iining ar^^ Isaining the language through constant 
and intensive use of basic structures, as outliiied in the uolfe., Hud- 
lich and Inman text, A Sti-uctural Covirse in Spanis h (i^Iacmillan, 19o3), 
In addition to four regular clrss houi s per week, the students spend 
a half hour four times weekly in the language laboratory. 

The De^^t. continues to use the liLA text IloJein Spanish in its other 
elementary courses, but has initiated this expex"imental course out of 
an interest i.i other available methods of presentation, and a desire 
to see them in action. 

Fellows and Assistentr:. Fifteen inerabei's of the Dept. are studying 
this year under graduate fellowships. Tv.o for.ner departmental teach- 
ing Assistants, iir. Fi^ed J. Bouma aaci lir. Benito Braacaforte, hold 
University of Illinois Fellowships, as do four newcomers to the Dept.: 
Miss Jane U. Taylor, I»iss Lavina C. Tiison, Ilr. David Torres, and I'iss 
Anje C. van der NaalJ. I'iss Taylor received a B.A. degree f i om North- 
western Univ. in 1962, ai^d studied in 1962-1963 at the Univ. of Madrid 
under a Fulbright scholarship. Kiss Tilson received a B.A. from Berea 
(Kentucky) College in li>53, Mr. Tox-res holds a B.A. (1958) ami an 
M.H. (1962) from the Univ. of Texas. Ho has tar.ght at the Univ. of 
Texas and the Univ. of j.^edla:;ds (California;, and is the author of 
"El espanolismo de Flgax^o", IjisuJ.a (l-.adrjd, July-August, 1962). fliss 
van dor Naald, from Holland, receivea a B.A. degree in 1965 from 
Carleton Univ., Ottawa, Cai.ada, 

A V.'oodrow V.'ilson Fellowship is hold by Mr. Steven R. S.,iith, who has 
a B.A. degree (1963) from Cklahoma State Univ. 

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Miss Maria Carlota Figueiredo Pinheiro, from 'Ai.o de JaneiJ'o, Brazil, 
is teEcliing Portuguese as an Assistant, aad is, in addition, -the re- 
cipient of the Illinois Federation of .omen's Clubs Scliolarsaip for 
1963-1961, She holus 3. a, ard ^'.^l. degrees from, respectively, Catho- 
lic Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (1058) and Columbia Univ. (1063), and has 
extensive service in her nativ;? country as a secondary school teacher 
of Latin and Romance Languages. She studied in Italy in 1950 under a 
scholarship from the Internt^tional Univ. of Social Studies, at the 
Univ. of Loiidon in 1959-1960 uader a scholai'ship from the British Coun- 
cil, and in 19o2-1963 held a State Dept. scholarship for her studies 
at Colui.bia Univ. 

Two new Univ. of 111. graduate students are studying under NDEA , Title 
VI fellowships: NJrs. Celesta J. In. Sant'ers, and i''>r. George W. V.'oodyard, 
Ilrs. Sanders received an M.S. degree in 1956 from Indiana Univ. t^r. 
V.oouyard has a B.S. from Eastern Illinois Univ. (1954) and an M.A, from 
New I^Iexico State Univ. (1955). He has six yetirs teaching experience, 
and has traveled in fiexico and the Caribbean, including a year and a 
half of residence in Puerto Rico. 

Kr, R. Joe Campbell and Kr, John F. Garganigo, former departmental 
teaching Assistants, continue their graduate studies under NDiiA, Title 
VI Fellowships, as do, under NDEA, Title IV Fellowships, Miss Virginia 
C, Burbridge, Mr, Robert Z, Calvin, and lir. F. Blair i.ilcox. 

Fourteen new Assistants joined the Oept. this semester, most of whom 
are teaching Spanish. Mr. I?ay E. Bittle, who received a B.A. degree ■ 
from Principia College (iLlsah, 111.) in 1962, taught in the Caston 
Indiana Scnool District before comirj to the Univ. of 111. He spent • 
the summers of 1959 and 1963 in Mexico, studying during the fori.ier at 
the Universidad Nacional in Mexicc City. Mr. German D. Carrillo, from 
Bogota, Colombia, holds degrees from the Univ. de Colombia and the 
Institute Caro y Cuervo (Bogota). He taught in 1962 at the Univ. de 
Los Andes, and in 1962-1963 at the Univ. of Rochester, New York, 

Mr. Alan Garfinkel received a B.A. in February, 1962, from the Univ. 
of 111. He studied during the SMiiimei' of i960 at the Universidad 
Nacional in Mexico City. Hiss Janice T. Geasler holds A.B. and M.A, ; 
degrees from the Univ. of r'.ichigan (1959, 196"), where she was a teach- 
ing Assistant. She studied at the Universidad Nacional in I.exico City 
in the summer of 1958, at the Univ. de Buenos Aires in 1960, at the 
Univ. de San Marcos, Peru, in the suiiimer of 1962, and was in Puerto 
KicQ- during the summer of 1961, Mr. J. Fiiilip Hamilton, who received 
a B.A, in 1958 from Mexico City College, and a B.S. in 1960 from Ohio 
State Univ. , has two j'ears of teaching experience. 

Mr. R. Rolando Kinojosa Smith holds an A.B. from the Univ. of Texas 
(1953) and an A. II. from New Mexico highlands Univ. (1963). He has 
taught in Texas and New Mexico, and has traveled in Puerto iiico, 
Panama, and Mexico. I-iss Sisina ^, Keating, who has an A.B. from 
V.ilson College, Chamborsburg, Pennsylvania (1933), attended, under a 

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Carnegie Corporation Scholarship, tha 1962 summer school sponsored by 
the Univ. of Arizona in Gaadalajara, Mexico, ^iiss M. Jane Killam re- 
ceived a B.rt, in 1963 from the Univ. of Nev.' Hompsiiire. Mr. Errninio 
G. Neglia, from Triggiano, Italy, holds a E.A, from lioosevelt Univ. 
(1963), and has traveled in Colombia. 

J^iss Anne Y. Okada, from '.Vai:neci Kauai, Havaii., received a B.A. in 1959 
from Arizona State Univ. She studied during the sumiiier of 1962, as 
the recipient of a Carnegie Corporrtion Scholarship,' at the summer 
school sponsored by the Univ. of Arizona in Guadalajara, Mexico. Mr. 
Jay Robert Reese, who has a B.A. from the Univ. of I'iissouri (1961), 
taught for two years at Broo'ifield (Mo.) High School, and in 1962 
attended the summer school sponsored by the Univ. of San Francisco in 
Guadalajara, Mexico. Krs. Lynette Hubbard Seator did her undergraduate 
work at western Illinois Univ. Miss Rax'bara L. Taylor, v.ho studied 
at the Univ. of Madrid under a junior-year jorogram, received a B.A. 
degree in 1963 from Jamestown College (K. Dakota). 

I talian Club . The Italian Club, under the direction of ^;iss Valeria 
Sestieri, began its activities for the first semester with a Folksong 
Meeting on October 23. Officers of the Club for 1983-1964 are: Presi- 
dent, Miss Judy Stefanovic; Vice-President, Miss Susan Eakins; Treas- 
urer, Mr. Alfred Levinson; Secietary, Mrs. Marlyn Rinehart. 

The following coffee hours are being held every Friday afternoon at 
3:30, in the Illini Union: Italian (Gothic Room); Portuguese (Federal 
Room); Spanish (Federal Room). 

La Juventud de America Latina , a series of four color filmstrips with 
taped narration and study booklet has been released by otudyscopes 
Productions, 10554 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles 25, California, 
These filmstrips were reviewed in t'-e Se;jtember, 1932, issue of Hispania . 
Also available is the series Living in Mexi c o Toda y (either tape or 
record narration, seven filmstrips), and a collection of Walt Disney 
children's books in Spanish. 

The University of Illinois I«.odern For^-'ign Langua2;e N cs letter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor J.H.D. Allen, Acting Head, Tiie Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Mrs. Carol Plackbuin. All communications should 
be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, 
Urbana, Illinois. 

Modern Foreign Language 


Vol. XVII. No. 3 

December, 1963 

Felices Pascuas 

Feliz Natal 

Buon Natal e 

Joyeux Noel 













Frohliche Weihnachten 

C Posc;i;ecTBOM Xpkctobum 

IKLTA ^2:ETING. The annual meeting of the Illinois Modern Language 
Teachers Association was held at Chicago Teachers College North, on 
November 2, 1963. If-XTA President Robert de Vette (i'.'heaton College) 
conducted the morning business meeting, the following notes of which 
were taken from minutes prepared by fir. Turrell S. Lavering (Evanston 
Twp. H.S.), Secretary for 1962-1963. 

Miss Vera Peacock (Southern 111. Univ.), Chairman of the Nominating 
Committee, presented Mrs. Barbara Griesser (Sterling Twp. H.S.) and 
Miss Elna Jeffries (Knox College), who were unanimously elected as, 
respectively, Secretary and Treasurer for the years 1964-1965. 

As requested by the Executive Council, authorization was granted for 
the establishment of a committee to work with the State Teacher Certi- 
fication Board.. This committee, in conjunction with the state office 
representatives of foreign language, would offer it^ services by im- 
plementing II^jLTA recommendations to the certification board. 

Kiss Violet Bergquist (iLvanston Tvirp. H.S.), Representative to the Cur- 
riculum Council of the state of Illinois, reported that there were 
sixty members on the Council, including the Superintendent of Instruc- 
tion for the state of Illinois. The Curriculur.i Council meets twice 
yearly and reviews state curriculum projects and workshops. 

Miss Bergquist then addressed the group as Regional Representative for 
the Department of Foreign Languages of the National Education Associa- 
tion, urging IMLTA members to join this organization. Those interested 
must belong to NEA. ^dss Bergquist stressed the fact that the Depart- 
ment. of Foreign Languages of NEA includes teachers of classical as well 
as modern languages and reaches teachers at the I^XjSS, secondary, and 
university levels. Dues are iS.OO, and at present there are about 1000 



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Follov/ing lunch, sectional meetin{5s were conducted in French, Gerrjan, 
Italian, Spanish and Slavic languages. Reports of the various meetings 
have been submitted as indicated « 

French . The first spealier M. Rene Allev/aert, French Cultural At- 
tache in Chicago, who discussed tue changes occurring in the education- 
al system of modern France. f-«. Allewaert emphasized the political, 
social and economic factors which are forcing France to re-evaluate her 
role in the academic, cultural, and business .vorld. France will have 
to prepai^e her young people to fit into the technical and industrial 
nation of 1975, as well as to educate them to share their culture and 
learning with other less developed countries » France irust plan now 
ho;v to cope with the future problem of teaching eleven million students 
or one quarter of the national population. 

K. Jean Borie (North'.vesteru Univ.) presented a talk on French author 
Raymond Quer^eau under the title "Le I^enouveau Litteraire". In discuss- 
ing the life and career of JXieneau, M. Borie showed hov. ti^is literally 
figure combatted the boredom of post-war France by studying "Ic fran- 
^aas litteraire" and "le fran^ais parle", even creating a mare popular 
"langagc", le^ chinouk, 

Mr, Edwin Cudecki (Wendell Phillips II. S„) and Miss Bonnie Relli (a stu- 
dent at liundelein College) told of their experiences last simimer in 
Tours and Grenoble. Both were students in France, attending, respect- 
ively, an advanced JCDEA Institute, ana a French university. They re- 
lated their experiences with French life and people, stressing how 
patient one must be in strange surroundings, and how long it takes to 

— Suzanne Van den Broeck (Barat College) 

German. The German meeting was conducted by Mrs. Elizabeth Teiclimann 
(Univ. of 111., Kavy Pier), President of the Chicago AATG chapter. The 
first speaker was Dr. Peter Lutz Lehmenn (Northwestern Univ.) who, in 
his talk "Die pi'dagogischen Elemente im V.erke Stefan Georgs", pointed 
out the greater interest in this writer in countries outside Germany, 
notably Holland, England and Italy, where several definitive studies 
of Georg's poetry have been published. Dr. Lehmann compared Georg with 
Schiller in their cor.r.ion love of classical Greece and the classical 
form. Georg spoke in nis poetry only for t^ie chosen fev.-, hence the de- 
liberate refinement and sometimes obscure symbolism of his language. 

Dr. S.S. Prawer of tlie Univ. of Bii^mingham, England, currently V^isiting 
Professor at the Univ. of Chicago, spoke on "Brecht and the Problem of 
'Alienation'". Dr. Frauer defined alienation as tne perversion of 
man's good to evil, or his alienation from his own best self. In the 
theater of Brecht, Verfreii:dung manifests itself in several ways: an 
epical construction; stylized settings and acting (complete rejection 
of the Stanislavskian method); a depiction of the human being critically, 
not empatnetically. 

Participating in a panel discussion on the language laboratory were: 
Mr. David Bathrick (Univ. of Chicago Laboi'atory School), llrs. Rosemary 

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Beil (Niles Twp. H.5., Uest), Kr. Harold Grothen (Elmwood Park U.S.), 
llr. Don lodice (Hinsdale H.S.)^ Mrs. Marion D. Schultz (Glenbrook U.S., 
South), MrSe Ellen Ziminexman (Uest Leyden Twp. H.S,), The panel mem- 
bers described their varying language laboratories, the amount of time 
spent each week in the laboratory, reading and granuiiar materials used, 
and the general objectives of their respective courses, 

Kr, '.larren Born (Maine Twp, U.S., East), Contest Chairman of the AATG, 
announced that the Natione^l Qeiman Contest for high school students 
will be held April 1-11, 19G4. Each student participating this year 
will be charged twenty-f ivu cents to cover increased costs of printing 
the exams <> 

— Rosemary Lapertosa (Thornton Tv.p, H.;b.) 

Italia n- Kr. T'ario Scialoja, Italian Vice Consul in Chicago, told 
those attending the Italian meeting that the consulate office supports 
the effort to further teaciiing of ^talian, aiid will he'p in any way it 
can. Any Italian teaclier who wishes information should contact the 
consulEte office in Chicago. 

Mrs. Lucia Stefani (Roosevelt Univ.), in her ''Conferensa sopra Guido 
GozzciHo", gave an analysis of Gozz«no's poetry, pointing out recuiring 
figures of speech anc'. images. She concludec her remarks by saying that 
she does not consider Gozzano a great poet because his poetry is too 
personal and does not deal with universal human experience. 

Miss Valeria Sestieri (Univ. of 111.) fce:|an her "Conferenza sopra il 
premie Stre^ia 1965: Ginzburg, Lessico f<'^isii8^'£" » t>y explaining the 
importance of tiie nrcmio Strega in Italy, and sao'.'.ed its developiiient 
since begun in 1947. She then spoke about Natalia Ginzburg, giving 
some cf the history of the Gin^burg family and justifying the choice of 
the Lessico ij*£ljsli£il£ -or the 1963 awerd. ^.iss Sestieri poncluded 
that although the book is written about a particular feuniiy, the Ginz- 
burgs, it has a certain universal appeal. The Ginzburg family is not 
unique, she contended, to hj^ve a "family vocabulary", and the names and 
places mentioned in the book are familiar to any Italian, 

Kr. Franlv Ni;ccareto (J. Sterling Ivorton Jr. College) told of "The De- 
velopment of t..e Italian Program at DePaul University", now in its 
second year. The program iiic ludes an hour of instruction in the Italian 
language and a lecture on some aspect of Italian culture each week. 
The program is sponsored by the Joint Civic Leagi.:e of Italian-Americans 
of Chicago, anci this year offers a free tiip to Italy for the winner 
of a drawing to be held in the spring, for which only taose having per- 
fect attendance may qualify, Lnthusiasrn is great and the number of 
participants has increased over that of last ye:ir. 

Newly-electad officers fur tlie coming year are: Chairman, I'ir,, Vittorio 
Rajnieri (Central YKCa Jr. College, Cnicago); Secretary, ^;iss Eileen 
Riccomi (J. Sterling Morton lS,, East), 

— Eileen Riccomi (J. Sterling Morton 
U.S., East) 


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Slavic . The Slavic meeting was attended by thirty-five persons, a 
fifty percent increase over last year. Five papers were read. Prof. 
Norriian Luxenbui'g (111. State Normal Univ.) took "Another Look at Bunin", 
and sought to explain the writer's liniited popularity in the '.Vest, even 
after his 1933 Nobel Prize, by the unrelieved moodiness of his writings 
and the passivity of his characters, which are drawn for the most part 
with no psychological depths Prof, Luxenburg contrasted Bunin 's uni- 
diraensional handling of his fictional characters with his skillful use 
of biographical detail in depicting his contemporaries. 

Prof. Kurt Klein (Univ. of 111.) presented a paper on "ilecent Soviet 
Discussion on iieform of Russian Orthography". In an article in Izvesti.ja 
(March 24, 1962) A.Io lifimov complained that eloquence in the schools 
was being stifled by the necessity of learning spelling rules, such as 
where to write a "soft si^n" which does not indicate softening, or a 
double consonant where only one is heard, and which prepositional phrases 
are written with a space. Ilost authorities oppose a radical departure 
from the prevailing morphemic principle of Russian spelling toward the 
phonetic principle; yet the spirited, often impatient, response to 
Efimov's article from teachers, and the subsequent naming of the Nation- 
al Committee on Orthography in November, 1962, may eventually result in 
the first substantial reform of Russian spelling since 1917-1918. 

Prof. Tatjana Cizevska (Univ. of 111.) presented a "Report on the 5th 
International Congress of Slavists in Sofia". IJiss Cizevska spoke 
briefly on her stimulating expei^ience among the thousand leading figures 
in Slavic philology and on some of the difficulties which made the con- 
gress at times amusingly hectic. (See further under Russian Notes, 
this issue ) . 

Prof. Constantin D. Uszynski (Univ. of 111. ) spoke on "The Russian Con- 
tribution to Existentialism". Russian philosophy, lacking an estab- 
lished academic tradition of its own, has alv.ays had an existential 
orientation. The same is true of Russian literature, with its concern 
for the individual, seen most clearly perl.aps in Dostoevski. Frof. 
Uszynski concluded with a discussion of the thought of Berdyaev, 



Mr. D, Stanley Koci-c; (."icli T.vp. li.i.; -^ave a "::eport on tl.o SuiVu.icr 
1963 Teachers' Exchange Program in Moscow", which he attended together 
with Mr. Gustave Carlson (Maine Tivp. h.S.), Miss Ann Janda (Loyola j 
Univ.), Mr. Kenneth Cber (111. State Noxsnal Univ.), Mr. Marion J. Keis 
(Oak Park-River Forest U.S.), and Mr. Thonias Tucker (Proviso East H.S.). 
At the ten-week seminar, held last sumrner at Moscow Univ., twenty-five 
teachers heard lectures for six hours daily and a iialf day on Saturday 
on Russian culture and on teacliing tecnniques, then splitting up into 
smaller groups for intensive 'anguage drill. The program is being con- 
tinued. Information is available from: Kr. Robert L. Beiker, 921 At- 
water Ave., Indiana Univ., Bloomington, Indiana. 

At the business meeting. Prof. Norman Lu::enburg was elected Chairman 
for the next year, and Mr. Marion J. Reis, Secretary, 

—Frank Y. Gladney (Univ. of 111.) 


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Spanish. At the Spanish meeting, the following officers were elected 
to serve at the 1964 meeting: Chairman - Dr. Daniel P. xecta ('Jniv. 
of 111.); Vice-Chairman - T'Jiss Zleanore Stuchlik (J. Sterling liorton 
Jr. College); Secretary - >ir. Lionel RoiKero (V.oodland H.S.). 

Miss Terese Klinger, Chairman of the 1963 session, announced that the 
Executive Board of the IliLTA would prefer that in the future the Chi- 
cago Area Chapter of the aATSP take over the Spanish sectional meetings. 
Members are urged to give this suggestion serious thought, since it is 
to be voted on. 

Prof. Daniel Cardenas (Univ. of Chicago) presented an analysis of the 
Spanish reflexive structures, as opposed to the English non-ref iexive 
structures. He demonstrated the teaching of these structures by allo'.v- 
ing the group to participate in a variety of pattern diills* 

Prof. Bernardo Bianco-Gonzalez (Univ. of Chicago) presented insights 
into the mood, spirit and language of the poetry of Leopoido Lugones, 
Juan Ramon Jimenez, and Julio Herrera y Reissig. 

Through narration and slides, Iir. Harry E. Babbitt (Rich Twp. H.S.) 
shared with the gz^oup his nostalgic pilgrimage to Santiago. 

— Kleanore Stuchlik (J. Steiling Norton 
Jr. College) 

THE DGV.NST^^TZ ILLINOIS National Spanish Examinations are scheduled for 
March 28 to npril 11, 1964. The coni,jleted e^ams must be sent to Mr. 
Travis Pooie, Contest Chairman, no later than Apiil 13. A fee of 25^ 
per participant is being charged this year, to allow for cash prize 
awards. Itigh school teac. ers may obtain the extuninations after January 
1 from: Kr. Travis ioole, tidison Jr. H.3., 306 V.est Green, Champaign, 

The National Office per;;:its high schools to administer the examinations, 
but to do so they must be membi-rs of the /i.iTSP and the Illinois state 
chapter. A list of the examination certers will be given in the Janu- 
ary Newsletter. 

MLA MiLii^TING. The annual meeting of the Modern Language Association 
will be held December 27-29 at the Palmer House, in Chicago. 

Several members of the modern language departments at the Univ. of 111. 
have active parts in the program. Prof. Claude Abraham of the Dept. of 
French is a member of the Bibliography Committee for FVenc h 3 . Prof. 
Frank G. Banta, Chairman of the Dept. of German, will i^reseat a paper 
on "Gothic Reflexes of Proto-1.3. Syllnbic Liquids and Nasals" in Ger- 
man 1 . F'rom the same department, Prof. John H. Frey is a niensber of the 
Bibliography and Research Comiuittees for Comparative Literature 6; 

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Prof. Philip }■]. Mitchell is a member of the Advisory and Nominatirtg 
Committee for Scandina vian 1; and Prof. lirnst A. Philippson, a member 
of the Advisory and Nominating Committee for Germ an JL. Prof. Rado 
Lencek, Dept. of Russian, v.'ill present a paper on "The Vanishing Gram- 
matical Categories in Conteiiiporary Slovene" in S lavi c 2. Representing 
the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese are: Prof. J.H.D. Allen 
(Committee on Teaching and Research Cuiricula, Comparativ e Rorna n ce Lin - 
guistics ) ; Prof. Jaires 0. Crosby (Advisory and Nominating Committee, 
Spanish 2 ); Prof. Merlin K. Forster (Bibliography Comir.ittee, Spani s h 6 , 
jointly with Spanish 7 ) ; Prof, Kenry Kahane ("The Secrets of tixe Grail", 
a paper for the Medieval Int erdepar tmental Sectio n; Committee on Teach- 
ing and Research Curricula, Compar a tiv e R omance L ingui s tics ); Prof. 
Luis Leal (Chairman, Spanis h 7; Advisory and Nominating Committee, 
Spanish 7 ); and, in abse ntia. Prof. William 11. Shoemaker (Secretary, 
Spanish 5 ). 

Others on the program from the state of Illinois are: Dr. Frieda 
Brown, Univ. of Chicago ( "Inter-iielations Between the Political Ideas 
of Ronsard and Montaigne", a paper for French 2 ) ; Prof. Daniel N. Car- 
denas, Univ. of Chicago (Advisory and Wominating Committee, Spanish 1 ) ; 
Prof. Boyd G. Carter, Southern 111. Univ. (Advisory and Nominating Com- 
mittee, Spanish 7 ) ; Prof, John Corominas, Univ. of Chicago (Bibliogra- 
phy and Research Conmittee, Ccnip arative Romance Linguistics ); Prof. 
Richard Sllmann, Northwestern Univ. (r'.ember of the Sxecutive Council; 
Chairiiian, Advisory and Nominating Committee, Compai^ative Literature 5 ); 
Prof. Joseph G. Fucilla, Korthv/estern Univ. (Chairman, Comparative 
Literr.ture 4 ; Advisory and IJominating Committee, Comparative Literature 
4); Prof. Jean H, Ilagstrum, Northv.estern Univ w (advisory and Nominating 
Committee, General Topics 9 ); Prof. J.K. Leslie, Northwestern Univ. 
(Advisory and Nominating Committee, Spa ni sh 5 ); Prof. Helmut Liedloff, 
Southern 111. Univ. (Bibliography Co«amittee, Gene ral Topics 6 ); Prof. 
Charles M, Lombard, Chicago City College (Bibliography Committee, French 
6); Prof. Hugh McLean, Univ. of Chicago (Chairman, Slavic 1 ; Advisory 
and Nominating Committee, Slavic 1); Prof. Bruce A. Morrissette, Univ. 
of Chicago (^ieraber of the Executive Council; Chairman, French 7 ; Advi- 
sory and Nominating Committee, French 7 ) ; Prof. I^ouis R. Rossi, North- 
western Univ. (Chairman, Ita li an 2 ; ^^dvisory and Nominating Committee, 
It alian 2 ) ; Prof. Peter ^^udy, NortLv.estern Univ. (Advisory and Nomina- 
ting Committee, Slav ic 1 ); Prof. James H. Sledd, Northwestern Univ. 
(Advisory and Nominating Committee, Gen eral To-jics 4 ); Prof. Norman 
Specter, Univ. of Chicago (Chairman, Advisory and Nominating Committee, 
Romance Section ; Advisory and Nominating Coiimittee , French 2 ) ; Prof. 
V.'illiam T, Starr, Northv.estern Univ. (Bibliography and Research Com- 
mittee, French 7 ; Chairman, Bibliography Committee, French 6 ; Advisory 
and Nominating Committee, '^renc h 6 ; Biblio^jraphy Co^iJmittee, General 
Topics 2 ); Prof. S.II. Tave, Univ. of Chicago (Bibliography Committee, 
General Topics 2 ); Prof. Edwin S. Urbanski , l.estern 111. Univ. ( "Algunos 
problemas culturales do EspaAa vistos por Marias, de Torre y Gironella", 
a paper for Spanish 5 ) ; Prof, ^dwin J. V.'ebbcr, Northwestern Univ. 
(Chairman, Advisory and Nominating Committee, Spanis h 1 ) ; Prof. Bernard 
'Weinberg, Univ. of Chicago (First Vice President for 1963; Chairman, 
General Meeting, Foreign Lan;i,'ia^e Program). 

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Kany of the AATs are holding annual '.neetings in Chicago in conjunction 
with the i»iLA meeting: AATF, Dec. 28-50, FaLner House; AATG, Dec. 27- 
30, Morrison Hotel; AATI , Dec. 27-28, Palmer House; AATSECL, Dec. 27- 
29, yorrison Motel; AATSP- Dec. 23-30, LaSalle Hotel. 

Several people from the state of Illinois have active paz^ts in the AAT 
meetings. At the Dec. 30 general meeting of the AATF, Mrs. f.'argaret 
Ve'ood (Park Forest) and f-iiss Virginia Gramer (Hinsdale) will present the 
Report of the FT ES Conunittee of tlie AATF. Prof. Joseph G. Fucilla 
(Northwestern Univ. ) will present the Report of the AATI Coimr.ittee on 
the Teaciiing of Italian at the Dec 28 AATI Open Meeting o At the 
AATSP meeting, the address of welccrae will be given by Dr. Albert Tur- 
ner, President of the Chicago Area Chapter, and Prof. Daniel N. Cardenas 
(Univ. of Chicago) will be chairman for the Dec. 29 Language and Lin- 
guistics Session. Representing Illinois at the AATSii^EL meeting are: 
Prof, iv'ayne D. Fisher, Lhiiv. of C.iiccgo (Chairman, High School Metho- 
c^ology Section, r»ec^ 27: "The Overlap ^'ethcd of Teaching Russian", 
College >etho':ology Section, Dec. 27); Prof. Teniira Pachmuss, Univ. of 
111. ("Leonid Andreev as Seen by 13in:^ida Gippius", Literature Section, 
Dec, 29); Mr. V.alter Zuko.vski, Kev. Trier Twp. H.So ("Teaching High 
School Chinese witi\ i-.ussian as the Leaguage of Instruction", Kigh 
School Nethodolcgy Section, Dae. 27); Mr. Arthur Dedinsky and Tliss 
Phyllis Price, both from Thornton Fractional H.3., South, and Mr. John 
^cCardle, University U.S., Univ, of Chicago ('The Preparation of High 
School Teachers of Russian: Impressions of Three Beginners", High 
School r-iethodology Section, Dec. 27). 

The Linguistic Society of A:ierica vlll hold its annual meeting in Chi- 
cago on Dec. 28-30, at the I'Otel Knickerbocker. At the Fifth Session 
on Dec. 29, Prof. Robeit 3. Lees (Univ. of 111.), with Prof. Charles 
J. Fillmore (Ohio State Univ.), will present a paper entitled "On Con- 
junction ana Subjn.nction in English Nouns". Mr. Lario Saltarelli, 
Univ. of Illo, will pi'esent a paper on "Stress or Leiigth? Phonological 
Primacy in liodern Italian", at the i^ighth Session on Eiec . 30. A paper 
on "The Danger of Flace-Names for History", by Prof. Eric P. Hamp 
(Univ. of Chicago) is scheduled for the Dec. 28 First Session. 

FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

The first French reactions to the death of President John F. Kennedy 
are coming in via letters, conversations, and the French Press. France 
was stunned and almost as sori'ov.fui as was the United States. The 
Press and the IladiOiiif .usion-TC - evisirn-Fran^aise followed all events 
closely and in detail. Regular television and radio programs were can- 
celled to allow for the special broadcasts. The funeral ceremonies 
were retransmitted "en direct" on television thiough the trans-ntlantic 



By decree of the French Minister of National Education, Prof. Bruce H, 
I»2ainous was recently named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Acade- 

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miques . The presentation of the decoration (an oval of crossed brazKzhes 
of palrn and laurel, violot ribbon) was made on December 2 by M. Jean 
.Beliard, Consul General of France in Chicago, at a well-attended recep- 
tion given by the Dept. of French, in the Illini Union. M. Beliard was 
accompanied by M. Rene Allewaert, Cultural Attache of the French Embassy 
in Chicago. 

During the ceremony, M, Beliard commended Prof. >Jainous for his contri- 
butions to the causa of French culture in this country, as did M. Morot- 
Sir, Chief Cultural Officer of Fi-ance in the U.S., in a letter of con- 
gratulations. Prof. Mainous, a Virginian by birth and a graduate of 
the College of IViliiam and ^!ary, has also studied at Montpellier and at 
the Sorbonne, taught at Niraes, and received his Ph.D. at the Univ. of 
111., where he has been teaching since 1948. In 1956-1957 he served 
as Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A Navy 
officer (Pacific theater) during World V/ar II and now a Commander in 
the Naval Reserve, Prof, ^;ainous is known to many of our colleagues as 
the author of a widely-used textbook of college French, as well as the 
sponsor of several Fi'ench and International clubs and organizations. 

In receiving the decoration, Prof. Mainous pointed out that it reflected 
generally on Amex-ican teachers of French and specifically on the Univ. 
of 111. French Dept., and accepted the medal for all of his colleagues. 

In 1802 Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Legion of Honor. In 1808 was 
issued the definitive decree giving precise form to the Universite , 
defined as a body exclusively charged with public teaching and educa- 
tion throughout the Empire, That was the basis of the French Educa- 
tional System as it exists, essentially, today. Simultaneously, hono- 
rary titles and decorations were created, the Palne s Academiques , which 
in 1955 became an Order. The Palmes honor cultural achievement, and 
are awarded to writers^ artists, professors, and to those foreigners 
or Frenclimen who, living abroad, contribute to the intellectual, scien- 
tific, or artistic expansion of France. 

At a special program of the French Coffee Hour on December 17, a group 
of students presented a recital of French poetry, and two scenes from 
Edmond Rostand's Chantecler, directed by >?me. Ana-^iar£a Sagi » 

GERMAN NOTES - Prepared by Peter K. Jansen 

In almost every country around the world the news of President John F. 
Kennedy's sudden death was received first in shocked disbelief, and 
then with an ever-deepening sense of almost personal bereavement. A 
vivid illustration of this has reached the German Uept. in a letter 
from a correspondent in Munstei , Geimany. We feel that the passage in 
question not only demonstrates the effect produced by the historical 
event of last month on people all over the world, but also shows how 
profoundly his ima^ije and personality had come to be identified with a 
young generation in a young and vi^,orous country. 

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\"e quote the observations of our German friend: "This is indeed a sad 
moment to v/rite» We are all shocked at ',7hat happened in Dallas, V/hen 
I 'valked through the city of Munster this morning I could observe that 
everyboc'.y ivas moved« Last nigl»t a crowd of about 5000, mostly 
young people, were assembled in the City Hall for a performance of jazz 
and light music. The program had just begun when the terrible news was 
announced, liiverybody rose iuimediately and left the hall in silence. 
President Kennedy had many admirers in this country, especially among 
the intellectuals. We are convinced that it will be very difficult to 
fill his place." 

The most recent meeting of the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft , on Novem- 
ber 21, had a "double feature". Prof. FVeni-c G. Banta first spoke on 
"Gothic Reflexes of Proto-Indo-3uropean Syllabic Liquids and Nasals", 
His lecti'ie was followed by Prof. Hairy Go Haile's discussion of "A 
Letter by Georg Phiiinp IL«rsdorxfer to Justus Georg Schottelius", 

The German Dept . takes great pleasure in. announcing that Hans Hennecke, 
well-known Gerruan critic and literary historian, has accepted an offer 
to join the Dept. as guest meinb^jr with the rank of Associate Professor 
during the second semester of the current academic year. Prof. Hennecke, 
who taught Gemian literature as a guest at Indiana Univ, during the 
academic year 1962-1363, will give a course in "IGth Century German 

For the benefit of teachers who may be interested, the German Dept. also 
announces that Profo Ernst A. Phiiippson will again next semester teach 
a seminar on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00, 

The Division of Humanities is sponsoring a lecture by Prof. Helmut 
Motekat, Univ, of tJunich, on "Franz Kafka: The Keality in the Ivorld of 
His Stories", on January 9 at 8:00 P.K., 100 Gregory Hall, The Division 
of Humanities thus continues to collaborate very successfully with the 
Geiman Dept. and its frequent guests from other universities. The most 
recent feature on its program was a lecture on December 11 by our guest 
departmental member Prof. Paul Iloffmaan, Prof. Hoffmann's topic was 
"Humanism in 20th Centux^y Litei^ature: The German Contribution". 

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RUSSIAN NOTES - Prepared by Fi-ank Y. Gladney and Steven P. Hill 

All members of AATSEEL are urged to attend the annual national conven- 
tion (see page 7, this issue). Th6 meeting is composed of the follow- 
ing sections: high school methodology (Friday, 9:30-11:50 A.Ii.), col- 
lege methodology (Fiiday, 1:30-3:JC P.M.), annual baijquet and discussion 
about U.S. slavists in Ivoscow (Saturday, 8:00 P.M.), literature (Sunday, 
9:30-11:30 A.M.), business meeting and linguistics ( Sunday , 1 : 00- 
5:30 P.K. ). 

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Anyone in Illinois who is teaching or studying I?ussian or any other 
East European langi-age, and who is interested in becoming a it ember of 
AATSEEL, should send an application and dues to the secretary of tiio 
Illinois Chapter, Mr, l-iecion J. Reis, Oak Park-River Forest U.S., Oak 
Park, Illinois. The annual membership rate is $7.00 (with a reduced 
amount for full-time studonts), v/hich entitles the member to a year's 
subscription to tiie S lev ic and £s..~t Eu ropea n J ourra 1 , to the Russian 
Comriiittee 's Nev.s letter , and the px-ivilege of attending state and 
national meetings. 

The meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (see page 7, this 
issue) will feature one report of direct interest to slavists: Bor- 
kowski and I.ickleson's contrastive study of Russian and Polish imper- 
sonal sentences (ounday, 7:00 P,M,). 

The tragic death of President Joan F. Kennedy prompted the cancellation 
of talks on Novein?ier L5 by three Goviot writers: Boris Polevoj, dis- 
tinguished war correspondent and novelist; Robert Rozhd^stvenski j , 
young poet and translator; and Aron Vergelis, poet and editor of the 
Yiddish language Soyietische Heiiuland , 

Under the auspices of the Area Center and the History'- Dept,, on Novem- 
ber 14 Prof. Alfred Rieber of Northwestern Univ. presented two talks 
at the Univ. of 111, on art and ;ausic in the USSR, accompanied by sam- 
ples of semi-abstract sculpture and painting by youiig Russians. Prof. 
Rieber defined the tliree Soviet viewpoints of modern art (reactionary, 
advance-guard, and a middle-of-the-road approach tolerating innovation 
within the boundaries of socialist realism). He cited Soviet composers 
who -- particularly during the period of relaxation of artistic con- 
trols (1958-1962) -- have been writing twelve- tone music, and painters 
who are experimenting with impressionism. Prof. Rieber emphasized 
that the goverrjnent 's policy of keeping much Russian advance-guard art 
and music of tlie tvienties under lock t,nd key (in closed areas of rau- 
seuiiis, etc.) is preventing youivg Icussian creators from learning from 
the experience and experimeiits of tiieir predecessors. 

The second spealer at the Slavic Round Table was Prof. Tatjana Cizevska 
who, at tae November '.11 meeting, told of two congresses which she at- 
tended during the pj,st siiiumer. At the Congressus Historicae Slavicae 
in Salzburg, July 12-16, she heard a variety of papers on the ninth 
century mission to Moiavia of the Slavic apostles Cyril and Methodius. 
Ironically, the Congress wa^ oi'gunized in the German-speaking area 
which sent out agents to sunpi-css the mission. 

Moving on to Sofia for tlie 5th International Congress of Slavists, 
Prof. Cizevska preseiited a paper on the lexicon of the Zadonshchina , 
a fourteenth-century liussian epic uith numerous affinities v/ith the 




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outstanding epic of late twelfth-century Russian literature, the Igor * 
Tal e. The 600-year gap in the irannscript tradition of the older work 
has occasioned attacks on its authenticity which, however, have been 
all but crjsiied by the weight of philological evidence in favor of its 
authenticity. Contributing to the evidence, Prof. Cizevska focused on 
the arcnaic vocabul&ry peculiai- to the two works and showed how, for 
example, such mythical naines as Bojan" and Div" are used freshly and 
accurately in the Igor ' T ale , but in the Zadonshchina, in such a way 
as to indicate that the writer was merely borrowing formulas from the 
older epic whicii were no longer meaningful to him. 

SPANISH, ITALIAN, AND PORTliGUiCSS NoTISS - Prepared by Carol Blackburn 

Prof. John '.V. Kronik, who this fall joined the dev^artmental teaching 
staff, was recently appointed advisory editor of Spanish language and 
literature publications of the Appleton-Century-Crofts division of 
Meredith Publishing Company in New York. 

Nineteen undergraduate majors in Spanish at the Univ. of 111. are 
currently engaged in a six-week program of student teaching, as partial 
fulfillment of the requirements for teacher certification. 

Those who are participating in tne program, and the Illinois schools 
in which their practice tejcaing is being done, are: >iiss Rose Ann 
Ardente (J. Sterling r-iorton Vest H^S., Cicero); Miss Carole Balchunas 
(Evergreen Park H.S.); Miss Bonnie Bennett (Lyons Twp. H.S., LaGrange ) ; 
Mrs. Grace L. Bland (Edison Jr. H.S,, Champaign); Miss Roxanna S. Buse 
(Joliet TwT). H.S.); Mrs, Betty Johnson Butler (Rantoul H.S,); Miss 
Penelope Chaloupka (J. Sterling Morton East H.S,, Cicero); Miss Dolores 
Decaroli (Joliet Twp, H.S.); Mrs. Lois M. Diehl (Rich Twp„ H.S., Park 
Forest); Miss Linda C. Ewert (Proviso Twp. West H.S., Maywood); Mrs. 
Eileen S. Kolmes (Edison Jr. H.So, Champaign); Mrs. Gail Cassel McKelvey 
(Urbana Jr. H.S,); Miss Diane I. Neumann (Oak Park-River Forest H.S.); 
Miss Phyllis Pergakes (Jefferson Jr. H,S., U'est Aurora); Miss Martha 
L. Smith (Hinsdale Twp. H.S.); Miss Diane F. Snodgrass (Riverside- 
Brookfield H,S.); Miss Judith iJrban (Rich Twp. H.S., Park Forest); 
Miss Judith L. Williams (Thornton Twp. H.S., Harvey); and Miss Judith 
A. Wright (Hinsdale Twp. H„S.). Also doing practice teaching is Miss 
Margaret Martinez (Franklin Jr. H.3., Champaign), a Univ. of 111. grad- 
uate student in Spanish. 

With the exception of Mi.os Balchunas, Mrs. Bland and Mrs. McKelvey, 
who will receive degrees at the end of first semester, all of the above 
undergraduates are scheduled to graduate in June. 

At the November 20 meeting of the Italian Club, Miss Valeria Sestieri 
presented a commentary on "The Lessico Famigliarc of Natalia Ginzburg". 

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"La rresa reclonda espanola", an infoi'i.ial literary discussion group, 
was instituted this fall under the co-direction of Professors Luis Leal 
and Karcos A. Morinigo. Monthly meetings of the group afford depart- 
mental graduate students and faculty menbers an opportunity to examine, 
on- an informal basis, topics of mutual literary interest. 

Spanis h Club. The November 20 meeting of the Spanish Club was devoted 
to "La Expresion Poetica a traves del Rorsance", v»ith commentary and 
readings by Mr. Victor N. Baptiste, Ar. German D. Carrillo, IWr. R. 
Rolando Hinojosa Smith, and Miss Florence L. Yudin. Also featured on 
the prograiii were Dr. S.'.V. Baldwin aad Mr. Larry Crowley, who presented 
guitar and vocal selections. 

The annual Christi.;as party sponsored by the Club was held on December 
11. Tne program incl'-.ded Chrlstni&s c^^rols, dances and songs of Spanish- 
speaking countries, and a pi nat a, followed by refreshments and general 


One of the Spanish Club's most ambitious activities for this semester 
is the sponsorship of the film "Fedra", to be presented on Thursday, 
January 9 at 7:30 P.M. in 112 Gregory Hall. This modern Spanish ver- 
sion of Seneca's tragedy, presented with Spanish dialogue and English 
subtitles, features Emma PeneJla, winner of Spain's "Best Actress" 
award, together with Snrr que Diosdedo, V^icente Parra, Manuel de Juan, 
and Forfiria Sancnez. Admission is 50^'. 

The Spanish Ciub welcomes the attendance of high scnool teachers and 
their classes at the showing of this film. Those groups which plan to 
attend are ask^d to give prior notice to Mr. Jack R. V.'illey, 224 Lin- 
coln Hcill, Univ. of 111.-, Urtana, Illinois, 

ALFRED S. FiAY^S • authoritative book on language laboratory specifica- 
tions is now available: Language Laboratory F'acili ties, OE-21024, Bul- 
letin 1963, No. 37. Copies are available at 50ji each from: Superin- 
tendent of Documents, U.S. Printing Office, Washington 25, D.C, 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsle tter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern lani^'iage departments of the University of 
Illinois under tlie direction of the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Pi^ofessor J.H.D. Allen, Acting Head. The Newsl e tter is 
available v.rithout charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Mrs. Caioi Blaclburn. All communications should 
be addressed to the Editor, 221 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, 
Urbana, Illinois. 

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Modern Foreign Language ^^l\lf)ta 


Vol, XVII . N Oo 4 Janua ry, 1964 

NDEA INSTITUTi::S. The National Defense Education :.ct Institutes for 
the summer of 1964 have been announced as follows. Requests for fur- 
ther information and application forms luay be outainod by writing to 
the Director of the NDSA Institute at the respective institutions, 
and not to the U^^S^ Off j ce of ;^'-i£^ati_on. The deadline foi- applica- 
tions is March 1, 1964. 

Four Institutes are scheduled for the state of Illinois: 

Knox Co llege ., Galesburg. 7 weeks, June 15-July 31: Secondary School 
Teachers of Spanish, 40 participants. Prof. Sherman \i , brown. 

Loyola University and .ju ndelein Coll ege, Chicago. 6 weeks, July 1- 
August 12: Secondary School Teachers of French, 50 participants. 
Sister K. St. Irene. .. ■ 

N o rthwe s t ern University, Evanston. 7 weeks, June 17-August 4: Secon- 
dary School Teacaers of Russian, 42 pai'ticipants . Prof. Henry M. 
Nebel, Jr. 

Sou thern 111^ University, Carbondale. 7 iveeks, June 22-August 7: 
Secondary School Teachers of German, 40 partici^jants . Frof. ilelmut 
Liedloff . 

Other Institutes to be held throughout the country are: Chinese - 
San Francisco St. Coll.; French - -".ppalachian St. Teach. Coll. (Boone, 
N.C.), Assumption Coll. (uorcester, Mass.), Atlanta U, 3ucknell U 
(Lewisburg, Pa.), Central Conn. St. Coll. (New Britain), Coe Coll. 
(Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Colgate U (namiii.o^i, N.Y.), Coll. of lit. St, 
Joseph on-the-Ohio, Coll. of St. Teresa (Uinoua, Minn.), Colorado St. 
U, Fla. St. U, Goucher Coll. (Towson, Ky.), Momii ton Coll. (Clinton, 
N.Y.), lona Coll. (New I^ochelle, N.Y.), Ks . St. Tench. Coll. (liinporia), 
Montana Sti U, N. Carolina Coll. at Durham, Ohio St. U, Pa. St. U, 
Purdue U, Kutgers-The St. U, St. Ansolra's Coll. (Manchester, N.H.), 
St. Lawrence U (Canton, N.Y.), Stillman Coll. (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Tex. 
Southern U, U of Ky., U of liaine, U of Nev., U of Motre Dame, U of 
Okla., U of Pittsburgh, U of Tenn. , U of Vt., Utah St. U, I.ells Coll. 
(Aurora, N.Y.), '..'est Va. U, uoman's Coli, of Ga. (Milledgeville ) ; 
German - Albright Coil. (Reading, Fa.), Hofstrs Coll. (Hempstead, N.Y.), 
Montana St. Coll., Princeton .U, U of Colorado, U of liinn., U of l.ash. , 
U of ..isc; Italia n - Central Conn. St. Coll. (New Britain); liussian - 
Dartmouth Coll.; Spcinish - Appalachian St. Teach. Coll. (Eoone, 
N.C.), Bucknell U (Lewisburg, Pa.), Chapman Coll. (Orange, Calif.), 
Colgate U (Hamilton, N.Y.), Gannon Coll. (Erie, Pa.), lona Coll. (New 
Rochelle, N.Y.), Kalamazoo Coll., Kent St. U, Ohio St. U, Our Lady of 
the Lake Coll. (San Antonio, Tex.), Pace Coll. (N.Y. City), Ponoma 
Coll. (Claremont, Calif.), Purdue U, .ace U, Rutgers-The St. U, Sacra- 

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itiento St. Coll,, San Jose St. Coll., Sonoma St. Coll. (Cotati, Calif.), 
Tex. Southern U, U of Fla., U of Idaho, U of I^iinn. , U of Kew Harap. , 
U of Oklahoira, U of Pittsburgh, U of Fuget Sound, U of Southern Calif., 
U of Tenn., U of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.), U of .isc. , Utah St. 
U, Vanderbilt U [native speakers only], West Va. U, Vt/oman's Coll. of 
Ga. (Milledgeville)o 

Institutes Abroad, for which successful completion of a previous Sum- 
mer Institute in the same langtiage is a prerequisite, are - Chinese : 
San Francisco St. Coll., to be held in Taipei, Taiwan; French: Coll. 
of St. Catherine (St. Paul, Minn.), held in Mennes, France; U of 
Mass., hold in ^ircachon, France; U of Oregon, held in Tours, France; 
German : Stanford U, held in Bad Boll, Germany; I^ ussian : Indiana U, 
held at Indiana U and in the Soviet Union; S an ish : Bradley U (Peo- 
ria, 111.), held in San Miguel de Allende, Nex. ; Texas Tech» Coll. 
(Lubbock), held in Tuciunan, Argentina; U of .^rizona, held in Guadala- 
jara, Mex. ; U of New Mex. , held in iuito, Ecuador; U of Wichita (lis,), 
held at U of IVichita and in Puebla, Mex, 

Academic Year Institutes for 1964-1965 are scheduled for: Indiana U 
(Russian); U of Colorado (German); and U of New Ilex, (Spanish). Per- 
sons '.vho have pi^eviously completed an NDEA Institute are not eligible 
for admission to these Academic Year Institutes. 

AATG. The annual spring meeting of the Southern Illinois Chapter 
of the American Association of Teachers of Gerisian, to be held at 
Eastern Illinois Univ, , has been scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 

HISTORIC DECISION. Prof. Ephraim Cross of CCNY has won the first 
round in his battle to have foreign ti^avel expenses deductible from 
income taxes as essential to the of his skills as a 
foreign-language teacher. The action began in 1935 when Prof. Cross 
deducted from his 1954 tax return the expenses tnat he had incurred • 
in summer travel in Portugal, France, Morocco, Algeria, and Italy, 
The Internal Revenue Service disalio-ed the deduction, which amounted 
to ^519. Frof. Cross in 1901 sued the Govern/i-ent in Federal Court to 
recover the refund, and on October 9, 19C3, Federal Judge Inzer B. 
VVyatt granted a sumn.ary judgement and a y519 refund to Prof. Cross. 
In his opinion, the judge quoted the statistics that the MLA gathered 
to support the suit, wnich showed that mo-'e than 1000 foreign-language- 
teaching MLA members go abroad every year. Tne battle is not ended, 
for the Government plans to appeal the case. But since the judgement 
stands until it is reversed, any teacher of a modern foreign language 
who visits countries where this language is spoken may use and quote 
this case as a legal precedent foi' an incoi.iQ-tax deduction of all his 
travel and living expenses. The full text appears in the December 

[Ivory Basement News - October, 1963] 

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GRADUATE SCHOOL FL TESTING pr(CGR(\r:. One of the specialized meetings 
at the December Modern Language Association meeting, of interest to 
teachers of courses in scientific French, Ge>.iiian and Ilussian for Ph.D. 
candidates, was Conference No. 10, at which the new — and controver- 
sial — ETS (Educational Testing Service) Graduate Language Reading 
Examinations were discussed. It was acknowledged by many professors 
at the Conference, and by Mr. Joseph Boyd of iLTS, that these tests 
are far too difficult for the average graduate student witiiout a dic- 
tionary, and that in the future a change will probably be made to al- 
low the use of dictionaries, as urged especially by Prof. Francis J. 
Nock of the Univ. of 111. German Dept . 

These tests are to be offered regularly four ti'^^es yearly (like the 
Graduate Accord Examinations ) , beginning in January, 1964. The tests 
will consist of two 40-minute parts (oiie general, one specialized) in 
any of the three languages, and will cost j6.00 per language. The 
universities adopting the tests (12 have done so already) will admin- 
ister them also to graduate students who are away from their own uni- 
versities. Scoring will be done at Princeton, and transcripts will 
be provided of the results, expressed on a standard scale of M=500 
and $D=-1C0. The 3TS proposes, however, to determination of the 
pass-fail cutoff point to the judgment of each school. 

The Conference closeu with the election of Prof. Francis Nachtmann, 
of the Univ. of 111., as National Chairman of the Conference for 1964. 
A sidelight of significance for Russian teachers I-ir. Boyd's plea 
for more Russian students around the country to take the Russian por- 
tion of the ^TS excims , as only 200 did so last s->ring, and that was 
insufficient to meet even minimal statistical requirements. 

[Steven P. Hill] 

The correct address for Teaching Audials and V'isuals, Inc., publisher 
of "Let's Talk", is: 250 V.est 57th (not 47th} Street, Nev; York 19, 

PROF. VILDRO JUixN L\BvAvTHS, Chairman of the Spanish Dept. at Illinois 
Uesleyan Univ., presented a lecture on October 8, 1963, at the Univ. 
of 111., Navy Pier. His topic was Federico Garcia Lorca and Juan 
Ramon Jimenez,, two poets of whom the lecturer had been a friend. 

Prof. Labarthe has been nained Literary ..dviser of ALA (American Lite - 
rary Accents ) , a bilingual literary magazine published in Washington, 
D.C. The editor of ALA is Dr. ,ielen .Vohl Patterson, poetess and lec- 
turer, who has recently returned from a series of lecture engagements 
on American, Spanish and Latin Amei^ican poets, presented in Spain and 
fourteen Latin American countries. 

Information about AL/i may be obtained from Prof. Labarthe at Illinois 
.'■esleyan Univ., Bloomington. The December issue of the magazine is 
dedicated to Chile and the poetess Gabriela I-.istral, 

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FOSITICNS rtVAILABLi; OVERSEAS. English as a Fcreign Language: .imeri- 
can University of Beirut, Lebanon, starting September, 1954. Assist- 
ant Professor to teach introductory and advanced courses in structural 
linguistics and English language, serve c.s a consultant to English 
language teachers in Freshinan-Sophomore and Intensive English program, 
help plan and carry out graduate program leading to K.^i. in English 
and Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Lin- 
guistics and several years teaching experience, including English to 
foreigners. Also, Instructors to teach Freslunan-Sophoniore English, 
including basic English language skills, study habits, reading speed 
and comprehension, grammar, composition, M.A,, especially in English 
language or English as a foreign language, and experience in teaching 
English to foreign students. Three-year contract, round-trip travel 
and baggage allo-.vances, salary based on training and experience. Send 
detailed resume to: Faculty Recruitment Secretary, Near East College 
Association, 548 Fifth Avenue, New York 38. 

PROF. EDMUND S. URB.»NSKI , V.'estern Illinois Univ., is the author of 
"Nev; Historico-Cultural Aspects of Latin America", published in the 
July, 1963 issue of Cu adernos (Paris). Two additional articles by 
Prof. Urbanski , dealing with the Novel of the J-iexican Revolution, 
were recently featured in the Kexican periodical Corre o. 

During the past surnmer, Prof. Urbanski delivered a series of talks on 
Latin American civilization and customs, to seventy Peace Corps volun- 
teers training at the Univ. of Notre Dame. 

Noted in the Connecticut ?1j News^ Sxchant^e: "All Cheshire High French 
students are chuckling over a recent boner on a ouiz on romanticism. 
One of the students wrote, 'v'ictor Hugo a cooli xn a boy's school'; 
so much for 'chef de I'Ecole i.omantique ' ! " 

INTERNATIONAL CGiiPJiSFONDENCE can be established by writing to: Bureau 
de Correspondance Scolaire, Director, Frai.ces V. Guille, College of 
'iVooster, Ohio; International Friendship league, 40 Mt . Vernon St., 
Boston, ?iass. ( 50j^ fee); Office of Private Cooiieration, U.o. Informa- 
tion Agency, 1776 Pennsylvania Ave., N.v, Washington 25, D.C.; Oficina 
Nacional de Correspondencia Escolar, Director, Harley D, Oberhelman, 
Texas Technological College, Luljbock, Texas; S.T.E.P,, Carl D. Bauer, 
1713 Sherwood Road, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania (German tape exchange); 
The VoiceFondence Club, Noel, V^irginia (tape exchanges; i3.00 member- 
ship); World Tape Pals, Inc., Secretary, Marjorie ^latthews, Box 9211, 
Dallas 15, Texas. 

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THE DOITNST.'TZ ILLINOIS National Spanish Exaninations , scheduled for 
>iarch 28 to April 11, 1964, will be administered at the following 
centers: Augustana College, Rock Island (Mrs. Martha Smick); Cham- 
paign Senior H.S. (>irs. Barbara I'letcher); Galesburg Comm. H.S, (Kr. 
.Villiam Turner); Killsboro Comm. H.S. (J-^irs. Marianne J-icCall); .iuincy 
Senior H.S. (I'liss Dorothy Dodd); ."/estern 111, Univ. (Dr. Grace 
Sproul); Woodland H.S,, Streator (Mr. Lionel Romero). 

Copies of the examinations may be obtained, at a fee of 250 per parti- 
cipant, from: Mr, Travis Poole, Edison Jr. H.S., 306 /vest Green, 
Champaign. Teacners must also notify the proper examination center, 
as listed above, of the total number of students they will have taking 
the examinations, in order that sufficient materials will be available! 

VOCATICNAL OFF0RTUNITI2S, The following list of companies which are 
interested ia foreign language majors was compiled for the Utah FL 
Speake r, by the late H, Darrel Taylor: American airlines (Chicago); 
J.T. Baker Chemical Co. (Phillipsburg, N.J.); Caribbean-Atlantic 
Airlines (Puerto Rico); Colgate-1 almolivc (New York); Deb-Iier Inter- 
national (Detroit); Dewey and Alory Chemical (Cambridge, Mass.); 
Dow Corning Corp. (Midland, I''ich.); International Institute (Mil- 
waukee); Kordite Corp. (New York); LeDriere, Inc. (Detroit); McNeil 
Laboratories (Philadelphia): Pan-..merican V.orld (New York); Parke, 
Davis and Co, (Detroit); Radio Free ;Lurope (New York); Rand McNally 
and Co. (Chicago); Travelers Insurance Co. (Detroit); Vickers, Inc. 
(Milwaukee) . 

MCTHxLR TONGUES. From the U.S. Census of Population, 1960, Table 70, 
come the following data on 26 native languages of foreign-born resi- 
dents of the United States, reported: English, 1,852,992, or 
19.0% of the total foreign born; German, 1,278,772, or 13.1%; Ital- 
ian, 1,226,141, or 12.6%; Spanish, 736,961, or 7.9%; Polish, 581,936, 
or 6.0%; Yiddish, 503,605, or 5.2%; French, 330,220, or 3.4%; Rus- 
sian, 276,834, or 2.8%; Hungarian, 213,114, or 2.2%; Swedish, 211,597 
or 2.2%; Greek, 173,031, or 1.8%; Norwegian, 140,774, or 1.4%; Slo- 
vak, 125,000, or 1.3%; Lutch, 123,613, or 1.3%; Ukrainian, 106,974, 
or 1.1%; Lithuanian, 99,043, or 1.0%; Japanese, G5,027, or 1.0%; 
Czech, 91,711, or 0.9%; Chinese, 89,309, or 0.9%; Serbo-Croatian, 
88,094, or 0.9%; Portuguese, 87,109, or 0.9%; Danish, 79,619, or 
0.8%; Finnish, 53,168, or C.5%; .irabic, 49,908, or 0.5%; Rumanian, 
38,019, or 0.4%; axid Slovenian, 32,103, or 0.5'/o. 

TEACHER EXCKANGC OF. CATUNITIZS. Write U.S. Dept. of Health, Educa- 
tion and V.elfare, U.S. Office of -Education, IVashington 25, D.C. 

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FL BEGKCES. In 1961-1962 there were awarded in the United States, 
8032 bachelor's degrees, 1596 master's degrees, and 261 doctorates 
in foreign languages, divided as follows: Linguistics: 64 jaciielor's, 
1(J3 master's, 33 doctor's; Latin or Classical Greek: 886, 183, 30; 
French: 2950, 452, 53; Italian: 60, 20, 3; Portuguese: 0, 5, O; 
Spanish: 2332, 344, 34; Romance Philology and Literature: 66, 67, 26; 
Gerriian: 1075, 212, 44; Other Germanic Languages: 10, 2, 0; Germanic 
Philology and Literature: 4, 11, 3; Arabic: 0, 3, 0; Chinese: 9, 4, 
0; Hebrew: 42, 6, 1; Kindi-Urdu: 1, 0, O; Japanese: 20, 2, 2; Rus- 
sian: 317, 117, 15; Other Slavic Languages: 17, 1, 1; Other Foreign 
Languages: 199, 62, 16. 

A CHINESE LANGUAGE INJORI'lATION CENTER is being set up by the Foreign 
Langoiage Materials Center of the I'iodern Langiiage Association, ivithin 
its offices at 4 U'ashington Place, New York 3. The new Center, which 
is under the direction of Henry G. Fcnn, former director of the Insti- 
tute of Far Eastern Languages at Yale Univ., will gather all available 
instructional materials for both Chinese and Japanese, will publish 
the Newsletter of the recently-formed Chinese Language Teachers Asso- 
ciation, and will provide consultation on problems connected with 
Chinese language programs. 

FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Your correspondent was unable to attend the IXA meeting. Instead, and 
from a hospital bed, he turned for a few days to a form of popular 
entertainment: Amorican television. A short but concentrated exposure 
to this medium can best be described as "post-operative shock". The 
conclusion is inescapable: if we are to spread the gospel of Culture 
in this country, we must begin by eradicating the "medium". A great . 
pity, as there are, abroad, noteworthy exceptions. 

An entirely different world came alive in some Ai*t programs broadcast 
by WILL-TV. In one series, British critic Sir Kennoth Clark intro- 
duces and analyzes the work of "revolutionary" painters (Brueghel the 
Elder, Caravaggio, etc.) in the modest, umedautic, attachante manner 
which typifies some of the best British scholarship. Another series, 
"Art and Man", is produced and directed by French critic Jean-Ilarie 
Drot, for the Radiodif fusion-Television-PYan^aise, in collaboration 
with the National Educational Television Center and amorican journalist 
Ed Wegman. The first program, "..msterclaru Travel Diary", plunges the 
viewer into Dutch art and life, past and present, interweaving sensi- 
tive photography, intelligent aipraisals, passages from Claudel, i^roust, 
Camus aj'd I-.alraux, imaginative interviews with contemporary Dutch 
paintor. , tculptois, architects and composers, in a remarkably dynamic 
and original fashion. Program Two, on the life and worlds of .indrea 
Mantegna, was somewhat wooden, repetitious and static, yet far from 
uninteresting. We recommend warmly that viewers in the lilLL-TV area 
keep track of this series. 

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The French Club, under the direction of faculty adviser Prof. Claude 
Abraham, was recently reorganized. Its fim is to become strictly an 
undergraduate student activity, with a tight and active membership. 
A successful "houtenanie" (?) has already taken place, thanks to the 
cooperation of Professors Paul Barrette and Stanley Gray, and their 

Prof. C.P, Viens is serving this year as Assistant Dean of the Univ, 
of 111. College of Liberal arts and Sciences, 

The second meeting of the French Journal Club was devoted exclusively 
to the film "Proust, tel que je I'ai connu". Produced by and for the 
3.T.F. (Radiodif fusion-Television-Fran^aise) and first shown on French 
television in January of 1962, this film is one of the "Portrait- 
Souvenir" full length (about two hours) series. The film, the series, 
indeed many other 2TF programs, can make us painfully aware of the 
difference between two kinds of television screens: the screen as an 
eye of knowledge, a window on the world, or the screen as the tracho- 
matous lens of the "idiot box". 

Producer Roger Stephane sensitively combined aspects of the documentaiy 
film and interviews of many people who knew Proust. Reminiscences and 
opinions were carefully edited and interv.oven so as to present a cohe- 
rent whole. By coincidence, the film was shown in Urbana on the 
twenty-fifth anniversary of the V.orld vVar I Armistice Day, now renamed 
Veterans Day, and most of tlie participants in the film were indeed 
veterans of the world of French culture: Fi'an^ois liauriac, J. de 
Lacretelle, Daniel Halevy, Emmanuel 3erl, Philippe Soupault, Simone 
Maurois, G. de Lauris, le Due de Gramont, Jean Cocteau, Mr. and Mrs. 
Paul liorand, and Celeste Albaret, Proust's "gouvernante". In the 
short time since the film was produced, four of these persons have died: 
Halevy, Lauris, Gramont, and Cocteau. The awareness of this, the rau- 
cous whisper of Kauriac, tiie advanced age of the participants, their 
divergences yet their unanimous admiration of Proust's uniqueness — 
summarized well by I.auriac: ".Ivant Proust on faisait du Balzac ou du 
Constant .... Iroust, lui , a voulu redecouvrir un monde ... coinme 
celui de Calzac, son oeuvre est monstrueux. . . . " -- gave the film the 
double nature of eternity and of a tem ps perdu , exactly the tone that 
was necessary. The most touching scenes were the personal ones. 
Celeste Albaret told of the author's demise, which she witnessed. She 
broke down several times, cried a bit, then went on. Froust dictated 
his last lines to Celeste, and we saw the manuscript, with Celeste's 
misspellxngs in iicr neat, tidy hand, and Marcel Proust's last words: 
les mourants. 

* « * * * 

Our friend and former colleague, Raymond Riva, on leave of absence 
from the Univ. of Wisconsin, is currently Visiting Professor at Vander- 
bilt Univ. 

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GERMAN N0T5S - Prepared by Peter K, Jansen 

The big news in the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures at 
the beginning of the new year, ia the announcement of a change in 
leadership. The current Departmental Chairman, Prof. Frank G. Banta, 
asked a year and a half ago to be relieved of his administrative 
duties, in order to devote more time to research and teaching, bUt 
consented to retain the position until a successor should be found. 

Prof. Harry Haile, who joined the departmental faculty last Fall, 
will assume the duties of Chairman, effective second semester. Prof. 
Haile received his Ph.D. from the Univ. of 111. in 1957. . ,'Ie will be 
assisted in the execution of his administrative functions by Prof. 
Francis J. Nock, who will replace Mr. Peter K, Jansen as Executive 

The entire Department, in assuring Professors Haile and Nock of its 
confidence in their ability to carry out their respective functions, 
also takes this opportunity to. express sincere gratitude to Prof. 
Bknta for years of able leadership, unfailing loyalty, and untiring • 
service, often at the cost of personal sacrifice. 

Dr. Ruth Lorbe's numerous friends among the students and facultj*^ of 
the Univ. of 111. will be delighted to learn that she will rejoin the 
German Dept. in the Fall of 1964. Dr. Lorbe, who taught German as an 
Instructor in the Dept. from 1960 to 1962, and '.vho is currently teach- 
ing at a Gymnasium in her native Nuremberg, Germany, will return to 
the Univ. of 111. with the rani? of Associate Professor. 

Prof. Philip K.~ Mitchell is the co-author, with Mrs. Ellen K. Buley, 
of "Zur iVidmung von 'Karia Kagdalena' : Zwei Briefe Kebbels", in 
Zcitschrift fur deutsche Philologie , LXXXII (l963), pp. 515-518. • 

Prof. Albert P.. Foulkes and Or. Carol Miller have been awarded Fac- 
ulty Summer Fellowships for 1964, by the Univ. of 111. Research Board. 

Prof. Paul T. Hoffmann, currently a guest member of the Dept,, has 
been promoted to the rank of Professor (the equivalent of "Full 
Professor" at an Aiaerican university"), ^nd nas simultaneously been 
appointed Head of the German Dept., at Victoria Univ. of Wellington, 
New Zealand, his permanent home. 

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RUSSIAN NOTES - Prepared by Frank Y. Gladney and Steven P. Hill 

As indicated by feverish activity of publishers' representatives be- 
fore and during the December ir,eetin£s, the elementary Russian textbook 
marlcet is on the verge of some radical changes. Four neiv books are 
planned for publication during the spring of 1964 (when they will 
actually appear is another matter!). The NDZA-sponsored Modern Ri-s- 
sia n (prepared by Dav.son-Bidwell-Humesky at Syracuse) is extremely rich 
in dialogue and practice material containing modern Russian as it is 
spoken today, and in realistic grammatical explanations and comments. 
Its lack of exercise material which could be assigned for written 
homev/ork, and its awesome bulk (unless publisher Harcourt-Brace goes 
through ivitn its threat to cut this down), appear, however, to be 
serious disadvantages, 

Pennsylvania State's Beginning R ussian (Edited by Thomas F. Magner, 
and put out in a preliminary edition by Macmillan) contains a "modi- 
fied audio-lingual approach", with j^ood pattern dr-ills and useful, 
up-to-date vocabulary. It also has exercises and several good short 
reading texts, :vith popular songs in the back. But this book gives 
no granunatical rules, explanations, or comments anywhere, and the se- 
parate booklet summarizing them is not correlated with the lesson ar- 
rangement of the textbook, nor is it convenient to use in general. 

The substantially-revised fourth edition of VonGronicka's Essentials 
of Russian (Prentice-Hall) is now in proofs, a check of which shows 
a number of minor improvements and additions, including more on hand- 
writing, and a complete rewrite of the notorious sixteenth lesson. 
VonGronicka also plans to add maps and drawings. The finished pro- 
duct should be some improvement over the old third edition. 

The elementary textbook by Harkins and Stilman of Columbia, still in 
mimeographed form, but to be published by Ginn .i Co., has a balanced 
format, with grammar, exercises, etc., not unlike VonGronicka 's. It 
does, however, have plenty of contrasting pattern sentences, which 
the latter lacks. Unfortunately, it presents these patterns only 
after stating the abstract gi^aminatical rules (rather than before, as 
it should), and also shares some excessively traditional traits of 
VonGronicka and similar textbooks. 

Prof. Kurt Klein this past semester showed to his teacJier-training 
class a series of new short films on modern language teaching: Prin - 
ciples and Methods of Teaching a Second Lanfi,uage. This series, written 
and directed by Theodore B. Karp with educational supervision by 
Charles Ferguson, under sponsorship' of the National Defense Education 
Act and the Center for Applied Linguistics, emphasizes the audio- 
lingual approach in teaching various lan^^uages (English to foreigners, 
Spanish, French, etc, — nothing specifically on Russian). There are 
five films, each about twenty minutes in length: Sound s of Language , 
Nature of Language , Organization of Languag e, V.ords and Their Mean - 
ing, Techniques of Teaching Modern Foreign L anguages . They are avail- 

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able from the Visual Aids Service of the Univ. of 111., 704 South 
Sixth Street, Champaign. 

Another series of films, of direct and tremendous interest to Russian 
teachers, have recently been shown by the i^iussian Club. "/ritten and 
narrated at Syracuse by Bond and Fedoroff, these four fifteen-minute 
color documentaries are spoken in medium-paced, clear, understandable 
(for second- or third-year students) Russian — the first educational 
.documentaries available in the United States with Russian sound trt^ck. 
They show and comment on many aspects of life in the USSR (without 
any political bias), and can be an excellent teaching and discussion 
aid. The best two for clarity of language and interest of content, 
are: I'ioscow and Len i ngrad , and Sci_ence, Tech n ology and Art in the 
USS R. The other two, in descending order of worth, are Rest and Lei - 
s ure in the USSR, and Frons Mo scow to the Baykal . They can be rented 
from the V^isual Aids Service at the above address, or purchased from 
International Film Bureau, 332 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. The 
IFB is also publishing a ICO-page book with scripts of the films and 
a Russian-Englisn vocabulary. 

The annual AATS3EL banquet was held December 28 in Chicago. After 
dinner, Mrs. Galina HcLaws (Indiana Univ.) giive a personal and lively 
account of last summer's teacher-exchange program at Moscow Univ. 
Prof. Irwin Weil (Brandeis Univ. ) reported on how an American student 
of Soviet literature is received in the Soviet Union. 

At the methodology section of the AATS2CL nationrl convention. Prof. 
Robert Baker (Indiana Univ.) gave an important talk on teaching Rus- 
sian pronunciation in high school. He stressed that since it is much 
easier to train than to retrain a good command of the s^joken langu:-ge, 
good teachers of .Russian are today more needed in secondary schools 
than in colleges. He pointed out the value of native Russian teachers, 
who alone can tell when a student's pi-pnunciation is right, and sug- 
gested that native Russians should study phonetics carefully, in order 
to know exactly how they do speak (as contrasted with spelling). Prof. 
Baker's major recommendation for the teaching of pronunciation was 
that much more attention needs to be given to the dynamics of speech 
( intonatio n and pitch) , since deviations here type an American accent 
more readily than the pronunciation of individual sounds. The speaker 
explained that the range of pitches is greater in Russian, and that 
the Russian questioning intonation (where all Americans go wrong) 
rises sharply at the stressed syllable of the key word, then trails 
off. The talk closed with discussion of opportunities for studying 
Russian in the USSri, which Prof. Baker said are of maximum benefit only 
for those Americans who already are at an advanced stage in the lan- 
guage. He announced that Ar.icrican teachers of Russian interested in 
applying for the study-visit to the USSR in the summer of 1964 should 
write to him, c/o Department of Slavic Languages, Univ. of Indiana, 

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The Slavistic Circle held its first mv^eting of the year on December 
19, with a talk by Mr. Frank Y. Gladney on "morphonemic" transcription 
of Russian. The speaker, citing recent publications by Halle of MIT, 
showed that for 6onie purposes the old ideal of a "bi -unique' phonemic 
transcription (where every distinctive sound or phoneme has a single 
symbol, and every symbol represents a single phoneme) can be replaced 
by a simplified morphonemic transcription. This transcription, re- 
flecting the generalized, unpronounceable base form of morphonemes 
( e.g. , [s'ost's'rj 'sister'), when combined with rules of rewriting 
which allow us to arrive at the actual pronunciation, is all that is 
needed for a structural description of Russian phonology. 

The talk was met with considerable interest and discussion, by an au- 
dience larger than at any of the ten meetings of the Circle during 
its first yec4r (1962-1963). The group plans to have a regular sched- 
ule of monthly (or more frequent) meetings from now on, and invites 
graduate students and faculty to submit informal discussions, reports, 
or research papers on any aspects of Slavic linguistics or literary 
analysis, to faculty supervisor Rado L. Lencek. 

Prof. Kurt Klein announces the formation of a Univ. of 111. chapter 
of the National Slavic Honor Society, Dobro Slovo, founded a year ago 
to recognize excellence in the study of Slavic languages and litera- 
tures. To qualify for membership, a student must have: 1) at least 
12 semester or 18 quarter hours of a SMvic language or literature on 
the college level; 2) a minimum average standing of 85/o or its letter 
or grade point equivalent, for the immediately preceding 6 semester or 
9 quarter hours of work in Slavic; and 3) at least 80% or the equiva- 
lent in all academic courses or study. Dobro Slovo is sponsored 
nationally by AATSEEL. The words Dobro Slovo mean "good word", and 
are also the names of two letters of the Glagolitic alphabet which 
will appear on the insignia of the Society, 

Students of foreign languages should be aware of the benefits of mem- 
bership in professional organizations, not the least of which is sub- 
scription to a professional Journal at a student riite. A full-time 
student can join AAT3ii,EL and receive the Slavic and Eas t European Jour - 
nal for half of the yearly i7.50 fee. You will strengthen your Illi- 
nois chapter if you join through it; write to Hr. I'iarion J. Reis, Oak 
Park-River Forest High School, Oak Park, One of the best bargains for 
students of Slavic is the 4>5.CO student membership (regular member- 
ship ilO.CO) in the American Association for the Jidvancement of Slavic 
Studies, which brings you the Slavi c Review quarterly, the AASS News - 
letter , a directory of members wnica costs iS.OO if purchased sepa- 
rately, and the annual American Bibliogra phy of Sl avic and East Euro - 
pean Studies . Wi'ite to Prof. Ralph T. Fisher, 112 Davenport House, 
620 East Daniel Street, Champaign. 

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At the 11th meeting of the Iiistituto Internacional de Literatura 
Iberoamericana, held at the Univ. of Texas, Prof. Luis Leal was elec- 
ted Director Literario of the R evista Ib eroamerican a , for the period 
1963-1965. . . 

Recent articles by Prof. Leal include: ">3ariano Azuela, novelista 
medico", Revista Ilispa nica Moderna, XXVIII (1962), 295-303;. "Los 
cuentos de Borges", La Pal abra y el^ I lombre , 27 (1963), 425-436; and 
four articles in the "Supleinento Doi'ninical" of El Nacional . 

Prof. James 0. Crosby has recently been elected a Corresponding Member 
of the Hispanic Society of America. 

Two articles by Prof. Marcos A. Morinigo are now in press. "Los 
indigenismos en el espanol: historia y proceso" will be published in 
Act a s del Congreso de Institucianes his panic as - P resente y futuro de 
la Lengua Espahola . "Impacto del esi'anol en las lenguas indigenas de 
America" will appear in a future issue of Filologia (Buenos Aires), a 
special memorial issue dedicated to Marfa Rosa Lida de Malkiel. 

Frof. John IV. Kronik is the author of "Clarin and Verlaine", Revue de 
Litterature Comparee , XXXVII, No. 3 (Sen, 1962), 368-384. A review 
by Prof. Kronik of Alonso Zamora Vicente, Camilo Jose Cel a ( Acerca - 
miento a un escritor ) , appears in Hispani a, XLVI , No.. 4 (Dec. 1963). 

Prof. Kronik has been awarded a Faculty Summer Fellowship for 1964 by 
the Univ. of 111. liesearch Botird, as has also Dr. Daniel P. Testa. 

The December, 1953 issue of Zeitschrift fur romanische Phi lo logic con- 
tains an article written by Prof. Hienry R. Kahane , in collaboration 
with his wife Dr. Renee Kahane: "Proto-Perceval and Proto-Parzival". 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsle tter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language depart.nents of the University of 
•Illinois under the direction of the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and Por- 
tuguese, Professor J. ri.D. Allen, Acting Jead. The Newsletter is avail- 
able without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and -other 
states. Editor: Mrs. Carol BlacKbiirn. - All communications should be 
addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, Ur- 
bana, Illinois. _^^ 

Modern Foreign Language 


Vol. XVII. No. 5 ; February, 1964 

NATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE iVEEIC, sponsored by Alpha Mu Gamma, National 
Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society, is scheduled this year for 
March 15-21. Suggested activities for the week include: l) arrange 
for exhibits in school or community libraries; 2) present assembly 
programs which are planned by students of foreign languages or by in- 
terested language groups; 3) foster contests sponsored by the Dept. 
of Foreign Languages, with prizes av.arded to the author of the best 
essay, poem, or short story on an appropriate theme; 4) schedule 
movies, film strips, travelogues; 5) have language tables where only 
a foreign language may be spoken during the luncheon hours; 6) hold 
sales of foreign delicacies; 7) invite foreign students to come and 
speak in the classrooms. For information about National Foreign Lan- 
guage V.eek, write to: Prof. James Fonseca, Dept. of Foreign Languages, 
Univ. of Redlands, Redlands, California. 

SABBATICALS AND TAXES, If you teach in a state that has an incorie 
tax and live in another state that has none, you do not have to pay 
a state income tax on your sabbatical salary, unless you take up resi- 
dence in the state where you teach. 

THE NATIONAL FRENCH CONTEST sponsored by the American Association of 
Teachers of French, will be held this year on April 11-18. Orders 
for the 1964 examinations for French II, III, and IV, costing ten cents 
each, must be received no later than February 24 by the Chapter Con- 
test Chairman: Mr. .Vilborne Bowles, Edison Jr. High School, Champaign, 
111. The 1964 tapes, at two dollars each, must also be ordered by 
February 24, from the National Chairman: Prof. James 17. Glennen, Wis- 
consin State College, River Falls, V.isc. Further information is in 
the December, 1963 issue of French Review, 

FAULKNER FOUNDATION AV.ViRDS. The first of the awards granted by the 
Foundation established by '..illiam Faulkner for outstanding Ibero- 
American novels, are: Los enemipcos del hombre, by Eduardo Mallea (Ar- 
gentina); La vispera del hombre , by Rene I-^arques (Puerto Rico); El 
sefior presidente , by Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala); Coronacion , 
by Jose Donoso (Chile); El Astillero , by Juan Carlos Onetti (Uruguay); 
Vidas secas , by Graciliano iiamos (Brazil); and Cumboto , by Rair.5n Diaz 
Sanchez (Venezuela), 

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LANGUAGE LABORATORY NOTES. A Title VII research project has been 
conducted at Easton, Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the Pennsyl- 
vania Dept. of Public Instruction, to determine the relative effec- 
tiveness of four methods of language laboratory utilization which are 
commonly found in schools. The year-long expleriment included the 
following laboratory iictivities: Group A - listen, respond; Group 
B - listen, repeat, record, play back; Group C - listen, repeat for 
one week; listen, repeat, record, play back on alternate weeks; Group 
D - listen, repeat for four days; listen, repeat, record, play back 
one day per week. The over-all best performance was achieved by Group 
D, which recorded twenty per cent of the time, and spent eighty per 
cent in listen-repeat activities. Further information is available 
from: Mr. Edward Tracy, Superintendent of Schools, Easton Area School 
System, Easton, Pennsylvania, 

Nasson College, in Kaine, is currently installing a Dialmatic lan- 
guage laboratory. The system allows students to choose their programs 
simply by using a telephone-type dial, and includes a program center 
for all master tapes and a control center. Any number of rooms or 
buildings can be tied into the laboratory by telephone lines, once the 
program center has been installed. 

In order to be able to locate specific exercises quickly on a labora- 
tory tape, most teachers use a white strip of leader tape or even 
white splicing tape to identify cued spots. Numbered tape cueing la- 
bels are also available for use in locating lessons quickly. One 
source is the Audiotex Manufacturing Company, 400 S. Syman Street, 
Rockford, Illinois. 

Each of the thirty stations in the new language laboratory at Orange 
State College (Fullerton, California) is equipped with a footpedal to 
activate the pause lever. Uorking independently, the student uses 
his foot to stop and start the tape so that his hands are free to write 
the responses when he is using programmed materials that combine sight 
and sound. 

The 3M Company has produced a series of three tapes for teachers of 
modern foreign languages: "First the Ear", a language laboratory 
presentation (Si. 50); "Behind the Tape - the Teacher", a guide to 
audio-lingual methods and effective use of the language laboratory 
(32.25); "A Measure of Language: The Testing Phase", a description 
of the audio-lingual testing and grading procedure of many language 
teachers interviewed in their schools (^$2.25). The tapes are avail- 
able from: Magnetic Products Division, Minnesota Mining and Manufac- 
turing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota, 



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THE CENTER FOR APPLIED LINGUISTICS of the Modern Language Association 
in Washington has recently made available Linguistic Reading Lists 
for Teachers of Modern La ngua f^es ( .Vashington, D.C., 1963), edited by- 
Professors Charles A. ferguson and IVilliam A. Stewart, A panel of 
leading scholars and teachers of French, German, Italian, Russian and 
Spanish were asked the question: "If a teacher of this language in 
the United States should wish to have a basic professional reference 
library, what books and articles would you as a linguist reconunend?" 
Their carefully-annotated recominendations do not stop at questions of 
language teaching, but go into all areas of investigation: bibliography, 
contrastive studies, dialectology, grammar, etc. Lin guistic R eading 
Lists can be obtained for $2,50 from the Center for Applied Linguis- 
tics, 1755 Massachusetts Avenue, FiV, Vvasiiington 36, D,C, When you 
write, ask to be put on the mailing list for The Li nguistic R eporter , 
the Center's informative newsletter, which is mailed out free six 
times yearly. 

AATSP MEETING, The Downstate Illinois Chapter of the American Asso- 
ciation of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, will meet at Canton Sr, 
High School, Canton, on Saturday, Api-il 18,. 1964 (and not on April 
25, as previously announced). Luncheon reservations, at :il,75 each, 
should be addressed immediately to: Miss Martha Tomlianovich, Corre- 
sponding Secretary, 98 Van Dyke Drive, Canton, 111, 

THE EXPERIMENT IN INTERNATIONAL LIVING is designed for men and women 
between the ages of sixteen and thirty, and offers a fine opportunity 
to further a knowledge of the language and customs of a foreign coun- 
try. Members of the Experiment travel each summer, under the guidance 
of a mature leader, in groups of about ten, to thirty or more coun- 
tries in Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, 
Africa and Asia, for a stay of approximately two months. Each Experi- 
menter spends a month as the "son" or "daughter" of a family in the 
country visited. During the second month, the U.S. Experiment group 
is host to selected family members and friends on an informal trip 
throughout the country. The concluding four or five days are spent in 
a major city. More information about the Experiment is available from 
The Experiment in International Living, Putney, Vermont. 

IFPAL, The Illinois Federation of Pan i\merican Leagues will reor- 
ganize on April 25, 1964, in a convention at Peoria Manual High School. 
Spanish clubs in Illinois which are inteiested in IFPAL, can receive 
copies of the IFPi^VL newsletter, "Entre Amigos", hy writing to: Mr. 
Ernest Howard, Alton High School, Alton, 111, Subscriptions for the 
two or three issues to be published this semester are available for 
ten cents per subscription. 

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AMERICAS ESSAY CONTEST. The Americas Essay Contest offers a S300 
prize for the best essay on each of the following topics, all based 
on the Americas in the twentieth century: the Essay, Poetry, the 
Arts, ^^usic, and Cultural Implications of the Alliance for Progress. 
Any citizen of an American republic who will be under thirty-five years 
of age on April 14, 1964, is eligible. Each essay must be unpublished 
and between 6000 and 7000 words. It may be written in English, Span- 
ish, French, or Portuguese. For more information, write to T^ventieth 
Century Culture in the Americas Contest, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, 
Pan American Union, Washington 6, D.C. The deadline for submission 
of essays is April 14, 1964, 

"TE.\CHER EXCHi\NGE OPPORTUNITIES", which lists positions for 1964- 
1965, is now available from the U.S. Dept. of Education and Vtelfare, 
Washington, D.C. Ask for Booklet No. OE-14047-65. 

"Some years ago I purchased a small tape recorder which can operate 
either on batteries, plugged into the cigarette lighter of my car, or 
with facilities for plugging into 110-volt current at my office or 
home. I have purchased various language records which usually include 
textbooks covering the subject matter of the records. My approach 
has been to listen as much as possible to the tape while driving, tra- 
veling from place to place and at odd moments during the day. It is 
the same as some of the younger generation who carry small radios and 
constantly listen to jazz, morning, noon and night. I have tried to 
put in about half an hour per day of written v/ork in addition to pas- 
sive listening which talies place while I am driving." 

[Edward Loewenstein, in the Minn. 
Languafte Bulletin - Sept., 1963] 

FL NE»ySPAPERS. Beginning in February, 1964, students in high-school 
and college French and Spanish classes may obtain special subscrip- 
tions to the Paris Figaro , and to ?Jovedades of Ilexico. These special 
subscriptions consist of one day's edition each week for ten consecu- 
tive weeks throughout the spring semester. The cost of a ten-week 
subscription is :i52.00. Free desk copies for teachers are supplied 
with class orders. Sample copieg and student subscription forms may 
be obtained from: Overseas Newsstand, 8 Balfour Street, Valley Stream, 
New York (11580). 

Noted in the Hav/aii Language Teac her (December, 1963): "A lady gave 
a reception for a group of college students. Among those present was 
a Chinese student who had studied a book of etiquette. Handed a cup 
of tea, he said: 'Thank you, sir or madam, as the case may be'." 

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SPANISH CERTIFICATES OF i;/RIT. Mr. Carlos M. Fernandez-Shaw, Cul- 
tural Adviser at the Spanish Embassy in Washington, announces that 
the Institute de Cuitura Kispanica can make available to each college 
and university Spanish Department a diploma to be awarded to the most 
outstanding student (minimum average of B) in the Department's ad- 
vanced courses. The professor must submit to the Cultural Adviser cer- 
tification of the student's grade average. The diploma will be re- 
ceived from the local office of the Spanish consul. 

THE DICT IONARY 0?' LIN GUISTICS , by Mario Pei and Frank Gaynor, origi- 
nally publioiied at 56.00, is now available for i2.25 from Marboro 
Bookshop, 131 Varick Street, New York 13, 

LINGO. Lingo, a new game played like Bingo, but with educational ad- 
vantages, has been specially created for UNICEF, the United Nations 
Children's Fund. Two, three, or four can play the game, A non-player 
can participate by drawing and calling the cards, on which a food item 
is pictured with its name in English, French, and Spanish, Preschool- 
ers can play by pictures, older youngsters by foreign words. Lingo 
may be ordered at ^2.00 per game from the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, 
United Nations, New York City, 

GOING TO MEXICO? Students and teachers planning to visit Mexico will 
be interested in two booklets prepared as. part of "Operation Amigos" 
by the Comite Norteaniericano Pro-Mexico: "In Mexico It's the Custom, 
Senor!", and "A Thumbnail History of Mexico", Both booklets may be 
ordered for a five-peso note (or, forty cents in /unerican currency) 
directly from the Comite, at Athens 42-602, Mexico 6, D.F. 

"The Motorist's Bible" gives extensive information on motoring in Mex- 
ico: illustrations and translations of Mexican road signs; a con- 
densed log of road conditions, tov/n by town; altitude charts; highway 
"strip" maps; information on crossing the border, servicing your car, 
hotels and motor courts, climate and clothing, etc. Send twenty-five 
cents to the Pan. ;\merican Union, Washington 6, D.C, 

A NEW EDITION of the Gessler Publishing Company's catalogue of realia 
for the teaching of French and Spanish has receutly been issued, in- 
cluding for the first time a number of recorded tapes. Copies of the 
catalogue are available from: Gessler Publishing Co,, 110 E, 23rd 
Street, New York 10, 

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GERMAN TE.XHERS may obtain free materials, including posters, travel 
brochures and cultural information, from: German Embassy, 1742 R, 
Street, Nl"/, Washington 9, D.C.; Service Bureau, AATG, Glenn Waas, 
Depti of German, Colgate Univ., Hamilton, New York. Cultural News 
from Germany is available on request from Inter Nationes, I'larien- 
strasse 6, Bonn, West Germany, ' , 

FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Under the sponsorship of the French D^pt., a lecture was given on Feb- 
ruary 5, on "Opportunities for Study in France". The speaker was Mr. 
Gilbert Sauvage, Professor of Economics, Institut Europeen d 'Adminis- 
tration des Affaires, Fontainebleau, and Director of the Paris Honors 
Program, Institute of European Studies. 

The Treteau de Paris troupe, which has successfully toured U.S. cam- 
puses in recent years, will present the play 1 'A.louette , by Jean 
Anouilh, at 8:00 P.M. on March 11, 1964, at the Univ. of 111. Audito- 
rium. This contemporary view of Jeanne d'Arc was first performed in 
Paris in 1953, with Suzanne Flon scoring a triumph in the title role. 
We hope that all those interested in French culture or in good theatre 
will not miss this once-a-year opportunity. Tickets may be ordered, 
at 32.50 and ilil.SO, from: The Star Course, 274 Iliini Union, Urbana. 

Les perles de la couronne (d'e-pines) . Student translation of "the 
film is about the life of Marie-Antoinette": "Le film s'agit de la 
vie de Marie-Antoinette". And from French to English: "The film is 
concerned with the life of r^iary and anthony". Student Z... likes col- 
lege life because she can, among other things, join clubs ("joindre 
des massues"). A very cosy house is "une maison tres coussinet a 
theiere", L'Ecole (Nationale) des Beaux-Arts is "The Natural School 
of Fine Arts". Why is the Guide Michelin useful? Because "... le 
guide excite les voyageurs et justetnent les montre combiefn de plaisirs 
ils ont manque par ne pas avoir visite les endroits plus tot". On the 
non-university side, a taxi driver relates that he had owned the de- 
luxe model of the Dauphine, called Gordini, "... and it was the fan- 
ciest model you know, a Gardenia", 

(Guaranteed genuine, Copywrong 1964.) 

The Lesson ( La Legon ) and The Leader (Le Mai tre) , short plays by Eu- 
gene lonesco, were performed at the McKinley Foundation on February 7 
and 8, by the Know Where Flayers o This is the third playbill by an 
independent group of graduate students in Speech, Theater, and English, 

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who are doing a series of plays during the current academic year, and 
whose standards are of professional quality. 

In the reviews . Among articles of general interest is, in the lavish 
Christmas issue of Realit cs , a manifesto against estheticism in art 
and the self-cult of tne artist's personality, by noted critic Georges 
Duthuit (son-in-lav,- of B'latisse), Arts continues its policy of good 
coverage of tiie tendencies of literature, sculpture, painting, etc., 
as well as problems of education and today's youth. In Les N ouvelles 
Litteraires, No. 1897, is a useful round-up of arts and letters in 1963. 

Student activities at the Univ. of 111, , excluding athletics and social 
fraternities and sororities, v/ere more than one-million-dollar business 
last year. Under the general fund at Urbana-Champaign, the largest op- 
eration was the Student Senate's "Operation Europe", which arranged 
student tours abroad. Its income was ^110,172. Although we lack sta- 
tistics, we tend to think that France got the lion's share of student 

Fi 1ms . CBS has devoted an early-evening program to "Les Halles: A 
Farewell." It is a well-done tribute to an eight-century-old monster 
which is .about to go suburban, for the greater decongestion of Paris 
and the discomfiture of future tourists. 

"Cinema Internationale" ( sic. ) , on IVXLL-TV, recently presented an Ital- 
ian film and a French film. The V/ayward Wif e, more aptly called la 
Provi n ciale in France, is based on a work by the Italian novelist Mo- 
ravia, xictress Loliobrigida portrays a kind of Giaa Bovary who gets 
rapidly soured on la dolc e vita, directed by writer Mario Soldati (in 
1953), who has made many undistinguished films, this movie is generally 
considered his best. French director Gilles Grangier is primarily an 
entertainer whose popular hits, mostly "hard-boiled" films, often star 
Jean Gabin. The Schemer (195GJ or Keprodu ctio n int erdite , a routine 
thriller about art forgeries, requires much suspension of disbelief, 
but it entertains. 

The most appreciative public on the Univ. of 111, campus is that of the 
Film Society, which was shown Jean lienoir's La Regie du Jeu (1939), the 
celebrated satire of a certain pre-war society which has not altogether 
vanished. Other local showings of French films have lately included 
two first-class items — Godard's Vivre sa Vi_e, and Etaix's Le Soupi - 
rant — and the Chabrol-Sagan Landru. The public of these and other 
non-formula films appears to enjoy them, yet, compared to French stu- 
dent audiences, is both small and inexplicably apathetic. 

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Studies on drug addiction in America underline the fact that, although 
much heroin is refined in Marseille along the circuitous route of 
>iiddle-Sast - >;arseille - Sicily - U.S., drug addiction is practically 
nonexistent in France. Assuming that this happy state of affairs is 
partly due to the appreciation of good wines, we indicate the best vin- 
tages of recent years: 1961, excellent for all wines; 1959, same, ex- 
cept for Cotes du Rhone; 1957, 1955, 1953, good; 1949, excellent. 

GERI'-AN NOTES - Prepared by Peter K. Jansen, for a number of years, has of course been an all-too-familiar 
phenomenon in language departments throughout the nation. The Dept. 
of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the Univ. of 111. is no ex- 
ception. Only a bold imagination, however, could have anticipated the 
dramatic increase in the spring-semester registration. Over-all enrol- 
ment in the courses offered by the ijept. currently totals 2C14 (in- 
cluding 89 students enrolled in correspondence courses, as administered 
by the University Extension Division). This constitutes a rise of more 
than 28% over the corresponding period last year. 

What makes this development particularly encoui^aging is the fact that 
it is decidedly not a matter of mere numbers • The most spectacular — 
and totally unprecedented — aspect of our expansion involves the 200- 
level courses, i.e. , those courses designed for students wiio continue 
in German beyond the fulfillment of their language requirements. In 
this area, the enrolment rose 56%, from 133 last year to a current to- 
tal of 207. The Dept. sincerely hopes that this trend continues, add- 
ing substance and quality to the increase in quantity ivhich we have 
witnessed in recent years. Enrolment in graduate courses this seuester 
is also up, from 34 to 40, or 18%. 

Friends and colleagues of Professor Emeritus Mimi I. Jehle welcome her 
recent return to Urbana, after a visit to her native Germany. 

The Fruchtbringende Geseilschaft continues its highly-successful pro- 
gram, with four meetings during the second semester. On February 20, 
Prof. Henry R. Xahane (Univ. of 111., Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese) presented a lecture on Kyot, Uolfrai:! von Eschenbach's al- 
leged source for his Parzival . 

Additional meetings of the Geseilschaft are scheduled for Karch 19, 
April 16, and riay 12, to convene at 7:30 F.i., in the General Lounge of 
the mini Union. Speakers and topics will be announced at a later 

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The Dept. welcomes to its instructional staff two new members, both of 
whom have been associated with the Dept. for some time, as students. 
Miss Barbara Bluege and Miss ndelheid Roth, both holding B.A. degrees 
from the Univ. of 111., are now half-time Teaching Assistants, and 
will continue to work toward advanced degrees in German. 

Mr. Francis P. Lide, Jr., who was a member of the Dept. from 1958 to 
1961, and who is now an Instructor of German at Kenyon College in Gam- 
bier, Ohio, has accepted the offer of a full-time instructorship in 
our Dept. for the coming academic year. Mr. Lide will return to the 
Univ. of 111. in order to complete his Ph.D. thesis under the guidance 
of Prof. John R. Frey. 

German Club . A new era is beginning for the German Club. After years 
of able and devoted leadership. Prof. V.erner Marx has recently resigned 
from his position as Faculty Advisor, f^iembers and friends of the Club 
thank I-rof. Marx for his loyal support and the inspiration for which 
the organization is obliged to him. His successor will be Mr. Giinter 
liberspach, whom we wish success and satisfaction in his work. 

The first event sponsored by the Club this semester was the showing on 
February 13 of the German film "Das fliegende Klassenzimmer", based on 
Erich Kastner's well-known and rightfully-popular novel. 

SLAVIC NOTES - Prepared by Frank Y. Gladney and Steven P. Hill 

An event of some significance at the end cf last semester was the of- 
ficial renaming of the former Russian Dept. as the Dept. of Slavic 
Languages and Literatures, in line with the practice of many leading 
universities around the country. The change was made, as Acting Dept. 
Hejad Kurt Klein pointed out at a recent staff meeting, in recognition 
of the Dept.'s expansion to include Polish among its yearly course 
offerings (beginning in 1963-1964), and Serbo-Croatian and Ukrainian 
on an alternating basis (the former in 1962-1963 and 1964-1965, the 
latter in 1965-1966, etc.). 

Prof. Robert B. Lees, Director of Linguistics at the Univ. of 111., 
spoke before the Slavistics Circle on February 7, about his month in 
the Soviet Union last year as an exchange scholar. lie reported con- 
siderable activity in scientific linguistics in that country, pursued 
by hundreds of trained linguists working in scores of institutes. 
Their free access to .estern linguistics being of relatively recent 

date, the Soviets practice what Prof. Lees termed an almost indiscrimi- 

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variety of approaches to linguistic investigation, ranging from what 
he referred to as Modern Structural Linguistics, to the more recent 
school of transformational or generative grammar (which, incidentally, 
owes no small share of its recent advance to Prof. Lees' work in ling- 
lish and Turkish grammar). After a pleasantly discursive account of 
his travels in liuropean and Asiatic Russia, Prof. Lees entertained 
questions on linguistic topics and reiterated some of his views on 
theoretically adequate grammars and the explication of language. 

Mr. Steven P. Hill is the scheduled speaker for the third meeting of 
the Slavistics Circle, to be held February 28 in 495 Lincoln Hall. He 
will speak on some problems of quantification in Slavic linguistics. 

Russian Club . The Russian Club concluded its first-semester activities 
with an excellent, highly-interesting meeting on December 12. Mrs. 
Judith Dalche sang "The Lonely Concertina" and Chaikovsky's "None But 
the Lonely Heart" in Russian, accompanied by Mr. Fred Thayer at the 
piano; there was a showing of two Soviet short films (on Russian land- 
scape painting, and the Soviet school system) in Znglish; and the high- 
light of the evening was a very informative talk in Russian about stu- 
dent life in Soviet universities, by Mr. Leo Sheptunov, an exchange 
student from the USSR majoring in automotive engineering. 

The Club now announces its second-semester program, ivhich promises a 
wide range of activities connected with Slavic languages and culture. 
The Russian Tea Hour will meet this semester every Th ursday (changed 
from Tuesday), from 2:00 to 4:00 F.i:., in the Gothic Room of the Illini 
Union. Those in attendance may have an opportunity to meet and talk 
with Mr. Michael Prokofiev, a new exchange student from the USSR (the 
sixth at the Univ. of 111. this year). 

Three Russian Club meetings are scheduled for Thursday evenings at 8:00 
in the Illini Union. The March 5th meeting (Room 314-A) will feature 
a short film made by P^ir. Anthony Cannnarosano on his trip to the USSR 
last summer, some musical numbers on the accordian by Mrs. Maria Mer- 
kelo, and literary readings by Mr. Frederick Pious. There will also be 
the usual opportunities for informal conversation and free refreshments. 
The talks, musical numbers, and other features for the meetings on 
April 9 (Faculty Lounge) and May 7 (314-A) will be announced later. 

Fi 1ms . The Russian Club will show at least two Russian feature films 
this semester. The dates of I.arch 26 (Gregory Hall) and Lay 14 (Audi- 
torium) have been reserved for movie showings, with titles to be an- 
nounced later. In addition, the Sunday evening "Cinema Internationale" 
series (in the .luditorium) has scheduled Chekhov's The Grasshopper for 
February 16 and, inevitably, Chukhrai's 3a liad of a Soldier for April 
26 (making about the 41st time that it has been seen here in recent 
years). Another encouraging sign for those interested in Russian and 
otner Slavic films has been tne local Art Theatre's showing of Knife 
in the Water and My Name is Ivan — its first, but let us hope not its 
last, venture into a new Russian film in the past two years. 

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The Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese welcomes the return of 
Prof. William H, Shoemaker, who early this month resumed his duties as 
Head of the Dept. , after a one-semester sabbatical leave of absence* 
Accompanied by his wife, Prof, Shoemaker sailed for Europe on August 
9, 1963, on the S.S. France > After spending five days in Paris, the 
Shoemakers traveled south, entering Spain via the Republica de Andorra | 
and, after traveling in Aragoa and Catalufia, reached Madrid in early 
September. Until January 2, their home in the capital was the Resi- 
dencia del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas. 

V.liile in Kadrid, Prof. Shoemaker worked in various libraries, above all 
in the Hemeroteca ^lunicipal, gathering abundant novelistic and dramatic 
criticisms of the work of Benito Perez Galdos. He also did research 
for a short time in Barcelona, principally in the Archive Historico de 
la Ciudad, and in Las Palmas, where he worked for ten days in the hew 
Casa-I'.useo de Galdos, established in the house where the famous author 
was born, and in the Museo Canario, 

This research has led to the completion of a study on Narciso Oiler 
and Galdos, which, together with the letters exchanged by these two 
authors, will be published this spring in the Eoletin de la Academia 
de Buenas Letras de Barcelona . >,aterial was also gathered for the pre- 
paration of two books which Prof. Slioemaker has had in progress for 
some time: La Critica Literaria de Galdos , to be published in Spain, 
and The Novelistic Art o_f Galdos . 

In addition to making tapes and four radio broadcasts, one at the invi- 
tation of the American Embassy, Prof. Shoemaker gave three lectures in 
Spain, one at the Ateneo de Madrid, the others at the University of 
Barcelona. His topics were "Cara y cruz de la novelistica galdosiana", 
and "La amistad literaria de Narciso Oiler y Benito Perez Galdos", 

During their stay in Spain, Prof, and Mrs. Shoemaker made several week- 
end trips, not only in the environs of Madrid, but also to the less- 
frequented Don Quijote country, and to Cuenca. They took in most of 
the new estr e nos de te atro , and attended the presentation of various 
classical works. Friends and colleagues in the state of Illinois will 
be particularly envious to learn that on Christmas Day, while Champaign- 
Urbana was feeling the full effects of a fjid-'..estern winter, the Shoe- 
makers were enjoying a swira in the Atlantic Ocean! 

Prof, and Mrs. Shoemaker sailed from Spain on the Covadonga, and, after 
a drive back from the East coast of the U.S., reached Urbeuia on January 

The first reunion of the Italian Club for this semester, held on Febru- 
ary 12, featured a business meeting, Italian games and folk singing. 

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Currently on sabbatical leave of absence from the Univ. of 111. are 
Frof. J.K.D. Allen, to whom thanks are due for his service as Acting 
Dept. Head in the absence of Prof. Shoemalcer, and Trof. Joseph S. 

Three new Teaching Assistants joined the Dept. this semester: Mr. 
Kilo C. Pierce, Mr. Arnold M. Penuel, and Miss Norma G. Ualker. In 
addition, Mr. Zrik P. Conard, a graduate studeat in the Dept., ac- 
cepted an assistantship this semester in the Univ. of 111. Language 

Congratulations are extended to Mr. W. Curtis Blaylock, now Dr. Blay- 
lock, who on January 25, 1964, was at the Univ. of California (Berke- 
ley), where he completed final requirements for the degree of Ph.D. 
His thesis, prepared under the direction of Prof. Yakov Kalkiel, is 
entitled, "Studies in Possible Osco-Umbrian Influence on Hispano- 
Romance Phonology". 

Spanish Clu b. The Univ. of 111. Spanish Club announces five meetings 
for the second semester, to be held in the Illini Union at 8:00 P.M. 
on Inarch 4, March 18, April 15, April 29, and May 13. The April 29th 
meeting will convene in Room 314-B; all others are scheduled for the 
General Lounge. 

The following coffee hours are again being held this semester every 
Friday afternoon at 3:30 in the Illini Union: Italian (Gothic Room); 
Portuguese (Federal Room); Spanish (Federal Room). 

"Occupational Opportunities for Students Majoring in Spanish and Portu- 
guese" (Bulletin 1958, No. l), is available free from: Pan American 
Union, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NiV, Uashington 6, D.C. 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor William H. Shoemaker, Head. The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Mrs. Carol Blackburn. All communications should 
be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, 
Urbana, Illinois. 

Modern Foreign Language 


VoI» XVII. No„ 6 Karch, 1964 

UNIV. OF ILL. SECOND IN DOCTORATES, For the period 1960-1S61, the 
Univ. of 111. ranked second in the nation as a source of doctorate de- 
grees, preceded only by Coluiiibia and followed, in order, by Harvard, 
California, New York Univ., T'^ichigan, Ohio State, Cornell and Tiinneso- 
ta. These facts, reported in the Univ. of 111. Faculty Letter (Feb- 
ruary 25, 1964), are revealed in a stud;,"- recently published by the 
National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. The 
study covered the periods 1920-1924, in ivhich Illinois was in ninth 
place; 1955-1959, with Illinois third, behind Coluiiibia and '.Visconsin; 
and 1960-1961. Also analyzed were total doctorates conferred from 
1920 to 1961, in which Illinois ranked fifth, after Golurabia, vi/iscon- 
sin, Harvard and Chicago. 

THE SOCIETY FOR VlSU.iL EDUCATION announces a new eight-page index of 
filmstrips, slides and study prints, suitable for purchase under NDEi\. 
Teachers and administrators may obtain free copies of the NDEA Index 
and the complete SVE 1964 Catalogue, by writing to the Society at 1345 
Diversey Parkway, Chicago, 111. (60614). 

"TEAM TE-\CHING" AT ROCX ISLAND. From Mr. John W. Blomberg comes word 
of an interesting experiment in language teaching which is being con- 
ducted by the Spanish Dept. of Rock Island (lll„) Senior High School. 
The experiment, called "team teaching", involves the combining of Ur. 
Andres Cruz-Zayas' first-year Spanish students with the fourth-year 
students of hr, Blomberg. Each class period is divided into tivo parts, 
during the first of ivhich the fourth-year students help the elementary 
group to write short speeches^ This allows the fourth-year students to 
m£ike use of their experience^ in the lan-juage and upgrade the first-year 
students' work; it also provides an opportunity for the advanced group 
to review any elementary gi^ammar details which they may have forgotten. 
During the second part of the period, the first-year students are left 
to organize their work under the supervision of a practice teacher, 
while the fourth-year students go to another .art of the room to hear 
Mr. Cruz-Zayas lecture in Spanish. Time is allowed for questions and 
conversation. This system allows the first-year students to overhear 
and be inspired by what they will De able to accomplish, after taking 
four years of Spanish. 

* « * » * 

The Newsletter is pleased to include with this month's issue, a bro- 
chure prepared by the Univ. of 111. College of Education: "Graduate 
Programs for Teachers of Foreign Languages". 

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TEXAS SQUArjDERS NON-ENGLISH RESOUI^CSS. A rousing denunciation of 
current practices occu_ ias most of the October, 1963 issue of the 
Texas Foreign Language Association Bulleti n. The author of the ar- 
ticle is Prof. Mildred V. Boyer, v.hoin many in Illinois will remeniber 
from her days at the Univ. of 111, Prof. Boyer states that about a 
sixth of all the pupils in the Texas public schools, are of iv5exican 
or other Hispanic origin. Most of them enter school with Spanish as 
their dominant language and ivith a very uncertain control even of 
the most elementary English, Their situation is the exact opposite 
of native speakers of English learning Spanish in the grades. But 
they have usually been tre;'ted alike. And they have failed and had 
to repeat the fii^st grade over and over, because they were slow in 
learning to read and write a language they could neither understand 
nor. speak. Thousands of children and adolescents bear the psychic 
scars of this educational bungling. Prof. Boyer 's conclusions: "l) 
Non-English languages are not un-Ar,ierican; 2) for the proper pedago- 
gical, psychological, and social development of the Spanish-speaking 
child, Spanish as the initial medium of instruction, and continued 
study of Spanish as his mother tongue, is essential and right; 3) 
cultivation and conservation of the Spanish in our Spanish-speaking 
population is in the national interest". Copies are available of 
the whole issue from: ?i"of. Mildred V. Boyer, Bascom Hall, Univ. of 
Texas, Austin 12. 

"THE NEW DIMENSION" IN LANGU;.GE TEACHING. This booklet is designed 
to acquaint the high school principal with the problems that should 
be considered in determining what kind of foreign langurge program 
and language laboratory a school should have. Send 60/ to: National 
Council of Independent Schools, 84 State Street, Boston 9, flass. 

CONTACT . French teachers will be interested in this statement by 
Cultural Attache Rene Allewaert, included in a recent bulletin from 
the French .i.mbassy in Chicago: "I have recently become aware of the 
existence of a small publication entitled Con tact , ... produced reg- 
ularly by Prof. Garo S. Azarian at Alma College, alma, Michigan. 
Contact is a one-man staffed monthly, obtainable through a $1.00 a 
year subscription; its policy is to comment on language teaching, to 
offer poems in English and French on accideinic and teaching situations 
(sic), and diverting exercises on The main feature of the 
publication is its griimmatical seivice: up to six pages of each num- 
ber are devoted to the clarification of questions on grammar and its 
usage, asked by the readers." 

NO? More and more companies are manufacturing language-learning 
records: French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, etc. etc, -- 
everything but English. Questioned on the lack of the latter, a 
certain proprietor explained, "There just ain't no call for it". 

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CENTRES D'ECKANGES INTERN.iTlONAUX. This non-political, non-sectarian, 
non-profit-making associcition, sponsored by the French Ministry of 
Foreign Affairs and liinistry of Education, e::ists to facilitate cul- 
tural exchanges between France and other countries. The exchanges are 
in the form of travel for specialized study, travel for general inter- 
est, and summer holiday centers for young people (16 to 25 years) at 
Dinard in Brittany, at Boulouris in Var, and at La Croix-en-Touraine. 
Fees at the centers are from 11 to 13 francs a day, pension complete . 
For more information, write to the C.E.I, at 21 rue Beranger, Paris 3. 

"TENSE". Dr. Harald u'einrich, Prof, of Romance Linguistics at the 
Univ. of Kiel and Visiting Professor at the Univ. of Michigan, deliv- 
ered a lecture at the Univ. of 111. on March 9, entitled "Tense". 
This lecture was sponsored jointly by the Dept. of French; the Dept. 
of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; and the Program in Linguistics, 
Dr. .Veinrich cleared the ground for his structural theory, of tense by 
stating that tense has nothing to do with objective time,, being rather 
the indication of one's attitude toivard events. The spealcer's remarks, 
although applicable to other iVestern languages, were based mainly on 
the tenses of French (including one or t'Aro not in the traditional 
list), which he divided into two groups. Those characteristic of the 
narrative style, such as the imperfect and the passe simple , which 
make a weaker claim of validity and hence a lesser demand on the lis- 
tener's attention, were labeled N-tenses. The D-tenses are those 
which deal directly with events. They show a greater commitment on 
the part of the speaker and create more "tenseness" in the listener, 
(For this happy accident of iLnglish the speaker disclaimed any etymo- 
logical justification.) A literary scholar before turning to linguis- 
tics. Prof. Ueinrich urged investigators to study real speech situa- 
tions, especially as they are chrystallized in the literary genres of 
a given speech community. He saw a suggestive link between the child's 
relatively late acquisition of preterit tenses and their highly con- 
ventional use in the child's favorite literary genre, the fairy tale, 

. , ' [Franic Y. Gladney] 

THE CONQUEROR. Ever have trouble deciphering students' themes? Con- 
sider this item from the Ha wai i L anguage Tea cher ; "A New York impor- 
ter received the following letter from a Chinese firm: 'As an auspice 
of beatitude to the community, as an' omnipotent daily utilized novelty, 
as a pioneer of the scientifical eleirent, as a security to metal, as 
a short cut to the v/ay of prosperity in the commercial world, as an 
agent to economy of both time and money, is the newly discovered won- 
derful Polishing Powder that to be heartily welcomed wheresoever. Des- 
pite the heavy sacrifice of capital and the consumption of brains, we 
have thereby succeeded in researching out the usage of this Polishing 
Powder. iVe lose no promptitude in taking this opportunity to recom- 
mend to the attention of the Conjiiunity . This Polishing Polvder is the 
conqueror, ' " 

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MR. HUGH E. SHRADER, Chairman of the Dept. of Foreign Languages at 
Unity High School, Mendon, 111,, reportjs three recent publications: 
Fun with Span ish, supplemental materials (for teachers only) for in- 
creasing motivation in the study of Spanish; "Elementary Spanish Bingo" 
and "Intermediate Spanish Bingo", designed for vocabulary improvement; 
and Las Tierras E spanolas , a supplementary reiider based on legends, 
history and cultural factors of the Spanish-si-eaking nations. These, 
as well as two other works by Mr. Siirader — Conim unications , and To- 
day ' s Words — are published by J.V.. nalch, 1145 Congress Street, Port- 
land, Maine. 

YEAR OF FESTIVALS. Under the slogan "Auf V.iedersehen in Germany in 
the Year of Festivals 1964", the German Central Tourist Information 
Office, PVankfurt, is tempting the potential tourist by pointing out 
the large number of festivals which will be held throughout the Fede- 
ral Republic, The ' program of events — including opera, theater and 
concerts, historical pageants, folk and wine festivals — opens in the 
spring and continues well into the fall. Some of its highlights are 
the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth (July 18-August 21), the Munich 
Opera Festival (July 17-August 15), the Berlin Festival Vieel:s (Septem- 
ber 13-October 4), the Ruhr Festival Plays (>iay 13-July 5), the Festi- 
val Plays at the abbey ruins in Bad HersfelJ (July Z-Aiigust 5), and 
the Donaueschingen Music Festival in June, dedicated to modern music. 

llUBLA VD. CATALAN? One out of five Spaniards is a Catalan, accord- 
ing to the New York T imes , May 12, 1963. "Catalan is a neo-Latin idiom 
with a grammar, vocabulary, and literature of its own". Communists 
are beaming propaganda at Spain in this language, and their large au- 
dience is partly due to the peorjle's pleasure that "anyone would ad- 
dress them in their own idiom". Is Catalan the official language of 
any country? Yes, Catalan and French are the official languages of 
Andorra, a tiny principality in the Pyrenees. 

[Conn. FL Newsletter - Oct., 1963] 


LANGUAGE TEACHING MACHINE. A new, highly-s lecialized, programmed 
course in French phonetics, for teacuers and advanced students, is of- 
fered by Encyclopedia Sritannica Press. The nui'pose of the course is 
not to leara the language p^^ ®®» '-'"^ ^° impiove pronunciation. It 
is designed to help the American speaker recognize, differentiate, 
pronounce and spell French words ard sounds v.ith ease and a fair de- 
gree of accuracy; the finer points of stress, elision, liaison and 
syllabication form part of the course. A pro^ textbook of 170 
pages ( 1000 frames), packaged with TEM4C binder and three dual-track 
tapes, form the course, whose total cost is 350. It is approvable 
under ND£A, Title III. Write to 1150 Wilmette Avenue, V/ilraette, 111., 
or to 411 East Illinois Street, Chicago 11, Illo 

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IRAL« The first two issues of the International Review of Applied 
Linguistics in Language Teaching appeared in 1963, published by the 
Julius Groos Verlag, 69 Heidelberg, Gaisbergstrasse 6-8, Germany, and 
priced at S8,75 a year. A highly-favorable review of these initial 
issues appears in the Indiana "Four-N" Ne wsletter (February, 1964), 
by Prof. Earle S. Randall. His final judgment is: "Such excellent, 
lucid articles as IRAL has presented so far will do much to inform the 
language teacher of what the linguist is doing, to their mutual bene- 

LA MACHINE A TRAIRE? Teacher: "Quels animaux nous donnent le lait?" 
Ninth-grade beginner at Andover: "La vache et la Chevrolet". 

ACCION, affiliated with the Institute of International Education, is 
now selecting young men and women to work in Latin America in a pro- 
gram of community development. Teams of Latin /unericans and ACCION 
volunteers will organize self-help projects and teach in rural areas 
and urban slums. More information on the all-expense-paid project is 
available from: ACCION, Box 27, Cambridge 38, Mass, 

GOING TO THE WORLD'S FAIR? Stop in at the new Foreign Language Mate- 
rials Center being set up by the Modern Language Association at its 
New York headquarters (4 V/ashington Place)., Established with a grant 
from the Carnegie Corporation, the Center has two functions: to keep 
the MLA Selective List of Materials up-to-date, and to maintain a re- 
pository of the materials described on the List. Facilities will be 
provided for listening to tapes and for viewing films, fiimstrips and 
slides as well as examining books, maps, pictures and other materials. 

FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Speakers at the February 17th meeting of the French Journal Club were 
Prof. John Simon and Mr. E, Glenisson. Mr. Simon spoke on the novel 
Fermi na Marque z (1911) by Valery Larbaud; Mr. Glenisson's subject was 
Le Noeud de Viperes (1932), by Francois Mauriac. The last item of this 
three-part bill was the presentation, by the Dept,, of gifts to three 
newlywed couples, all assistants in French. 

A little probing, several weeks ago, in one Urbana grade school (Yankee 
Ridge School), of the Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruc- 
tion, revealed that the program is doing extremely well. Both French 
and Spanish programs are working out nicely and augur well for the fu- 
ture of foreign languages in elementary schools. Naturally there are 

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variations, to a great extent due to the ability and personality of 
the "live" teacher who acts as coordinator or M.C. Often the children 
manage to acquire a very decent accent even though the teacher does 
not know the language and is actually learning along with his class — 
an unexpected bonus. No doubt the presence of a teacher w'ho can pro- 
nounce the foreign language well will enhance the pupils' pronunciation, 
but fluency on the teacher's part is a minor question at that level. 
Even so, merely being supervised, children show (as we have known all 
along) that they can pick up a foreign language with no trouble at all. 


student translation of "distinguer la Chine de I'Arizone": "to dis- 
tinguish the dog of Arizona". 

Student comment upon seeing that several successive covers of a popular 
French weekly feature ex-queen Soraya: "It's a disease; this magazine 
suffers from Soraya-sis". 

Students' reaction to a professor's accent in class: they thought the had been profane; he had said, "J'y souscris". 

The following is not a funny story. A professor had just finished lec- 
turing on Balzac's Le Pore Goriot to a "Great Books" type of class at- 
tended by a fairly motley crowd of LAS students. Ke was accosted by a 
student who identified himself as a graduating senior about to begin 
work on an M.A. in Business Administration. The student wanted sugges- 
tions for a paper comparing Goriot with some other book, and said that 
he had little background in literature. Professor: "V.'hy don't you 
compare Goriot and Iling Lear?" Student: "Yes, that's a good idea. But 
what's that?" Prof.: "K ing Lear by Shakespeare you know." Student: 
"I see. Is that a play or a novel?", etc. etc. Later. Student: "OK, 
I'll do it. I'.ould you please write it down for me on this notebook? 
By the way, sir, another professor had suggested that I do a comparison 
with, you know, something by a fellow Frowst [pronounced 'Prah-ust'] 
on something called Combray . " Prof.: "I think it might be too hard for 
you. " 

Marianne de III a V. In the last few years. General de Gaulle has, un- 
willingly, cornered tlie French satire market: books, jokes, cartoons, 
chansonniers have by now reached the point of wearisome saturation, 
with a fevi/ exceptions. j'ranQoise Farturier's ?'ar i anne m'a dit ,.., in 
spite of the cartoon on its glossy cover and the timing of its publi- 
cation (just as the Great Vacation of 1963 began), turns out to be not 
a collection of barbs, but an astute analysis of the stormy love-affair 
between Charles, the General, and >iariaiine, the Republic. It is also 
an original, albeit partisan analysis of some major events between 1940 
and 1963. I^e Parturier has exp;:essed much of what- many a Frenchman 
has said, has refused to say, or could not formulate about politics in 
general and the General in particular. Her book is a big step towards 
clearing up the paradox of a nation where in public most people say 
"no" to Charles, and in private, vote "yes". The reasons she gives are 

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not negative ones of the "lesser evil" type; behind her humorous, ban- 
tering facade, Mne Parturier not only shows why de Gaulle has eclipsed 
B.Bo, but the virtues and complexities of the first "all-around" leader 
to rise in a democracy in many a year. 

GERMAN NOTES - Prepared by Peter X. Jansen 

Prof, Werner Marx will represent the Dept, of Germanic Languages at 
the 1964 Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, to 
be held in Washington, J.C, on April 17 and 18, 1964,, The increasing 
importance of the Northeast Conference in the field of foreign language 
teaching has been reflected in its steady growth since its inception 
ten years ago. The theme of this year's meeting is "Foreign Language 
Teaching; Ideals and Practices". 

On March 13, the Dept. sponsored a coffee hour in honor of Prof, uay- 
land D. Hand, noted i\merican folklorist, and Director of the Center 
for the Study of Comparative Folklore and Mythology at UCLA. Prof. 
Hand was at the UniVc of 111,, to deliver a lecture on "Hands Across 
the Sea: The Development of Folklore Studies in Europe and America". 
The lecture was sponsored by the Division of Hu.7ianities and the Campus 
Folksong Club» 

The Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft convened for the second time during 
the ctirrent semester on March 19. Prof. Albert P. Foulkes, who joined 
the Dept. last fall, presented a perceptive evaluation of "Dream Pic- 
tures in Kafka's U'ritings". 

The attention of high school students of German is directed to the 
National German Contest for High School Students, held under the aus- 
pices of the /imerican Associ£.tion of Teachers of German, and scheduled 
this year for April 11. There will be three categories: for fourth- 
year, third-year and second-year students. The examination will test 
aural comprehension, structure, reading, vocabulary and culture. One 
hour ivill be allowed, of which fifteen minutes will be devoted to an 
aural test. Three Grand Prises (first, second and third) will be 
awarded in each category on a nation-wide basis, or a total of nine 
National Prizes, v/hich will again be put at the disposal of the AATG 
by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. First Prize in 
the highest category will consist of an all~expense-paid tour of Ger- 
many. Additional information is available from: Prof, IVerner Marx, 
Dept, of German, 371 Lincoln Hall, Univ. of 111., Urbana, 111. 

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SLAVIC NOTES - Prepared by Frank Y. Gladney and Steven P. Hill 

A recent decision of the Faculty Senate of the College of Liberal Arts 
and Sciences is of considerable importance for freshmen or transfer 
students entering the Univ. of 111. v/ith previous training in Russian 
(or, French, German, Spanish, etc.), who want to continue studying that 
language here. Effective as of September, 1964, such students must 
register for the Russian course here which is numbered one above the 
number of years of Russian which they have had in high school. This 
means that a student with one year of Russian elsewhere must register 
for course 102, and will not receive any credit for dropping back and 
repeating 101; likewise, a student with two years of Russian must reg- 
ister for 103, and will receive no credit fqr repeating 102 or 101, 

After registration each semester, sometime during the first week or two 
of classes, a placement test will be given by the Slavic Dept. to all 
students with previous Russian training. The results of this place- 
ment test should indicate to each student whether he is at the right 
level, or whether he can place even higher; i.e. , a student with one 
year of Russian elsewhere would be expected to enter at the 102 level, 
but a very good score on the placement test would enable him to bypass 
102 and go directly into 103, etc. 

In order to aid new students with previous training in Russian, who 
encounter difficulties in adjusting to courses here, or who even have 
to repeat a course level which they have already covered elsewhere, 
the following suggestions are reprinted (with modifications) from the 
April, 1963 issue of the Newsletter : 

A serious handicap of advanced-placement students is the change in 
textbooks: they are expected to start in the middle of the textbook in 
use here, but have not had part of the vocabulary and possibly even 
some of the grammar covered in it, and consequently are beginning with 
one strike against them, particularly in the same class with students 
who have already covered the earlier lessons in the textbook. 

The best advice which hijih school teachers can offer to their students 
who plan to continue Russian at tne Univ. of 111,, is to get, during 
the summer, a copy of the textbook which will be used here in Russian 
102 and 103 — VonGronicka: Ess entials of Ru ssian (Prentice-Hall, 
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.) — and then, in jvugust and early September, 
review all the grammatical pojn ts (endings, rules of agreement, etc.) 
for active master y and learn act ively the v o cabulary contained in the 
following lessons, depending on tiie level at which the student will 
enter the course: 101 (first-semester), lessons 1-14; 102 (second- 
semester), lessons 15-24. Those who have had one year in high school 
will be entering 102, and thus should master lessons 1-14, since 102 
will begin with lesson 15; those with two years of Russian will go 
into 103, and should inaster lessons 1-24, since 103 begins with lesson 
25. The placement test, incidentally, v.ill be based on the grammar 
and vocabulary contained in the VonGronicka text. 

Another possibility for students to take advantage of their background 

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in Russian, even if they should be unable to achieve advanced place- 
ment, is to go into the intensive course (ill), which covers the full- 
year program of 24 lessons in the first semester. The rapid pace of 
the intensive course (eight hours per iveek) often provides an ideal so- 
lution for good students with a little previous work in Russian, or 
knowledge of one of the other Slavic languages. 

For answers to any particular questions about making the transition from 
high-school to college Russian, contact Prof. Xurt Klein, 260 Lincoln 
Hall, Univ. of 111., Urbana, 111. 

At the February 28th meeting of the Slavistics Circle, fir. Steven P. 
Hill discussed some problems of quantification in Slavic linguistics. 
To achieve the completeness, consistency and conciseness desirable in 
linguistic description, it was urged that vague and impressionistic 
terms such as "often" and "usually" be replaced by the objective quan- 
titative statement which statistics provide. Drav/ing on a rich biblio- 
gi'aphy of works written in seven languages, fire Hill surveyed the ap- 
plications of statistics in all areas of linguistic investigation from 
phoneme counts and glottochronology to poetics. One title on Mr. 
Hill's bibliography of imiiiediate interest to the profession was S. A. 
Shte jnfel 'dt 's Frequen cy Dict ionary of ConteT.porary Standard Russian 
(Tallin, 1983), ivhich he characterized as a must for anyone interested 
in analyzing or teaching Russian. 

The next speaker at the Slavistics Circle was Mr. Roger Phillips, de- 
partmental teaching assistant, who spoke on Karch 20. ilis topic was 
"Semantics of Verbal Prefixes in Russian". 

At the invitation of the Dept. of German and Russian, Prof. Temira 
Pachmuss was at I.iami Univ. (Oxford, Ohio) on February 27 to deliver 
a paper entitled "Dualism and Synthesis of the Human Soiil in Dostoev- 
sky's V'/orks". The talk was well received by an audience of 2CC stu- 
dents and faculty me.;iberse A dinner followed in honor of Miss Paclimuss, 
who is knov.n for her recent monograph on Dostoevsky, as well as for 
numerous articles. 

Enrolment statistics for the second semester of 1963-1964 show a slight 
decrease (2,8%) from a year ago: 455 students are now signed up in 
all courses offered by the Jept., as compared with 468 for the second 
semester last year. This total, in turn, represents a dip of 5o5% 
from the all-time second-semester high of 485, set in 1961-1962. 

The largest decreases occurred in Russian 104, in 400 and 401 (reading 
for Ph.D. candidates), and in the of f-seuiester section of 211 (third- 
year conversation), all of which h&d from 25% to 50% fewer students 
than in 1962-1963. On the other ht^nd, most courses remained relatively 

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constant, and four actually d oubled their totals of a year ago: 202 
(third-year literature in Russian), 3C8 (phonetics and diction), 322 
(Tolstoy and Dbstoyevsky in Uussian), and 491 (individual topics). All- 
time records in enrolment were set by 201, 214 (third-year composition), 
308, 312 (Soviet literature in translation), 322, 416 (Russian literary 
criticism, being offered for the first time, by Prof, fidv.ard VVasiolek), 
and 491. 

A cross-section of the" totals of all courses on each level, taken to- 
gether, reveals some interesting patterns. The first-year courses 
(Russian 101 and 102, Polish 102) went down 2.8% from a year ago; the 
second-year courses (103, 104, 112) fell off a surprising 20%; the ad- 
vanced undergraduate courses (200-level) declined 1,5%; the 300-level 
courses (for advanced undergraduates and graduates) jumped upward 31%; 
and the graduate courses (400-levei, excluding 4G0 and 401) made a tre- 
mendous 71% increase! These changes reflect the groiving importance of 
the Dept-'s graduate program, which has more students and more courses 
"than ever before, and also reflects the increasing number of students 
who enter the Univ. of III. with advanced placement in Russian after 
taking the elementary language course in hij],h school or at another 

Russian Club . The Russian Club continues to be quite active this se- 
mester. The Tea Hour meets each Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., in 
the Gothic Room of the Illini Union (where some teachers have begun to 
hold the-ir office hours during that time). On I-iarch 19, free copies 
of Chekhov's Lady wit h a Dog (Par-aa s sob achkpi ) were distributed to 
those in attendance, preparatory to the Club's showing of the outstand- 
ing recent Russian film version of that story on March 25. 

Another film showing, of a brand-new, unsubtitled film Vse o staetsja 
l.ludjam , with Nicholas Cherkasov repeating his stage role, took place 
on March 10c The film was presented free by the Club through the cour- 
tesy of the Univ. of Ill.'s six Russian exchange students, who obtained 
it from their government's mission to the U.K. Still to 'toe shown are 
Ballad of a Soldier by Cinema Internationale (April 25) and a still 
undecided Russian film by the Club (May 14), both in the Univ. of 111* 
Auditoriimi. There is some hope that the classic Cran es are Flying can 
be brought to Champaign-Urbana sometime this spring. 

The next monthly meeting of the Club will take place on April 9 at 8:00 
P.M. in the Faculty Lounge of the Illini Union, with topics still to be 
annoLinced. The f-^arch 5 meeting included a film made by Mr. Anthony 
Cammarosano during his trip to the USSR; dramatization of an Ilf and 
Petrov satire by graduate students Fritz Pious, Ron Edwards, and Wanda 
Zelinska; playing of Chaikovsky 's It.tlian Caprice and a Russian folk- 
song medley on the accordion by Mrs. Maria Kerkelo; and readings of a 
Mickiewicz poem by Miss Zelinska (in Polish) and Mrs. Judith Dalche 
(the English translation). 

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Graduate degrees in Spanish were awarded during the first semester to 
eight members of the Dept, Miss Florence L. Yudin completed require- 
ments on January 22 for the degree of Ph.D. Her thesis, prepared under 
the direction of Prof. Marcos A. Morxnigo, is entitled: "Genre Iden- 
tity in the Golden Age: Post-Cervantine Novela Corta and the Comedia". 

The McA. degree was received by Miss Sylvia J« Brann, Mr. Robert E. 
Calvin, Mr. Arthur J. Plana, Mr. Gary I^ugene A. Scavnicky, Miss Eliza- 
beth F. Senicka, Miss Grace T. Togashi , and Mr. F. Blair Wilcox. 

One degree in Portuguese, an M,Ao, was awarded to Mr. Fredric I. Schoen< 


Three films about Italy, shown with English commentaries, were featured 
at the February 26th meeting of the Italian Club: Italian Vacation , 
University Life, and Mas ter Craftsman . 

Prof. Henry R. Kahane, in collaboration with Dr. Renee Kahane and Prof, 
Angelina R. Pietrangeli, contributed a study on "Egyptian Papyri as a 
Tool in Romance Etymology", to a recently-published memorial volume 
for Maria Rosa Lida de Malkiel: Romance Philology , Vol. 17, Nos. 1 
and 2 (1962-1963). 

Prof. Luis Leal was the speaker for the February 19th meeting of the 
Spanish Club. His topic was "Romances y Corridos Populares de Mexico", 
Also contributing to the program was Kiss Milagros Agostini, who pre- 
sented several accordion numbers. 

The Spanish Club meeting of March 4 was devoted to Bolivia, and fea- 
tured a talk by Mr. Rene Lara, a Bolivian student at the Univ. of 111, 
The presentation of a short film and various records completed the 

"Las Mil Gotas del Rio", a poem by departmental teaching assistant M. 
Elton Anglada, appears in Cuadernos del Viento (Mexico), Num. 35-6 
(junio-julio, 1963). 

A lecture by Prof. Antonio Tovar, of the Univ. of 111. Dept. of Clas- 
sics, is scheduled for April 21, 1964 (8:15 P.M., Faculty Lounge, 
mini Union). Prof. Tovar 's address, on "Poetas Espauoles Contempo- 
raneos", will be presented in conjunction with an initiation service of 
Lambda Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, national Spanish honorary society. 

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Hi gh School-to-Colle;Te Transition . A rather large number of students 
who enter the Univ. of 111. in the fall with previous work in Spanish 
choose to continue studying the language. Last fall, for example, 
there were over 4C0 such students. In order to help these students 
make a smooth transition betv/een their high-school and college study, 
the Dept. has required all entering freshr.ien to take a written and oral 
examination, the results of ;vhich aid in guiding the students toward 
a proper placement. It is to the credit of many high schools in the 
state and elsewhere that a growing number of entering freshmen compete 
well with university-trained students. ' It should be stated, however, 
that there are many students who, on the basis of the placement tests 
and in classroom performance, reveal inadequate preparation. Students 
with deficiencies are forced to begin another language, or to "dupli- 
cate" a course or two, sometimes without credit, 

IVhile there are undoubtedly several reasons for these deficiencies, 
some of which are probably insoluble, it would perhaps be useful to 
discuss two areas in which high school teachers might work to help cor- 
rect the present situation. There is no doubt that a student who takes 
Spanish during his first two years in high school will find it diffi- 
cult to proceed normally, after a twenty-seven month lapse of time, in 
his study of Spanish, be it at the Univ. of 111. or anywhere else. It 
seems reasonable to advise these students to take more than two years 
of Spanish, or, if they can only study tv.o years, they should be ad- 
vised to study the language during their last two years of high school. 

The other area which causes difficulties for some students is the type 
of preparation they receive. The students who train in the older, 
traditional systems of language learning will be in a disadvantageous 
position when they come to the Univ. of 111., since the method being 
used is the audio-lingual, structural (pattern drills, dialogues, and 
question-answer exercises). This means there is a heavy emphasis on 
speaking and listening com ireLension ability, which can only be a- 
chieved through a gradual but constant program of oral-aural training. 
The question here is not so much what is being. learned but rather how 
it is being learned. For those students, however, who come wvell pre- 
pared in reading and ;vriting, but insuf fici antly so in the spoken lan- 
guage, the Dept, does offer and recommends a beginning conversation 
course of two hours (Spanish 115), v/hich can be taken concurrently, 
and for credit, with the regular second-year Spanish course. 

[Daniel P. Testa] 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language New sletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern languiige departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the j^ of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor '.Villiam H, Shoemaker, Head. The N ewsle tter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Mrs. Carol Blackburn. All communications should 
be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, 
Urbana, Illinois. 

Modern Foreign Language 


Vol, XVII. Noc 7 ' ' ■ ' . ' ■ ' April, 1964 

SUNiMSR SCHOOL AT THE UNIV*. OF ILL, offers a fine selection of courses 
for students of modern foreign languages o During the eight-week ses- 
sion, from June 15 to August 8,: the following will be offered: 

F rench ; 101, Elementary Course, I.; 102, Elementary Course, II; 103, 
Modem French, I; 104, Modern French, II; 201, Introduction to French 
Literature, I; 211. Oral French, I; ,212, Oral French, II; 309, Sur- 
vey of French Literature, I; 317, Le Theatre Frap^ais Depuis 1800; 
336, Civilisation Frangaise, II; 3S2, Language Laboratory Techniques; 
400, Beginning French for. Graduate Students; 401, Reading French for 
Graduate Students; 407, i^dvanced French Diction; 409, The Phonetics 
of F'rench; 453, French Realism and Naturalism, I; 459, Seminar — 
Leconte de Lisle; 491, Individual Topics; 499, Thesis Research, 

CNote: Other courses may possibly be added or substituted for the ones 
above listed, according to demand. Teachers intending to enrol for 
the summer session are invited to write to the French Dept. (244 Lin- 
coln. Hall), to make known their intentions and preferences.] 

Gejrman: 101, Elementary Course, I; 102, Elementary Course, II; 103, 
Intermediate Course, I; 104, Intermediate Course, II; 210, Master- 
pieces of German Literature; 211, Conversation and Writing, I; 291, 
Senior Thesis and Honors Course; 382- Language Laboratory Techniques; 
400, Beginning German for Graduate Students; 401, Readings in German 
for Graduate Students; 493, Research in Special Topics; 499, Thesis 
Research. . V 

Russian; 101, First-Year Russian, I; 102, First-Year. Russian, II; 
103, Second-Year Russian, I; 211, Oral Russian, I; 324, Readings in 
Russian Literature — Chekhov, Gorky, Bloc; 382, Language Laboratory 
Techniques; 400, Beginning Russian for Graduate Students; 401, Read- 
ings in Russian for Graduate Students; 416, Studies in Russian Crit- 
icism; 491, Individual Topics. 

Spanis h: 101, Elementary Spanish, I; 102, Elementary Spanish, II; 
103, Intermediate Spanish, I; 104, Intermediate Spanish, II-; 211, 
Intermediate Composition and Conversation, I; 212, Intermediate Com- 
position and Conversation, II; 213, Advanced Composition and Conver- 
sation, I; 214, Advanced Composition and Conversation, II; 291, 
Senior Thesis; 308, Modernism o and Contemporary Spanish American 
Poetry; 314, Spanish Drama and Poetry of the Golden Age; 351, Pho- 
netics; 352, Syntax; 382, Language Laboratory Techniques; 421, Mod- 
ern Spanish Novel and Essay; 433, Spanish-American Novel — Middle 
America; 491, Special Topics in Spanish; 499, Thesis Research. 

Three linguistics courses of interest to students of modern foreign 
languages will also be offered: 300, Introduction to Linguistics; 
301, General Phonetics; 302, Comparative Linguistics. 

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TEACHERS' HELPERS. From the San Francisco C hronicle (February 23, 
1964): "The Berkeley School System has added fifteen teachers to its 
staff without paying an extra cent in salaries. This is the result of 
work by School Resource Volunteers, which has 250 unpaid 'teachers' 
helpers' doing clerical and mechanical tasks that cut into a teacher's 
time'Vo Violet Smith, coordinator for the Berkeley Schools, says: 
"The volunteers give the teacher the opportunity to do the work he 
ought to be doing". Although the Univ. of California does not grant 
scholastic credit to the participants in the program, San Francisco 
State and Oakland City College do. 

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MEXICO SUPPLEMENT, The March, 1954 issue of Atlanti c contains a spe- 
cial sixty-page supplement on "Mexico Today". Items featured include 
history, literature, archaeology, music and art. Write for copies of 
this issue to: Atlantic, 8 Arlington Street, Boston, Mass. (02116). 

PROF. PEDRO JUAN LABARTHE, Chairman of the Spanish Dept . at 111. Wes- 
leyan Univ. , reports enthusiastic response to the new bilingual literary 
magazine A LA (A merican Li terary A ccents ) , of which he is Literary Ad- 
viser, Further requests for information may be addressed either to 
Prof. Labarthe or to the Editor of ALA: Dr. Helen Wohl Patterson, 1916 
R Street, SE, Washington, DoC. (200207. 

Three poems by Prof. Labarthe have been selected, for inclusion in an 
anthology of contemporary poets from Spain and Latin iiraerica, Gottlieb 
Gluhn und ird isch Muhn, being published by Prof. Franz Kauhut of the 
Univ. of V/urzburg, Germany^ A review by Dr. T.C. Dennis (Edinburgh 
Univ. ) of Int errogacion a la Muerte , a book of poetry by Mr. Labarthe, 
appears in Volo XI of New Hispanic Life . On April 21, 1964, Prof. 
Labarthe is scheduled to lecture at .estern 111. Univ., on Gabriela 
Mistral, the subject of his most recent book: Gabriela Mistral Como la 
Conoci Yo. 

GUIDANCE HANDBOOK. All teachers of modern foreign languages, as well 
as guidance counselors, should have a copy of A Hand book for Guiding 
Student s in Modern Foreign Languages , prepared by lio Remer, U»S. Dept. 
of Health, Education and Welfare. This publication, which replaces 
Modern Foreign Languages : A Counselor's Guide , covers many topics: l) 
V/hy study a FL? 2) Vlho should study a FL? 3) When to begin modern FL 
study; 4) Hovir long to study a modern PL; 5) Which FL to study; 6) 
Predicting success in FL study; 7) Developing FL skills; 8) Extra- 
curricular FL practice; 9) Using FLs on the job; 10) Financial assist- 
ance for college students; 11) Meeting college FL entrance and degree 
requirements. Selected references are listed and appendices included 
which give information, among other things, on exchange, study, work 
and travel opportunities abroad. The Handbook (No. 5.227:27018) is 
available for 45j^ from: U.S. Govt. Printing Office, Washington, D.C, 

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FILM FESTIVAL. The "Annual Pan American Film Festival", in honor of 
Chicago's Pan AiTierican ..eek celebration and the twenty-fifth anniver- 
sary of the Pan ^toierican Council, is scheduled this year for April 24- 
25, Sponsored by the Pan ^\merican Council of Chicago and the Spanish 
Club (evening divisions) of Northwestern Univ., the Festival will in- 
clude five films: April 24 - Rum bo a Brasilia (8:00 P. Mo), C armen de 
la Ronda (9:30 P.M.); April 25 - Ch i lam Balam (2:00 PoW.), Violetas 
I mperiales, (4:00 P.K,), Buenos Vecinos (8:00 P.M.). 

All of the films will be shown in Thorne Hall, Superior Street and Lake 
Shore Drive, Chicago. A series donation of S3»00 is requested (or, 50/ 
for the April 25th matinee only), to be used for the Pan American 
Scholarship Fund. The recipient of the 1964 Pan american scholarship 
award is Mr. Jorge Garcia, a student at Wheaton College. 

THE AATG SERVICE BUREAU has recently merged with the National Carl 
Schurz Association, which for many years has been serving German teach- 
ers with various loans and exhibitions. The cooperative effort will 
place at the disposal of AATG members the service of a large organiza- 
tion with enhanced facilities for taking care of requests. Informa- 
tion- and materials-requests should be addressed to: Mr. Hans-.eerner 
Deeken, 420 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia 6, Pa. 

AATF. The spring meeting of the 111. Downstate Chapter of the ilmeri- 
can Association of Teachers of French, will be held on April 25, 1964, 
in Room 222, Illini Union, Un?,v. of 111, The morning program will in- 
clude a coffee hour (9:30 - 10:00), business meeting (10:00 - 10:30), 
panel discussion and idea exchange (10:30 - 12:00). Following a 12:30 
luncheon, at 1:30 Prof, Philip Kolb (Univ. of 111^) will address the 
group on the topic: "A la Recherche de Marcel Proust". 

Luncheon reservations at S2.00 each should be mailed immediately to 
AATF Secretary-Treasurer Herbert De Ley, 240 Lincoln Hall, Univ. of 
111., Urbana, 111. 

THE EXPERIMENT IN INTERNATIONAL LIVING seeks leaders for student groups 
which will travel tnis summer in some thirty-five countries in Europe, 
South America, Asia and Africa. Leaders should be American born and 
educated, 25-45 years of age, and experienced in living abroad, in 
teaching or group work, in simple living and camping. Leaders to Ger- 
man-, French-, Spanish-, and Italian-speaking areas must be fluent in 
the language. Other languages needed include Hebrew, Serbo-Croatian, 
Polish, Portuguese and Japanese. A nominal cash remuneration is made, 
and all expenses are paid. Applications are available from: The Ex- 
periment in International Living, Putney, Vermont. 

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GERMAN STATISTICS. Prof. Rudi Goedsche of Northwestern Univ. reports 
on a tally of undergraduate majors and graduate students in German from 
1953-1954 through 1963-1964. In this, eleven-year period, the number of 
majors has increased from 218 to 1030, and the number of graduate stu- 
dents from 333 to 919. 

TRt\NSDEX PUBLICATIONS is introducing a series of compact "translation 
indexes", designed particularly for those travelling abroad. The first 
index published, a thirty-two page guide for the visitor to Spanish- 
speaking countries, includes a list of common idiomatic expressions, a 
vocabulary, and a translation of highway markers. French and German 
TRANSDEX will soon be available, and future publications are planned 
for Italian, Danish, Portuguese and Japanese. Single copies of the 
Spanish TRANSDEX are now available for 60/ each from: TRANSDEX PUBLI- 
CATIONS, P.O, Box 10697, San Diego, Calif. (92116). 

THE BRAZILIAN SOCIETY OF CHICAGO announces its third anniversary party 
to be held in the IVoodrow Uilson Room, 116 South Michigan Avenue, on 
April 25, 1964. The program will feature cocktails at 5:30 P^I'* , "fei- 
joada completa" dinner at 7:00, and dancing and entertainment from 9:00 
until midnight. Ticket reservations at :ij8.50 per person should be sent 
at once to: Miss Alice Krescher, Social Chairman, 4822 North Kenmore 
Avenue, Chicago, 111. (60640). 

COMPETENCE IN EXOTIC LANGUAGES is in critically short supply for the 
demands of the changing modern world, Americans have come to realize 
in recent years. Our schools and colleges have moved rapidly to meet 
the growing need, but are seriously hampered by the lack of competent 
instructors. Therefore, Kalamazoo College, in Michigan, is trying a 
new approach — independent study. 

Three teams of two students each are studying Japanese, Hindu-Urdu, and 
Mandarin Chinese. Students spend ten to fifteen hours a week listening 
to tape recordings, studying textbooks that are coordinated with the 
tapes, and frequently checking with consultants who are native speakers 
of the language studied. The consultants used are foreign students 
from Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Hyderabad, India, who are studying at Kala- 
mazoo and neighboring Western Michigan University. Aim of the program, 
according to Dr. Peter, chairman of Kalaniazoo's foreign 
language department, is to determine whether students can master a 
"critically neglected" language without constant guidance of a professor 
in a classroom. Students in the pi'ogram are checked at the end of each 
eleven-week term by a leading specialist in the language who will also 
determine the final grade they will receive. Plans call for similar 
programs in Turkish^ Swahili, and Portuguese to begin next fall. 

[James Cass, in S aturday Review (Feb. 
15, 1964) - reprinted with permission.] 

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FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

The Univ. of 111. French Journal Club met on ^3arch 16, 196-1, Miss 
Agnes R. Porter spoke on Adrienne >iesurat , and Mr. M. Roy Harris on 

On March 18, Prof. John K, Simon spoke to the members of Le Cercle 
Fran^ais about programs for study abroad. 

The speaker at the March 23 meeting of the Medieval Club was Prof. 
Barbara C. Bowen. Her subject was "I^ogue and Fool in Medieval French 

The tentative program for the next' meeting of the Proven9al Club is 
"Guilhem Scoubidou - ses sirventes". 

Mr. Jean Beliard, French Consul General in Chicago, will leave his post 
in May to become director of two French radio stations, Radio Monte 
Carlo and Radio ^ndorre, and of a government radio-TV network which will 
begin operation January 1, 1965, , 


High School to Colle,^e Trgnsition j The problem of transition in for- 
eign language from high school to college is a difficult one for about 
half of our entering freshmen, and it is a problem to which the language 
departments here have devoted much attention. The roots of the problem 
lie in three dii'ections.: (l) the student had two years of French his 
first two years in high school and attempts to continue French in col- 
lege after a two-year lapse; (2) th,e student hag a iveak foundation in 
oral French, whereas this is an important aspect of French at the Univ. 
of 111.; (3) the student in his first s,e iiester in college, freed from 
parental discipline and the close guidance of the high school, fails 
to study regularly, whereas regularity in study habits is the essence 
of successful language, work. . . 

In order to lessen the problem of transition, the Dept, of French pro- 
vides special sections in French 101, 102, 103, 104 and 211 for students 
entering from high school. These are ,called "starred" sections, as 
they are denoted by an asterisk in the Tiine Table (our official listing 
of courses). The starred sections meet five hours a week; the regular 
sections meet four hours a week. At the end of the second week of 
classes, a placement test will be given to determine which students may 
change to a regular section, and which ones need to remain in the 
starred sections for remedial work. No placement testing in French is 
done before registration. The following statement as it appears in the 
Time Table spells out the details of this plan and shows what course 
the entering student will take, according to his previous experience in 

Sequence of courses — Students with no previous credit in French 
register in French 101. Students with no credit in French at the Univ, 

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of 111. but who have credit in French from high school or another col- 
lege must register in starred sections as follows: students with one 
year of high school French or one semester of college French register 
in French *102; two years of high school French or two semesters of 
college French in French *103; three years of high school French or 
three semesters of college French in French *104. Students with four 
years of high school French or four semesters of college French taken 
elsewhere may register in the 200-level courses, provided that regis- 
tration in French 211 is in a starred section. 

Placement tests — Students with no French credit at the Univ. of 
111. who are registered in the starred sections of French 102, 103, 
104, and 211 may progress to a regular section of the same course by 
passing a placement test to be given in the second week of instruction. 

[Bruce H. Mainous] 

GERMAN NOTES - Prepared by Peter K. Jansen 

The latest issue of The Journal of English and Germanic Philology (Voli 
LXIII, No. 1, January, 1964) contains, on pages 127-132, a detailed 
critical evaluation by Prof. Frank G. Banta of Herbert L. Kufner's The 
Grammatical Structures of Englj sh and German (Chicago: The Univ. of 
Chicago Press, 1962). 

Prof. Karl-Heins Planitz, Chairman of the Dept. of German at Wabash 
College (Crawfordsville, Indiana), for ten years National Secretary of 
the American Association of Teachers of German, and former President 
(in 1961) of the National Federation of Modern Language Teacher Asso- 
ciations, was elected to the presidency of AATG at the annual meeting 
of that organization in Chicago last December. 

Prof. Planitz is an alumnus of the Univ. of 111., where he did his 
undergraduate work and also received his doctorate in German. He has 
taught German at the Univ. of 111. and at the Univ. of Cincinnati, 
Temple Univ., Colby College, Middlebury College, and iVabash College, 
whose faculty he joined in 1957. 

On Thursday, March 26, the German Club gathered in the General Lotmge 
of the mini Union to listen to a lecture and recital entitled "Bertolt 
Brecht als lyrischer Dichter", by Prof. Frederick Ritter. Prof. Ritter, 
who now teaches German at 111. Institute of Technology in Chicago, is 
a trained actor. For the very large audience assembled to hear his in- 
terpretation of Brecht 's poetry, it was particularly interesting to 
learn that Prof. Ritter had appeared on the stage in the cast that pro- 
duced the original performance of Brecht 's now world-famous "Drei- 
groschenoper" ("Threepenny Opera") with Kurt Vi'eill's music. Prof. 
Hitter's intimate familiarity with Brecht 's poetry and his unconventional, 
versatile, and very moving rendition of the poems, made the evening a 

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memorable experience for the audience. Attention was drawn especially 
to Brecht's almost uncanny skill in recognizing and exploiting the pos- 
sibilities of the language, his simplicity v;hich does not ignore but 
penetrates the complexity of life, and the Dionysian sensuosity of his 
imagery, qualities v/hich are often overlooked in Brecht's work because 
of the critics' preoccupation with the political implications of both 
the plays and the poems. 

The most recent meeting of the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft, on April 
16, featured a lecture by Prof, Hans Heunecle , currently a guest member 
of the Dept, His topic was "Karl Kraus : Satire und Lyrik"c Prof, 
Hennecke offered a perceptive appraisal of the Austrian poet and critic's 
attitude toward language and those who use it. 

The Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft will convene again on May 7 to hear Mr. 
Charles Giordano speak about "Platen and his Relationship to the German 
People". The meeting is scheduled for P.oom 261, Illini Union South, 

The German Dept. and the Campus Folksong Club were the joint sponsors 
of a lecture on April 20 by Gerhard Heilfurth, Prof, of German at the 
Univ. of Marburg, Germany. Prof. Heilfurth's lecture was entitled 
"German Volkskunde in the Field of Tension between East and West", 

Some of the present members of the Dept, will not be staying at the Univ, 
of 111. during the academic year 1964-1965. Prof. Fi^ank G. Banta, our 
former Chairman, has accepted an offer to teach for one yea,r as a guest 
member of the Dept. of German at Indiana Univ. in Bloomington, with the 
rank of Associate Professor. Mr. Peter K. Jansen will also go to Indi- 
ana Univ., as a Lecturer in German. Mr. Charles Giordano has accepted 
an invitation from Catholic Univ, in Washington, D.C, to join the 
staff of the German Dept, there as an Interim Assistant Professor, 

High School to Co llege Tran sition, Prospective transfer students from 
other colleges and freshmen with previous work in German; whp want to 
continue in the language next fall in the Univ. of 111. Dept. of German, 
will find the transition in their German studies much easier if they 
familiarize themselves during the summer with the textbooks currently 
used in the beginning courses offered by the Dept. 

Although the book list is subject to change and the books for the next 
academic year have not yet been selected, prospective students in the 
two abovementioned categories will, by following this suggestion, be 
able to estimate in advance what will be expected of them in the inter- 
mediate courses and to compensate any discrepancy, should it exist, 
between their own familiarity with the language and the methods they are 
accustomed to in German instruction, and those of their future classmates 
who have taken first- and second-semester German at the Univ. of III. 

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The books in question are the following: 101 (first semester) - Deutsch 
fiir Amerikaner , by Goedsche and Spann, lessons 1-22; Erzahl mir was, by 
Biauth and Roderbourg, lessons 1-4; Per Gori_lla Goliath, by Spann and 
Leopold; 102 (second semester) - Deutsch fiir /uneri kaner , lessons 23- 
25 and Part II; Erzahl mir '.yas , lessons 5-14; Cor a: Vier L ausbuben - 
geschichten, by Ludwig Thorua, ed. by Diamond and Rosenfeld. Deutsch 
fiir ^rierikaner is published by the /tmerican Book Company, Erzahl mir 
was by Ginn and Company, pej? Gorilla Goliath and Cora ; V ier Lausbuben - 
geschichten by D.C. Heath and Company. 

During the registration period in September a placement examination will 
be administered to all students desiring advanced placement on the basis 
of previous training in German. 

SLAVIC NOTES - Prepared by Frank Y. Gladuey and Steven P. Hill 

(Pauline Apperson | 

Born in Paragould, Arkansas, in 1915, Pauline Apperson attended Douglas 
College, New Brunswick, N.J., going on to Rutgers Univ. on a full fellow- 
ship for her M.A. in English. She served as Assistant to the Director 
of Scholarships at Princeton Univ. and came to the Univ. of 111. in 1959 
as secretary of the Russian Dept. It was in large measure her energy 
and im.agination which kept the department running smoothly during her 
four and a half years of devoted service. Yet her full-time duties did 
not prevent her from completing three units towcird her Ph.D. with a 
brilliant 5.00 record. Her tragic death in the early hours of March 13 
as she tried to save what she could from her burning home was a poignant 
loss to the members of the department as it was to others who knew her 
warm and generous spirit. 

We take pleasure in announcing the appointment of Prof- Lew Reid Mickle- 
sen of the Univ. of Colorado and IBM as Head of the Depit, of Slavic 
Languages and Literatures effective September 1, 1964, as approved last 
month by the Board of Trustees. A native of Minnesota, Dr. Micklesen 
received his Ph.D. in linguistics at Harvax'd Univ. in 1951 and has 
taught Russian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Slavic linguistics 
at several institutions, including the Univ. of Wasliington ( 1953-1959 )• 
He has written extensively on Russian in connection with machine trans- 
lation and since 1959 has headed a research team working in that area 
at IBM. 

Something completely new for 111. tiigh school students is being intro- 
duced with the announcement of the First Annual Illinois High School 
Russian Contest, to be held under the sponsorship of the 111. Chapter of 
aATSEEL on Saturday, May 9, 1964. The contest, which is sanctioned by 

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the I.H.S.A., will take place at Lyons Twp. High School, 100 South 
Brainard, LaGrange, 111. 

Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:15 A.M. The tests will begin at 
9:30 A.M., and lunch and accompanying entertainment will start at noon. 
Due to initial organizational problems, the Russian Contest Committee 
(Petronaitis, Tymoszenko, Meyers, Braun, Koncius, lieis) has decided to 
limit the contest to four Russian I students and four Russian II stu- 
dents from each school. The entry fee is 50jt per student, with lunch 
at 31.00 per person. Prizes of records, Russian books, and certificates 
of merit will be awarded. In charge of the contest this year is >ir. 
Frank Petronaitis, 8938 Fairview, Brookfield, 111. 

The spring meeting of the 111. chapter of AATSEEL will be held in con- 
junction with the High School Russian Contest, on May 9. The session 
will begin at 2:00 P.M. in the Committee Room on the North Cai.ipus of 
Lyons T\vp. High School (same address as above). 

After a \velcoming address by Dr. Donald Reber (Superintendent-Principal 
of Lyons Twp. High School and Jr. College), three papers will be read: 
"Gerunds in Russian", by Mr. Frank Y. Giadney (Univ. of 111.); "Use of 
Dostoyevsky in a High School Honors Course", by Mr. D. Stanley lioore 
(Rich Twp. High School, Park Forest); and "Impressions of Moscow and 
Muscovites", by Mr. Marion J. Reis (Oak Park-River Forest High School), 
All members of A^TSSEL in the state of 111. are urged to attend! Those 
who arrive by noon are invited to attend the luncheon after the Russian 

The Slavic Section of the Central States Modern Language Association will 
hold its annual meeting in Chicago on Saturday, May 2, 1964. The ses- 
sion will take place in the LaSalle Hotel, starting at 2:00 P.M., with 
four papers to be presented: Prof. Edward Stankiewicz, on Common Slavic 
accent; Prof. Harry H. Josselson, on computer analysis of the Ushakov 
and the new foui^-volume dictionaries; Prof. Karol Magassy, on Polish 
iambic tetrameter verse; and Mr. Steven P. Hill, on Russian propositions. 
Mark both this date (May 2) and that of the A/^TSEEL meeting (May 9) on 
your calendars! 

In an effort to aid high school teachers of Russian, this column wishes 
to compile a list of all institutions of higher education in 111. which 
have a teacher training curriculum in Russian. If your institution has 
one, please notify Mr. Steven P. Hill, 260 Lincoln Hall, Univ. of 111., 
Urbana, 111, 

The Center for Russian Language and Area Studies continues to bring to 
our campus leading scholars in the Slavic field. On March 13 Prof. 
George L. Kline of Bryn Mawr delivered a lecture in which he appraised 

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philosophical revisionism of Marxism as it is currently practiced in 
Eastern Europe, notably in Poland. On March 19, we were privileged to 
hear two lectures by Dr. Dmitri Obolensky, Prof, of Russian and Balkan 
history at Oxford, visiting this year at Harvard's Dumbarton Oaks Center 
for Byzantine Studies. Prof. Oboiensky's afternoon talk was a virtuosic 
survey of the poetry of Osip Mandel 'shtam. In his evening lecture, 
which was co-sponsored by the Dept. of History, he analyzed Muscovy's 
diplomatic relations with the Byzantine iimpire on the eve of the Turkish 
conquest of Constantinople in 1453. 

The next speaker at the Slavistics Circle, on April 24, will be Mr. 
Fred D. Thayer, departmental teaching assistant, who will attempt a 
more formalized statement of instructional transforms in Russian than 
that originally proposed by D.S. Worth in Word 14.247-90 (1958). 

On March 27-28 the Center for Russian Language and Area Studies and 
the Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures played host on the Univ. 
of 111. campus to a national conference on Russian teaching in this 
country. This conference, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Education 
(NDEA branch), had an extremely distinguished membership of many of the 
leading Slavic scholars in the country, drawn from the twelve American 
universities which have an NDEA Russian Center, including '"hitfield, 
Harkins, Lunt , Edgerton, Humesky, Benson, Cornyn, Dav.son, Domar, Magner, 
etc., plus two representatives of the Office of Education. The Univ. 
of 111. was represented by Frof. Ralph Fisher, who served as Chairman, 
and Prof. Kurt Klein, who was one of the original planners of the con- 
ference. . 

The discussion concerned a number of problems connected with Russian 
teaching, teaching materials, personnel, course structure, and require- 
ments, and also a detailed list of suggestions for possi'ole improvement, 
which had been prepared by Dawson of Syracuse. From the discussion 
and proposals, a summary of the conference will be written up by Prof. 
Lew Micklesen. This report should be available for distribution to 
any interested institution within the next few months. 

The Russian Club, in addition to the regular Thursday afternoon Tea 
Hours, has two other events remaining on this year's calendar: a Club 
meeting on Thursday, May 7, at 8:00 P.M. (314-A Illini Union), and a 
feature film on May 14 in the Auditorium. The Club's previous film 
program. Lady with the Dog and Stanislavsky , was well-liked by a good- 
sized audience; it also served as a subject for class assignments in 
some advanced courses, whose students were given a free copy of the 
Chekhov story to read, and then discussed orally or wrote a composition 
on the short story and the film. 


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The Slavic Dept, staff for the 1964 summer school session will include 
Professors Kurt Klein, Victor Terras, and Constantin D. Uszynskio 

The current issue of the Slavic Review contains Prof. Terras' article, 
"Probleras of Human Existence in the uorks of the Young Dostoevsky". 

Thornton Fractional Twp, (South) High School at Lansing reports a 
flourishing enrolment in its newly-initiated Russian program: no fewer 
than 156 students in the six beginning classes. The course was set up 
in cooperation with the Univ, of Chicago's Master of Arts in Teaching 
program in Russian, directed by Prof. iVayne D. Fisher, and is taught 
by MAT intern-teachers Arthur Dedinsky and Phyllis Price, 

SPANISH, ITALIiVN, AND PORTUGUESE NOTES - Prepared by Carol Blackburn 

Three distinguished speakers are scheduled to present public addresses 
at the Univ. of 111, in the near future, sponsored by the Dept. On 
April 21, Dr. Antonio Tovar, Professor of Classics at the Univ. of 111., 
will speak on "Poetas espanoles contemporcneos", in coTiiunction with 
an initiation service of Sigma Delta Pi. His speech is scheduled for 
8;00 P.M. in the Faculty Lounge of the Illini Union, 

On April 23 and 24, the eminent contemporary Spanish novelist and mem- 
ber of the Real Academia Espanola, Caniilo Jose Cela, will be on the 
Univ- of 111. campus. He will present two lectures, sponsored by the 
Division of Humanities and the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and Portu- 
guese: "Examen de Conciencia de un Escritor" (Ap^-il 23, 8:00 P.M., 
314-A Illini Union), and "Cuatro Figuras del 98" (.^pril 24, 11:00 A.M., 
314-A Illini Union). 

Mr. Porfirio Martinez Penaloza, of the Institute Nacional de Bellas 
Artes of Mexico City, will speak on "La poes£a entre Lopez Velarde y 
el Estridentismo", on May 5 (8:00 P.M., 314-B Illini Union). His 
subject for the May 6 meeting of the Spanish Club (8:00 P.M., 314-B 
Illini Union), will be: "El arte populcir y las artesanias artisticas 
de Mexico", The May 6 address will be accompanied by slides. 

The annual poetry contest for undergraduate students of Spanish, Ital- 
ian, and Portuguese will be held this year on April 29, at 8:00 P.M. 
in Room 314-B of the Illini Union, 

Prof. IVilliam H. Shoemaker was the speaker for the March 18th meeting 
of the Spanish Club. Under the topic "Galdos y Espona 1963", he des- 
cribed his recent work in the libraries of Spain, and spoke particularly 

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about a piece of work which had its origins in a very happy "find" in 
Barcelona, now almost nine years ago: a packet of letters written by 
Galdos to the distinguished Catalan novelist Narciso Oiler, Several 
years later a folder of letters from Oiler to Galdos was acquired by 
the Casa-Museo de Galdos in Las Palmas, and a microfilm secured of them 
for Prof, Shoemaker by his former student Joseph Schraibman, now at 
Princeton Univ, In January of this year, Prof. Shoemaker was able to 
add three more letters to his collection of correspondence between 
Galdos and Oiler, which reveals much about the private opinions and ac- 
tivities of both men. Prof, Shoemaker read excerpts from the letters, 
which are both extremely frank and friendly, and deal almost entirely 
with literary matters. 

On April 11, Prof. Shoemaker presented a brief address of welcome for 
the 1964 111, State FLES Conference, held on the Univ, of 111, campus. 

Miss ^5a^ia Carlota Figueiredo Pinheiro, departmental teaching assistant 
and recipient of the 111, Federation of V/omen's Clubs Scholarship for 
1963-1964, was a member of the staff for the third annual Hanover In- 
stitute. The topic of this year's Institute, held at Hanover (Indiana) 
College on March 4-7, was Brazil, and Miss Pinheiro was invited to par- 
ticipate as an authority on the educational system of that, her native, 
country. On Ilarch 4 she presented a lecture on "Education in Brazil", 
and was available throughout the conference for panels and for indi- 
vidual consultation with students in education. 

At the March 18th meeting of the Italian Club, Mrs, Franca Spinolo 
spoke on the Montessori educational system: "II fanciullo nuovo di 
Maria Montessori", 

Spanish faculty for the 1964 summer school session will include Pro- 
fessors Merlin H, Forster, Henry R, Kahane and Viilliam H, Shoemaker, 
and Dr, Florence L, Yudin, 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor William H. Shoemaker, Head. The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Mrs, Carol Blackburn, All communications should 
be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, 
Urbana, Illinois, ; '_ 

/^P^^tf-'dUJuy^ o<(^vu-a-a..^LAii^ ,P^ 

Modern Foreign Language 


Vol. XVII. No. 8 ; May, 1964 

CIL\NGE IN CONSULTANT SERVICE. In order to work more closely with 
state departments of education, the Modern Language Association asks 
that requests by schools and communities for the services of consult- 
ants on foreign language problems be sent to the state department, 
addressed to the Foreign Language Consultant or Supervisor, if there is 
one; if not, to the Title III Coordinator; and, if there is no Title 
III Coordinator, to the Director of Instruction. The services of the 
Modern Language Association will be available in any case where the 
Consultant, Supervisor or Coordinator requires outside help in handling 
a request. . '. 

The tlodern Language Association pays travel expenses and a token hono- 
rarium to the consultants, who currently number more than tivo hundred 
and are established in forty-two states and the District of Columbia. 
The consultant service is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Cor- 

A NSV/ UNDERGR.;DUATS FROGRA>i IN SPAIN is announced by The Institute of' 
European Studies. The 1964-1965 program will include a course of for- 
mal study at the Univ. of Madrid, plus intensive language instruction 
£uid two lectured field trips. Applicants must have a minimum grade 
average of 3, two years of college Spanish (or, one year of college 
Spanish and two years of high school Spanish) and junior standing at 
the time the program begins, and must be between the ages of 18 and 24, 
unmarried, and in good physical and mental health. 

The fee for the Hispanic Year, lasting from late August to mid- June, 
is i2610. Applications must be submitted by June 15, 1964, and are 
available from: The Institute of European Studies, 35 East iVacker Dr., 
Chicago, 111. (60G01). 

LABARTHE SCKOLARSHIP. A scholarship named in honor of Prof. Pedro 
Juan Labarthe (111. V.'esleyan Univ.) has been established by the Uni- 
versity of the /unericas, formerly Mexico City College. According to 
officials of the Mexican school, the scholarship was named in recog- 
nition of the enthusiastic cooperation that Prof. Labarthe has given 
the university through the years. To be awarded annually, the scholar- 
ship will enable a Spanish major from 111. V.esleyan Univ. to spend a 
junior year of study in Mexico. The first recipient is Miss Jane 
Schuler, of Elmhurst, who will study in Mexico City during the 1964- 
1965 academic term. 

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ILLINI AT r.EETINGS. The seventeenth University of Kentucky Foreign 
Language Conference was held in Lexington on April 23-25. Represent- 
ing the Univ. of 111. were Lee S. ilultzen and Jose Sanchez (Chicago), 
who presented papers for, respectively, Linguistics I and Spanish II. 
Also participating in the program from the state of Illinois were: 
Helen Duda (New Trier Twp. H.S.), Penrith B. Goff (Univ. of Chicago), 
Paul F. Guenther (Southern 111. Univ.), Kevin Guinagh (Eastern 111. 
Univ.), Mikiso Hane (Knox Coll.), tVayne T. Johnson (De Paul Univ.), 
William N, Kennedy (IIJ . State Univ.), Mary Joan Minerva (Jamieson 
School, Chicago), and SUe Patrick (Guilford H.S., Rockford). 

On Kay 1-2, the 47th annual meeting of the Central States Modern Lan- 
guage Teachers Association was held in Chicago. In addition to Steven 
P. Hill and Luis Leal, Univ. of 111., who presented papers for the 
Slavic and Spanish sections, the following Illinois teachers had active 
parts in the meeting: Violet Bergquist (Evanston Twp. H.S.), IVarren 
Born (Maine Twp. M.S., East), Ellen I. Brachtl (Chicago Board of Edu- 
cation), Marita Clark (Belleville Public Schools), Walter Cooper (J.S. 
Morton Jr. Coll.), Robert de Vette (iVheaton Coll.), Helmut A. Hartwig 
(Southern 111. Univ.), Robert E. Kiefer (Evanston Twp. H.S.), Frank 
Naccarato (J.S. Morton Jr. Coll.), Eileen Riccomi (J.S. Morton H.S., 
East), Irene Sanderson (Kankakee H.S.), Mary C. Shapiro (Chicago Public 
Schools), Raymond J. Spahn (Southern 111. Univ.), and Edward Stankie- 
wicz (Univ. of Chicago). 

Illinois was also well represented at the 1964 joint njeeting of the 
Midwest Modern Language Association and the Central Renaissance Con- 
ference, held May 7-9 at Illinois State University, Normal. Partici- 
pating from the Univ. of 111. were Claude K. Abraham and Herbert De 
Ley (Dept. of French), and C.£. Nowell (Dept. of History), Others 
from Illinois who attended in official capacities include: Richard E, 
Allen (111. State Univ.), Jenaro Artiles (Southern 111, Univ.), James 
C. Bruce (Univ. of Chicago), Uilliam Card (Chicago Teach. Coll., South), 
A.L. Davis (111. Inst, of Tech., Chicago), Lillian i.*ochterman (111. 
State Univ.), Penrith Goff (Univ. of Chicago), Albert S. Hansner (111. 
State Univ.), Frank D. Horvay (111. State Univ.),, Mil ford C. Jochums 
(111. State Univ.), Donald R. Kelley (Southern 111. Univ.), Norman 
Luxenburg (111. State Univ.), Char.les R. Lyons (Principia Coll.), 
Raven I. McDavid, Jr. (Univ. of Chicago), William Monter (Northwestern 
Univ.), Kenneth H. Ober (111. State Univ.), Earl A. Reitan (111. State 
Univ.), ^^omcilo Rosic (Knox Coll.), Roger w. Shuy (Wheaton Coll.), 
Irwin Specter (111, State Uiiiv.), Adelaide Veith (Univ. of Chicago), 
and R. Dean Ware (111. State Univ.), 

mini also hold high offices in both the MMLA and CRC. Victor E. 
Gimraestad (111. State Univ.) served this year as President of KliLA, 
and Ferman Bishop (111. State Univ.) as Secretary-Treasurer. The 
President and Vice-President of the CRC were Christopher Spencer and 
Earl A. Reitan, both from 111. State Univ. Prof. Spencer served, in 
addition, as Representative to the Renaissance Society of /ynerica. 

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AATF. The 111. Downstate Chapter of the American Association of 
Teachers of French met at the Univ. of 111. on Saturday, Apuril 25, 
New chapter officers elected were: Mr. Robert L, Roussey, of V/estern 
111. Univ., President; Mr. V/ilborne Bowles, of Edison Jr. H.S., Cham- 
paign, Vice-President and Contest Chairman; Mr. Herbert De Ley, Univ. 
of 111., Secretary-Treasurer. Hiss Vera Peacock delivered a brief 
memprial tribute to the late professor Capieroi> C. Gullette. 

The second part of the morning session was devoted to a program pn im- 
provement of third and fourth year hijh school French instruction. 
Miss Kabel i^uyle, of Jacksonville, Mr. Jerald Merriman, of Taylorville, 
and M, Gabriel Savignon, of the Univ. of 111., spoke on various aspects 
of this question. After luncheon, Prof. Philip Kolb of the Univ. of 
111. delivered an address entitled "A la recherche de Karcel Proust", 

[Herbert De- Ley] 

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LOAM, The Modern Language Association now has available a new list' 
of available materials for teachers and students of foreign languages. 
Called LOAM, and valid until August 31, 19.64, the list is available 
from: Mr. John Harmon, MLa\ Materials Center, 4 iVashington Place, 
New .York, New York (10003). , ' 

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National Spanish Contest, Downstate 111. Chapter, have been received 
from Mr. Travis Poole (Edison Jr. H.S., Champaign), Contest Chairman. 
Downstate participants this year numbered 421. In the first category 
(with outside experience), top honors were awarded as follows: Second 
Year : I -. Patricia Nunez, Alleman H.S., Rock Island (Sister Ana Marie, 
teacher); II - Oscar Perez, Moline H.S. (Mr. B.G, Lee); III - Becky 
Neville, Villa de Chantal, Rock Island (Sister Mary Kathleen); Third 
Year : I - Jorge C. Rubalcava, Alleman H.S. (Sister Mary Hilaire); 
II - Frances Kurtado, Alleman H.S, (Sister Mary Hilaire.); Ill - Lilian 
Hurtado, Alleman H.S. (Sister Mary Hilaire); Fourth Year : I - Mari- 
anna Greaves, Champaign H.S. (Mrs. Barbara Fletcher). 

Winners in the second category (no outside experience) were: Second 
Year : I - Charles Grotts, Hillsboro H.S. (Mrs. Marianne McCall); II - 
Beverly Phillips, Urbana Jr. H.S. (Mrs. Ruth Straw) and, Robert Van 
Garder, Marion H.S. (Miss Mary ^.rford); III - Jean Penkava, Grant H.S,, 
Fox Lake (Mr. E.M. Anderson); Third Year : I - Jon Glende, Champaign 
H.S. (Mrs. Barbara Fletcher) and Marcia Moore, Alleman H.S. (Sister 
Mary Hilaire); II - Suzanne Suits and Karen Short, Hillsboro H.S. 
(Mrs. Marianne HcCall); III - Sandra Stuebner and Gerald Januszewski , - 
Grant H.S. (Mr. E.M. Anderson), Bill Ludwig, Hillsboro H.S. (Mrs. 
Marianne McCall), and Margaret Burrow, Rock Island H.S. (Mrs. Clara 
Tsagaris); Fourth Year : I - Dorothy Heerde, Macomb H.S. (Mr» Delano 
Kruzan); II - Marie Berman, Rock Island H.S, (Mr. John Blomberg) and 
Karen Key, Macomb H.S. (Mr. Delano Kruzan); III - Philip Logsdon, 
Hillsboro H.S. (Mrs. Marianne McCall), 

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AATSP» The annual meeting of the Jownstate 111. Chapter of the Amer- 
ican Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese was held on 
March 18 at Canton (111.) High School. The meeting was called to order 
by Mrs. John Castle (iVesterri 111. Univ.), President for 1963-1964, 
and an address of welcome given by Mr. H.D, Savortzbough, Superintend- 
ent of Canton Schools. Three speakers were featured at the morning 
session: Dr. Antonio Tovar (Univ. of 111.), on "Don Francisco Giner 
de los Rios y su Influencia como Pedagogo en Espana"; Mr. John McGrath 
(Holt, Rinehart, Winston Co.), on "Introduction to Reading"; and Krs, 
Martha Tomlianovich (Canton 3r. H.S.), on "The Second-Level Spanish 
Institute at Guadalajara, Mexico, in the Summer of 1963". 

Following luncheon, a panel discussion was presented on "Results of 
the Program now in Evidence". Panel members were Mr. Franklin Madera 
(111. State Univ. H.S., Normal), Moderator, Dr. vVilliam Hunter (Brad- 
ley Univ.), and Mr. V.iiliam iVheetley, well-laiown for his Spanish pro- 
gram in the elementary schools of Rochelle, 111. 

The final item on the day's agenda was a business meeting, at which 
the following officers were elected for 1964-1965: President, Mr, 
Lionel Romero (iVoodland H.S., Streator); Vice-President, Dr. Luis Leal 
(Univ. of 111.); Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. H. Reade Heskamp (MacMurray 
Coll.); Recording Secretary, Mr. Howard D. Stahlheber (Rochelle H.S.); 
National Spanish Contest Chairman, Mr. Travis Foole (Edison Jr. H.S., 
Champaign), An invitation was accepted to hold the 1965 annual meeting 
at MacMurray College, Jacksonville. 

Registered participants at the meeting included: Ruth C. Adcims (Cham- 
paign Jr. H.S.), Enoch Anderson (Grant H.S., Fox Lake), Eulalee Ander- 
son (Mattoon), Elena Blum (MacMurray Coll,), James Cameron (111. Wes- 
leyan Univ.), Mrs. John Castle (Western 111. Univ.), R. Dearborn 
(Pekin Comm. H.S.), Sandra Dixon (Pekin Comm. M.S.), Dorothy Dodd (Quin- 
cy H.S.), Joseph Ferreira (Sciota), Helen Goode (Southern 111. Univ.), 
Velta Goodfellow (Mattoon), Robert Grottolla (111. VVesleyan Univ.), 
Mr. and Mrs. H, Reade Heskamp (MacMurray Coll,), Ernest Howard (Alton 
H.S.), tV.A. Hunter (Bradley Univ.), Austin Jones (Holt, Rinehart, Win- 
ston Co.), Rev. Neal Kaveny (Quincy Coll.), Delano Kruzan (Macomb 
H.S.), Pedro Labarthe (111. V.esleyan Univ.), Luis Leal (Univ. of 111.), 
Morris Lewis (Staunton), Frank Madera (111. State Univ,), John McGrath 
(Holt, Rinehart, Winston Co.), Margo Means (Mattoon), Eloise Metzger 
(Pekin Comm, H.S.), Mary Ann Murphy (Canton Sr, H.S.), Travis Poole 
(Edison Jr. H.S., Champaign), Sue Preston (MacMurray Coll.), Lionel 
Romero (Woodland H.S., Streator), Betty Scott (Antioch H.S.), W.H. 
Shoemaker (Univ. of 111.), Bonnie Simpson (Canton Sr. H.S,), Eva Smith 
(Centralia K.S.), Grace Sproul (Western 111. Univ.), Cheri Stangley 
(111. ..eslej'an Univ.), Daniel Testa (Univ. of 111.), Martha Tomliano- 
vich (Canton Sr. H.S.), Antonio Tovar (Univ. of 111.), V/illiam Turner 
(Galesburg H.S,), Edmund Urbanski (Western 111, Univ.), William Ulieet- 
ley (Rochelle), Cheryl Whiteman (V/estern 111. Univ. Lab, H.S.), Al- 
legra IVilber (Mattoon), 

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Dear Colleagues: 

The next issue of the Newsletter will be published in October, under 
the editorship for 1964-1965 of Miss Elizabeth F. Senicka. Any items 
of general interest which you may have in future months should be adr 
dressed to her at 224 Lincoln Hail, Univ. of 111., Urbana. The dead- 
line for each issue is the first day of the month. 

For the convenience of those who will be moving during the summer, a 
change of address form is included on page 13, and should be returned 
to the Editor no later than October 1st. This form may also be used 
to indicate any additions or deletions which should be recorded on our 
mailing list. 

I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you who have ex- 
pressed interest and enthusiasm in the Newsletter this year, and of. 
course, those who have taken the time to contribute articles* 

All best wishes for a pleasant and profitable summer. 

Carol Blackburn 
Editor, Nev;s letter 

FRENCH NOTiLS - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Miss Angela ^5, Lukancic of Joliet, a major in the teaching of French, 
has been named valedictorian of the June graduating class at the Univ. 
of 111. Miss Lukancic, who has an all-A academic record, attended 
Joliet Twp. High School and Joliet Jr. College, coming to the Univ. 
of 111. with V.right and 111. State Scholarships. She has done prac- 
tice teaching in the Oak Park-River Forest High School, and will teach 
next year in Downers Grove. 

Prof, and Mrs. Charles A. ICnudson gave an end-of-the-year reception 
for members of the Lept. on May 20, at the Illini Union. 

Some major staff changes will be made in the Dept. next year. New 
appointments will be announced in the October Newsletter , by which time 
three members of the current staff will no longer be with us. Prof. 
Joseph A. Jackson, former Chairman of the Dept., is retiring; Prof. 
Philip A. wadsworth is going to Rice Univ., in Houston, as Dean of 
Humanities and interim Head of the French Dept^; Prof. Claude Abra- 
ham is going to the Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, as an Associate 
Professor of French. 

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Miss Alice Campbell, a Univ. of 111, senior majoring in French, has 
been awarded the National Pi Delta Phi Fellowship for graduate 'study, 
This award was granted in a competition held on a nation-wide scale, 
involving all colleges with a chapter of Pi Delta Phi. 

On April 20, French New Novelist and playwright Robert Pinget was the 
guest of the French Dept. He gave a lecture on the poet Max Jacob, who 
died twenty years ago in a concentration camp. 

Miss Barbara Buclcnall spoke on Proust at the April 27th meeting of the 
French Journal Club, 

The Univ. of 111. Press has just published Les Caraeteristiques Essen - 
tielles de la Farce Frangaise et leur Survivance dans . les Annees 1550 - 
1620 , by Prof. Barbara C. Bowen. , . 

Another departmental staff member, Prof. Paul Barrette, is the co- 
author (v.'ith Theodore Braun of the Univ. of California) of what is 
probably the first realistically titled textbook in our annals: First 
French , Le Frangais non sans Peine (Scott, Foresman & Co.), also just 

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Epsilon Chapter of Pi Delta Phi held its annual banquet and initiation 
ceremony on May 5 at the Illini Union. Prof. John K. Simon addressed 
the group on Valery Larbaud, 

Josef von Sternberg, the famous director who made the first gangster 
film in the •20s ( Underworld ) , introduced Marlene Dietrich to the world 
in The Blue Angel , and directed most of - her films, among many other 
achievements, was recently on the Univ. of 111. campus. He presented 
his excellent 1935 film Devil is a woman , which was not only of in- 
terest to cinephiles, but to French students as well, since it is based 
on Pierre Louys ' novel La Femme et le P an ti n (1898), generally con- 
sidered the author's masterpiece. A fairly recent remalte of this film, 
French, in color, and with ^^iss Bardot, was a flop. 

—Some useful books-- 

Literature ; The "Collection Lagarde et Michard", published by Bordas 
(Paris), has become deservedly popular in this country through its six 
lavishly illustrated volumes on Vies grands auteurs du programme" from 
the Kiddie Ages to our days. These volumes effectively combine texts, 
literary history, criticism, and incursions into allied arts. Less 
familiar is the "junior set" of "le fran^ais du Premier Cycle" in the 
same collection. It is well worth investigating. Its four volumes 

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(classes de 6e, 5e, 4e, 3e) could be put to good and varied use at 
many levels ,. especially advanced high school. They follow the art book 
format of the senior jset, include many texts (some from non-French 
literatures), unobtrusive granunar revievi^s and exercises, and many other 
excellent features intended to guide the student in his handling of 
language, letters, and ideas. Bordas has also been publishing a top- 
drawer collection of Petits Ciassiques. Over thirty titles have ap- 
peared, mostly plays, from Corneille to Husset. The books are very 
well introduced, edited, annotated and illustrated. They sell, in 
France, for around 1,60F or 33 cents. 

Languag e; For problems of today's French language. Prof. Aurelien 
Sauvageot's Frangais ecrit , frangais p arle (a Larousse publication) is 
a book which states lucidly many problems, offers solutions — or, at 
least, sensible suggestions -- and gives several insights into today's 
French civilization inasmuch as it is transforming the language. The 
book is easy and pleasant to read. Also published by Larousse is a 
traditional Grammaire frangaise , by Professors Dubois, Jouannon, and 
Lagane.. It is clea.r, concise, without exercises, but with many exam- 
ples. A fine basic reference work. 

Wine: In response to a li.ttle item on French vintages which appeared 
in this section earlier this year, several readers have asked about re- 
ference works. Happily, the reply is simple: Alexis Lichine's superb 
IVines of France , published by A. Knopf, New York, and now in its fourth 
(1964) revised edition. This 400-page book is more than a comprehen- 
sive study; it is also a chapter in the history of French civilization, 
as well as a practical guide. Mr. Lichine writes with wit, love, and 
in excellent style. Earlier works by andre Simon, George Saintsbury, 
P. Morton Shand (A Book of French Wi nes , 1928) are fine but not up-to- 
date. Easily available in the United States are British works of a 
general nature: R. Postgate's The Plain ^ian ' s Guide to IVine (1951), 
and L.IV. Harrison's Pelican book. W ines and Spirits (1957 and later 

GERMAN NOTES - Prepared by Peter K. Jansen 

The Southern 111. Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of 
German held its third annual spring meeting at Eastern 111. Univ. in 
Charleston, on April 18. The meeting was opened by the president, 
Martin M, Miess, who introduced Dean uingenberg of the College of 
Letters and Sciences. Dr. Ringenberg welcomed the group and spoke 
briefly on the growth of foreign language study at Eastern 111. Univ. 
In a highly-informative lecture on "Methods, Materials, and Techniques 
of PXiES", Mrs. Marita Clark (Belleville Schools) used a demonstration 
class of pupils to show the advantages and jjossibilities of a FLES 

At a brief business meeting, the slate presented by thfe nominating com- 
mittee (Netta V. Niess, Belleville Twp. H.S., and Louisa Lenel, Western 

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111. Univ.) was unanimously approved; the new officers are: President 
Marita Clark, Vice-President Wolfgang Pfabel (111. State Univ., Normal), 
and Secretary-Treasurer Rayiuond Spahn (Southern 111. Univ.). Mr. David 
Pease (University H.S,, Urbana) agreed to continue as chairman of the 
AATG High School German Contest, The chapter was invited to hold its 
1965 spring meeting at Southern 111, Univ. 

The second lecture of the meeting, by Dr. Raymond Spahn, v/as entitled 
"Das Araerika-iIaus"o Tl>e speaker, himself a former initiator and di- 
rector of US cultural centers in Munich, Nuremberg, x^egensburg, Bam- 
berg and '.Vurzburg, gave a concise and illuminating survey of the history 
of the ^Imerika-Haus as an institution in postv/ar Germany. The number 
of Amerika-Hauser in Geimany, fifty at the height of the program, has 
now been reduced to seventeen, nine of which are presently run by Ger- 
mans,. These remaining houses, however, maintain very active programs 
which are directed primarily to the intelligentsia and designed to fill 
the gap still existing in the field of Am e rikakund e at German universi- 

The program concluded with the presentation of book prizes, furnished 
by the German, Swiss and Austrian consulates, to the regional AATG con- 
test winners. They were, with the names of their high schools and 
teachers, the following: Fourth Year : I - Kenneth Miller (Belleville 
Twp, H.So, Miss Netta V. Niess); II - Scott Lewis (Belleville Twp. H,S., 
Kiss Netta V. Niess); III - Susan Moore (Eisenhower H.S., Decatur, Mr. 
Robert Krebs); Third Y ear : I - Sean Curley (University H.S., Urbana, 
Mr. David V/. Pease); II - Paul O'Hearn (University U.S., Mr. David W. 
Pease); III - Stephen Xeyes (University K,S., Mr. David V., Pease); 
Second Year : I - Kathy Brill (University H.S,, Mr. David W. Pease); 
II - Sara Chilton (University H.S,, Mr. David U, Pease); III - James 
Kellogg (Belleville T\vp. H.S., Mrs, Dorothy Oelrich). The German Dept, 
congratulates all of these intelligent and hard-v;orking young people — 
and their teachers. 

An initiation service for new members of Delta Phi Alpha was held on 
May 17. 

Prof. Siegfried Frawer, currently, guest professor of German at the Univ. 
of Chicago, gave a lecture on "Heinrich Heine", sponsored by the Univ. 
of 111. Division of Humanities, on May 21, 

SLAVIC NOTES - Prepared by Frank Y. Gladney and Steven P, Hill 

The first annual Russian contest for high school students sponsored by 
the 111. chapter of the AATSEEL was held on May 9 at Lyons Twp. H.S. 
Fifty-one students competed for first-year honors and twenty-nine for 
second. The contest committee was chaired by Mr, Frank Petronaitis 
(Lyons Twp. H.S.), and included Miss Betty Braun (Hinsdale Twp. H.S.), 
Mr. J. Koncius (Riverside-Brookfield H.S.), Rev. Fr, M, Meyers (St. 

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Ignatius U.S.), Kr, Marion J. Reis (Oak Park-River Forest H.S.), and 
Miss Anna Tyir.oszenko (Leyden Twp. K,S.). Fifteen high schools were 
represented. In addition to those represented by the contest committee, 
they were: Crystal Lake, Zvanston Txvp., Home.'. ood-Flossmoor, Main Twp. 
(Parkridge), New Trier, Niles Twp. ('.Vest), JoS. liorton (East), J.S, 
Morton (Uest), and the Univ. of Chicago Laboratory School. The contest 
included dictation, aural comprehension, and a ..ection on vocabulary 
and grammar. The winners will be announced in the October Newsletter . 

At the luncheon which followed the contest, students and teachers were 
entertained by the Metro dancers and the Kalinka dancers, who performed 
Slavic folk dances in full costume. 

At the annual meeting of the 111, chapter of ^vATS-SiiL, three papers were 
heard, Mr. Frank Y. Gladney (Univ. of 111.) discussed gerunds in Rus- 
sian. He surveyed the different views on how they developed out of Old 
Russian short active participles and proposed guidelines for finding 
the answer to the question in the chaos of 17th century Russian texts. 
Next Mr. Stanley Moore (Rich Tech, HcS., East) read a paper showing the 
place of Dostoevsky in a seniors' course on Western civilization. Since 
many of Dostoevsky 's cnaracters in one way or another are in reaction 
to the West, their study provides Mr. Moore's students with a chal- 
lenging perspective on the V/estern authors read earlier in the course. 
The speaker said not to underestimate high school students and then 
illustrated the point by quoting at length from a student's examination 
paper which demonstrated an impressive grasp of Dostoevsky 's ideol- 
ogical world. The third speaker, Mr. Marion J. Reis (Oak Park-River 
Forest H.S» ) shared his impressions from his summer course at Moscow 
Univ. last summer. He showed in amusing detail the cultural shock ex- 
perienced by an American in Moscow. The Russians, for instance, like 
to crowd together, and the foreigner should be bold in pushing into 
crowded elevators or in paying for ne'.vsyapers . At the business meeting 
whicn followed, Hr. Reis succeeded to the presidency of the chapter 
for 1964-1965, and Mr. Gladney was elected Secretary-Treasurer. 


Some changes are in store for the Slavic Dept.'s teaching program in 
1964-1965. A new textbook, the N))£A-sponsored Modern R ussian by Dawson 
and others, will be introduced in September, 1964, in all sections of 
101. The other courses, however, which have already begun with Von 
Gronicka's Essentials of Russian , will continue to use it through the 
two-year sequence. There will be at least one new professor in the 
Dept., Albert Kaspin, a specialist in nineteenth-century Russian litera- 
ture, from Vanderbilt Univ. Prof. Paul Trensky will leave the Dept. 
to accept a position at Fordham Univ. 

A number of new courses have been approved by the Univ. of 111. adminis- 
tration and will be offered for the first time in either 1964-1965 or 
1965-1966. They include: Advanced Conversation (311), Advanced Compo- 
sition (313), Introduction to Slavic Linguistics (380), Structure of 
Ukrainian (396), Readings in Ukrainian Literature (398), Pushkin (414), 
Dostoevsky (415), and Tolstoy (419). 

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The Midwest Modern Language Association held its annual meeting at 
111. State Univ. (Normal-Slooraington) on May 7-9, with Norman Luxen- 
burg (Illc State) as chairman and Komcilo Rosic (Knox Coll.) as secre- 
tary of the Slavic Section. Papers v.ere read by Max Oppenheimer (Iowa 
State) on translating Shakespeare, Marjorie L. Hoover (Oberlin) on 
Shakespeare and modern Russian drama, T. Forsythe (Roosevelt) on Shakes- 
peare and other western "great books" in Goncharov's The Precipice , and 
Kenneth H. Ober (ill. State) on his impressions of Moscow University. 

At the Slavic section of the meeting of the Central States MLTA held 
in Chicago on May 2, four papers were read. Prof. Edward Stanlciewicz, 
Univ. of Chicago, examined the stress patterns of the Russian verb for 
the light they shed on Common Slavic accentuation. After a paper on 
Polish iambic verse by Prof. Karol Magassy, Univ. of Michigan, Mr. 
Steven P. Hill, Univ. of 111., gave a report on his work on Russian 
prepositions. Noting a wide variance in the inventories of prepositions 
given in the textbooks, Mr. Hill proposed as an objective criterion for 
their identification the presence of the so-called "exoenthetic n" before 
a following third person pronoun. Mr. Hill has been sampling Russian 
prose from different periods in order to plot the increase in the number 
of prepositions, or, as he qualified it, of words followed by the n-form 
of third person pronouns. The paper of Prof. Harry Josselson, 'Vayne 
State Univ., on the electronic merging of two Soviet dictionaries, was 
read by a colleague, since Prof. Josselson was unable to attend. 

Prof. Paul I. Trensky addressed the Russian Area Roundtable on April 
22 on a topic which has occupied him for a number of years, the image 
of Napoleon in Russian poetry, zlround the time of the French invasion 
of Russia in 1812 this image was unfavorable, and poets in writing of 
the man often evoked the beasts of the Apocalypse. The positive re- 
evaluation reached its zenith around 1841, when the remains of the 
French emperor were brought from St. Helena for solemn reinterment in 

The last Russian Club meeting of the year, on May 7, featured a talk by 
Soviet exchange student Alexander Nikonov on his impressions of the 
United States, poetry readings by Miss Temira Paclunuss ' 202 literature 
students, and a program of Russian folk songs by two professional en- 
tertainers from Chicago, Noah Marcell and Shmulik and Alpert. A busy 
year for Russian film fans was capped by the Russian Club's free 
showing of the new Soviet film The Clear Sky on May 14. This film, 
directed by Gregory Chukhrai , starring Eugene Urbansky, and famed as . 
the first anti-Stalinist film from the USSR, was shown (without sub- 
titles) through the kindness of the Soviet exchange students and the 
Soviet embassy in Washington. 

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SP/iNISH, IT/^LIAN, AND PORTUGUESE NOTES - Prepared by Carol Blackburn 

The current issue of Hispania (May, 1964) contains contributions by 
Professors Luis Leal and William H, Shoemaker, Prof. Leal is author 
of the article "Recuerdos de Ciudad Juarez en Escritores de la Revo- 
lucion" (231-241), and of an astute analysis (404-407) of the problems 
and trends in the teaching of Latin-.'unerican literature in American 

In an item on pages 359-360, Prof. Shoemalver presents a well-deserved 
laud of Prof, Laurel H. Turk on the occasion of the latter 's retire- 
ment, after thirteen years of service, as Secretary-Treasurer of AATSP. 
Prof. Shoemaker also reports (407-408) on an "iraportante acontecimiento 
galdosiano"? the scheduled publication in 1964, by Re vista de Occidente , 
of some 400 letters written to Benito Perez Galdos by eminent literary 
figures of his time. These letters, long unknown, were entrusted by 
Galdos, shortly before his death, to Ramon Perez de Ayala. 

Prof. Marcos A, Morinigo was at the Univ. of Kansas on May 2 to partici- 
pate in that institutioii's 40th annual Cervantes Day celebration. Prof, 
^3or£nigo presented speeches on "Cervantes y la lietorica" and "El Im- 
pact© del Espanol sobre las Lenguas Indigenas /jnericanas". 

An initiation service for twenty-nine Univ, of 111. students was held 
on April 21 by Lambda Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, national Spanish 
honorary society. The new undergraduate members are Mrs, Betty Johnson 
Butler and Misses Andrea R. Bradbury, Natalie Buchel, Julia K. Dallas, 
Dolores A. Decaroli, Susan E. Howey, Rita A, Csowski, Judith A, Plesko- 
vitch, Karen A. Sharff, Martha L. Smith, and Judith A, Wright. The 
following graduate students were iritiated: Richard D. Armstrong, Ger- 
man D. Carrillo, Erik P. Conard, Patricl: H. Dust, Daniel E. Gulstad, 
J, Philip Hamilton, Miss Sisina E. Keating, Misa Mary F. Maxwell, 
Erminio G. Neglia, Miss Anne Y. Ohada, Miss Ruth M. Rogers, Mrs. Helen 
H. Saciuk, Mrs. Lynette H. Seator, Steven R. Smith, Miss Jane U. Tay- 
lor, Miss Judith G. Urban, Miss Norma G. IValker, and Thomas Washington, 

Initiated as an Honorary Member was Prof. Antonio Tovar (Dept. of 
Classics, Univ. of 111.)^ whose lecture on "Poetas espaiioles contem- 
poraneos" was presented in conjunction with the initiation service. 
Also initiated as Honorary Members were Mrs. Consuelo Tovar, the 
speaker's wife, and Professors John W, Ki'onik and Luis Leal. 

Sigma Delta Pi is under the direction this year of Prof. Angelina R. 
Pietrangeli and Miss Joan M. Zond^rman, 

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Prof. Tovar's lecture on April 21 was followed by those of two other 
distinguished speakers, who were on the Univ. of 111. campus as guests 
of the Dept . On April 23 and 24, capacity crowds heard lectures, given 
under the joint auspices of the Dept. and the Division of Humanities, 
by Camilo Jose Cela, contemporary Spanish novelist and member of the 
Real Academia Espanola. His topics were "Examen de Conciencia de un 
Escritor", and "Cuatro Figuras del 98". Mexican poetry was the subject 
of an address on May 5 by Mr. Porfirio Martinez Penaloza, of the Insti- 
tuto Nacional de Bellas Artes of Mexico City. His locture on May 6, 
•'£1 arte popular y las artesanias artxsticas de Mexico", was accompa- 
nied by slides. These lectures v/ere sponsored by the Dept, and the 
"Circulo literario espanol" (Spanish Club), 

"La estructura de Pedr o Paramo" was the subject of Prof, Luis Leal's 
paper for the Spanish section of the recent CSMLTA meeting. Former 
departmental students who had parts in the meeting include Dr. Evelyn 
Uhrhan Irving, who served as Chairman of the Teacher Training Section, 
and Misses Martha McNutt and Eileen A, Riccomi, both of whom ;vere mem- 
bers of the local arrangements committee. 

Asst. Prof. Daniel P. Testa will be in Princeton, New Jersey on June 
14-19, in the capacity of Reader for the 1963-1964 Advanced Placement 
Examination in Spanish. The Advanced Placement Program, now in its 
ninth year as a project of the College Entrance Examination Board, 
annually offers examinations in twelve subject areas for high school 
students who have received college-level training. In 1962-1963, some 
21,000 students took the Advanced Placement Examinations, which are 
administered by Educational Testing Service, 

The annual "Concurs© de Poesxa" for undergraduate students of Spanish, 
Italian, and Portuguese, was held on April 29, sponsored by the Spanish 
Club, "Circulo literario espanol". Prizes for poetry recitation were 
awarded to the following students: 

Spanish 10 1; 1st place - Mr. Roger Gehlbach, 2nfl - Mr. Mark Leonetti; 
Sp anish 102 : 1st - Miss Linda Lambert, 2nd - Mr, Alan Mattson; S^n- 
ish 103, 104, 11 5: 1st - ^.iss Victoria Mulberry, 2nd - Mr. David Elders 
and Miss Donna Flynn (tie); Spanish 211, 212, 214, 215, 221; 1st - 
Miss Lorraine Petka, 2nd - Mr. James McKelvey; It alian 102, 10 4'. 1st - 
Miss Judith Stefanovik, 2nd - Miss Janet Fitch; P ortugues e: 1st - 
Miss Faye Hightower, 2nd - Mr. Thomas Hardy, 

Prizes of books and record albums were awarded to the winners in each 
division. Judging was done by members of the faculty of the Dept, of 
Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, 

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Modern Foreign Language Newsletter 
224 Lincoln Hall 
University of Illinois 
Urbana, Illinois 

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Vol. XVIII. Wo. 1 O ctober, 1964 

Dear Colleagues: . . 

It was a pleasure for me, as a new chairman in one of the language and 
litei'ature departments, to Gisoover tlu-t among my first duties ivas in- 
cluded permission to write a traditional word of greeting in the News - 
letter . Quite naturally, and with a great deal of interest, I turned 
to the first page of Newsletters from previous years: it makes for 
instructive reading- 

These remarks by department heads at the University of Illinois were 
long characterized by cautious optimism about evar-incroasing enroll- 
ment figures. It is clear that, up to a point, the steady rise in 
numbers of those entering into language study was contemplated with 
considerable — and understandable — pleasure by these devoted teachers 
who, as Profes:.or Shoeuiaker put it in 1S62, once fought for survival, 
but nov, could fight for quality. The tone then of Professor Knudson's 
letter in 1963, which expresses sombre concern for the quality of our 
teaching was not surprising. 

Now that we have all the students we want, and more, we have become 
less optimistic than we used to be. With regret, Professor Knudson 
calls attention to the frequent inaccuricy of the traditional equation: 
1 year high-school French c 1 semester college French — to the numbers 
of entering fresiimen, who, in their language study, have had to be "put 
back" a semester or more. This year Professor Knudson — as explained in 
the Newsletter — is exploring new techniques for handling this problem, 
in hopes that no student need be "put back," His colleagues in other 
departments are watching him wistfully, hoping that he will beckon them 
to follow along tne sa^ie unexplored paths. For, as he has ;ilready made 
clear, the real solution must occur on the secondary-school level where 
eventually most students will obtain the equivalent of two years college 
French, German, Russian or --panish so that, once at the university, they 
can pursue genuinely univereity-level study in these fielus — or begin 
acquiring such really crucicil languages as r'ortuguese--or obtain access 
to equally rich if less "popular" traditions like Italian. 

V.e have been accusto»ried to say that with four years in high school the 
student ought to be able to get the equivalent of two years' college 
language. Often, v.e nust add, he does not, — What a very great deal 
we still have to accomplish! Of course the high-school Spanish or 
Russian class can learn as irruch in two years as the college class learns 
in one. Why shouldn't the high-school class learn more , in one year, 
than the college class in the same length of time? The high-school 
student is younger, has more lan^juage aptitude, more classroom contact 
hours, more time and interest for the extra-curricular learning situa- 
tions where so very much can be done for the language student. 

Professor Frank Santa, visiting at Indiana University this year, has, 

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together with members of the other language departments, devoted a 
great deal of thought to plans for engaging university resources in 
the enrichment of high-school language instruction. We expect such a 
program to materialize in the very near future. Our best hope for the 
qualitative improvement stressed by Professors Shoemaker and ICnudson 
lies in the trend, already apparent for some time now, for students to 
begin their language study in high school. More students need to get 
their start there, and they need to get a better start. They need to 
study their langu£.ge longer and more intensively, and so do many of 
the teachers. The language departments at the University of Illinois 
clearly recognize their responsibility in these things. 

Each of our departments has experienced comings and goings of faculty 
which are duely noted in the pages of this Newsletter. I should like 
to use this space, hoM'ever, on the one hand to confess that all of us 
are going to miss Professor Philip A, IVadsworth, quondam Executive 
Secretary of the French Department, this fall Dean of Humanities at 
Rice University, and, on the other, to extend cordial best wishes to 
the new Read of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, 
Professor Lew R. Micklesen. 

H. G. Haile 

Head, Department of Germanic 

Languages and Literatures 

WELCCiyiEc The departments of modern foreign languages at the Univer- 
sity of Illinois join in welcoming Professor Lew R, Micklesen to the 
campus and to his new duties as Head of the Department of Slavic 
Languages and Ijiteratures. Mr, Micklesen is a graduate of the Univer- 
sity of Minnesota (1942) and received his Fh.D, in Linguistics at 
Harvard University in 1951. He ivas Senior Instructor in the Air Force 
Russian Program at Syracuse University (1951-1952), Assistant Professor 
of Russian at the University of Oregon (1952-1953), Assistant Professor 
of Slavic Languages at the University of Washington (1953-1959), man- 
ager of machine translation and linguistic research at the IBM Research 
Center (1959--1963) , and Associate Professor of Slavic Languages at the 
University of Colorado (1963-1964). His fields of research have been 
Russian verb morphology, Russian-English machine translation, and 
Russian syntax. 

We wish Professor and Mrs, Micklesen many pleasant years at Illinois. 

C. A, Knudson, Dept. of French 

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ENR0LU;3NTS at the University of Illinois in the Modern Foreign 
Language Departments this fall are so large and varied that statis- 
tical information is deferred to presentation in the next issue. 

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IMLTA MEETING, The Illinois Modern Foreign Language Teachers Associa- 
tion cordially invites all teachers of modern foreign languages in the 
state to the annual meeting to be held Saturday, November 7, at the 
University of Illinois. 

Program . 




Registration - 112 Gregory Hall 

Address of Welcome, C. A. Knudson, Univ. of 111, 

Business Meeting 

"Police Spanish: An Audio-Lingual Experiment in Meeting 
the Goals of a Profession Group," Donald F, Zehme, 
Foreign Language Uept. , Loop Junior College, Chicago 

"Foreign Language Teacher Training and Certification: 
the Facts, the Needs, a. Course of Action for 
Illinois," F, Andre Paquette, Director of Teacher 
Preparation, Modern Language Association 

Luncheon - Rooms 314 A-B Illini Union 

Sectional Meetings: 


Rooms 263-267 Illini Union 

Business Meeting 
To be announced 

Robert L, Roussey, iVestern Illinois 
Univ., President (AATF) 

German : Rooms 269—273 Illini Union 

Marita Clark, Belleville Public 
School^, President (AATG) 
Business Meeting 
"Unvergreifliche .Qedanke (iber Gunter Grass, "Hans 

Schlutter, Univ. qf 111, 
"Pedagogische Hinweise fiir FLES Lehrer," Mrs. Minnie 

Widman, Belleville Eleme?itary Schools 
"Pedagogische Hinweise fiir Ji;, High Lehrer," Mrs* 

Veleda Schrupp, Belleville Junior High School 
"Pedagogische Hinweise fiir High School Lehrer," Mr»: 

Gail Schwarz, Bellevill^ High School 
"Humanism," H. G. Haile, Univ. of 111. 

Italian ; General Lounge, Illini Union 

Business Meeting 
To be announced 

Vittorio Rc\nieri, Univ. of Chicago, 
Chairman, Italian Section 

Slavic ; Rooms 275-279 Illini Union 

Norman Lujcenhurg, Illinois State Univ. 
Chairman, Slavic Section 
Business Meeting 
To be announced 

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Spanish ; Faculty Lounge, Illini Union • 

Daniel P. Testa, Univ. of 111. 
Chairman, Spanish Section 
Business Meeting 
"University of Illinois F.L.E.S. Curricula," 

Charles E, Johnson, Univ. of 111. 
"La ensenanza de idiomas modernos en las escuelas y 

universidades espanolas," Jos6 S. Flores, Univ. 

of 111. 
"Some New Trends in the NDEA Language Institutes," 

Sherman \'i* Brovm, Director, NDEA Spanish Insti- 
tute, Knox College 
"A Look at Introductory Literature Courses," Daniel 

Quilter, Indiana Univ. > 
"Dos poetas paralelos: Miguel de Unamuno y Ruben 

Darfo," Miguel Engufdanos, Indiana»Univ. 

Those v;ishing to register, r.'rite: Robert 0. de Vette, President, IMLTA 

Department of Foreign Languages 
V/heaton College 
IVheaton, Illinois 

Registration and Luncheon - $2.85 

IMLTA Dues - $1.00 

Modern Language Journal and Central States MLTA Dues - $4.50 

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ASIAN LANGUAGES. The Univ. of Illinois under the direction of the 
Depc.rtment of Linguistics is noiv offering I odern Greek, Burmese, iirabic, 
Chinese, Japanese, and Kindi. A two-year program has been set up for 
each of the above mentioned and beginning classes are nov/ in session, 
as well as some intermediate* The elementary courses are listed under 
the corresponding language, while the intermediate courses appear as 
Linguistics 303 and 304. Indonesian has been approved and classes will 
begin in September 1965. 

Besides these languages, the Asian Studies Center has an academic pro- 
gram to include coursas in other departments. Courses applicable to 
Asian study are offered by the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, 
Geography, History, Kusic, Philosophy, Politiccil Science, Social 
Science, and Sociology. 

FOREIGN L/iNGUAGE WORKSHOPS. A number of Foreign Language .orkshops 
on the secondary and other levels will be conducted this fall by the 
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. For detailed 
information, write to Ray Page, 302 State Office Bldg. , Springfield, 

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FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiol' ; " ' . 

An interesting innovation this year in the French Department is the 
creation of special 5-hour sections in courses French 101 through 104 
(normally 4 hours) and 4-hour. sections in French 211 (normally 3 hours). 
These courses are designed for students with a non-Univ. of 111. back- 
ground and for those trained at the Univ. of 111. who have received 
less than the grade of C in their previous course here (lOl, 102, or 
103) or less than the grade of B in 104 which leads to 211. This 
system is not inflexible however. Flacenient tests admiaistered early 
in the semester will permit advancing those students v.ith a non-Univ. 
of 111. background who up to certain standards to normal 4-hour 
sections. It should also be noted that this two-way system becomes a 
three-way split when the special sections of James (all-University) 
scholars are taken into account. 

Professor and Mrs. Charles A. Knudson gave a well-attended reception at 
the mini Union on September 23 in honor of the new members of the 
French Staff which has enlarged to keep pace with the student increase, 
Vve now have about 65 teaching assistants, many of whom have a French or 
a foi^eign background. The reception was not unlike an International 
Rouse gathering but one where French, aptly, the lingua franca . 

Among the new senior staff members are, alphabetically: Mr. Vasile 

Barsan, with a Kurnanian-U.S. backgiound and now on leave from Eastern 

Illinois Univ.; Prof. Sidney Braun, author of the Dictionary of French 

Literature and the recent (1C34) Correspondance "entre Andre Gide et 

Andre Suares , of Yeshiva Univ., coming to this Department as Visiting 

Prof, for the first semester, after being Visiting Prof, last year 'it 

the Univ. of Washington. Mr, 3raun will be going to France on a grant Tw-ibir^Wr 

next semester.; Mr. William G. Heigold, formerly an Assistant in this 

Department, now on leave from Washington Univ., St. Louis; Prof. 

Frederic M. Jenkins, a specialist in linguistics, coming from San Diego 

State College; Mr. Guy and Mrs. Noelle Laprevotte, both from France; 

Mr. Burl Price, who comes from t2ie Univ. of V/isconsin; Mme Rocquelin, 

from France, formerly an assistant here as ?'.iss Pommier; Mr. Gabriel 

Savignon and Mr. Stanley Shinall, both formerly French Assistants at 

the University of Illinois. 

There are also some familiar names missing this year. Prof. P. A, 
Wadsworth is now Dean of Humanities at Rice Univ. as xvell as Head of 
the French Department. Assistant Prof. Claude Abraham is now Associate 
Prof, of French at the Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, 

Since mention of professors who have retired can seldom avoid dirge-like 
notes or cliches, both of which would be totally inapplicable to the 
subject of these lines, we shall only mention briefly that Prof, Joseph 

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F, Jackson, a long-time member and formerly Head of this Department, 
a gentleman and a scholar, one of the most cultured and wittiest per- 
sons in Academe, is now, temporarily at least, mailing his home at 130 
Beach Avenue, Woodmont, Connecticut. 

New Novelist and Nev/ Film-maker Alain Robbe-Grillet will be on campus 
October 19 where he will speak (tentative title: "Nouveau Roman et 
Nouveau Cinema") at 8 p.m. in Room C, Illini Union. The lecture, aus- 
pices the French Department, is open to the public. On October 12 mem- 
bers of the Department held a panel discussion of the speaker's work. 

Professor Charles A. Knudson of the Department of French attended the 
Third International Congress of the Societe Rencesvals meeting in Bar- 
celona from August 31 to September 6 and presented a paper, "Quel 
terrain faut-il ceder au neo-traditionaiisme? — le cas de la Chanson 
de Roland ." Of particular interest was the attendance, for part of the 
meeting and to deliver a paper at the same closing session, of the dean 
of Romance scholars, don Ramon Menendez Fidal ,^ of Madrid, now 95 years 
of age. 

The Societe Rencesvals was founded following a meeting held at Pamplona 
in 1955, and has since held congresses at Poitiers in 1958, Venice in 
1961, and this year in Barcelona, It is planned to hold the 1967 meet- 
ing in Heidelberg, The society's purpose is the study of Medieval epic 
in the Romance tongues, with particular attention to the Old French 
cha nsons de gest e. This year's meeting brought together scholars from 
France, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, German^, the 
United States, and Japan. The languages used ivere French, Spanish, and 
Italian, in addition to which one militant Catalan scholar. Professor 
Coll y Alentorn, insisted on speaking in Catalan, with his program sum- 
mary in the same language. For the discussion of his paper, however, 
he consented to use Spanish or French, 

In addition to the work and discussion sessions, the members of the 
society were guests of the Ayuntamiento de Barcelona for a tour of the 
city, a dinner, and a performance of short medieval liturgical plays, 
in Latin and Spanish, given in the Salon du Tinell, where Ferdinand and 
Isabella received Christopher Columbus returning from his first voyage 
to America. On the last day of the congress an excursion was made to 
visit some of the Romanesque churches of northern Catalonia, notable at 
Vich and at San Cugat del Vall^s, The congress was organized under the 
direction of Professor Martin de Riquer of the University of Barcelona, 

As in past years. Prof. B. K. Kainous has again organized the weekly 
French Coffee Hour (Tuesdays 3-4:30 p.m., Gothic Room, Illini Union) 
to which all are invited, whether or not students or staff members of 
the Department. 

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GERMAN NOTES - Prepared by Carol L. Miller 

The first Ncvvslette r of the year is an appropriate time to introduce 
new and returning members of the German Department, Prof. Ruth Lorbe, 
who taught here in 1950"1932, returns after teaching for two years in 
Niirnburg, Four former graduate assistants are now full-time staff mem- 
bers: Mr. Robert Bell, Mrs. Charlotte Brancaforte, Dr. Albert Borgmann, 
and Mr. Francis Lide, Dr. Borgmann completed his doctorate at the Univ. 
of Munich, and Mr. Lide has been an Instructor at Kenyon College, Gam- 
bier, Ohio. 

There are six new Instructors in the Department. Mr. Fieter van der 
Bergh was born in Indonesia aiid educated in the Netherlands. Since 
1960 he has been in the United States, and comes to the Univ. of 111. 
from the Univ. of Texas. Dr. Emery George, a native of Hungary, re- 
ceived his Ph.D. at the Univ. of Michigan. Mrso Madelyn Kendall has 
been at Indiana Univ. Dr. Ida M. Kimber from Edinburgh holds the de- 
gree of D, Litt. frora Catholic Univ., Lille. She has taught at Lille, 
the Univ. of Baghdad, in Munster and in Armentieres, Finance. Dr. Hans 
Schlutter stuaied at the Universities of Hamburg and Kiel, He was 
Lektor at the Univ. of London, and at Clark Univ. Dr. Gotz Wienold 
completed his studies at the Univ. of Munster. 

The German Department welcomes these new people. 

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Two members of the Depart:nent are on leave of absence this academic 
year. Prof, P. I>i. Mitchell received a grant from the American Council 
of Learned Societies to cor.tinue his research at the National Library 
in Copenhagen. Prof. Frank Banta is visiting professor at Indiana Univ. 
this year. 

Several members of the department continued their research in Europe 
this summer. Prof. Henri Ste^emeier studied cmbl.em literature in Ox- 
ford, Glascow, London, and on the continent. Prof. P. M, hitchell was 
in Denmark and Northern Germany, Prof, Francis Nock worked with Middle 
High German manuscripts in Munich. Erof, F. G. Banta found more mate- 
rial about Berthold von Regensburg. Prof, Feter Foulkes was in England, 
continuing nis work about Kafka. Dr. Carol Miller consulted Old High 
German manuscripts in several libraries. 

The Kaffee-Stunde has been changed from Wednesday to Thursday, It will 
still meet in the Gothic Room of the Illini Union frora 2 until 4 o'clock. 
All interested in improving their German are welcome. 

A special feature this year will be the monthly showing of the Deutsch- 
landspiegel (German news--reel). It is being provided by the German 
Consulate in Chicago and will be shown on Thursdays, The first was 

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shov/n October 1 in the Union. Future dates will be announced at the 

Kaf fee-Stunde. 

Prof. H, G. Haile opened this year's prpgram of the "Fruchtbringende 
Gesellschaft" with a paper about Goethe's Got z v6n B erlichin.f^en, en- 
titled "Herr, er will uns fr^ssen!" The meetins was hold on October 
15 in the Faculty Lounge of the Union. At the next meeting on November 
12, Dx". Emery George will be the speaker. The third meeting of the 
Fall semester will be held December 17, and Dr. Albert Borgmann will 
present a paper ». 

Two members of the Department are scheduled to address the Illinois 
MLTA meeting on campus November 7. Trof . Haile ^vill speak on Humanism 
and Dr, Hans Schlutter's topic is "Unvergreif liclie Gedanke iiber Giinter 
Grass." ■-.■.,,,■ • ^ 

SLAVIC NOTES - Prepared' by Frank Y. Gladney 

Dr. Albert Kaspin joins us this fall as Associate Professor of Slavic 
languages and Literatures, Professor Kaspin lived a dozen years in the 
Soviet Union before returning to his native Ciilifornia to take his de- 
gree at Berkeleye He taught at the Uaiv, of Tennessee, the Univ. of 
IVisconsin, and at VandSrbiit Univ. before coming to Urbana, His spe- 
cialities are Russian drama and the Russian novel of the 19th century. 
Mr. Steven Po Hill has, left the Depaitrnent for the fall semester to 
complete his dissertation for the Ph.Do degree at the Univ, of Michigan, 

Over the sununer two meiiibers of the Dept, held University of Illinois 
Research Board Faculty Fellowships: Professors Temira Paciiniuss and 
Rado Lencek. Prof. Lencek has b3en selected by the Inter-University 
Coinmittee on Travel Grants to go to the Soviet Union next spring as a 
post-doctoral researcher but was unfoi'tunately among those rejected by 
the Soviet side in retaliation for the Soviet scholars which were re- 
jected by this side. Last month he presented a paper entitled 
"Dobrovsky and South Slavic Literary Languages" before the 2nd Congress 
of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in America held at 
Columbia University. 

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A full slate of activities for the Russian Language Club for the fall 
has been announced by Mr. Ira Goetz, faculty advisor. The Club, will 
show its first film (title to be announced on Oct. 29 in 112 Gregory 
Hall, The first club meeting was held on Oct. 8, and the second will 
be on Nov, 17, Students wishing to practice their Russian are reminded 

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of the weekly Chashka Chayu in the Gothic Room of the Illini Union 
on V/ednesdays , 2-4 p.m. 

Here are the winners of the 1st annual Russian contest for high school 
students, which was held last Tay 9 at Lyons Twp. H, S. under the 
auspices of the 111. Chapter of AATSlLZL. The home team swept Russian 
I as Jim Uinship, Steve Carhart, and Steve Clark, all pupils of Ilr, 
Frank Petronaitis at Lyons Twpo , took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place honors. 
In Russian II the top three contestants were Julia Kiggins (Oak Park & 
Kiver Forest K,Sc; teacher: Mr, Marion J. i^.eis), Pete Haas (Lyons Twp,), 
and Nellie .Villiams (New Trier K.S,; teacher: Miss Margaret Drucker). 
The winners received books and records. Prof. Kurt Klein has announced 
plans for the 2nd annual contest to be held on Kay 9, 1965, in which 
103 students ivill participate representing 16 schools. 

The Roundtable of the Center for Russian Language and Area Studies this 
year will feature lectures by four new merabers of depart;ients v.hich 
constitute the Area Center, according to Frof. Tatjana Ciaovska, who 
is in charge of the series this yecr, Frof. Leiv R, Micklesen (Slavic) 
is scheduled for an Oct. 20 talk entitled "/m Evaluation of Automatic 
Language Processing." Prof. Robert 0. Cruniffiey (History), a specialist 
on Pre-Petrine uussian history, has consented to address the Roundtable 
on Dec. 1. The speakers for the spring semester will be Frof, Alexan- 
der Vucinish (Sociology) and Prof. Peter B. fiaggs (Law), both special- 
ists in the Soviet Union in their respective fields. 

In the Center's lecture series Prof. Leon Lipson of the Yale Law 
School gave a lecture on Oct. 13 entitled "Soviet Non-Courts^" On Nov, 
12 Prof, Kiril Taranovski of Harvard will give a talk entitled "The 
Statistical /inalysis of Verse Structure." 

Prof, Morton Benson, President of AATSEEL, announces a program to help 
secondary school adrainistrf.tors find qualified instructors of Russian. 
Job vacancies will be listed in the Slavic and East Europea n Journal , 
the official publication of the AATSEEL, published in f larch, June, 
September, and December. Notices should be sent to Frof. Benson, 
Dept. of Slavic Languages, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa, 
19104, at least tliree months in advance of publication. 

AATSEEL members are urr^ed to renew their memberships through their 
local chapter. Send your dues (regular i7.00, student S3. 50) to 
Frank Y, Gladney, Secretary-Treasurer, 111, Chapter of AATSEEL, Dept, 
of Slavic Lang, and Lit., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, 111. 61803, You 
support your Illinois Chapter when you pay through it. 

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Last /year san the publication of Forf. Faclunuss ' book F. U. Dostoevsky; 
Dualisiii and -iynt hesis of the Human S oul, v.hich appeared in the series 
"Crosscurrents Modern Critiques" under the editorship of and v;ith a pre- 
face by Prof. Harry T, r5oore (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University 
Press, 1963 )o Displaying what one revie'.ver called an "impressive com- 
mand of the Dosteovskian canon, primary and secondary," Miss Fachmuss 
traces the great novelist's career through his struggles with the dual- 
ity of the soul to his ultimate coiiquest of itc A philosophic study, 
the book is nevertheless iutro>.:uccd by Miss Pachmuss' pertinent re- 
minder that Dostoevsky does not "set forth systems of thought, but 
recreates life," 

SPANISH, ITALIAN, AND PORTUGUESE NOTES - Prepared by Elizabeth Senicka 

Professor and Mrs. Vvilliam He Shoemaker gave a reception, as they have 
done annually, to members of the Department on ..ednesday, September 30 
in the General Lounge of the Union. This well-attended affair gave 
new and old department members an early opportunity to get acquainted. 

IVe welcome the return of Prof, J. H. D, Allen and Prof, J. S, Flores 
to the department after sabbatical leaves of absence. 

Mr. '.Varren L, Meinhardt and Mr. Benito Brancaforte, formerly assistants 
of this department, have been promoted to the rank of Insti^uctor. Mr, 
Meinhardt is from the University -of California, and Mtb Brancaforte 
from Brooklyn College and the University of Coloi^ado, 

New assistants this fall are: Luiz G. Araujo, Licenciado de la Univ. 
de --^raraquara (Sao Paulo, Brazil); Susan G. Bass, B.A, '64, Mt. Holyoke 
College; Jose R. Cortina, U, of Havana (Cuba) and M.A, '64, Louisiana 
State U.; Richard P, Doerr, B.A. '64, Macalester College (St, Paul, 
Minn,); Patrick H. Dust, B.A, '63, U. of Ills,; Danute G, Ernst, B.A, 
•64, U. of 111,; Phyllis B, Erwin, B,A, '43, U. of 111,; Daniel E. 
Gulstad, BiA, '57 and K,A. • 5&, Mexico City College; Nancy J. Hall, 
B,A, '64, Colorado College; Joan M, Kane, B-.A, '64, U, of Maryland; 
Marian F, Kragness, B^A, '64, Wisconsin State College; Lorraine V, 
Painter, B.A, '64, Carleton U, (Ottawa, Canada); Bohdan Saciuk, B,A, 
•64, U, of 111.; Alvera P, Sbarbaro, B.A. '63, Purdue U.; Robert L. 
Shell, B.A. '64, U. of 111.; Steven R, Smith, B.A. '63, Oklahome State 
U,; Mary L, Sponsler, B.S, •SO, Illinois State Normal; Carol L* Stack, 
B.A. '64, Grove City College (Pa.); Judith G. Urban, B.A^ '64, U. of 
111.; Anje vander Naald,- B.A, '63 Carleton U, (Ottawa, Canada); 
Joan M, Van Deusen, B,A, '64, Kalamazoo College; Isabel Y, Vera Cruz, 
B.A, '52 and M,A, '55, U, of the Phillioines; and Dennis D. IVest, B.A. 
•64, Ohio U, 

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Ana Marfa Matutewill speak on "La gucrra civil espanola en los escri- 
tores de mi generacion" on October 21, Room 269 Illini Union, at 8 p.m. 
Miss Mat.ute is one of the outstanding novelists of postwar Spain and 
has v.'on four of the most distinguished Spanish literary prizes: Premie 
Cafe Gijon (1952) for her novel F ies ta a_l No roest e, Premio Planeta 
(1954) for another novel entitled Peg ueno Teatro, and the Premio de 
la Critica (1958) and the Premio Nacional de Literatura (1959) for 
the long novel Los hi.ljos r..ucrtos « Also for one of her best known 
novels Los Abel she was a finalist in 1947 for the Premio Nadal, Al- 
though Miss I'iatute was born in and is a present resident of Barcelona, 
many formative years were spent in Castilla la Vieja. 

November 3 and 4 lectures will be given by Ignacio Aldecoa and his wife, 
Josefina Rodriguez, respectively, Mrs Aldecoa 's topic is "La novela 
de mar en la narrative contemporanea espafiolao" He is the author of 
several novels, one of these particularly having to do with open sea 
fishing ( Gran sol ) and doubtless is related to his lecture titlen 
Miss Rodriguez will speak on "El panorama literario femenino en Espana," 
She is one of the most talented, although in recent years less pro- 
ductive, short story writers in postwar Spain. 

Both members of this matrimonial team are represented in the anthology 
of contemporary short stories, Cuentos de la .joyen gene raci on, prepared 
by Prof. William H, Shoemaker, and published by Holt, Rinehart Si 
Winston. ■ 

Both these lectures will be given in 314 B Illini Union at 8 p.m. All 
Newsletter readers and their friends are cordially invited to attende 

At the first meeting of the Spanish Club on October 1 the President, 
Fred Stahl (Scarsdale, N. Y.), announced tentative plans for this se- 
mester's activities and introduced the other officers: Vice-President, 
Sharon '.Vright (Freeport, 111,); Secretary, Diane Vendorf (MilwasoJtee, 
Wise); and Treasurer, Harry Heffelfinger (Glcnview, 111.): An infor- 
mal coffee hour was held after the adjournment. The Spanish Club will 
have its next meetings on October 22 and November 12. The meetings 
are conducted in the General Lounge of the Union at 8 . 

This year the Spanish Club and Department will continue to sponsor 
weekly tertulias on Friday afternoons. They will meet in the Federal 
Room of the Illini Union from 3 to 4:30 p.m. All are invited to attend. 

During the past year the M.A, degree was received by: Mr. Richard 
Armstrong, Mr. Vito Benivegna, Mr. Edward Borsoi, Mr. Donald Bray ton, 
Mr, German Carrillo, Mr, Mario Diaz, Mr. Alan Garfinkel, Miss Margaret 
Martxnez, Miss Mary Maxwell, Mr. Milo Pierce, Mr. James Reese, Miss 
Ruth Rogers, Mrs, Jane Sanders, Miss Jane Taylor, Mrs. Gail Thorsten- 
son, Miss Lavina Tilson, Mr. Thomas Washington, and Miss Joan Zonderman* 

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Occupational Oppor t unities for Stud ents Majorin": in Spanish and Portu - 
guese (Bulletin 1958, no. 1) is available free from: Pan /jnerican 
Union, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington 6, D,C, 

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"OMJIUM CULTUR-\L," the Catalan institution for the furtherance and pro- 
tection of Catalan culture initially founded in Barcelona, Catalonia, 
in 1961 and closed by Spanish authorities in 1963, has been revived by 
law this year in Paris. It proposes to fulfill a long felt need of 
the Catalan community to centralize and coordinate its efforts, and in- 
vites the collaboration of all interested parties and organizations as 
well as economic support from its friends. For membership application 
write: "OMNIUM CULTUR.iL" - 70 Hue de Ponthieu, Paris VIII, France. 
Upon acceptance, yearly voluntary contribution of 250, ICO, or 50 FF, , 
payable by check or money order to the "OMNIUM CULTUrii\L" account No, 
21.016 with "Societe Generale", 91 Avenue des Champs £lysees - Paris 
VIII, France, 

For information concerning membership write "OMNIUIi CULTURx'iL" - 70 
Rue de Ponthieu, Paris VIII, France. 


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The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
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Illinois under the direction of the Diept. of Spanish, Italian, and 
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Modern Foreign Language 



Vol. XVIII, No. 2 \ November, 1964 

Advanced Placement and the U of I 

Colleges and universities have ever been concerned with their relations 
with the secondary schools which prepare their students. It has been 
a concern that college studies, especially those of freshman year, 
carry students onward and upward in those subjects whose study was begun 
in school and that needless and dull repetition of preparatory work be 
avoided. This concern has been especially poignant with the best and 
most advanced students. 

To meet this concern the College Entrance Examination Board serves many 
institutions in approving Advanced Placement programs and tests whereby 
successful candidates graduating from secondary schools may receive 
placement beyond the usual college course and often college credit for 
the course skipped. 

In the modern foreign languages the AP program was begun as one for the 
fifth school year of French, German, or Spanish study and, in spite of 
some differences among the three fields, as the equivr.lent of an intro- 
ductory course in literature. In the beginning arrangements were made 
between private colleges and universities and a small number of private 
schools where there were such advanced students and where such a pro- 
gram of course work was possible. An AP program is now, however, no 
longer a possibility only among the exceptionally privileged. It has 
already spread and will continue to spread to all school systems and 
programs where students can enter the high school years with a substan- 
tial background of foreign language knowledge and skill acquired in 
elementary and/or junior high school study or in any other way. It has 
now become a reality in some and a possibility for many another high 
school to provide what was fornerly its fourth year of a foreign lan- 
guage to juniors or even to sophomores and thus give an AP course in 
French, German, or Spanish in senior year» 

This is what the modern foreign language departments at the U of I 
warmly encourage high schools to do. 

In an earlier day the school-college relationship was often a private 
arrangement and for particular subjects; often the colleges' own tests 
were given. Growing numbers have made this impractical, and some 10 
years ago the CEEB, with ETS (Educational Testing Service) implementa- 
tion, began giving national tests for candidates from approved programs. 

Last May 140 secondary schools in Illinois had candidates taking 3,459 
AP exams in all subjects, about 7% and 9% of the national figures re- 
spectively; this is not a large part, but both state and national figures 
are growing rapidly each year. Students in Illinois sat for modern 
foreign language examinations, as follows: French 64, German 44, Spanish 
72 — about 5%, 15%, and 10% respectively of the national figures. One 

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school had 40 candidates in the three modern foreign languages, another 
34, still another 12 in two languages, and one had 9 candidates in just 
one, but several schools had a single candidate in a single FL, V/e 
may hope that this will not always be so in this last group of schools, 
but this is the way AP programs have begun the country over, from the 
largest and most favored schools to the smallest and humblest ones; and 
in any case, numbers are seldom likely to be great enough for an AP pro- 
gram to "pay it way" on a per-capita cost-accounting basis, since the 
best teaching is required for the f<?\vest students. Small beginnings 
often mean extra, almost private work, but since it is with advances, 
highly competent, and eager students, made even more eager by stimula- 
ting teaching, great satisfaction results from their progress and 
success--to the students themselves and their parents, of course, but 
especially to their teachers. 


The modern foreign language departments of the U of I are eager too~ 
to welcome these successful AP candidates by granting credit toward the 
graduation degree as indicated below and by placing in the appropriate 
higher course or coursese Scoring in the AP tests is on a scale of 5 
downward. In French, scores of 5 or 4 receive credit for courses 201 
and 202 (6 hours) and papers with scores of 3 are referred to the Depart- 
ment for determination of credit if any. In German, scores of 5 or 4 
receive credit for course 210 (3 hours). In Spanish, scores of 5, 4, or 
3 receive credit for courses 221 and 222 (6 hours). 

The AP tests are set and graded by national committees of the CEEB. 
Information about them and the kinds of program of study on which they 
are based may be secured from: College Entrance Examination Board/Ad- 
vanced Placement Program/475 Riverside Drive/New York 27, N,Y„ 10027, 
Teachers will find thot the widest latitude of discretionary judgment 
lies with the school and teacher in the selection of material, so long 
as it falls within certain general principles. It is by no means neces- 
sary that a high school AP course conform to any specific list of read- 
ings. However, each of the three appropriate U of I Departments will 
be glad to consult on request with any AP teacher or: one considering 
offering an AP course, particularly cibout the nature and content of the 
corresponding U of I courses for which AP credit is given. 

For the present, to give some idea of these courses, the Departments of 
French, of German, and of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese submit here- 
with their current (1964-65) reading lists: 

FRENCH: (201) Corneille: Pol.yeucte, Le Ilenteur (Dell); ^iOliere: 
Tart uf fe, Le Med»cin malgre liii^ (Dell); Racine: Britannic us , Phedr e 
(Dell); La Fayette: La Princesse dc Cle ves (Livre de poche ) ; Le. Fon- 
taine: Sel ected Works (ed. Vi/adaworth, So, 111. Press); Marivaux: Le 
jeu de 1 'amour ct du hasard (Bordas); Rousseau: Confessions et reveries 
(Livre de poche); Voltaire: Candid e (Doubleday Collection Internation- 
ale). (202) Constcint: Ado lT>he (Classiqucs Larousse); Hugo: Poesies 
choisies (Classi^iues Vaubouruolle ) ; Musset: Lorenzaccio (Bordas); J 
Stendhal: Le rouge et le^ noir (Garnier); Balzac: Le Pere Goriot ' 
(Scribner 's) ; B<.udelaire: Los Fleurs du niol (Garnier); Proust: Combray 
(Appleton-Century -Crofts ); Giraudoux: La G uerre de Troie n ' aura pas 

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l ieu (Livre de poche), ' 

GERJiAN: (210) Goethe: Herman n und Dorothe a; Thomas Mann: Tonic 
Kroger ; Adalbert Stifter: Brigi tta; T'riedrich Durrematt: Besuch 
der alt en Dame ; Friedrich Bruns (ed.); Lose der deutsche n Lyrik . 

SPANISH: (221 and 222) Benavente: Los in teres es creados (Heath); 
Benavente: La E^l guerida (A-C-C)^ Azoirin: Dos come Jia s (Houghton- 
Mifflin); Garcia Lorca: Ye rina (Losada); Buero Valiejo: La tejedora 
de suenos (Col. Tentro); Sastre: Escuc'.dra hacia la muer te (Col. Teatro); 
Siete poe tas espan oles (Taurus); Cuentos de Jorge Luis BorRCs (Monti- 
cello College); Guzman: El aguila y la ser pio nte (Norton); Lynch: El^ 
ingles de los guc sos (El Libro Popular, Mexico); Rulfo: El llano en 
llamas (Fondo de Cuitura Lconomica). 

As a matter of possibly additional useful information, Mr. Albert 
Turner reports that his very successful AP Spanish course at Evanston 
High School includes l) eight basic tfexts, as follows: Blasco Ibdnez, 
La barraca , Gallegos, Dona Ba rba ra , Guzman, El aguila y la serpiente , 
Anon., Lazarillo de Tonnes , Alarcon, El^ sombrero de tres p icos , Goytor- 
tua, Lluvia ro.j a, Casona, Los drboles mueren de pie, Buero Valiejo, En 
la ardiente oscuridad ; 2) mimeographed selections of poetry; 3) six or 
mor-e compietw^d works reported on in writing and in Spanish, 

' ' ■ W,. Ut Shoemaker 

NDEA INSTITUTES, Under the Language Institute Program, sponsored by 
Title V^I of the National Defense Education Act, the Federal Government 
offers an excellent opportunity for elementary , and secondary school 
teachers of modern f6rei[;n languages at all levels of audiolingual pro- 
ficiency to improve their preparation. A normal institute curriculum 
encompasses intensive work in language practice, courses in applied 
linguistics and contemporary culture, prtvctical experience with the lang- 
uage laboratory, introduction to new teaching methods and materials, and 
the opportunity to observe |he latest methods illustrated in a demon- 
stration class. Participants are housed by language groups and eat at 
language tables, A rich program of extracurricular activities comple- 
ments the work in the classroom. 

Eligibility criteria vary" from institute to institute but for serious 
consideration the applicant must be able to present reasonable assurance 
of a teaching commitment in the Fall following the institute. No fees 
or tuition are charged for participation ana public school teachers are 
eligible for a stipend of S75 per week and $15 per week for each depen- 
dent while in attendance at an institute. The great majority of insti- 
tutes are summer institutes lasting from 7-9 weeks, but there are also 
academic -year programs. 

Last summer approximately 3,600 teachers attended 71 institutes in 
Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and English as a Second 
Language at jimerican colleges and universities across the nation. The 
first NDEj\ institute for teachers of Arabic on the secondary level is 

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projected for the summer of 1965, as well as two institutes for teachers 
of English as a second language. The 1964-1965 program will be an- 
nounced in December of this year, and will appear in the Newsletter* 

PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS, The annual meeting of the Illinois Modern 
Language Teachers Association was held as scheduled on November 7, 
1964, at the University of Illinois. Detailed coverage of the meet- 
ing will appear in the December Nev/sletter, 


MLA« The 79th annual meeting of the Modern Language Association will be 
held at the Statler Hilton Hotel in New York on December 27-29, Other 
organization meetings to be held In New York are: AiVTSP, Dec. 28-30; 
AATG, Dec, 29-30; AATF, Dec. 27-30; AATI, Dec, 27-28; AATSEEL, Dec. 
27-29; and Linguistic Society of America, Dec. 27-30, 


Teacher Supply and Demand in Public Schools , 1964, published by the 
Research Division of the National Education Association, states that 
there has been a perspective increase (between 1963-1964) of 34,7% of 
certified teachers in foreign languages. Present 1964 totals: 1,274 

men and 4,199 women (combined total of 5,473 up 1,411 from 1963), 

In the separate language areas the figures are as follows: French — 
total 2,235, up 591 or 35,9%; German — total 585, up 125 or 27.2%; 
Russian — total 141, up 44 or 45,4%; Spanish — total 1,939, up 508 
or 35.5%; and Others —total 192, up 113 or 143.0%. In 1950 there 
were 2,193 potential foreign language teachers; the 1964 figure of 
5,473 shows an increase of 149.6%. 

— PMLA, Sept., 1964 

TEAM UORK. Everyone is familiar with the frustrating situation of the 
state university that is unable to establish an admission requirement 
in foreign languages because they are not offered in the high schools 
of the state, which do not offer them because they are not required 
for admission to the state university. The st^te of Indiana and Indiana 
University have combined efforts to remedy this problem. Beginning in 
1965-66 every commissioned high school in the state must offer at least 
two years of a foreign language; every high school with a 'first class' 
commission must offer at least two years of both a classical and a 
modern foreign language and at least three years of one of these lan- 
guages. In May 1963 the Indiana University faculty ruled that all stu- 
dents entering the College of Arts and Sciences after 1965 must show 
a competence in one foreign language equal to that acquired in the 
first-year college course or be admitted conditionally. Courses taken 
to make up this condition will not count toward his degree, 

—PMLA, June, 1964 

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FRiiNCH NOT^S - Trepared by Edwin Jahiel 

The visit, on this campus, of ^^r. Alain Robbe-Grillet last nonth 
caused a flurry of well-coordinated and exceptionally well-attended 
activities, to ivit: the film Karienbad; a discussion of Robbe-Grillet 
at the Channing-Murray Foundation by Tir. uichard iilexander (^nglish 
Dept.) preceding the film, and a post-mortem discussion (l essrs. Alexan- 
der, Ron Szoke, Jahiel) following it; a French Journal Club panel dis- 
cussion (Professors Gray, Jahiel, Simon, and Mr. Heiss); the lecture by 
^:r, Robbe-Grillet; a book-signing hour by the novelist at the new Paper- 
back store of the Illini Union. 

At the November 3 meeting of the Journal Club of the Department of 
French Professor i^obert iy.auzi (Universite de Lyon, Visiting Frof. at 
Northwestern Univ.) lectured on "Moliere et le 3ourgeois." Prof. lauzi 
is the author of L'Idee du bonheur dans la litterature et la pensee 
frangaises au XVI lie siecle (i960). The scheaule of future meetings of 
the Journal Club is as follows: Nov. 23, at 8 p.m.. Prof. Herbert '^e 
Ley of the U of I French Dept. on Froust and Acauemic Painting; Dec. 
7, at 4 p.m., Frof. Laurence Lerner (Univ, of Sussex, Visiting Irof. 
of English, U of I) on Translating Baudelaire — in cooperation v/ith the 
English Seminars; Jan, 8, at 4 p.m., program not yet announced; Feb, 15, 
at 8 p.m., I-rof. Barbara Bowen, of I French Jept., on Etat Present 
of Rabelais Studies. 

Memberships to the Illinois Downstate Chapter of AATF may be obtained 
by writing Herbert De Ley, Secretary-Treasurer, c/o French Dept., Univ. 
of Illinois, Urbana. I.embership includes a subscription to the F rench 
Review. Cost: iS.OO for members of the teaching profession, ^2.50 for 
'bona fide' students. The first meeting of the year vvas held Nov. 7 
on the Univ, of Illinois Urbana campus. The prograivi included 1-rof. R, 
Gillespie (Dept, of Econoraits, U of I) on the Common Narket, in ^inglish; 
Prof. Bruce >iorriss3tte (Univ. of Ciiicago, author of recent book on 
Robbe-Grillet) on the New Novel; and a *^eply to the Keating report, on 
language laboratory usage (panel discussion by various professors.) 

Two of the roost interesting French v;eeklies, L 'Express and Arts , have 
recently undergone a trans fomc^tion which, we hope, will spread to 
other publications. L' Express has abandoned its rather awkward tabloid 
format for an unabashed imit^ition - from cover to cover- of Time maga- 
zine. Arts, heretofore in newspaper format and size, an irritating 
bunch of sheets to handle and store, has made progress by taking over 
the former L' Express shape. 

Magazines have been used here in the classroom with good results. 
Periodicals of general interest (the above, Paris-Match , Realites , Elle , 
etc.) are consulted by students, often in the form of a short "take- 
home" loan of an issue. Students are left free to read or skim at will. 

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after which they give in short oral reports on nrnctically any- 
thing,, v.'ithin reason. T.uch infonuition and large ciiiiounts of everyday 
French are thus picked up. The main danger of this procedure is the 
systematic emphasis, or choice, of abstruse words at the expense of 
more basic French. As things go now in intermediate courses in the 
UoS.A. (the area of best use of magazines) much consolidation of funda- 
mentals is needed £ilong v.ith a gradual enriclirnent of vocabulary, etc. 
Learning "fc.ncy" terminology is a v;onderful thing, but it should not 
take precious time away from the perfecting of basic skills. 


Enrollment figures for the Univ. of 111. Urbann campus and as of the 
end of registration si ow that about 3069 students are t£iking French 
courses this semester. Compared to 2750 last year at this time, this 
is a 10-2% increase. Our many students of French are well distributed 
over the entire scale of undergraduate offerings although there is a 
noticeable increase in graduate students and in the size of the grad- 
uate courses. 


GSI^iAN NOTES - Prepared by Carol L. Killer 



As is becoming usual, the enrollment in the German Dept. has continued 
to increase this year. The final enrollment figures for the first 
semester show 2394 students in German classes. As expected, the largesti 
group is in first year, with 751 in German 101, and 226 in 102. There 
are 3D4 students in German 103, 167 in 104, and twenty in the 113 con- 
versation course. 176 students are enrolled in the 200 level (junior) 
courses," 116 in the 300 level (senior anu graduate) courses, and 70 in 
the 4CC level (graduate) courses. The number of students enrolled in 
German 400 St 401, the reading coui^ses for Ph.D. candidates from other 
disciplines, is 246 I. 248 respectively. In comparison with the enroll- 
ment of last year, the following increases can be seen: total enroll- 
ment up 235 or 14% from the 2109 last fall, German 101 up 98 students 
or 15%, and the greatest jump — in the 400 level courses; there are now 
70 students compared with about 4C last year. Another result of the 
expanding enrollment in the entii'o university can be seen in the number 
of students taking the Ph.D. rea -ing e.>^am. A total of 196 signed up 
for the exam given on Oct, 23. The exam is given four times during the 
academic year, and once during tho sumtner terra. 

The German Club began its year's activities in September with a busi- 
ness r.eeting and the slxowing of t.;o films on Germany, one of which con- 
cerned the Munich Oktoberfes t. On Oct. 29 a group of about sixty stu- 
dents and faculty gathered in the Illini Union for an evening of 
German folk dancing. Dr. Albert Borgmann explained the dances and 
served as leader, and Mr, Heinz Dill provided piano accomijaniment , 

Buddenbrooks , a film based on Thomas Mann's novel of the same name, 
was shown by the club in the Auditorium on Nov, 5, Liselotte I ulver 


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and Hanns Lothar star in this 1963 release, which was directed by 
Alfred .ieiueniaann. English subtitles fiicilitated the understanding 
of this film by those who don't know German* 

The club's next meeting is scheduled for late November. At that time 
members who have studied in Germany i^ill present a discussion "Studying 
in Germany," All are welcome to attend, but especially those consider- 
ing studying abroad either for the summer or for the academic year 
should come. Inquiries should be uirected to Mr. Giinter Eberspach of £/ 
the German Department, the club's adviser. 

The groups 's annuc\l Christmas party will be held in Latzer Hall of the 
YMCA at 7:30 the evening of Dec, 16, As in the past a musical program 
by students of the department is anticipated, and perhaps a visit by 
St, Nicholas and his assistant "Knecht Ruprccht." A social hour will 
follow the program. 


The second meeting of the year of the "Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft" 
featured a paper by Dr. Emery George, "Formal versus Poetic Logic in 
Ho-lderlin's Pindaric Gnomes." Dr. Albert Borgmann, who returned this 
year from liunich, will address the third meeting on December 17. 

The Dean recently announced the appointment of Professor Francis Nock 
as Executive Secrectqry of the German -^epartir.ent. 

The October issue of Holiday magazine was devoted entirely to Germany, 
In addition to niimerous pictures, txiere were interesting articles on 
contemporary Gerwan life and culture. 

The department is pleased to have twenty-one now teaching assistants 
and one new teaching follow this year. Six of the assistants are from 
the Univ. of 111,: Iirs, Lucy 3ierbrauei' Conner, i rs, Karia Goldberg, 
Mr. Tony Jusig, I'.r, Fred Krauss, Kiss Marcia fiessman, and Mx's- Judith 
Tar. Miss Ilessman has just returned after a year's study in Marburg. 
T»vo others are (graduates of Illinois schools: Mr, Dennis Larson from 
Monmouth College and Mr. Larry V'ielimeyer from .estern 111. State U, 
Five of the newcomers are from l^^ngland. Miss Susan Mird is from the 
Univ. of Durham, Miss Maureen Levy from the Univ. of iveading, and Miss 
Marian tfarburton from the Univ. of London. Mr. John Owen, from the 
Univ. of Nottingham, has been teaching at the Royal Grammar School, 
Clithero, Lancashire, and Mr. Graeime IVtler, from Oxford^ has been at 
the Felsted School, Essex. Three receivea degrees froin American uni- 
versities, but are coming nov; froiv: European study: Mr. John Bret- 
schneider from Queens Coll. and Idddlebury Coll. was in Mainz, Mr. 
Nelson McMillan from fiorehouse Coll. was at the Free Univ, of Berlin, 
and Mr. -illiam Lontgomery from the Univ. of Miss, was at Wiirzburg. 

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The other new assistants are Kiss Dela Kassner, a graduate of Kalamazoo 
Coll., Idss liaureen I/cCc.ulay from i'-usl:ingh.-jn Coll., and Miss fiaria 
U'armer from the Univ. of Vienna. I'lr. iJouglas 1-c.rldiara, v/ho ivas grad- 
uated fron; Eastern I'iichigun Coll., holds a teaciiing fellowship ana will 
be teaching the second semester. 

Two of last year's assistants are currently studying at the Free 
University of iSerlin. Liss Penelope Fipple received a Fulbright 
scholarship and Mr. V.illiain Cunningham received a Dankstipendiuni , 
sponsored by the German governi.'.ont. 

SLAVIC NCT^S - Prepared by Frank Y. Gladney 

The total enrollment in the Slavic Dept. this semester is 526, which is 
close to last year's fi^,ur3. Behind the similarity lies the continua- 
tion of a trend noted in last Kovember's r.e wsletter tcv.ard smaller en- 
rollments in beginning ..ussian, offset by rises in upper level courses. 
Russian ICC-level courses are doivn 15% to 235, and non-credit Russian 
reading for graduate students is down 31% to 51, On the other hand the 
100 enrollments in 200-level courses represent a 15% rise over last 
year; the 500-level courses are 12% higher with 55; and the 4C0-level 
courses (excluding liussian for graduate students) are up sharply 51% 
with 50 enrollments. Although somewhat fewer students are starting 
Ixussian, apparently more are staying, witii it. Tci-haps the comparative 
size of iiussian 103 and 101 is a strav/ in the wind: last year tnis 
second-year course had only 45% the enrollment of 101; this year it has 
55%. The change is accounted for in part by tae 9 freslimen in lOJ, 

The Dept. currently has 2G juniors and seniors v.ho are majoring in 
Slavic Lancu ,ves and Literatures, including 15 in the teacher training 
program. This year a major may elect the new Curriculum Preparatory to 
Teaching in the Elementary School uith a speciality in riussian. This 
new program entails the regular elementarj^ school teacuing curriculum 
plus 33 hours in Russian. 

This fall more incoming fresliinen than ever before came to the Dept. 
with prior Russian. They were tentativel3'^ placed according to the rougl^ 
rule: 1 year of high school FL equals 1 semester in college. On Sept. 
29 they took the Dept.'s place:.ient exam, the results of which showed it 
advisable for half of the 30 exaniihees to switch to level courses. 
This incidentally was the last time tiie Dept. will iuake up its own 
placement exam out of back finals. Next semester new students with 
prior Aussian will take the Cooperative Foreign Language Test in Russian 
prepared by the ffiodern Language Association anu the Educational Test- 
ing Service. In fact, this January all stvidents currently enrolled in 
lOO-level courses will have a sneak preview of the test. 


The first meeting of the Russian Language Club took place on Oct. 8, 
Kr, GriQ:orij Shmarjaev spoke on behalf of his compatriots ",vho were here 
last yecir and have since returned to the Soviet Union, expressing warm 

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thanks to the members of the Club for their hospitality. He introduced 
this year's contingent of Soviet exchange students: Mr. Jurij Pirogov, 
Mr. Avenir Velihanov, and Mr. Vladimir Galajko, the latter who, however, 
sent his regrets at being unable to attned. Mr. Fred Thayer next passed 
the gavel over to the new president Mr. lionald Edwards. Miss April 
Applequist was acclaimed secretary-treasurer* Mr. Byron Lindsey followed 
with impressions from his summer trip to the Soviet Union. Miss Apple- 
quist and Mrs. Maria Merkelo, playing accordians, joined Mr. Noah Marcell 
and Mr. Ken Wurzburger, who played mandolins, in a medley of Russian folk 
songs. Following announcements, the meeting was closed v;ith refreshments 
and singing. 

The Russian Language Club showed a Russian film of Mussorgski j 's opera 
"Boris Godunov" on Oct. 29. Other recent films on campus have been 
"Ivan the Terrible, parts I 8c II" shown by Cinema Internationale and 
"Battleship Potemkin" shown by the Film Society. 

Prof, Lew R. Micklesen, the new Head of the Slavic Dept,, speaking before 
the Linguistics Club on Oct. 19, gave a working paper on a current topic 
of his research, impersonal sentences in Russian. He surveyed the rich 
variety of these subjectless sentences (cf. English "It's cold," etc,) 
and suggested ways of accounting for them within the framework of modern 
transformational grammar, which seems to generate all and only the gram- 
matical sentences of a language through the simplest set of rules. 

The following evening at the Roundtable of the Russian Language and Area 
Center Prof. Micklesen appraised the role of computers in linguistic 
research. His viev/s, based on years at IBM working on machine translation, 
were realistically conservative. The computers stand ready to serve the 
linguist with fantastic electronic capacities for storing information, 
but it is the linguist who must supply interesting programs and insight- 
ful grammatical theories. 

On Oct. 28 Prof. Herbert S. Levihe, Univ. of Pennsylvania, gave a talk 
entitled "Soviet Planning: Tasks and Techniques." The talk was co- 
sponsored by the Center for Russian Language and Area Studies and the 
Dept. of Economics. 

The Russian Committee of the National Association of Independent Schools 
publishes a lively, fact-cramraed Newsletter six times a year which it 
sends to subscribers and members of AaTSEL^L, If interested, write to 
Claire Walker, ILditor, Friends ochool, 5114 N. Charles, Baltimore, Md. 

New teaching assistants in the Department this fall are Mr. Brooke 
Anderson, Miss April Applequist, Mr, fionald Edwards, and Mr. Noah 
Marcell, Mr, Byron Lindsey begins his second semester as a teaching 
assistant. Miss Shirley Lee Iverson is studying with us this year on 

an augmented University Fellowship, Mr. Stephen B, Dresner has a tui- 
tion fee ivaiver, Mrs. Linda Kopp Thomas holds an NDEA Title VI Fellow- 
ship. The Dept. has been awarded 4 NDSA fellowships for 1965-1966, 

The following have recently received the degree of M.A, from the Dept,: 
Mr, Peter Priest, Mr, Laurence Richter, Mr. Frederick Thayer, Miss 
Anna Tymoszenko, and Mr, Kenneth Wurzburger, Miss Wanda Zielinski, who 
receives hers this month, is at present teaching Russian in the Chicago 
Loop Junior Colleges. Mr. Borys Bilokur, a Ph.D, candidate in the 
Dept,, is teaching at Northern Illinois Univ, in DeKalb, and Mr. 
Laurence Richter at Valparaiso Univ, 

The traffic in Slavic books in the office has been unusually heavy since 
October 1, when Prof, Victor Terras assumed the duties of Review Editor 
for the Slavic and Sast European Journa l. Likewise, news of the profes- 
sion has been coursing through the office in the year and a half since 
Prof. Tatjana Cizevska became Editor of the Newsletter of the American 
Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, succeeding Prof. 
Ralph T. Fisher, Jr. Prof. Fisher, Director of the Center for Russian 
Language and Area Studies, is away this year, spending his sabbatical 
in Europe. Acting Director in his absence is Prof. Edward G. Lewis of 
the Dept. of Political Science, 


SPANISH, ITALIAN, AND PORTUGUESE NOTES - Prepared by Elizabeth Senicka 

Enrollments in the Dept. have risen considerably again this past year. 
luJi H/ijit. The total figure is 2,124, an increase of 413 or 19,55o, The total en- 
rollment in Spanish is 1901, and the course breakdown is as follows: 
100 level courses (freshman and sophomore) 1300, 200 level courses 
(junior) 312, 300 level courses (senior and graduc\te) 165, and 400 
level courses (graduate) 132, The total Italian enrollment is 135, and 
Portuguese 88. At the present time there are 77 undergraduate Spanish 
majors, including 44 in Spanish teaching, and one in Italian. On the 
graduate level there are 81 degree candidates in Spanish and 3 in Italian 


The Spanish Club opened its full program for the year on Oct. 22 with a 
lecture by Prof. Uigberto Jimenez Moreno, a noted Mexican anthropologist 
and Visiting Professor this semester at the U of I, Prof. Jimenez Moren* 
is director of the Department of Historical Investigation of the Mexican 
National Sehool of Anthropology and History and spoke on "Mexiamerica. " 
The Club on Nov. 11 presented the film Marc e lino Pan y Vino and the 
following evening graduate students from Chile discussed their native 
land. The annual Christmas party complete with typical Spanish and jj 
Latin American costumes is scheduled for Dec. 18. An authentic pinata 
that has travelled over 3,000 miles will be broken at the party. The 
event is to be held at 8 p.m. in Room 314 of the Illini Union. The It 
faculty advisers for the club are Dr. S. l". Baldwin and Mr. J. R. Willeyij 



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Recently returned from Spain, Prof. Jose S. Flores reports on his sab- 
batical leave of absence.. . Despues de desembarcar en Le Havre, viaja- 
mos por coche hacia Espana. £n ruta pareunos de vez en cuando para 
visitar lugares de interes historico y cultural: Chartres, Orleans, Tours, 
Limoges, Toulouse, etc., llegando a Madrid cinco dias despues (el primero 
de f ebrero ) . Nuestra primera impresion de Espana, desde que entramos en 
ella hasta llegar a Madrid, fue muy favorable. El tiempo era de prima- 
vera, a pesar de que todavfa estabamos a ultimos de enero. 

La mayor parte del tierapo de nuestra estancia en Espana lo pasamos en 
Madrid (desde el primero de febrero hasta mediados de julio), haciendo 
viajes de vez en cuando a oti'as ciudades y regiones de Espana: Barcelona, 
Valencia, Zaragoisa, Salamanca, Burgos, Leon, Sevilla, Granada, C6rdoba, 
etc. El motive principal de mi viaje a Espana fue para observar, estu- 
diar, analizar y evalucr el sistema del estudio y enseiianza de idiomas 
modernos en los institutes de enseiianza media y universidades espanolas, 
lo mismo que sus planes de estudio en la preparacion de profesores en 
dichos idiomas, especialmente el ingles. Esto explica, en parte, mis 
viajes a traves de la peninsula iberica. Todo esto se hizo posible por 
el perraiso sabatico que la Universidad de Illinois se digno otorgarme. 

Durante nuestra estancia en Madrid nos alojamos en la i^esidencia del 
Consejo Superior de Inveetigaciones Cientificas, Pinar 21, y cuya biblio- 
teca me fue muy util en mis investigaciones. Mis visitas a estos lugares, 
claro esta no se limitaron unicamente a recintos universitarios, sino 
que tambien aproveche la oportunidad para visitar otros lugares de in- 
teres historico y cultural. Tuvimos la buena suerte de presenciar muy 
buenas obras de teatro, visitamos todos los museos que pudimos, hicimos 
cortos viajes tambien a sitios como Alcala de Kenares, Talavera de la 
Reina, Svila, las famosas cuevas de Altamira, la Cueva de Covndonga, el 
famoso Escorial y las grandos catedrales: Burgos, Leon, Santiago de Com- 
postela, Salamanca, Sevilla, Toledo, etc. S£, hay tanto que ver y apre- 
ciar en la venerable Espana. 

Una de las ciudades que para mi tiene un interes especial es Salfimanca. 
Esto se debe, tal vez, al hecho de que soy salamantino de nacimiento— 
naci en un pueblecito no muy lejos de dicha ciudad. Otro lugar que para 
mi tuvo tambien interes, desde el punto de vista profesional, fue la 
Escuela Central de Idiomas de Madrid. Supe , hablando con los directores, 
que en uno de los pisos de este edificio vivio por algunos anos el gran 
novelista don Juan Valera. La categoria intelectual de esta escuela es 
algo que no puede ponerse en duda puesto que esta gnrantizada por anos y 
anos de magnifica enseiianza. Actualmente tiene unos 6.500 alumnos de 
ambos sexos. Se explican, sogun el director me dijo, 161 clases diarias 
- unos diez o doce diferentes idiomas (incluyendo el espafiol para estu- 
diantes extranjeros). 

Durante mis excursiones por Espaiia note muchos cambios, unos buenos y 
otros ... no tan buenos. , Pero en general gozamos siempre de la buena 
hospitalidad d.e los espaftoles por dondequiera que viajaramos. Natural- 
mente, mis visitas a la aldea donde naci evocaron recuerdos cariiiosos y 
cierta nostalgia de mi infancia y atios de adolescencia. En fin.».espero 
que mi proximo viaje a Espana no se demore tanto como el que acabo de hace- 

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Prof. Joseph H, D, Allen, also on a leave of absence Jan. -June, 1964, 
reports on his sabbatical. This period we s an extremely productive 
one in the area of publications. In collaboration with Prof. Lee S, 
Hultzen ( emeritus . Speech Dept.), and Prof. Murray S. Miron (Psychology 
and Institute of Communications), Prof» Allen completed Tab les of Tran- 
sitional F requencies of English Phonemes , Univ. of 111. Press, which is 
to appear this month. Prof. Allen has an article, "Tense/Lax in Castil-- 
ian Spanish," in press and should appear in the December issue of Word, 
the journal of the Linguistic Circle of New Yorkc Another article, 
"Old Spanish £ and z in the Vida de Santo Domingo , " is almost completed.. 

A good part of June and July was spent in Mexico (Mexico City, Cuerna- 
vaca, Taxco), and on the return trip home Prof, and Mrs. Allen visited 
Prof, and Mrs. Philip A, Wadsworth, formerly of the Univ, of 111. French: 
Dept., and now at Rice Univ, in Houston, Texas, 

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other members of the Department have been working on publications, Profi] 
Henry and Renee Kahane i.ave contributed a study on the term carestia to 
the Schutz Testimonial Volume, published under the title French and 
P rovencal Lex icography by the Ohio State Univ, Press, Dr, Daniel P, 
Testa with the cooperation of assistant Victor N, Baptiste has also 
v/ritten a Syllabus for Spanish xl02 , Univ. of 111., Division of Univer- 
sity Extension, 1964, which replaces the old Syllabus of 1961. Dr, 
Testa's article "Kinds of Obscurity in Gongora's 'Fabula de Pyramo y 
Tisbe'" appeared in Modern Language Notes , Karch, 1964, 

This past month the Department has brought to speak on campus four of 
the most prominent contemporary Spanish writers. On Oct, 21 Ana Marxa 
Matute spoke on "La guerra civil espanoia en los escritores de mi ge- 
neracion," on Nov, 3 Ignacio Aldecoa lectured on "La novela de mar en 
la narrativa contemporanea espanoia," and the following evening his 
wife Josefina Rodriguez talked on "El panorama literario femenino en 
Espana." Nov, 11 liiguel Delibes, journalist, "Catedratico , " and also 
a prize-winning novelist, delivered a lecture entitled "El novelista y 
sus persona jes," Prof, Delibes is a Visiting Professor at the Univ. of 
Maryland this year. Each of these authors presented interesting and 
perceptive information and ideas on the Spanish literary scene. It was 
indeed an honor and a valuable academic experience to have them at the 
Univ, of Illinois. 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Lemguage Newsletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Depto of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor V/illiam H. Shoemaker, Head. The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Miss Elizabeth Senicka. All communications 
should be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of 
Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 

Modern Foreign Language '^//lte/> 

Vol. yv'III. No. 3 Decenbor, 1964 

Felices Pascur.s x 

Feliz Natal xxxxx 

„ »T X T xxxxxxxxi:::x 

Buon Natale xxxxxxx 


Joyeux rJoel xxxx::xxx:x:-:xxirx 


Frohliche Weihnachten 

C Fo:k:;;8Ctbom XpECTOBUi^i 

IMLTA I!EETING= The Illinois Modern Language Teachers Association met 
Saturday, November 7, 1964, ou the campus of the University of Illinois. 
The morning session in Gregory Hall v.'ns called to order by the President, 
Dr. Robert de Vette (I'.hoaton College), Prof. Charles A. ICrudson, Head 
of the Department of French of the University of Illinois, welcomed the 
group > 

Miss Martha Schreiner (Northern Illinois Univ.), Chairman of the Nomina- 
ting Committee, reported the nomination of Sister Gregoire of Kosary 
College for Vice-President and of Helnut Meyerbach of Loop Junior College 
for I- resident of the IMTA for the years 1965-66. There being no nomina- 
tions from the floor, the candidc.tes wore unanimously elected. They will 
take office in January, 1965o Dr. de Vette reported that although Dr. 
Elna Jeffries (Knox College) has been seriously ill, she is recovering 
rapidly, and .vill be able to continue her duties as treasurer, 

Mr. Dan Romani , Head Foreign Language Consultant for the State of Illi- 
nois, introduced the other Foreign Language Consultants: Mr. Richard 
Nabor, Mr, Charles Jay, and Mr. Derrell Merriman, He reported on the 
activities of his office during the past year and on the results of a 
survey made through the County Superintendent of Schools. 

Miss Violet Bergquist, the IMLTA representative to the Illinois Curricu- 
lum Council, reported that the Council is at present conducting an im- 
portant self-evaluation which may drastically change the role of the 

Mr, Don Zehme, Head of the Fox-eign Language Department of Loop Junior 
College, described the development of a course in Spanish for city police- 
men who deal v;ith the Spanish-speaking people in Chicago. Ke has de- 
veloped an audio-lingual text, yisual aids, and tape recordings based on 
actual police problems and experiences. Those policemen who have taken 
the coui'se report that it has improved their ability to communicate 
with the people in their areas and has made it possible for them to ful- 
fill their duties more effectively. 

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The second speaker of the morning was Mr. Andre Paqnette, Director of 
Teacher Prepr-ration, I-3Li\, He has directed surveys of the content of 
teacher training px^ograms and of methods courses in liberal arts collegei 
and teacher training colleges throughout the country. Mr, Paquette notei 
favorably the irxcrease in the hoars of foreign language study required 
for prospective foreign language teachers, the increased cooperation be-- 
tv/een foreign language departiuents and departments of education, the 
trend toward completion of an approved program of study as a basis of 
certification, and the trend toivard areas of specialization for elemen- 
tary school teacher trainees. He also noted a need for improved super- 
vision and coordination of practice teaching prograrris. He urged Illinoii 
foreign language teachers to study and discuss the Standards for Teacher' 
Education proposed by the I.odern Language Association, and to express 
their opinions to the MLA, 

—Barbara Griesser, Secretary IJXTA 

French The annual meeting of the Dovvnstate Chapter of the jI/iTF heard 
three speakers^ Prof. R, Gillespie (Dept. of Economics, Univ. of 111.) 
spoke on the Common Market, in English; Prof. Bruce I-iorrissette (Univ. 
of Chicago) talked about "Le Nouveau Roman;" and a panel discussed 
"Response au Rapport de Keating." All members are reminded that the 
deadline for dues was Dec, 10. Payment and information on membership 
which includes a subscription to the French Revi ew are to be referred 
to Herbert De Ley, Secretary-Treasurer, c/o French liept., Univ. of 111., 
Urbana, Cost: SS.OO for members of the te^^ching profession, 32,50 for 

— Herbert De Ley (Univ. of 111.) 

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German Eighty persons attended the German section meeting, Mrs. Marita 
Clark (Belleville j^lementary Schools), President of the Southern Illinoii 
Chapter of AATG, opened the meeting and introduced Dr. Hans Schlutter 
(Univ. of 111). Dr. Schlutter spoke on "Gunter Grass, Dichter der Gegen- 
wart," His address was followed by a series of papers presented by 
teachers in the Belleville i ublic Schools. Iliss Zsther ICnefelkamp, 
Curriculum Coordinator, introduced tirs. Clark, who spoke for Miss Minnie 
IVidman who was ill. Mrs. Clark's topic was "Padagogische Hinweise fur 
FLES Lehrer." Miss Veleda Schrupp spoke on the same subject to Junior 
High School teachers, and Mr. Gail Schwarz spoke to Senior High School 
teachers. The final paper, entitled "Humanism," was presented by Prof. 
Harry Haile, Chairman of the German Department of the Univ. of 111. The 
meeting was adjourned punctually. The program for the November, 1965, 
IMLTA mooting in Chicagp will be planned by the Chicago Breach of the 

—Barbara Griesser, and Raymond J. Spahl 
(Southern Illinois Univ.) 

Italian At the Italian sectional meeting three interesting topics were 
discussed. Miss Marian English spoke on "My Experiences at the Loyola 



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University Campus in Rome," Founded in 1962, this is one of many Ajncri- 
can programs for study in Italy, The courses offered ai'e the same as 
those the students could take here and credits earned are recognisedo 
The faculty is composed snostly of Jesuits from America but there are 
some lay teachers. One of the disadvantages is that many students do 
not learn Italian and meet Italians because all that they need is avail- 
able to them on campus. Hov/ever there are many advantages such as gain- 
ing insight in understanding other peoples and their v.ay of life. 

Mr. Franco Peppolone's topic, "La letteratura moderna — Eccellente mezzo 
integrative dell 'insegnamento della lingua italiana," was limited to 
the teaching of Italian to adults. He suggested that vocabulary can be 
increased by reading popular nnd modern novels. Besides teaching stu- 
dents many idiomatic expressions in context, it can prove more valuable 
than works from an older period. Various writers were mentioned and 
evaluated on the basis of their value for a student learning Italian. 

Miss Maria Sarandrea talked about "San Francesco d'Assisi e il suo in- 
flusso suila vita del tempo," San Francesco was born into a well-to-do 
famiily, the son of a merchant. After having been imprisoned he renounced 
the worldly life and founded a new order of monks. His literature is 
written in medieval Italian. His poetry deals with things of nature, 
Ke achieves a serenity and simplicity not since duplicated. In his 
poetry there is an interplay of the real and the ideal, of heaven and 
earth. His influence on literature is seen in Pascoli, Paolo Uccello, 
Carducci and in a Catalan poet. In art his influence is seen in the 
paintings of Veneziano, in the pre-Rennaissance frescoes of Cimabue and 
Giotto, in the v.orks of Kurillo, SI Greco, and Zurbaran, and also in the 
sculptures of the saint himself. He influenced the people of his time 
to reject worldly goods and lead a holy, meditative life, 

— Eileen A, Riccomi (Loop Jr. College) 

Slavic At the Slavic Section, ivhich ivas chaired by Prof. Norman 
Luxcnburg (Illinois State Univ.), four papers were read. 

Prof, ^3omcilo Rosic (ivnox College) presented "A Structural Analysis of 
Serbo-Croatian," giving the results of some extensive statistical word- 
counts. These showed, among other conclusions, that tri-syilabic words 
are most frequent in Serbo-Croatian. They also revealed the similarity 
of this south Slavic language to French, both being markedly vocalic. 

Prof. Kelene Scriabine (Univ. of Iowa) spoke on suicide among Soviet 
writers. Speaking in a high-pitched, fluent, and rapid Russian, Mrs, 
Scriabine noted that, whereas during the pre-Soviet era about the only 
literally figures to take their ov;n lives \vere V, Garshin and A. Radishchev^ 
both mad, since the Bolshevik revolution this step h£is been taken by dis- 
proportionately many: Nikolaj Kuznecov, Sergej iLsenin, Andrej Sobol'ev, 
Vladimir Majakovskij, Marina Cvetaeva, Aleksandr Fadeev, and the Ukrain- 
ian writers I^vyl'ovyj, Mykytenko, and Gkhrymenlco, Tiie speaker probed 
the political and personal factors behind their self-inflicted deaths. 

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Prof. Howard I. Aronson (Univ. of Chicago) presented a paper entitled 
"Russian Phonetics and the English-Speaking Student," in which he stress- 
ed the ii'portance of the teacher's knowing not only the phonetics of 
the target language but also the student's particular dialect of American 
English. Utilizing the student's habit of dropping obscure pretonic 
vowels in such words as "m'gnificent" and "c 'tastrophe, " the teacher will 
be able to help him over the difficult initial consonant clusters of 
such Russian words as mgnovenie 'instant' and kto 'who'. The grecitest 
pronunciation problem facing the iinglish-spcaking student, according to 
Prof, Aronson, is the Russian stress. IVhon the habit of putting second- 
ary stresses on long words is carried over to ilussian, confusion may 
result, e.g. mnogo raster.jala 'she lost much' is misunderstood as mnogo 
raz ter.jala 'she lost it many times'. 


Prof. Joseph Kupcek (Southern Illinois Univ.) discussed the origin of 
"Slovak" (originally "Slovan") and other ethnic terms containing the root" 
slov . He shoued this root to be related to that contained in Slovutich , 
the original Slavic name for the Dnepr River, which flovi's through the 
first known homeland of the Slavs in ourope. From there the Slavs spread , 
to the west and southwest into the regions which they now inhabit. The 
a which is found in the "word "Slav" resulted from a later contfimination 
with the Slavic ivord slava 'glory'. 

At the business meeting Mr. Charles D. Borrier ('.Vestern Illinois Univ.) 
was elected Chairman of the Slavic section and Vir, Kollis Leyer, (Glen- 
bard iLast H.S.) graciously consented to serve another term as Secretary. 


— Franic Y. Gladney (Univ. of 111.) ij 

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Spanish The Spanish section aeeting, chaired by Dr. Daniel P. Testa (Univjt) 
of 111.), elected I.iss lileanore otuchlik (l.orton Jr. College) as Chair- 
man, and Lr. Lionel 0. liomero (lekin Conim. U.S.) as Vice-Chairman for the 
1965 meeting. The varied and stimulating program offered five speakers. 

Prof. Charles E. Johnson (Univ. of 111., College of i.ducation) described 
the new U of I FL'ZS Curriculum v/hich is to be presented for final approval) 
in the near future. The purpose of this curriculum is to prepare college 
students for the teaching of general elementary school subjects and FLES. 
Included are the regular courses necessary for elementary school certifier 
cation and 31 Hrs. of FXp vork beyond the basic langua e courses (8 Hrs.). 
Students in this curriculum will be enrolled in the College of Education 
as well as in a FL department, thus far either Spanish, French, German, 
or i^ussian. < 

Prof. Jose Flores (Univ. of 111.) noted a genuine interest in the advance- 
ment of modern FL study in Spain during the last 10-15 years due mainly 
to the National i«anistry of Education and to the realization of the im- 
portance of FLs in science, commerce, law, diplomacy, and tourism. Prof. 
Flores discussed the role which modern FLs play in the Spanish educational 
system: l) .-ublic Elementary Schools, where FL study as_ such does not 
exist; 2) Secondary Schools, where study of a FL (English, Erench, German, 
iortuguese, or Italian) is required during the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th years; 
and 3) Universities, where FL study is more a matter of choice among the 
most common languages. 



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Prof. Sherman Bro'.vn (Knox College) considered the future of the NDEA and 
its affects on FL teaching and le;. ruing. Assistance under the NDEA from 
1965-68 will be even greater than in the past, by virtue of the amendments 
which have been adopted by Congress. Additions to present programs in- 
clude: stipends for private schoof.s, larger loans, loans for part time 
students (summer), post-doctorate loans, more 2nd level institutes, and 
institutes for students between their Jr, and Sr. years in college, 

Dr, Daniel iL« Quilter (Indiana Univ.) stimulated thought and discussion 
with the consideration of the I'/hen? , Uhat?, and How? of introducing lit- 
erature in FL study. Literature should be introduced on the 2nd level of 
HS FL study, with consideration being given to unaltered vorks of literary 
quality and of a contemporary nature. Pattern drills should supplei.ient 
the study. On the 3rd level liter.. ry i.iasterpieces irrespective of their 
difficulty and a more ci'itical approach should be usedc • 

Prof, ^.iguel Enguidanos' (Indiana Univ,) topic, "Dos poetas paralelos: 
Miguel de Unamuno y I^uben Da^rio," illustrated how two seemingly unrelated 
but great literary figures, could be compared through the essence of 
their works. Although v.ords and methods of expression of each vary, the 
underlying meanings are the same, or as stated so unequivocally by Prof, 
Enguidanos — "las voces y las vidas son distintas pero dicen lo mismo,., 
hay un tiempo en que casi se conocen los dos." 

— Lionel 0, Romero (Pekin Coram. II. S.) 

MLA MEETING, The annual meeting of the Modern Language Association 
will be held December 27-29 at the Statler Hilton and Sheraton Atlantic 
Hotels in New York. 

Several members of the modern language departments at the Univ, of 111, 
have active parts in the program. Prof, Tnilip Kolb of the Dept . of 
French will present a paper on "Diderot and i-roust: A Parallel Based 
on Proust's Cahicrs " for the Ro mance Sgctioji. From the same department, 
Prof. Francis V.', Nachtmann will serve as discussion leader for Conference 
29 on "Problems in Teaching and Testing the Languages Required of Doctoral 
Candidates." Prof. Philip M. I^itchcll is chairman of the Advisory and 
Nominating Committee for S candinavian 1, and Frof. Srnst A. Philippson 
is a member of the Advisory and Nominating Committee for German 1^. Re- 
presenting the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and rortuguese are: Profs. J. 
H. D, Allen and Henry R. Kahane (Committee on Teaching and Research 
Curricula, Com parativ e ^lomance Lin,"i'istics ) ; Frof. James 0. Crosbj"^ (Nomi- 
nated for Secretary of the 19G5 Spanish 2); Prof. Luis Leal ( "Teorxa y 
practica del cuento en Alfonso Reyes," a paper for Span ish 7; member of 
Advisory and Nominating Committee, Sp anish 7); and Frof. William H. 
Shoemaker (Chairman of Spa^nish 5; member of Advisory and Nominating 
Committee, Spanish 5)» 

Others on the program from the state of Illinois are: Prof. Howard I, 
Aronson, Univ. of Chicago (Secretary of Slav ic 2; nominated for Chairman 
of 1965 Slavic 2); Prof. Jean Borie, Northwestern Univ. ("Raymond Queneau: 
Poesie et fran9ais parle," a paper for French 7); Prof. Daniel N. Cardenas, 

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Univ. of Chicago (Chairmen of Advisory and Nominating Committee, Spani sh 
1); Prof. ILicharu Ellman, Univ. of Chicrigo (Executive Council of WLA); 
Prof. Jean li. Ilagstrum. Kor chvestern Univ. (Chairman of Advisory and 
Nominating Committee, G^nerjl To l ies 9); Prof, i^obert Xauf, Univ. of 
Illinois [Chicago J ( "Spatbarocke U'iener Volskomodie, " paper for Ge rman ic 
S ecti o n) ; Prof^ Hugh hcLean, Univ. of Chicago (Chairman of Advisory and 
Nominating Commictea, Slavic 1^); Prof, Ralph E, Matlavv, Univ. of Chicago 
(Secretary of Sla vic 1, nominated for Chairman of I'^QS Sla vic l); Prof, 
Bruce Korrissette, Univ. of Chicago (Exec, Council cf KLA ; non znated for 
Chairman of 1965 riomann e Section / ; Prof» II. Stefan Schult/;, Unxv. of 
Chicago (Secretary of German 3; nominated for Chairman of 19G5 Ger man 3); 
Prof. Edward Stankiev/icz., Univ. of Chicago ( "I'he Grar.matical Genders of 
the Slavic Languages," a paper for Slavic 2); Prof, VJillicun T, Stc.rr, 
Northwestern Univ« (Chairman of Bibliography Committee of French G ) ; 
Frof. Ec J. Webber, Northuestern Univ. ("The Aristotelian Jester in the 
Renaissance," a paper for Spani sh 2; member of Advisory and Noniinating 
Committee of Spanish 1^); and Prof. Bernard IV'einberg, Univ. of Chicago 
(nominated for Secretary of 1965 Gen era l Topics 1), , 

Many of the ATTs are holding annual meetings in New York in conjunction 
with the ViLA meeting: AATF, ;ec, 26-29, Hotel New Yorker; AATG, Dec. 
27-30, Sheraton-Atlantic Hotel; AATI , Jec, 27-28, Casa Italiana, Columbia 
Univ.; AATSEEL, Dec, 27-29, Hotel New Yorker; and AATSP, Dec. 28-30, 
Hotel New Yorker, . 

Representatives from the sttte of Illinois are: AATF- Dec. 29, "Roman 
et Cinema: un nouveau doraaine litteraire?" by Prof. Bruce liorrissette 
(Univ. of Chicago), AATG- Dec» 30, NJartin K. laess (Eastern Illinois 
Univ.), participant in Symposium "The Status of German FL-:.S," AATSEEL- 
Dec. 27, Frof. Kurt Klein (Univ. of 111.), Chairman of Section on High 
School Methodology, and Dec, 23, Frof. Lew R, Licklesen (Univ. of 111.), 
paper on "Some Derivations for Russian Impersonal Sentences." AATSP- 
Dec, 28, "FLES Status and Teacher Preparation: Progress or Promises?", 
by Roslyn O'Cherony (Chicago Teachers College North), 

The Linguistics Society of America will hold its annual meeting in New 

York on Dec, 28-30, at the Hotel Roosevelt, On Dec. 29 Frof, Robert B, 

Lees, Head of the Department of Linguistics (Univ. of Illinois), will 

present a paper on "Turkish PJominalizations and a Problem of Ellipsis." 

Prof, Kostas Kazazis (Univ, of 111,) and also of the Dept. of Linguistics 

will deliver on i^ec. 30 a paper entitled "Some Balkan Transformational 


Indiana and Purdue Universities are sponsoring the fifth in a series of 
Language Lccrning Conferences at Indiana University on March 11, 12, and 
13, 1965. The Conference title is Languago Learning: The Individu^tl and 
the Process , Among appropriate topics to be discussed will be the psy- 
chology of language learning and systems for individualizing instruction. 
The registration fee is to be :ilO,00, Further information may be obtained 
by writing to: Indiana Language Program, 300 Kirkwood Hall, Indiana 
University, Bloomington, Ind, 


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LINGUISTICS CLUB. Cn Nov. 9 Frof. Charles J. Fillmore (Ohio State Univ.) 
gave a paper entitled "Enti.ilinent Rules in a Semantic Theory." Building 
upon the v.ork of Katz and P'odor, tho first serious attempt to incorporate 
seiP.iintics into a theory of grammar (see Langua.q:e , ^ pril-June 1963}, Prof. 
Fillmore addressed himself to certain features of the English speaker's 
ability to intei^pret sentences which he believed could not be handled by 
the generative and transformational rules of the syntax. 

The Linguistics Club's next speaker, on Dec. 21, ivill be Miss Yamuna 
Keskar, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the School for Oriental and 
African Studies of the Univ. of London, who will speak on syntactic 
problems in the generative grammar of Linui. 

In the October, 1964, issue of Harper's Kagazine there is an article by 
Andrew Schiller entitled "The Coming kevolution in Teaching jiLnglish" 
whicih presents ah approach to linguistics. 

ERENCa NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

November 17, NBC-^Telsvision produced an outstanding one-hour program: 
"The Louvre." This beautifully photographed visit to the ivorld's great- 
est museum ipc.naged to do as much as can be lone in the time available. 
The history of the Louvre, which in its broad lines is that of Fi-ance 
itself, was traced t'ith arresting visual power, with wit, and, (since 
several French persons collaborated in the making of the film) with 
justifiable pride. The narrator, Charles Boyer, urbane and sophisticated 
as ever, the distinguished musical score by Koinian Dello Joio, the arrest- 
ing visual devieos, added up to an intelligent progr; m which, for once, 
included unobtrusive, e^'^en enjoyable Franco-American commercials for the 
Xerox Corporation. V/e shall attempt to find out whether this can eventu- 
ally be obtained for school use, and will pass on any information avail- 
able to the readers of this section. 

U'lLL-TV, Channel 12 features monthly a most interesting program called 
"International riagazine," It is broadcast from 8-9 p.m. on a Konday, and 
repeated 9-10 p.m. the following day. For precise information write 
^annel 12,, requesting weekly schedules. Produced in Great 
Britain, "International kagazine" almost invariably devotes a large part 
of its televised "articles" to France. A recent hour for instance in- 
cluded a visit to an Algerian bidonville in Paris done ivith restraint 
and avoidance of hasty judgments; a report of France nearing the scoring 
of another "first" by harnessing the sea tides in a masterful, wbrk in 
progress on the coast of Brittany (soon enough electricity for a city the 
size of r-Iarseille will be provided, for less than the cost of an aircraft 
carrier); a rare visit in Siberia, where the BBC team was permitted to 
roam freely so long as people ■. ere not interviewed; the humorous contro- 
versy between ferryboat operators who are trying to shuttle on Sundays 
as well over the sea to Skye and Fresbytcrian clerics who say Never on 
Sunday; an analysis of the new Wilson cabinet; and an underplayed caustic 

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report on the continuing censorship and stiffling of criticism in the 
Spain of todayo The "International I-iagazine" is outspoken but fair and 
totally un-sensational. It deserves watching once a ntonth. 

Monsieur Rene Alleivaery, Cultural Attache at the French ilr.bassy in Chicag; 
(919 N, r.ichigan .ive^, Chicago, 111^ 6C611) periodically sends out a most 
interesting Info rmation Bulletin in which are listed "French News" for 
the Chicago area, services of the Cultural Office at the 2mbassy (such 
as circulating books, etc.). V/e shall not attempt to duplicate any of 
the information and we shall simply state that there is much activity in 
music, theatre, cinema, lectures, French clubs, etc. which Chicagoans 
can enjoy and through which they can keep in touch with things French. 

M« Allewaery is also in the process of circulating some information 
relative to a proposed Franco-American School in Chicago, which,, if 
realized, will be one of the few of its type in the U^SoA, after New 
York, Washington, Boston, and San Francisco, The desirability of such 
an establishment is obvious-, but, again, since its primary interest is 
for the Chicago area, we suggest that you contact i'ir. Alletraery by mail, 
if interested, for a copy of his news-item (which includes a question- 
naire to help plan things.) Not that such a school, if created, would 
not add grejitly to studies of French throughout the state, especially 
at the college level, assuming that graduates of the school will attend 
Illinois Universities^ 


Two additional lectures were presented by the French Journal Club in the 
month of Noveinber. Profo Fernand Desonay spoke on Ronsard and Profc 
Herbert De Ley on Proust and painting. The latter lecture included pro- 
jection of slides. 

GER^WN NOTES - Prepared by Carol L. Miller 

The American Association of Teachers of German National Contest for 
High School students will be held again early in ..pril 1965. The 
exEunination is particularly for students in their second, third, or 
fourth years of language training. Teachers of high school German who 
have not had their students participating in this contest in the past, 
and wish to do so now, should contact one of the folloiving: Northern 
Illinois — Mr. Harold Grothen, -:^lm\.ood Park Consolidated High School, 
Elmwood Park, 111., and Southern Illinois — Mr, David V/, Pease, Univer- 
sity High School, Urbana, 111, . 

The third meeting of "Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft" will be held in the 
mini Union on December 17. Dr. Albert Borgmann will speak on the 
topic, " Sprachc im Sinne der Linguistik und im Sinne der Literatur-vissen- 
schaft." The group customarily does not meet in January because of 
final examinations. 

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Professor and Mrs. Harry Haile recently entertained members of the 
department cit a party at tiiiir home. Guests of honor were I-rofessor 
Franlc Banta and Mr. and ^ eter Jansen who had come from Bloomington, 
Indiana, for a weekend visit. 

The German Clu b is continuing its busy progrrxi with three activities 
scheduled for the month of ^ecember. On Thursday, Jec. 3, Professor 
Frederick »iitter of tne Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago paid 
a return visit to the campus. On fei^ch 26 this year he gave a lecture 
and recital on Bertolt Breciit. This time he recited a number of other 
poems for the students who gathered at the Y>JCA, A professionally 
trained actor, Prof, Ritter presented the material in a very interesting 
and meaningful manner. 

The showing of the first part of the movie Buddenbrooks on November 5 
met v/ith such tremendous success that the second part of the film was 
shown on December 9 in Gregory Hall. Again a large group came to enjoy 
this recent film. 

The third program of the month is the annual Christmas party. As an- 
nounced earlier, it will be held on December 15 in Latzer Kail of the 
YMCA, Plans still call for a visit by "Saint Kicholas" and "Knecht 
Ruprecht . " 

The October iscue of The Journal of E n.-;lish and Germanic Philology 
(Volume LXIII, number 4) included revieivs by members of the department: 
a revieiv of Professor Harry Kaile's recent book Das Faus tbuch nach der 
Wolfenblittler Kandschrift , and an article "The Arch of Action in I'-^eier 
Helmbrecht , " by Professor Fraruc G. Banta. 

"Die Fledermaus," an opera especially beloved by the Viennese, xvas per- 
formed in English translation on December 5. The New York City Opera 
Company presented this favorite in the Assembly Hall on campus. 

SLAVIC NOTES - Prepared by Frank Y. Gladney 

Mr. Steven P. Kill has put students of Near Eastern languages in his 
debt by translating froii Russian V, S. Rastorgueva 's A Short Sketch of 
the Grammar of Persian (No. 29 in the Publications of the Indiana Univ, 
Research Center in Anthropology, Folklore, and Linguistics) and by col- 
laborating in the translation of several other grammars in this area. 
The v.ork is under the editorship of Prof. Herbert H. Paper, Univ. of 

Prof. Kiril Taranovski of Harvard Univ. was brought to the campus on 
Nov, 19 by the Russian Area Center and the Dept. for tv/o lectures on 

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his specialty, Slavic poetics. In the afternoon lecture Prof. Taranovski 
spoke in Russian to some 40 students and faculty on the sound texture 
of the poem "Severo-vostok" (Northeast) by the Soviet poet K. Voloshin, 
He placed the poem in a tradition of trochaic pentameter with a journey 
motif t/hich goes brick to Lerraontov, In the evening lecture entitled 
"The Statistical Analysis of Verse Structure" Prof. Taranovski described 
the difference between the 18th and 19th century Russian poets in their 
versifying practice by comparing the theoretically possible distribution 
of stresses in a line of iambic tetrameter (the fc^vorite Russian metri- 
cal foiin) ivith the actual realization of this pattern. The speaker sur- 
veyed the possible applications of statistic^ methods in investigating 
the poetry in other Slavic languages. 

A number of changes in course offerings are planned by the Dept. for 
next year among them "Masterpieces of Russian Lioerature" in Russian on 
the 300-level, a course designed especially for students in the teaching 
program v/ho r/ant a literature survey and v.ant it in Russian. A 400-levelJ 
course is planned on Chekhov. Cn the same level there will be a ti/o- 
seir.ester sequence on comparative Slavic phonology and comparative Slavic 
morphology given every other year. Serbo-Croatian, being taught this 
semester as Serbo-Croatian 392 ("The Structure of Serbo-Croatian"), will 
come down to the 200-level and be offered four hours weekly i.ith a seoond 
year at the 30G-ievel. Polish, which is being taught this year on the 
100-level, is also slated for the 200- and 300-levels. 

The Russian Language Club held its second meeting on Kovember 17, Mr. 
Sam Daniels opened the program with a talk in Russian on his trip to 
the Soviet Union and showed slides. Poetic declamations followed: Mr. 
Douglas Tucker read from Derzhavin's ode "Bog" (God) and Kr. George 
Mazelis read 2senin's "Pis 'mo k materi'' (Letter to I'iother). Mr, Fred 
Thayer played selections from Frokof'ev's "Romeo i Bzhul'etta" and 
"Ljubov' k trem apel'sinam" (The Love for Three Oranges). At the busi- 
ness meeting changes in the club constitution were approved which pro- 
vide for the nomination of club officers by the out-going officers. 
The meeting closed with refreshments and ?o.1te -s- nami (Sing along) under 
the direction of Mr. Noah Marcell. The Club held its third meeting on 

Prof, Robert 0. Cruramey (Uni*. of 111., History Dept.) addressed the 
second meeting of the Russian Area Center rioundtable. His topic was 
"The Old Believers in the New History." He discussed the views of 
the Russian historians Smirnov, Shchapov, and Miljukov. Prof. Crummey 
noted that Soviet historians are again beginning to study this question 
after 25 years of silence and suggested that the best hope for a syn- 
thesis lay in a socio-political interpretation. 

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SPANISH, ITALI/J^I, AND PORTUGUESE NOTES - Prepared by Elizabeth Senicka 

Professor r»iarcos A. Morinigo has recently published three articles: 
"Influencia del espanol sobre el lexieo del guarani , " " FHologia , 1964, 
afio VIII, pp» 213-220; "La penetracion de.los indigenisnos en el 
espanol," published in Volume II of P resente y Futuro de la LenRua 
Espanola , a publication of the "oficina internacional de informacion y 
observacion del espanol," Madrid, 1964; and "La etimolcgia de Gaucho," 
Boletin de La Academia argentina de Letras, julio-sentiembre, 1964, 

OAS SCIIOLAnSHIPS — Nationals of the member states of the OAS, who are 
proficient in Spanish and hold degrees of higher learning are eligible 
for 83 scholarships which are being offerod by the Pan American Union, 
General Secretariat of the Orgcmization of American States. These 
scholarships include an economy class round-trip plane ticket from the 
student's hoine toivn to the place of study, travel and health insurance, 
registry, tuition, books and other study materials, and a stipulated 
monthly allo'.vance. The scholarships include the fields of City Planning, 
Community Development, and Social Welfare, and involve the countries of 
Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina. 

For further information interested persons should write to the department 
of Social Affairs, Pan ^^merican Union, V.ashington, D.C, 20006, The 
closing date for application is supposed to be December 15, but informa- 
tion ivas not received in time for the November Nev.-sletter . 

— Fan American Union Briefs, Kov., 1964 


"Sooieta onoraria d'italiano" has been formed for the secondary schools 
to stimulate interest in the study of Italian and to give recognition 
to scholarship achievement in the language. Membership is open to stu- 
dents enrolled in classes of Italian beyond the first year v;ho have, 
achieved an average of 90% or better in Italian and have maintained a 
general scholarship average of 80%. The charter fee for each chapter 
is S2,50 and the student initiation fee is iL, For further information, 
write to Mr, Aristide Masella, 2090 E. Tremont Ave., The Bronx 62, New 

The Italian Club, under the direction of lir. Benito Brancaforte and Miss 
Valeria Sestieri, has been learning various folk songs and dances, in- 
cluding the "tarantella." The club has performed at tv/o International 
Fairs: one at Lincoln Center, Urbana, during October, and at the Univ. 
of 111. International Fair on Dec. 11-12, President of the club is 
Janet Fitch, Vice-Fresident — Judie Stefanovic, Secretary — ^ata Gary, 
and Treasurer — Carol Bettinger, 


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The Spanish Club, as announced earlier, will have its Christinas Party 
on Dec, 18, 8 poit). in 314 AiLQ of the Illini Union, 

On December 9 Frof. V.igberto Jimenez P-ioreno, Visiting Professor of Anthroc 
polony at the Univ. of 111,, gave a lecture on "Las generaciones en la 
historia de Mexico." Prof. Jimenez I-ioreno is Director "del jJeparta- 
mento de Investig£.ciones nist5ricas, Institute Nacional de i.ntropologia 
e Kistoria de Lexico." 

Profc. Jose S, Flores of this Departrcent '.ill address the Club on Jan. 7 
concerning "The j^rnerican Stu.dent Studying Abroad," with special emphasis 
on Spain. The meeting ivill be at 8 p,m. in the General Lounge of the 
Illini Union» 

The ninth annual AATSP National Spanish Contest for Secondary School 
Students will be held March 27 - April 10, 1965. All teachers of Spanishi 
are urged to enter their second, third, and fourth year students. To 
enter the contest: Before February 1, 1965 j send order to the Chapter 
Treasurer (or Chapter Contest Chairman) for the chapter serving you. 
Each order must include the number of students IN S^XII DIVISION and the 
payment of ten cents per examination. You are urged to send in your 
orders early for the 1955 materials to allow sufficient time for handling; 
All 1965 materials will be sent on or a'jout March 15. All parts of a 
shipment may not reach you at the same time. 

A new enrollment high of 200 ivas set during the 1964 Summer School 
session for the Jepartment. The course breakdo'.vn for Spanish is as 
follows: IGO-level courses, 62; 20C-level, 23; 300~level, 65; and 
400-level, 45. In Italian and Portug,uese there '.vere two aiid three re- 
gistered in 4C0-level courses, respectively. The Sumnier School faculty 
included Prof. William H, Shoemaker, Prof. M, E, Forster, Prof, Henry 
R. Kahane, Mr. Warren L, Meinhardt, and Dr, P'lorence L. Yudin, 


The Argentine newspaper La Tribu na in its August 16 issue carries a 
lengthy and highly laudatory article by Prof. Mai-io Marcilese about 
our esteemed colleague at Illinois 'Veslej-an Univ., Dr. Pedro Juan Labarthe 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Dept, of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor William H. Shoemaker, Head. The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Miss Elizabeth Senicka. All communications 
should be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of 
Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. 



I'iodern Foreign Language 

Volo INl.l I^_ . Jo^ 4 Janu a ry, 1965 


The biannual conference on School-University Articulation was hold on 
the campus of the University of Illinois December 8 and 9, 1964, The 
purpoce of the conference was tha coordination of subject matter and 
counseling and guidance between the secondary and university levelso 
The conference has been in existence for nine years and has in the past 
included the fields of English and History. This fall Spanish was 
added* Teachers, counselors, and administrators of the 731 high schools 
in the state of Illinois that send freshmen to the University of Illi- 
nois are invited to attend. The invitation is directed to half of the 
schools for the fall conference and to the other half for the s.oring 
confei'ence. Besides direct communication between the academic pei'son- 
nei of the tv/o levels, teachers also have the opportunity to talk with 
former students and discuss coordination problems from the student's 
view point. 

According to Dr. Lowell 3, Fisher, Conference Coordinator, the spring 
Articulation Conference will be held '.ednesday evening, April 14, and 
all day Thursday, April 15. This session '.vill be for the most part a 
repeat of the December conference. There has also been a request made 
to the Joint Committee, comprised of both high school administrators and 
univei'sity personnel, by the high school principals that French be con- 
sidered for the 19G5-1966 meetings. 

Transition Problems 

Three members represented the Spanish deprrtment* Profs, William H, 
Shoemaker (Departmental Head), Jose Flores (Chrmn, of the Spanish 
Conference Session and Director of the Teacher Training Program in 
Spanish at the U of 111,), and Daniel Testa (Coordinator of Spanish 
Placement and Co-Supervisor of Zilementary Spanish), 

Prof, Daniel Testa discussed in detail the problems encountered in the 
transition period between high school and university study. They are: 
1) Time lapse, 2) Differences of quality of learning at the IIS and uni- 
versity levels, and 3) Variety of backgrounds in university classes and 
a lack of homogeneity. Most important of these problems is the time 
lapse. This can be easily seen in the figures of the first semester, 
1964, Spanish Placement Program as shown below: 

I, Number of students who actually placed in the proper 
course (on the basis of 1 H3 unit = 1 semester at 
the U of 111,) ,.<,..., 230 

II, Number of students who actually placed one (or two) 

course above ,,.«.,« 24 

III, fJumber of students who actually placed one course 

below . , 222 

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IV, Number of students who actually place t'.vo courses 

below 217 


- Breakdov.n According to Time Lapse - 

lo Number of students who have no time lapse between 

US and Univ. 338 

[Of this group, 208 or 6 1 . 5% placed in the 
proper course or above,]' 
II. Number of students who have one-year time lapse . c . 153 
[Of this [jroup, 55 or 35<,9% placed in the 
proper course or above. ^ 
III:, Number of students who have tv/o-year time lapse ... 181 
[Of this group ; 

.17 or So 3% placed properly or above, 
37 or 20 J 4% placed in one course below, 
127 or 70 1 1'/f plciced tv/o courses below,] 
IV. Number of students who have three or more years time 

lapse 3 « » • o . • 21 

This is only one example of a problem that is not unique to the Uniy, 
of Illinois or to Spanish educators. It is obvious that the time 
lapse can not be totally eliminated. However, the following suggestions 
are offered in hopes of alleviating an unfortunate situation: 

1) To inform high schools as to the performance of their students 
at the university level, 

2) To promote further discussion of problems between high school 
teachers and high school advisors and administrators, and 

3) To call the students' attention to the handicap if the time 
lapse occurs, and the need for review. 

Both university and high school participants were grateful for the op- 
portunity for spirited exchange i<nd discussion of mutual problems. We 
recommend future conferences to other high school teachers. 

NDEA INSTITUTES. The National Defense Education Act Institutes for the 
summer of 1965 have been announced as follows. Requests for further 
information and application forms should be sent at once to the re- 
spective institutions am! not to the U . S c Office of Education . Dead- 
line for filing applications is I^^rch 1, 1965. 

Two Institutes are scheduled for the state of Illinois: 

Knox Cjollerve, Galesburg. 7 v/esks, June 14-July 30. 40 Secondary-School 
Teachers of Spanish. Sherman /.'. Brown. 

Northwestern University , Evanston. 7 v.eeks, June 21-August 6. 40 Under- 
graduate German ri.ajors who have completed their junior year and are com- 
mitted to teaching in elementary or secondary schools. C. R. Goedsche« 

Other Institutes to be held throughout the country are as follow: [All 

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are for Secondary (3) unless marked E (Elementary), U (Undergrad. ) , or 
Jrl-ISo] Arabic : Portland St Coll; Chi nese ; San Fi-ancisco St Coll (S-E), 
Seton Hall U (S-E, South Orange, NJ); English as Fl,: City U of New York 
(S-E, Brooklyn Coll), Col.x-;ibia U, Teachers Coll (S-E, NY), U of Fuerto 
Rico (S-E, Rio Piedras); Fre nch : U of Alaska, Central Connecticut St 
Coll (New Britain), Howard U (V/ash. , D.C.), Florida St U (Tallahassee), 
Woman's Coll of Georgia (iiilledgeville ) , Purdue U (Lafayette, Ind,), Coe 
Cell (Cedar Rapids, I.), Kansas St Teachers Coll (Jinporia), U of Kentucky 
(Lexington), U of Maine (Orono), Goucher Coll (Tov.son, lid,). Assumption 
Coll (S-E, Worcester, I-ass.), Tufts U (U, led ford, I-ass.), Webster Coll 
(B, .Webster Groves, Mo.), Montana St U (S-E, Missoula), U of Nevada (Reno), 
St, Anselm's Coll (3-E, Manchester, NH), Rutgers U (New Brunswick, NJ), 
Colgate U (Hamilton, I'T/), Elmira Coll (E, NY), Hc^milton Coll (Clinton, 
NY), Zona Coll (JrHS, New :^cchelle, NV), St, Lawrence U (Canton, NY), 
Wells Coll (Aurora, NY), Appalachian St Teachers Coll (Boone, NC ) , U of 
Akron (E, 0,), U of Oklahoma (Norman), Lewis and Clark Coll (Portland, 
Ore.), Bucknell U (Lewisburg, Fa.), U of Pittsburgh, U of Tenn. (G-E, 
Knoxville), Texas So. U (Houston), U of Vermont (Burlington), Hampton 
Institute (Va.), Washington and Lee U (Lexington, Va.), .Vest Va. U 
(Morgantown) ; ^erwan: U of Colorado, U of Kinn, (S-Ji-HS), Princeton U, 
Hostra U (Hempstead, NY), Albright Coll (S-E, Reading, Fa.), U of \iash- 
ington, U of i.isc.; Italian : Central Conn, St Coll (New Britain); 
Japane se; U of Hawaii (iionclulu); Russi an: Dartmouth Coll (Hanover, NH); 
Sp anish : U of Ariz. (S-E), Chapman Coll (E, Orange, Calif.), Pamona Coll 
(E, Claremont, Calif.), Sacramento St Coll (E), San Jose St Coll (S-E), 
U of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.), U of So. Calif. (LA), U of Colorado, 
Howard U ('..ash., D.C.), U of Florida (Gainesville), V.oman's Coll of 
Georgia (Ililledgeville) , Purdue U, Kalamazoo Coll (Michigan), U of I^inn. 
(E-JrHS), Rutgers U (New Brunswick, NJ), Colgate U (Hamilton, NY), lona 
Coll (JrHS, New Rochelle, NY), St U Coll at New Paltz (NY), St. Lawrence 
U (Canton, NY), East Carolina Coll (Greenville, NC ) , U of Ckla. (Norman), 
Bucknell U (Lewisburg, Pa.), Gannon Coll (Erie, Pa,), Furman U (Green- 
ville, £C ) , Cur Lady of the Lake Coll (S-E, San Antonio, Texas), Rice U, 
Texas So. U (Houston), U of Texas (U), Washington and Lee U (Lexington, 
Va.), U of Fuget Sound (Tacoma, Wash,), West Virginia U (I'lorgantown) , U 
of Wisconsin, U of Wyoming (Laramie), 

Summer Institutes Abroad, for which successful completion of a previous 
Summer Institute in the Sc.ine language is a prerequisite, are: C hinese : 
San Francisco 3t Coll, to be held in Taipei, Taiwan; French : U of Mass., 
held in Arcachon, France; Coll of St. Catnerine (St. Paul, Iiinn.), held 
in Rennes, France; Chio St U, held in Lyons, France; U of Oregon, held 
in Tours, France; Converse Coll (Spartanburg, SC ) , held in Toulouse, 
France; German : Stanford U, held in Bad Eoll, Germany; Hebrew : Yeshiva 
U (New York), held at Yeshiva ^ and in Israel; Russian : Indiana U, held 
at Indiana U and in the Soviet Union; Spanish : Sonoma St Coll (Rohnert 
Park, Calif.), held in Tiorelia, lex.; Bradley U (Peoria, 111.), held in 
San I'.iguel de Allende, iwex. ; Uichita St U (Kansas), held at Wichita St U 
and in Puebla, Mex. ; U of New Mexico (Albuquerque), held in Quito, 
Ecuador; Utah St U (Logan), held in Oaxaca, Mex, 

Academic Year Institute, 1965-56: is to be held for Elementary- and 
Secondary-School Teachers by Indiana U (Bloomington) , Teacners who have 

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previously completed a ND3A Institute are not eligible for admission. 

SOTiMARY» Six years ago last ..ugust, then President Dv.ight D. iiisenhower 
signed the National Defense Education Act. In those six years, the law 

Lent about $453 million to about 600,000 students in 1,574 colleges 
and universities. 

Financed about 3290 million in matching grants to states and terri- 
tories for strengthening instruction in science, matheir.atics and modern 
foreign languages in public ele:.:ent&ry and high schools. 

Financed ilOl million in fellowships for 8^500 graduate students at 
174 colleges and universities to help meet the need for qualified 
college teachers. 

i rovided about S80 million in grants to states to help bring the num- 
ber of full-time school counselors from 12,000 in 1958 to 30,000 this 

Helped prepare 15,700 counselors through 480 institutes at a cost of 
S37 million. 

Trained 17,400 elementary and secondary school language teachers in 
386 modern foreign language institutes at a cost of ^33 million. 

Helped finance 55 language and area centers at 34 colleges for the 
teaching of some 90 languages at a cost of $11 million and provided $16 
million in fellowships to about 2,500 students in more than 60 languages. 

Financed $24 million in research time for v.sys of adapting television, 
radio machines, and other comriuni cat ions devices to education. 

Helped train 42,0C0 new technicit.ns at a cost of $62 million to meet 
manpower needs in technical fields. 

— Nev; York Times, Sept. 13, 1964 

EXCrlANGE STUDENTS. Anyone interested in having a foreign exchange stu- 
dent at the senior class level should coirmunicate v.ith one of the follow- 
ing organizations: l) American Field Service, 113 East 30th St., Nev; 
York 16, K.Y.; 2) National Catholic . eifare Conference, 1312 Tlassachu- 
setts Avenue, N.V, ..ashington, D.C.; 3) International Christian Youth 
Exchange, New ..indsor, karyland; 4) American Friends Service Committee, 
Inc., 20 south 12th St., Philadelp.iia 7, Pennsylvania, 

— FL News Exchange (Conn.) 


FL IN GIlaiDES, As of Sept. '65 FL instruction becomes mandatory for all 
students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in California. This is the first 
and most extensive statewide FL pror^ram at this level, but officials are 
less concerned about being first than they are about finding enough 
teachers, California will need between 2, 1:00 and 3,000 additional FL 
teachers to handle the nearly one million new FL students. The number 
of teachers must also increase by about 20% annually to cover personnel 
turnover and the enrollment growth. To remedy this shortage the state 
has relaxed its licensing requirci.erts . Freviously a licensed FL 
teacher in the elementary grades needed to iiave five years of college, 
a B.A, degree, a major or minor in an academic subject and a solid back- 


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ground in liberal arts. Now, the prospective teacher needs only the B.A, 
and the ability to pass a^ FL. competency test prepared by the MLA, State 
administered tests are being, given in French, Gei'man, Italian, Russian, 
and Spanish. This however does not deteriaine the number of schools 
or distribution of each language, but 98 per cent of tne schools have 
already decided to teach Spanish. 

UNDZHG^UDUATE STU^^Y ABi^OAD by Stephen A. Freeman is a report consisting 
of a 34-page analysis of the situation followed by directories of aca- 
demic-year programs and sumnier <:roi^,r£.ras and an index of institutions. 
An authoritative and indispenscible handbook for all interested in the 
subject, Fuk-lished by the institute of International Education (809 
United Nations Flaza, New York 10017), 126 pp., $2^50, 

Eurocentres, in England, the United States, Sivitzerland, France, Italy, 
Spain, Germany, and Austria. The most remarkable feature of these 
schools is that all the students of a language go to the country where 
it is spoken to do their studying. Courses last three, six, or nine 
months. Students are boarded with families near the schools. Director 
of the Foundeition is Erhard J. C. Waespi, Soestrasse 247, Zurich 2/38, 


PEN PALS. Any person 15 years of age or older who would like to corre- 
spond with people in other countries may v.rite to Let ters Abroad, 18 
East 60th Street, New York, IC.Y. 10022 for a descriptive brochure. This 
is a non-profit organization for furthering understanding betv.een 
people of the United States and other countries through correspondence. 
It is affiliated with Federation Internationale des Organisations des 
Correspondances et d'Echanj^es Scolaii^es. 

able fro3i the Governiiient Printing Office, U'ashington 25, DoC. Price: 
$e45» It contains chapters that r.iay be of interest to both parents and 
students, as well as tei^.chers and school counselors: 'Why Study a 
Foreign Language?', 'Who Should Study a Foreign Language?', 'When to 
Begin I odern Foreign Lai;£u.:^ge Study ' , 'V^hich Foreign Language to Study', 
'Predicting Success in Toreign Language Study', "Extracurricular Foreign 
Language Practice', 'Using Foreign Languages on the Job', and other 
chapters related to college requirements. 

FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

On January 11 the French Journal Club presented a talk by Prof, Richard 
F, Kuisel (Dept. of History, U of 111.) on: "Impressions of the 


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Business .ilite in liodern France," Prof. Kuisel spoke of the novement 
toward modernization and technocracy in big business in France since 
World Vi'ar I; the society of the French b.e,; the problems of research 
in this field, which was Prof. Kuisel 's own Pa.i}. thesis subject. 

On three consecutive Saturdays in December 1964 the Office of Instruction- 
al Resources at the Univ. of 111. held three (identical) sessions for 
the orientation of instructors in the field of Television instruction. 
At the present time ten televised courses in Illinois enroll over 4,000 
students and it is likely that much of the student explosion will be 
dealt with by taking advantage of instructional TV, 

A recent student request, in writing, for the xvords of some French 
Christmas (?) songs included the title: "Oh Predomer Blonder.!? 

V/e have received the latest announcement of the "Junior Year in France" 
sponsored jointly by the Univ. of New Hainpshire and the Univ. of Dijon 
(north of where the wines are). 

An earlier "French Notes" mentioned the variety of nationalities in the 
French staff of the U of I. Most of these people share some or much 
French culture acquired in their native land. Many of them are U.S. 
citizens; others are in the process of becoming that; some are long-time 
residents of this country; others are nev/, or temporarily here. By 
countries the breakdown i^;oes: France - 12, Great Britain (incl. Vt'ales) - 
4, Canada - 3, Belgium - 3, Rumania, Syria, Greece, nungt.ry, Germany, 
Poland, Haiti, British Guiana - one each. This is not counting (as my 
colleague Prof. Nachtrr.ann puts it) les Bavarois, les Bavards, les 
Avares, and the Latins from I^anhattan. 

The latest "Lettre de Paris" sent to members of the Federation of French 
Alliances includes the following story, worth repeating. The writer of 
the letter, a lady, ivas caught in a tralfic jam in Paris. Her taxi was 
totally immobilized, and her patience was wearing thin. Her driver, 
noticing her mounting irritation turned arojnd, smiled, asked "Do you 
like Musset, or Lamartine?" "Of course," ansv.ered the lady, somewhat 
surprised. So, the taxi-driver began to recite poems, sonnets, and 
quite well ... and time passed faster in the traffic jam. If any readers 
know of such drivers in Chicago, or downstate Illinois, no, never mind ... 

Thanks to documents furnished us by our colleague. Professor Cordelia 
Reed, we intended to reproduce here top-rated (18 or 19 points of 20) 
essays written by French cxamon probntoire candidates of an average age 

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of 17, Unfortunately space limitcitions prevent us from reprinting texts, 
short of mutilating them, U'e suggest that you look up the Figaro 
Littcraire which, each year, in tne late July-early August issues, 
publishes some very interesting samples of dis sertations , impressive by 
French standards, exceptional by American standards of high school, even 
college, composition. 

Periods of examinations underline the difficulties which teachers have 
in deciphering the modern students* illegible haudivriting. iLducators 
in the U.S, and in France suddenly seem especially concerned with prob- 
lems of calligraphy, A French teacher, Andr6 Casteilla, has written a 
book on the subject: Pedagogie de 1 'ecritur e cursive moderne. Since 
1923 French elementary schools have taught "I'ecriture anglaise" in 
which a steel nib traces thin and shaded strokes, being lifted after 
each "full" stroke, "Script" is an even slower meth«d (letters are 
separate) which has been optional in France since 1938, obligatory in 
the Canton de Geneve (Switzerland), 

However, the above systems are itfeed only for the first three years of a 
child's schooling. Tiie IC-year old quickly abandons both the system and 
the pen in favor of tne less flexible fountain-pen and the totally un- 
controllable ballpoint, then proceeds to invent his own, personal, and 
generally catastrophic cursive writing, in ivhich he molds his earlier 
habits to a fast style; the pen tries to connect as many letters as 
possible but does get lifted at places v.'iiich may be irrational from the 
point of view of good ivriting. The result is often a disorganized, 
childish permanent hand, 

Mr, Casteilla does not propose that the clock be set back. He accepts 
the facts that modern writir.g has to be I'apid and performed by inflex- 
ible points. He explains that today we have eliminated pressure (of the 
pen) in favor of traction (dragging the point on the page)^ and that 
writing boils down to two basic movements: clocks and counterclockwise, 
Wr, Casteilla 's thesis is that the above facts of ivriting must be accepted 
but also exploited and organized. To that effect he has evolved a method 
comprising special notebooks, for practice of rational cursive writing 
with pens,, although he does suggest that beginners learn how to use 
brushes first in order to grasp the principles of stroking and of re- 
laxed holding of writing instruments. 

GERMAN NOTES - Prepared by Carol L. Miller 

Prof, Ernst A, Philippson participated in a "Symposium" of Scandinavian 
scholars and mythologists in honor of Professor emeritu s Lee M, Hollander, 
The meeting was arranged by the Univ. of Texas at Austin (Chairman: Prof. 
Eklgar Polome), It lasted from November 30 to December 2 and consisted 
of lectures and animated discussions among the members of the panel. 
The Department of Germanic Languages took an active interest in the 
arrangements and in the entertainment of the eight guests of the 


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Prof. James Trainer lectured at the U of 111, on Thursday, Dec. 17, 
under the joint sponsorship of the Division of Humanities and the Depart, 
of Germanic Languages and Literatures, His topic was "Ludwig Tieck: 
German and English Romanticism," \vith special emphasis on the works i 
Abdallah and Willicun Lovel l. On Friday morning, th-> 18th, he discussed 
the matter informally at a coffee hour in the Spice Box of Bevier Hall. 

Prof, Trainer, of St. Andrews University (Scotland), is Visiting 
Associate Professor at Yale Univ. this year. His publications include 
"Ludwig Tieck: from Gothic to Romantic" ( Anglica gernianica : studies 
in Germanic Languages and Literatures, v, 8, 1964), 

The visit of Prof. Stuart Atkins of Harvard Univ. highlighted a week of 
discussion of Goethe, Interested members of the departn.ent participated 
in a seminar on modern Faust research at the home of Frof, and Krs. Haile 
on Tuesday evening, Jan, 5. U'ednesday evening Prof. Atkins lectured on 
Faust research since 1958 in the Illini Union. Thursday he lira© honored 
at a luncheon in Latzer Hall of the YMCA, That evening he presented a 
Humanities Lecture entitled "Goethe and World Literature" in the Commerce 
Building. Friday morning he was guest at a coffee in the Spice Box, 
Prof, Atkins, well-known to Germanists for his earlier v/brks, attracted 
popular as well as scholarly notice with his study Goethe 's Faust; a 
literary analysis (Cambridge, Harvard Univ. Press, 1958). 

In this connection it should be mentioned that the German Club is trying 
to schedule the excellent color film of Fgust starring the famous German 
actor Gustav Griindgens. The details will be announced later. 

The German Club has no meetings scheduled for January, due to final 
examinations. They aope to resume activity early in the second semes- 
ter, perhaps with a film to be shown during registration week. 

SLAVIC NOTiSS - Prepared by Frank Y, Gladney 

Among the members of the Dept. taking part in the meetings in New York 
last month we neglected to mention Prof. Albert Kaspin, who served as 
secretary 6f the Literature Section of the annual meeting of AATSEEL, 

At the Linguistics Section Prof. Lew R. Micklesen presented a peper en- 
titled "Some Derivations for Russian Impersonal Sentences." An imper- 
sonal (subjectless ) sentence such as Mne ne spit sja 'I'm not sleepy' 
is best described as being derived from a pers'^nal one as Ja ne spl ju 
'I'm not sleeping'. A further transformation of the first sentence 
yields Ne spits.ja 'One isn't sleepy'. The transformational handling of 
such related sentences. Prof, iiicklesen proposed, makes it possible to 




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accommodate many impersonal sentence^ under what is c?illed in tradi- 
tional Russian grammar the category bf state. 

The first issue of the new Z eitschrif t fiir i^ussisc h-Unterr i cht con- 
tains Prof. Terras' ai'ticle "Hussischkurse fUr ^o'itoranden an der Uni- 
versity of Illinois in Urbana." In it Frof. Terras gives the German 
reader a detailed view of our Russian 400 and 401 and a concise survey 
of the pitfalls facing the American stud- nt translating a Russian texti 
This month the Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence) has invited Prof. Terras to 
deliver a paper entitled "The Structure of Babel's Short Stories." 

The December 15 meeting of the Russian Club featured an entertaining one- 
act play by V. Isaev entitled "An Incident at the Station." The absent- 
minded Bagnetov (Tony Cammarsano) leaves a suitcase full of stage money 
at the station. The fun starts when Leonid (Joe Strutt) and Kasha 
(Lucyna koscicka) mistake it for the real tiling; but Cdincov (Fred 
Thayer) puts a damper on their plans, frof. Albert Kaspin directed. 
Tv/o short Russian fi.tins were shown, and then ^lr. Noah I-Iarcell read a 
satirical poem which he had written entitled "Chainpaigno. " After refresh- 
ments the meeting was closed with the Po jt e-s^ aami ("Sing with us"). 

Oak Park and River Forest H. S, was host to seven other schools last 
October 25 for a Russian Day. More than 75 students took part in pre- 
senting skits, dances, songs, and recitations. Mr. Marion J. Reis, 
the faculty advisor for the Russian Club at the host school, called the 
day a success and predicted it would become an annual event among the 
participating schools. They are: Hinsdale, Lyons Twp., Niles North, 
Niles V.'est, Proviso East, Riverside--Brookfield, and St. Ignatius. 

This month the Dept, gave a 4-hour proficiency examination to gradua- 
ting students in the teacher training program. The examination, pre- 
pared by the Educational Testing Service, tests the four basic skills 
and includes 35 minutes in the language laboratory. 

The U.S. Office of i^ducation has announced a generous number of sti- 
pends in support of intensive summer study of the critical languages. 
The grants, which provide tuition, travel, and about S50 per week main- 
tenance, are available to students who have completed one year of college 
work in the language. The institutions offering Slavic languages are: 
U of Colorado (10 awards in i olish and Russian; director: Dr. Jeremiah 
M, Allen, Center for Slavic and East European Studies), Fordham U (10 
awards in Russian; director: Rev. Walter C. Jrskiewicz, S.J,, Russian 
Language and Area Center), Indiana U (30 awards in Russian; director: 

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Dr. V/illiam B, Zdserton, Slavic Language and Area Center), and U of 
Michigan (30 awards in .lussit-n; uirector: lir. John Kersereau, Jr., 
Slavic Language and Area Center). Students should write for applica- 
tion materials to the directors of the res .active institutions. The 
deadline is February 28. 

A note on transliteration. Except for lust month's Christmas greeting 
(S Rozhdestvom ICJiristovym) , the *vussian on these pages is presented in 
transliteration. The system ivhicli we have been using is that used by 
AATSEEL, the Linguistic Society of America, and most linguists here 
and abroad — with one modification: insteuu of using a hacek (see 
s.v. Webster's unabridged) we follow the Library of Congress system in 
using two-letter corabinc^tions with 'h' to stana for the Cyrillic letters 
with no Latin equivalent ('zh', 'kh', 'ch', 'sh', and 'shch'). The 
apostrophe stands for Russian "soft sign." The linguists' system dif- 
fers from the LC system in using 'c* in place of 'ts' and '3', 'ju', 
and 'ja' in place of 'i', 'iu', and 'ia' with diacritics. One nmst 
remember to give the 'j' the y-sound (ps in German Jahr ) , never the 
j-sound (as in .jar ) . V.e do not use 'y' in this function as is common- 
ly done in the press, because that letter has already been assigned to 
a vowel letter (as in Kosy„in ) and the aim of transliteration is a 
distinct and consistent respeliing for each letter. When the papers 
gave the first name of Soviet astronaut Titov as "Ghernian", they were 
using a tran scription , aiiined at suggesting, Russian pronunciation . A 
strict transliteration would be "German", since that is how it is 
spelled in Russian. Teachers of French must v.ince at "Faree" and 
"Poo j -oh" for xaris and /'eugeot. Teachers of Russian should be no 
less insistent on a fixed and dignified Latin garb for their subject. 

SPANISH, ITALIAN, AND PORTUGUESE NOTES - Prepared by Elizabeth Senicka 

The December 1964 issue of Hispania contains publications of two mem- 
bers of the Department. Prof. Spurgeon VV, Baldwin contributed an 
article entitled "The Role of the Koral in La Vida del Ysopet con Sus 
Fabulas Historiadas , pp. 762-765. Prof. John Kronik reviewed Algo 
sobre Clarin ^ sus paliques (Oviedo: Instituto de Estudios Asturianos, 
1963) , p. 87C, by Manuel Fernandez Avello, Frof. lironik this past 
September delivered a paper entitled "Unamuno's Abel Sanchez and Alas' 
Benedictine ; A Thematic Parallel" at the International Symposium in 
commemoration of the one-hundred-year anniversary of the birth of 
Miguel de Uncimuno. The Symposium was held at Vanderbilt University 
September 3-7, The papers presented are to be published in a com- 
memorative voluiTie. 

The annual Spanish Club Christmas Party on Dec. 18 was most successful 
and v;ell attended. In keeping with the spirit of the season the grad- 
uate students of the departaient the previous Wednesday went Christmas 


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caroling with a repertoire that included carols in Spanish, Italian, 
and English. 

Prof. Jose Flores speaking at the Jan. 7 meeting of the Spanish Club 
dealt with the topic "El estudiante en un pais extranjero (con enfasia 
en Espana)." He listed and described many study programs sponsored by 
American associations and universities in Spain. The general study pro- 
gram of these include mainly courses in culture and literature and are 
directed on different levels of facility in the language. Prof. Flores 
also included personal reactions and cor.unents on study in Spain from 
students participating in the various programs. A listing of these 
programs follows: (Summer, under 18 yrs.) Educational Travel Association, 
Choate School Spanish Progi^ara, U of Hartford; (Summer, University) Class- 
rooms Abroad, Language Abroad Institute, Educational Travel Association, 
U of San Francisco, Ohio VVesleyan, Florida St U, Augustana Coll, Ful- 
bright-Comraission on Cultural Interchange; (During the year) Kalamazoo 
Coll, Dartmouth U, Penn St, Idddlebury Coll, Mary Baldwin Coll, Newcomb 
Coll, Finch Coll, Smith Coll, Bryn-Mawr .Coll, Elraira Coll, California 
St Colleges, Institute of European Studies, Bowling Green U, Marquette 
U, Indiana U-Purdue U, St U of New York; (Year-Round) U of Michigan, 
Planned for the future are Stanford, C of Calif., Stetson U, and U of 
Vanderbilt, There are also many study programs spoi.sored by the uni- 
versities in Spain, Inforruation may be obtained from the Cultural 
Attache at the Spanish Embassy, 1477 Girard St, mi, Washington, D.C., 
20009 , 

Prof. Marcos A. Morinigo was the guest speaker at the Linguistic 
Seminar on Dec, 17, His topic was "The Future of Spanish-American 
Dialectology. " 

Several members of the Dept. attended the conventions in New York in 
December: Profs, Shoemaker, Leal, Pietrangeii, Forster, Ivronik, and 
Testa. Also a large number of graduate students approaching completion 
of the Ph.D. requirements were in attendance. Positions held and duties 
perform.ed by departmental mtmbervS were previo'.sly announced, but we 
neglected to include a paper entitled "AntoEio Ferres — representante de 
la noveia contemporanea espanola" delivered by Joseph Schraibinan, a for- 
mer student of the Dept. and now at Princeton Univ. He spoke before an 
audience of over 400 at the Spanish 5 (Spanish Literature of the 
Twentieth Century) of which Prof. W. K, Shoemaker was Chairman. 

The U.S. Office of Education is now accepting applications for grants 
to attend summer seminars during July and August 1965 in Colombia, Spain, 
and Costa Rica, authorized by the iiutual Educational and Cultural Ex- 
change Act of 1961. Secondary school teachers of Spanish and college 
teachers of Spanish v.ith the rank of instructor or assistant professor 
with two years teaching experience are eligible to apply for the 

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opportunities in Colombia and Spain, Elementary school teachers v.rith 
one year experience will have their seminar in Costa Rica, Awards con- 
sist of tuition, round-trip transportation, and travel within the host 
country in connection with the seminar. Grantees will be responsible 
for their own maintenance, estimated at 3600 to $700 for Colombia, $500 
for Spain, and S600 for Costa Rica. '.Vrite to the U.S. Office of Educa- 
tion, Bureau of International Exchange, Washington, B.C., 20202, 

The first issue of a bilingual journal dedicated to the arts of Spain 
and Latin America, and presenting creative material as well as criti- 
cism, is scheduled to appear in the spring of 1965. The new quarterly, 
under the general editorship of Willis Barnstone, n]ay be ordered now by 
sending your name and address, with a S5. 00 check or money order for 
a year's subscription, to Artes Hispanicas , Department of Spanish and 
Portuguese, Ballantine Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. 47405, 

A new "translation and abridgement of Cervantes' Don Quixote by I'/alter 
Starkie (Frof, of Spanish, UCLA) has recently been published by Mentor, 
The company also has on the market a record companion that contains 
highlights from the Quixote read by Frof. Starkie. 

Augustana College (Rock Island), in cooperation ivith the Hispano-French 
Cultural Center of Madrid, will sponsor an Augustana Summer School in 
Spain in 1965. The session will be of seven weeks* duration, starting 
June 29 and ending Aug. 15, and will offer instruction in the Spanish 
language at various levels and in the culture and civilization of Spain, 
Classes will be held on the campus of the Univ. of Madrid, Augustana 
being the only American school using these facilities in a summer pro- 
gram. Instructors will be provided by the Hispano-French Cultural Cen- 
ter, In; addition to classroom instx'uction, the program includes tours 
through various parts of Spain, travel occ.ipying three weeks during 
which time classes are also conducted. Cost per student will be S440 
(including room, board, tuition, and travel in Spain) plus the price of 
air transportation to and from Madrid. For additional information con- 
tact Dr. A. A, Doreste, Chairman of the Spanish Dept., Augustana College, 
Rock Island, 111. Dr. Doreste will administer and supervise the program. 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor William H. Shoemaker, Head. The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Miss Elizabeth Senicka. All communications 
should be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of 
Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. 




Modern Foreign Language '''v//)'^jl- 



Vol. XVIII. No. 5 February, 1965 


The University of Illinois has agreed to participate, early in 1965, in 
a nation-wide survey of the achievement of college seniors majoring in 
foreign languages » The survey is being conducted by Harvard University 
under contract with the U.S. Office of Education. 

The tests to be used in this project are the Foreign Language Pro - 
ficiency Tests for Teach ers and Advanced Students in French, German, 
Italian, Russian, and Spanish. They were produced by the Modern Language 
Association under an NDEA Title VI grant, and are designed to measure 
proficiency in four skill areas: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speak- 
ing, and three areas of knowledge relevant to teaching: Civilization, 
and Culture, Applied Linguistics, and Professional Preparation. They 
represent the most comprehensive measures currently available at the 
intermediate and advanced levels of foreign language study. 

The four skill tests will be administered to all s enior -class students 
majoring in one of the five languages in which the tests are available. 
The three additional subtests related to teaching will be given to stu- 
dents certified as completing teacher preparation programs. All students 
will furthermore be administered a short form of a modern language apti- 
tude test as well as a brief questionnaire on the history of their study 
of foreign languages, their interests in foreign language study, and 
other relevant data. 

The testing program will not only serve a function of national importance 
but will also prove of benefit to both the participating institutions 
and the students involved. On the national level, results of this study 
will allow a detailed appraisal of the functional FL proficiency of the 
pool from which fuLure teachers of FLs — for all educational levels- 
will come. For the institutions involved, such information will permit 
an evaluation of their own FL programs; and for the students themselves, 
participation in the study will provide an opportunity to assess their 
own abilities by reference to national norms. 

There will be no charge to the participating institutions or to the stu- 
dents for the administration of the tests. (The full battery of MLA 
Foreign Language Proficiency Tests normally costs S13.50 per student; 
the partial battery, consisting of the four skill tests, costs $10,00 
per student.) Score reports, together with test norms and other inter- 
pretative material, will be sent both to the individual students and to 
the appropriate language department chairmen by the early fall of 1965, 
All information collected will be treated as confidential and statisti- 
cal data will not be identified with individual students, departments, 
or institutions in the published reports. 

Dean Rogers of L, A. S. has appointed Professor F. W. Nachtmann to be 



the Coordinator of the testing program at the U of I, The Coordinator 
will receive the test booklets from the testing agency and, with the help 
of the necessary proctors from the various language departments, admin- 
ister the examinations. The test must be administered between the dates 
March 1 and April 15o The tentative date selected for the U of I is 
Saturday, March 13. 


Participation by students is voluntary, but it is expected that all the 
eligible students will readily agree to participate. There are approxi- 
mately 150 FL majoi's who will be graduating seniors iihi-R semester. The 
testing program is expected to have considerable appeal to the students 
in view of the fact that achievement tests of the type to be administered 
are being increasingly used by graduate schools, business concerns, and 
other organizations as part of their application and placement procedures. 
Score reports for the different skill areas are likely to be useful to 
students who are contemplating graduate study in foreign languages or 
who plan to use foreign languages in some aspect of their future careers. 

It is estimated that the total testing time (including rest periods and 
time for instruction) will be close to four hours, except that an addi- 
tional two hours will be required in the case of students taking the 
parts related to teaching. 


LIBRiVRY EXHIBITION. During the month of February the U of I Library has 
on exhibit in the cases in the first floor corridor samples from the 
Library's extensive collection of Spanish and Spanish American litera- 
ture. Among the exhibits are: the 1578 edition of Dante's Divine Comedy 
displaying one-time ownership by Quevedo and expurgations of the text by 
the Inqiiisition in 1709, the first great polyglot Bible published in 
Europe (1514-17) and compiled under the patronage of Cardinal Francisco 
Ximenez de Cisneros -(the text is in Hebrew, Latin, Greek, and Chaldee), i 
the second great polyglot Bible (1569-72) -also in four languages, and 
the 1592 Latin version of the Vulgate. The latter was published as the 
only version of the Bible authorized by the Church, ■ 

On display are also several first editions of Antonio de Guevara, an im- 
portant example of Spanish Renaissance prose, — however his works have 
never been critically edited; samples of translations of Guevara's works 
—the most widely translated Spanish writer in the 16th century; samples 
of first editions of Gongora's Sonnets and of critical works on G&ngora 
by Pellicer, Garcia de Calcedo Coronel, and Cristobal de Salazar Mar- 
dones; works of Garcilaso de la Vega; the first edition of the Covarrubias 
dictionary (1611), the first full-scale attempt to compile a dictionary 
of the Spanish language; and the first edition of the Royal Academy's 
Diccionario de Autoriaades (1726-39), 


In addition there are also available for inspection first editions of 
several 19th and 20th century writers (Pardo Bazan, Perez Galdos, fiiguel 
de Unamuno, Pio Baroja, Valle-Inclan, Lorca, Garcia de la Huerta, and 
Cela) as well as several journals such as Revista de Espana, Madrid 
Comico , and La Espana moderna. 


Representing Spanish American literature are samples of the works of 
Juan de Paiafox, Bishop of Puebla and later Viceroy of Mexico (the U of 
I Library has one of the most complete collections of Paiafox in the US); 
works of Jose Hernandez^ Estnnisiao del Campo , Alfonso Reyes, Jose 
Vasconcelos^ and Neruda; and journals of interest such as Ei Co. jo ilu- 
strado (Caracas), Revista ^joderna (Mexico), and Contemporan eos (Mexico), 
The Library of Congress owns the only other complete set of El 
ilus trade in the US. 

This exhibit is of interest as an example of the wealth of material 
available in the U of I Library and the unusual opportunities v;hich it 
offers for independent study and research, Resjjonsible for the selection 
of materials were Professor James 0, Crosby (Spanish Literature up to the 
13th Century), Professor John Kronik (19th and 20th Century Spanish 
Literata!?e) , and Professor Luis Leal (Latin American Literature), all 
members of the Depai'tment of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. 

GR.\DUATE FL EXAJ'il NATIONS, At the annual meeting of the Modern Language 
Association in December, 1964, the regular conference on "Problems in 
Teaching and Testing Languages Required of Doctoral Candidates" was pre- 
sided over by Professor Fc W, Nachtmann of the French Department. Pre- 
sent also was Professor Francis J, Nock of the German Department, who is 
a former chairman. The permanent secretary is Professor Paul Bowerman, 
Professor of German at the California Institute of Technology, The pro- 
gram opened with a short talk by Professor Mary Borelli of the University 
of South Carolina discussing the non-English-speaking student and the 
graduate language reading requirement. Her principal point was a plea 
for a little more examination time for, and a little more tolerance of 
the English accepted from the foreign student. 

The greater part of the meeting, as had been the case in the previous 
two years, was devoted to the objective examinations recently developed 
by the Educational Testing Service for doctoral ctuididates, Mr. Robert 
J, Huyser, Director of the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests, ETS, 
covered recent developments in these examinations. Much of his talk 
dealt with the problem of treating vocabulary of these tests. At the 
previous meeting in 1963 Professor Nock, expressing the sentiments of a 
majority of the universities involved, had directed a strong criticism 
against the tests for their emphasis on knowing vocabulary while testing 
students trained to rely on a dictionary for their vocabulary problems, 
Mr. Huyser announced that the German tests are now being glossed, with 
the implication that this treatment might be extended later to the other 

After Kr. Huyser ST->oke, Professor Huguette Sirianni , I^Iichigan State 
University, presented a survey of gi'aduate school reaction to the ETS 
graduate language examinations. Professor Sirianni had sent out a ques- 
tionnaire to all the universities which had participated in the experi- 
mental period of the examinations, asking them whether they expected to 
use them permanently. From 45 questionnaires sent, she received 36 
answers, of which only 8 indicated an intention to use the ETS language 

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excuriinntions in their viresent form. After Professor Sirianni's talk, 
J^r. iluyser took the floor again in lobuttal and also to answer questions 
from the audience. The general attitude of the professors present was 
a questioiiing of the validity of the tests both for the vocabulary 
reasons and because of the objective testing teclinique being so differ- 
ent from what students have been subjected to in class prior to the 
examination. However, most teachers would be happy to obtain a form 
of the examination which would cut down on the labor involved in test- 
ing and which would present a workable test widely acceptable to grad- 
uate colleges all over the United States, 

The University of Illinois is one of the universities which has declined 
to use the ETS service while waiting for a better type of examining 
technique to be developed. 

— F. W. Nachtmann (U of I) 

REMINDER, The Indiana University-Purdue University Foreign Language 
Conference is to be held March 11, 12, and 13 on the lU campus in 
Bloomington. The confei^ence is entitled Lanj^uase Lecr niLi^ : T^e In - 
div idual and the Proc ess . Registration fee is «10. Indiana Language 
Program, 300 Kirkwood Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 

NORTHiiAST CCNF2;\£NCE. The 19e5 Northeast Conference on the Teaching of 
Foreign Languages will take place at the i\mericana Hotel in New York 
City on April 9 and 10. Chairman of the Conference is Wilmarth H, 
Starr of New York University. The general theme is "Challenges to the 
Profession". The Conference will open with a panel discussion of "The 
Case for Latin" by IVilliam iU ley Parker cf Indiana University. It will 
continue, with reports of the three Vorking Committees: "Study Abroad," 
aiiaired by Stephen A. Freeman of Miidlebury College, "Bilingualism and 
the Conservation of Linguistic Resources," chaired by Bruce Gaarder o.f 
the U.S. Office of Education, "Articulation and Placement," chaired by 
Micheline Dufau of New York University. Princij^al speaker at the Fri- 
day banquet will be Kenneth W. I;ildenberger , former Director of the 
MLA FL Program and now Director of the Division of College and Univer- 
sity Assistance in the U.S. Office of Education. 

The representatives from the U of I this year are Professor John L, . 
Heller, Head of the Department of Classics, and Professor Joseph S. 
Flores of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, 

The Reports of the liorking Committees, mailed out in Jidvance to each 
participant who preregisters for the Conference, are there discussed 
in open forum. Since its first meeting in 1953, the Northeast Con- 
ference has become the largest conference in the country dealing with 
the teaching of foreign languages, ancient and modern. Registration 
forms go automatically in February to all previous registrants. Others 
may request forms from D, D. V.alsh, Secretary-Treasurer, Northeast 





Conference, 4 V.ashington Place, New York 10003. 


TRANSLATION GRANTS. The Ford Foundation has given a S750,000 grant to 
help improve and expand the translation of foreign literature, an art 
in which the United States is lagging behind many other countries. 
The grant will establish a national translation center at the University 
of Texas. The center, on a five-year, J)15C,000-a-year budget, will 
grant fellowships to writer-translators for extensive research and wri- 
ting time and to promising younger writers for training. 

Commissions will be given for translations of selected v;orks at rates 
that will attract talented writers. Publishers of the works will be 
charged normal competitive rates but payments will be used for commis- 
sioning other translations. 

The center will also provide an information service that will supply 
rosters of needed translations and of skilled translators. The center 
will serve as an administrative headquarters but no facilities are con- 
templated there. V.oi'k will be done by writers where they feel they can 
do best as the emphasis here is on literary values. 

— New York Times , Dec, 30, 1964 

♦ ♦ * * * 

TRjiVEL. The University of Illinois Student Senate Travel Bureau has 
announced charter and group flights to Europe, These are available to 
members of the U of I including undergraduate and graduate schools. 
Medical and Law schools, Urbana and Chicago campuses, Correspondence 
school, faculty and staff. Also the immediate family (parents, children, 
spouse) may be included, provided that such people are accompanied on 
the flights by the member. The charter flight (prop) leaves from 
Chicago and costs $330. Group flights (jet) range from »366. to i502, 
depending on destination. These flights are offered during the summer 
at a considerable saving off the regular air fares. Further information 
may be obtained from the Student Senate Travel Bureau, Illini Union, 
Urbana, Illinois. 

AATSP also is offering two charter jet flights to Spain to members and 
their families. Round trip fare (New York->iadrid) is ^|275, A program 
of summer study and several scholarships are available. Departure and 
return dates are June 22- August 23, and June 28-August 30, Contact 
Professor Jose Sanchez, AATSP, 2022 Central Street, Svanston, Illinois* 

NATIONAL FOREIGN L.-NGU..GE V/EEK will be observed April 4 - 10, 1965. 
The week is sponsored by Alpha Mu Gcimma, National Collegiate Foreign 
Language Honor Society, For further information about the organiza- 
tion, contact Frof. James Fonseca, Vice President, Alpha Mu Gamma, 
University of Redlands, Redlands, California 92374, 


FRENCH NOTiLS - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel, 

This is the first announcement of the AATF meeting on Saturday April 
3 at Western Illinois University in Macomb. The program will be as 

10:15 Welcome to Western, Dr. Knoblauch, President of 

V/estern Illinois University. 
10:20 Business Meeting. 
11:00 "Le Theatre Conteinporain: bilan d'un demi-siecle, " 

Professor Edwin Jcihiel, University of Illinois. 
12:00 Lunch (Freuch Menu). 
1:00 "Propos sur la philosophie de Jean-Paul Sartre." 

Professor Blaise Kretzschxiiar , '.-cstern Illinois 

1:45 Pot Pourri Pedagogique 

1. Laboratory Conflicts 

2. Proposal for a 4 year High School French 
Program (Continued) 

3. New Equipment and Texts, etc. 

Again, the luncheon will consist of a French menu and service. 

It is timely for the AATF to meet at Western, The University is build- 
ing Olson Hall nnmed in honor of Miss Olson, for many years a teacher 
of French at ^sestern. 

Professor Philip Xolb of the Department has been anarded a fellowship 
in a national competition held by the American Council of Learned 
Societies. He is one of 47 ivinners selected to receive these awards 
for post-doctoral reseiirch in the humanities and related social sciences. 
A literary biography of Marcel Proust is the project planned by Prof. 

The same Cultural Services informs us that the "Treteau de Paris" group 
will perform Claudel's L'ANNONCE FAITE A MARIE March 7 at 8:15 p.m. at 
Rosary College (River Forest, 111.). Tickets: S3. 50 and for students 
$2.50, Before the show Sister Gregory will talk about the French 



Flans for a Fi'ench-j\merican School in Chicago (see Newsletter , December, 
1964, page 8) have aroused considerable interest. A preliminary found- 
ing committee is now ir.iiking a survey of conditions under which such a 
school could be established. A general meeting of all interested 
parties took place in Chicago on February 8. Some preliminary details 
and findings are available from the Chairman of the Committee, M, RENE 
ALLEN.,ART, Cultural Attache in Chicago, 919 N, f.ichigan Avenue, We ■ 
lack space to reprint them here but urge those wishing to obtain in- 
formation to send for it. 



Theatre of Today, folloxving which there will be a dinner, itself follow- 
ed by a discussion of Claudel's play. For the dinner sign up before 
February 27, sending #1. and a steonped self-addressed return envelope 
to the French Department of i^osary College, 7900 W« Division, River 
Forest, Illinois^ 

The same play will be performed on March 9, Northwestern University, Cahn 
Auditorium. Tickets: i3,50 and $2^00 (for students) are available at 
the Activities Office, Scott Hall, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, 111. 
Checks payable to Northwestern Univ. and a return envelope is required. 

Other performances will take place at Southern Illinois Univ., Carbon- 
dale (>iarch 4); Ilount Mary College, Miiwaul;ee, ..isc. (March 6); 
Lawrence Univ., Appleton, ..isc. (March 8); Notre Dame Univ., Notre Dame, 
Indiana (March 10). 

Two important exiiibitions — At the Chicago Art Institute are displayed 
works of Pierre Bonnard through February 28. At the Krannert Art 
Museum, Urbana, works of Albert Gleizes, one^of the original and im- 
portant French cubists, are exhibited through February 21. 

In a recent issue of Arts (No. 985) the lead article is an evaluation 
of another essay in which I^^-ancophile Joseph '..echsbcrg tcikes stock of 
various "French Myths" in a most perceptive fashion. Arts says the 
original article appeared in the (quote) "luxueux magazine americain 
Playboy . " 

On January 26, NBC presented an hour-long documentary by George A. Vicas, 
The French Revolution . Mr. Vicas v/as, according to nev;s releases, . 
"highly honored" for a previous TV documentary. The Kremlin . He cer- 
tainly deserves heaps of additional honors for this film, if, that is, 
present-day royalists and counter-revolutionaries ever decide to award 
Oscars and iijnmies, -or rather "Louis" and "Toinette" statuettes. Mr. 
Vicas' documentary was technically excellent, though a bit too inclined 
to milk one particular device (the motion of pikes and bayonets in mo- 
tion rather than the rsfcowing of actors' faces) to its last drop; its 
photography, the refiiied, conservative accents of Michael Redgrave's 
voices the use of documents all added up to another proof of the cinema's 
immense possibilities as a teaching medium. 

Yet the documentary was as bizarre as any we have seen. In an almost 
partisan, heavy-footed fashion, it simplified and condensed, as it were, 
a ten-volume subject of immense complexities into a slim Viewers Digest 
whose real title ought to have been: The French Revolution [main title, 
small letters] - THE MOST UNFORui^TTABLE TliRROR I'VE £VZR KNOIVN [subtitle, 
capitals 1 5 Mr. Vicas went to great dramatic extremes to depict the 
killing of priests, executions, bloodbaths, and the Vendee resistance, 
culminating in Robespierre reaping the whirlwind, presumably in order 



to discourage any would-be Jacobins in the audience^ since it appears 
that "those who start revolutions are themselves their victinis" - a 
rather depressing view of life. Frankly we would have preferred Lord 
Acton on power and corruption, or Anouilh's Feuvre Bitos . Any positive 
aspects of the .'^evolution were dwarfed by this peculiar bias, with the 
exception of Valmy, As though NBC had realized the peculiarities of 
this documentary and had had afterthoughts, a kind of pcst^-script was 
tacked on in which the naSal, American, (democratic?) inflexions of 
Correspondent Bernard Frizell finally reassured us that, all in all, the 
whole business was a Good Thing. Perhaps Mr, Vicas will remake A Tale 
of Tvrn Cities one of these days. 


GER>;AN notes - Prepared by Carol L. Miller 

V.'ith the death of Professor Werner Marx on February 3 of this year, his 
family, his many frit sds, the Germanics Tjejartment of the University of 
Illinois, and the Teacher Training Program suffered a tragic bloiv. 

Mro Marx, who was only forty-one years old and seemed in the best of 
health, had two heart attacks and passed away lei.s than twenty-four 
hours after the first one. He is survived by his widow Miriam and 
three children: Ellen, Fred, and Lawrence, and by his parents Mr. and 
Mrs. Arthur Marx, and his brother Kenry Marx. 

He came to this country with his parents as a refugee from Hitler's 
Germany. He served two years in the United States Navy during VJorld 
Vt'ar II, then completed his formal education at the University of Penn- 
sylvania, ultimately receiving his Ph.D. from this institution. 

In 1959 he became Instructor of German at the University of Illinois and 
in 1963 was pronjoted to Assistant Professor. Almost immediately he be- 
gan work with the Deutscher Verei n of the German Department, raising it 
to a level and giving it a vitality that had long been lacking. From 
the sheer and delightful nonsense of his portrayal of Knecht Ruprecht 
at the Verein 's Christmas party to the high cultural level of the public 
programs sponsored by the organization, he was a not easily replaceable 
sponsor, guide, and contributor. The showing of the film Per Hauptmann 
von Kopenick, which was scheduled by the Verein on February 6, was not 
cancelled. Instead, it was held, and all proceeds of the showing are to 
be given to the Heart Fund in his memory. Mrs. Marx had asked that no 
flowers be sent, but that contributions be made to this fund instead. 

Soon after his arrival at the University, Mr. Marx began to collaborate 
with Professor Mimi Jehle on the Teacher Training Program, and after her 
retirement in 1963 I.e assumed full direction of it. The stunned incre- 
dulity of his advisees when they were informed of the reason that he 
could not advise them at registration was a moving manifestation of the 
affection and respect they felt for him. 

At the time of his death he was laying plans to do further research in 
Germany on Heinrich Mann and his works. In the siLnmer of this year he 








was to conduct a course at the NDEA Institute at the University of 

In addition to his academic and schol"riy activities he had been for 
several years a Participating Member of the Film Society of the Uni- 
versity of Illinois and had served as treasurer and as faculty adviser 
of it. 

—Francis J. Nock 


The Film Society is featuring a Fritz Lang festival during February and 
March. Films by this German master to be shown include: Die Frau Im 
Mond (Germany, 1929), Spione (Germany 1928), You Only Live Once (USA, 
1937), and Hangmen Also Die (USA, 1943). i\mong his collaborators on 
these films was the well-known poet Bertolt Brecht. 

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Iludolf Schier of the German Depart- 
ment. Druing the Christmas vacation he v^ent to Ithaca, N.Y. , where he 
passed his final examinations for the degree at Cornell University, 

The German Club opened its activities for the second semester with a 
showing of the film The Captain from Koepenick in the U of I Audito- 
rium, This prize winning comedy, based on the play by Carl Zuckmayer, 
stars Heinz Rlihman and Hannelore Schroth. The Faust film, starring 
Gustav Griindgens is scheduled for presentation in mid-March. 

Miss Bennie Sue Curtis has joined the staff as a teaching assistant for 
the second semester. She is not new to the U of I, as she ivas a stu- 
dent here a few years ago. 

SLAVIC NOTES - Prepared by Steven P. Hill 

Within the past two months tragedy struck doivn two outstanding profes- 
sors and pedagogues in the School of LAS, who had close friends in the 
Slavic Dept. All of us feel a great loss in the sudden passing of Prof. 
V/erner Marx of the German Lept. and Prof. Dora Damrin of the University 
Honors Program. After the death of Prof. Damrin, her will provided for 
the establisliment of a scholarship for women graduate students at Rut- 
gers University, to be called the "Apperson Scholarship Fund" in memory 
of her friend, the late Pauline Apperson, Slavic Dept. secretary who 
herself died tragically in T'iarch, 1964, when her home burned to the 
ground. These three deaths in less than a year have brought sadness to 
many hearts. 


Enrollment statistics for the second semester and announcements about 
course offerings, faculty changes, etc., will be carried in the March 
and later issues of the Ne wsletter . Your correspondent has just return- 
ed from a long and arduous period of writing and typing a doctoral dis- 
sertation, and will need another month to catch up with his new beat, 
which was so ably filled by Frank Y-, Gladney during the autumn semester. 

This is an appropriate place to request ail teachers of Russian or other 
Slavic languages around the state who have news briefs about their 
courses, teaching methods, students, textbooks, enrollments, problems 
of transition from high school to college Russian, or anything else 
pertaining to the study and teaching of the Slavic languages, including 
gripes, to submit th^m to this column. The Newsletter is for all 
educational institutions in Illinois, not only the Urbana ctimpus of the 
Univ. of 111., and is always glad to carry any news about other insti- 
tutions — if it is submitted. , . " 

The controversial young Russian poet Eugene Evtushenko is back in action 
again, after suffei^ing a bad case of governmental suppression for the 
last year or two. He has written a motion picture script. This is Cuba 
(Ja Kuba ) , v.hich has just been filmed on location by one of the greatest 
living Russian film directors, Michael Kalatozov. Evtushenko 's versa- 
tility is further emphasized by another collaboration, this time supply- 
ing the verse for Dmitry Shostakovich's The Execution of Stenka Razin , 
a composition for symphony orchestra, bass soloist, and mixed choir, 
which was practically ignored by lioscow reviewers at its premiere, and 
with no mention of Evtushenko 's name. 

The Russian Club will hold a full slate of activities during the second 
semester, including two evening meetings, two feature films plus a 
couple of short subjects, and the regular weekly Tea Hour which will 
gather each Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Gothic Room, Illini 
Union. (Programs of the meetings and titles of the films will be 
announced in due course.) 

SPANISH, ITALIAN, AND PORTUGUESE NOTES - Prepared by Elizabeth Senicka 

Listed as a forthcoming spring book by the University of Illinois Press 
is The Kratcr and the Grail ; Hermetic Sources of the "Parzival" by 
Professor Henry R. and Renee Kahane, with the collaboration of Professor 
Angelina R. Pietrangeli. Prof. Kahane is a member of the Departments 
of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese and of Linguistics; Renee Kahane, 
his wife, formerly taught at the Universities of Florence and of 
Illinois; and Angelina Pietrangeli is professor of French, Spanish, and 
Italian at the University of Illinois. This scholarly work is Volume 
56 in the Illinois Studies in Language and Literature and should be of 
interest to scholars in many fields. 



Professor Luis Leal of the Department at the past MLA Convention in 
New York was elected Chairman of the Advisory and Nominating Committee 
of Spanish 7 (Modern Spanish- American Literature), Prof. Leal also 
presented a paper for Spanish 7 at the convention. 

Professor Curtis Blaylock has an article in Romance Philology , Vol, 
XVIII, No.,1, August 1964, pp. 16-26. The article is entitled "The 
Monophthongization of Latin A£ in Spanish." 

This semestar the Department has nine nevi graduate assistants: Cecilia 
Allen, BoA, Jan. '65, Brooklyn College (Birthplace-Canal Zone, Panama); 
Cherie Lyn Bootz, B.A, Jan. '65, Elrahurst College; Carolyn Marie Elmquist, 
B.A, Jano '65, U. of Illinois; Ruth Conley Fosnaugh, B.A, '42 and M.A, 
*44, U, of Illinois; Francisco Hernandez, Anthropology ^^lajor, U. of 
Barcelona, Licenciate in Philosophy and Letters, 1964 (Birthplace- 
Palencia, Spain); Joyce Ann Lawson, BaS, in £duc. Jan. '65, Eastern 
Illinois U. ; Steven Philip Heshon, Linguistics Major, B.A, »64, Penn- 
sylvania State U,j also study at the U, of Salcimanca; Joyce P. Nelson, 
BoSo in Educ, '63, V/estern Illinois U,; Daniel John Ritter, B.A, '54, 
DePauw U,, M.A, '58, Kiddlebury College, and '61-'64 U,S, Information 
Agency in La Paz, Bolivia* 

The Spanish Club had its first meeting of the semester on February 18 
at which time the guest speaker was Professor James 0. Crosby of this 
Department, Prof. Crosby under the title "Espana: la tierra y los 
pueblos" presented an interesting and varied program which included 
slides with simultaneous poetry readings and music. Assisting Prof. 
Crosby with the poetry readings were Constance Sullivan and Lynette 
Seator, graduate assistants in the Department. Some of the topics 
covered were "El litoral cantabrico, Castilla: El Cid y El paisaje, 
Toledo, Salamanca, La Mancha, El Alhambra, and La Andalucia del Gitano." 

The schedule for future Spanish Club meetings is as follows: March 18, 
April 8, April 29, and May 13. These meetings are all to be held in 
the General Lounge of the Illini Union at 8 

We would also like to announce that the Club will continue to sponsor 
the weekly "tertulias" on Friday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 in the 
Federal Room of the Illini Union. This is an excellent opportunity to 
converse in Spanish and meet people with similar interests. All are 

An interesting book will soon be published by Argonaut Publishers, Inc., 
of Chicago. It is by James Kleon Demetrius, and entitled Greek Scholar - 
ship in Spain and Latin A merica . It will be the first of three volumes, 
and touches upon all aspects of Greek influence in Spain and Latin 



America; it also studies Spanish influence in Greece. The intro- 
duction is by Don Luis Nicolau d'Olwex, a leading Spanish classicist. 

—Language Federation Bulletin 


The date for the AATSP (Illinois Downstate Chapter) annual' meeting has 
been set for Saturday, April 24th 'at I^acMurray College, Jacksonville. 
The program for the day proriises to be a very stimulating and reward- 
ing experience for all participating teachers — college, high school, 
and FLES. 

Professor John Kronik of this Department will deliver an address en- 
titled "El profesor nortoainericano y las bibliotecas espanoles." 

Members and all those wishing to become members are reminded to send 
their dues (S5. national and $1, local) to: Dr. H, Reade Heskamp, Mac- 
Murray College, Jacksonville (national dues will be forwarded). Member- 
ship in this organization includes a subscription to its quarterly 
publication HisT)ania t 

For further information ivrite to: Dr. Heskamp, Sec.-Treas. , MacMurray 
College or Lionel 0. Romero, Pres., Pekin Comm. High School, Pekin, 111, 

In connection with the AATSP we would like to call your attention to 
two important services. To foster international correspondence among 
students names can be secured from the "Oficina nacional de corre- 
spondencia escolar" (Harley D. Oberhelman, Texas Technological College, 
Lubbock, Texas, Director. Service charge $.25 per narne). Employment 
opportunities are available through the Teacher Placement Bureau (Lowell 
Dunham, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklaaoma, Director). 

The Italian Club held an organizational meeting on February 11 to make 
program plans for the semester. Lectures,, and a poetry reading 
recital in commemoration of the Dnnte Centennial are listed among the 
many activities. Dates and exact prograM titles will be announced. The 
Club extends an invitation to all to attend the weelcly coffee hour on 
Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Gothic Room of the Illini Union. 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor V/illiam K, Shoemaker, Head, The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Miss Elizabeth Senicka. All communications 
should be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of 
Illinois, Urbana. Illinois. 



Modern Foreign Language 

Vol. XVIII. No. 6 March, I9g5 


To show their gratitude to the late Dr. Werner Marx, who died suddenly 
in February (see Newsletter , Fel>. 1965, pp. 8-9) leaving a wife and 
three children, his friends, students, and colleagues have decided to 
found an Educational Trust Fund. The money that the fund eventually 
contains will be applied mainly toward the education of Dr. Marx's 
children, but could be made available to the family in case of need. 

Those of you in our Newsletter world who knew Werner Marx, his vitality 
and dedication to his students, to the welfare of the University, and 
to our professional work and ideals, will understand why we feel a debt 
of gratitude. Despite the brevity of Iiis career, he will long be re- 
membered as a devoted teacher, patient adviser, and understanding friend, 
Perhaps the most meaningful tribute we can pay him is to help his chil- 
dren achieve those educational which he helped so many others 

Therefore, to start the Educational Trust Fund for Dr. Marx's children, 
we are making an appeal to his former colleagues, his students, and his 
friends everywhere. Any contribution, no uatter what its amount, will 
be sincerely appreciated. If you ..ish to contribute to th«3 Fund, please 
make all checks payable to Edwin Jahiel, Trustee, and send them to him 
c/o French Department, 244 Lincoln ilali, University of Illinois, Ur- 
bana, Illinois 61803. 

FL FIL>;S, The Visual Aids Service at the University of Illinois has 
one of the largest and finest collections of educational filris avail- 
able on a rental basis. Of special interest to our readers would be 
the subject area of Foreign LangUc:ge Films --which includes films on 
Language and Language Teaching, French, Geiman, Spanish, Russian, and 
Latin. The topics vary from language instruction per se to the cultur- 
al, historical, geographical, and literary aspects of the respective 

All films are 16mm. size. The Visual tids Service's Catalogue speci- 
fies price, running time, bl;-ck and white or color, recommended levels, 
etc., in addition to a short descriptive paragraph on each film. 

The Visual Aids Service offers, on a request basis, a visitation and 
consultation service, primarily for schools, to assist in planning and 
developing audio-visual programs. A staff member can visit a school or 
community briefly to assist \vith such tiroblems as in-service teacher 
training, selection of audio-visual materials and equipment, budget, 
starting an audio-visual program, ct.taloging materials owned by the 
school system, etc. It is also possible to organize an extension class 


in the use of audio-visual materials. Mr, Thomas Boardman is the 
Director. Inquiries should be addressed to the Visual Aids Service, 
704 South Sixth Street, Champaign, Illinois 61822. 

REMINDERS, The 1965 Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign 
Languages will be held at the Americana Hotel in New York City on 
April 9 and 10, Information may be vjbtained from D. D, Walsh, Sec- 
retary-Treasurer, Northeast Conference, 4 '..ashington I lace, New York, 
N. Y. 10003. 

National Foreign Language V/eek will be observed April 4 - 10, 1965. 

AATSP (Illinois Downstate Chapter) has its annual meeting on Saturday, 
April 24th at MacMurray College, Jacksonville, 111. Information may 
be obtained from Dr. Heskamp, Maci-.urray College or From Lionel 0, 
Romero, Pekin Community High Sciiool, Fekin, 111. 

LINGUISTICS CLUB, On Feb. 15 the Linguistics Club was addressed by 
Professor J. C, Catford, Director of the English Language Institute at 
the University of Michigan, Spoaking on "General Linguistics and Ap- 
plied Linguistics," Prof. Catford outlined the origin of linguistic 
science in tho need for the accumulation of factual information about 
a certain language or languages for practical utilization, and how such 
study may gradually take on a greater degree of generalizatioix and ab- 
straction which then places it in the field of "pure basic research," 

"Applied linguistics," on the other hand, was defined by Frof. Catford 
as the application of general theories and linguistic data for practi- 
cal purposes, some of which are: language teaching; the creation of 
artificial languages; the reform or creation of orthographies; the study 
and desigq of oomr.iunications and t el ecor.miuni cation systems, s^>eech-pro- 
duction devices, etc.; machine translation (v;hich according to the 
speaker has not had enough application of theoretical linguistics),; 
language therapy and speech correction; linguistic geography (the study 
of the location and spread of languages); translation theory; study of 
societal differences in speech; decipherment of codes and ancient texts; 

Prof. Catford made general reference to one of the most important as- 
pects of applied linguistics, teaching, both of foreign . languages to 
American students and of English as a second language, to foreign stu- 
dents. One specific point raisj^u by the speaker the importance of 
arrangement of material for teaching, in such an order that it is most 
easily and lastingly assimilated by the student; in this connection he 
mentioned that it r.ay be preferable to introduce the uiunarked members 
of linguistic oppositions before the marked members. After the conclu- 
sion of his formal talk, Frof. Catford answered questions and discussed 
informally, and in a very interesting ay the problems of i\merican vs. 
British English, especially as they concern teaching of English as a 


secdnd language. 

-—Steven P. Hill 

FL WORKSHOPS. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction 
announced the scheduling of Foreign Langupge Workshops for spring of 
1965, These workshops will be held during the months of I-iarch, April, 
and May, and cover the topics of Basic .Secondary r.ethods and Techniques, 
Advanced Methods and Techniques, Basic Lrboratory, Advanced Laboratory, 
and Oral Proficiency. All FL teachers are strongly encouraged to attend 
one of the workshops which are open without fees to all public and pri- 
vate FL teachers and administrators. For further information and dates, 
write to Ray Page, Superintendent, Office of the Superintendent of Pub- 
lic Instruction, 316 South Second Street, Springfield, Illinois. 

PATTERN DRILL. From the Peace Corps Volunteer via the Texas FLA 
Bulletin we report the following real life pattern drill, quoting a 
Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Thailand: "Teacher: This is 
a chair. Students: This is a chair. Teacher: This is a mango. Stu- 
dents: This is a mango. Teacher: Table. Students: This is a table. 
Teacher: That. Students: This is a that. Teacher: No, think please, 
Student A: This is a think please. Teacher: No, a thousnnd times no 
(pause). Very Bright Student: That is a table. Teacher: Ah I Correct 
.....Eye. Student B: I is a table. Student C: I am a table. Zxit 
teacher. " 

KENTUCKY FX)REIGN L.^KGU.;GS CONFiLnEKCE, This eighteenth annual FL con- 
ference will be held on April 22-24 at the University of Kentucky in 
Lexington, and will be part of the University's Centennial Celebration. 
Write to Paul K. Whitaker, Director, Kentucky FL Conference, Univ. of 
Kentucky, Lexington, for additional information. 

CENTRAL STATES. The Central States fiodern Language Teachers' Associa- 
tion will have its regional convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on Fri- 
day and Saturday, May 7 and 8 at the Statler-Hilton Hotel. The Modern 
Language Association of l.issouri and The Ilodern Language Club of St. 
Louis and Vicinity are co-hosts for this event and all FL teachers in 
Illinois are invited. The General Chairman for the convention is 
Wallace G. Klein, University Citj^ Senior High School, 7401 Balson 
Avenue, Univeisity City, 5, Missouri. 

MIDWEST MLA will meet on May 6-8, 1965 at the University of Chicago, 




NEWS IN FL. With the growth of FL programs in the U.S. many of the 1 
large urban daily newspapers have begun to offer neus releases in FIjS*. I 
Illinois FL teacher's -.vho v/ish to obtain these ne\;s releases may do so | 
by writing the Copley Ne.vspapers, 313 South Sixth Street, Springfield, 


EDUCATIONAL ^UTEI?IALS. These are only a sampling of the many publica- 
tions available that might be of interest to Newslej^ter readers, 

Anderson, Theodore, "Do iVe Want Certified Teachers or Qualified Ones?" 
I'iLJ , October, 1963, pp. 231-235. . 

Brooks, Nelson, L anguage and I au:~:ua:;e L earning -- Theory and Practice . 
Harcourt, Brace and World, Nev. Ifork, 2nd edition, 1964» 

Cohn, Angelo, Careers v.ith Foreiit;n Languages, Henry Z. Walck, Inc., 
New York, 1953, 

Erikisson, f-iarguerite. Use Forest, Ruth Mulhauser, Foreign Languages 
in the Elementary School , Frentice-Kall , Inc., Engiev.ood Cliffs, New 
Jersey, 1964, 

Finocchiaro, Mary, Teaching Children Foreign Languages . McGraw-Hill, 
New York, 1964. 

Huebener, Dr. Theodore, Opportunit ies in Foreign L anguage Careers. Uni- 
versal Publishing and Distributing Corporation, Ne-v York, 1964. 

lodice, Donald R. , Guidelines to Language Teaching in Classroom and 
Laboratory . Electronic Teaciiing Laboratories, k.asuington, D.C, 1964, 

Lado , Robert, Language T'eaching ,' A Scientific Aprj roach . McGraw-Hill, 
New York, 1964, 

, Language Testing, The Cons t ruction and Use of Foreign 

Language Tests . f-icGraw-Hill , Nev/ '/ork, 1964, , . 

MacAllister, Archibald T. , The Fre p uration of College Teachers of MFLs . 
A Conference keport, i^lLA FL Center, New York, 1964, 

Koulton, V.jilliam G, , Lin: ui stie s and Language Teaciiing in the U,S. , 
1940-1960 , U.S, Government Printing Office, Washington, D,C. , 1962, 

New York State Department of Zd.ication, Introducing Children to Lan - 
guages . N. Y. Education Jeoartuient , Albany, N..Y. , 1954. 

Remer, Ilo, A Hanubnok for Gui ding Students in I-.odern Foreign Languages , 
Superintandent of Documents, U.o, Governir.ent Printing Office, U'ashing- 
ton, D. C, 1963, 

Saporta, Sol, ed., with assistance of Jarvis R. Bastian, Psycholin - 
guistics : A Book of Readings . Holt, Rineiiart and Winston, Inc., New 

York, 1961. 




fice of Education's NDEA Titl e III G uidelines lists eight objectives 
for MFL. It further states tiiat the over-all goals in foreign lan- 
guage teaching are effective communication and cultural understanding. 
The eight objectives follow: 

1. To understand a foreign language when spoken at normal tempo 
on a subject within the range of the pupil's experiences. 

2. To speak sufficiently to make direct contact with a native on 
a subject within the range of pupils' experiences, 

3. To read with direct understanding, without recourse to English 
translation, material on a general subject. 

4. To write, using the authentic patterns of the language and 
without conscious reference to English. 

5. To understand linguistic concepts, such as the nature of lan- 
guage and how it functions through its structural system. 

6. To understcind, through the foreign lanfjuage, the contemporary 
values and behavior patterns of the people whose language is 
being studied. 

7. To acquire a knowledge of significant features of the country 
or area (geographical, cultural, economic, political, etc.). 
where the laiiguage bein^j studied is spoken. 

8. To develop an appreciation for and understanding of the 
literary and cultural heritage of the people whose language 
is being studied. 

STUDENT FARES. Braniff International Airways recently announced a cut 
in fares for students on their South American routes. Effective April 
1 (subject to approval of the Civil Aeronautics Board) students (ages 
12-26) will be given half price rates, as well as reduced rates on 
ground tours. For example, round-trip jet flight Miami^ Fla. - Lima, 
Peru, has been reduced from S401 to S20C, Braniff also offers a 27 
day package tour including air trcnsi ortation (Houston, Texas - Buenos 
Aires) and seven other interimed cities for 3734, to students. The 
regular price for this tour is 31,170. 

FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Three talks were given on campus in February by members of the French 

Professor Barbara Bowen, at the French Journal Club, on the "Stat ' 
present" of i^abelais studies, 

Professor F. M. Jenkins, at the Linguistics Seminar, on "Nominal Phrases 
in Written French," and 

Professor John K. Simon, at the English Seminar Group, on "Henry James 
and Mme de la Fayette." 



Miss Sue Ann Prince (Dixon, 111.) and Miss Marilee K, Russell (Mahomet, 
Ill.O, both French majors, have been admitted to the 1965-66 Junior 
Year in France of Sweet Briar College, 


The French Coffee Hour continues to take place Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. 
in the Gothic Room of the Illini Union. Professor B. H. iMainous, its 
organizer, extends a special invitation this term to all French speakers 
and Francophiles who wish to drop in at any time and meet other Franco- 
phones or French persons. The Coffee Hour is definitely not restricted 
to students — everyone interested is welcome. 


Visitors at the Krannert Art ^lUseiLTi of the U of I should not miss an 
admirable recent acquisition--three stained glass window panels, circa 
1215-1225 A.D. (PARABLE OF THE PSOi^IGAL SON), probably from the Church 
of Notre Dame, in Seraur-en-Auxois , France, The panels are of great 
beauty and in unusually good rspair. The top lunette has been restored 
^nd added to, but the other two panels are in original state. 

Students in Civilization courses, iiiany of ;vhom have seen only slides of 
stained glass, should be particularly interested in this window. 

Mrs. Christison, associate director of the Museum, has written a fine, 
long page on stained glass which is available at the !Irannert Museum. 

M. Jean liandereau, French Consul General in Chicago w^as a participant 
on the Vi'ILL-TV program "Basis for Decision," on March 5. 

Your attention is called to FACSEA .(Society for French American Cultur- 
al Services and Educational Aid) 972 Fifth Ave., New York 21, N. Y. 
FACSEA has, for very modest fees, a great many instructional aids, tapes, 
slide programs, film-strips, exhibits, 16mrii. films, etc. which may be 
used at all levels of French studies, as well as by French Clubs and 
other such groups. Last summer, in conjunction with courses on Gide, 
Balzac, French Theatre and TVerich Civilization, we had again the oppor- 
tunity to show our students many F vCSEA-supplied items. Most were ex- 
cellent although it is advisable to observe the comments found in the 
FACSEA catalogues; certain fil;ns do ri;quire a previous acquaintance 
with the subject (e.g. the life of Napoleon) or the text (e.g. certain 
filmed plays, very rapidly spoken). Of general interest is La Seine a 
rencontre , directed by Joris Ivens, with a poetic comnicntc;ry by Prevert, 
which shows what a great director can do with a subject which is so 
often trite and "deja-vu." For information write directly Vane Huguette 
Chesnais, Executive Director of FjiCSEA at the above addru'ss. 


GERMAN NOTES - Prepared by Carol L. tiiller 

The second semester figures show continued high enrollment in German 
classes. This term 235 students are registered for 101, 586 for 102, 
162 for 103, and 330 for 104. Twenty students have elected to take 
German 113, a conversation course for second year. There are 194 stu- 
dents in the 200-level courses and 75 in the 300-level. Forty-six stu- 
dents are enrolled in the 400-level graduate courses. The two courses 
in introductory German for graduate students from other disciplines, 
400 and 401, have 184 and 268 people, respectively. 

The first meeting of the second semester of Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft 
took place in the Illini Union on February 18. At that time Dr. Albert 
Borgmann spoke on "Sprache im Sinne der Linguistik und im Sinne der 
Literaturwissenschaft. " A lively discussion followed the reading of the 
paper. Mr, Harvey Kendall, a new member of the Department, will address 
the group at the next meeting on March 18, His topic will be "Gerd 
Gaiser: Order out of Chaos." 

The German Club met the evening of the 25th of February in the Union to 
sing Volkslieder . The group also hopes to have informal meetings with 
folk dancing dxiring the term. 

Articles ac'S reviews by several members of the Department have recently 
appeared. Professor A. P, Foulkes' "iln Interpretation of Kafka's 'Das 
Schweigen der Sirenen'" was published in The Journal of English and 
Germanic Philology for January 1965, pp. 98-104, and his "Dream Pictures 
in Kafka's Writings" in The Germanic Review , January 1965, pp. 17-30, 
Professor E, A, Philippson and Professor A. G, DeCapua, now of the State 
University of New York, Buffalo, collaborated on an article, "The So- 
Called 'Neukirch Samralung': Some Facts", v.hich is in f^iLN ( Modern Lan - 
guage Notes ) 79 (1964), pp, 404-414, The same volume of MLN includes 
a review of Hugh Powell's edition of "Andreas Gryphius' Cardenio und 
Celinde by Professor Harry G, Haile. Irofessor Kaile also reviewed the 
first volume of the Gesamtausgabe of Andreas Gryphius' collected works 
in the January 1965 issue of The Journal of English arid Germanic Philo - 
logy. Two reviews by Professor Frank G, Banta are in the same issue. 

Several items of general interest to teachers of German are now 
available. The Literary Society Foundation, Inc. offers a pamphlet 
which describes why American boys and girls should learn at least one 
foreign language. It is especially designed for those from homes 
where the parents speak German. It is also available with a special 
appeal to parents in German. For a sample copy, write to the Founda- 
tion at P. 0, Box 155, Gracie Station, New York, N,Y. 10028. 



George F, Jones edited Foreign Language Teaching ; Ideals and Practices, 
Reports of the Working Committees , 1964 Northeast Conference on the 
Teaching of Foreign Languages * These reports first appeared before last 
spring's conference and were the basis of discussion there. The three 
sections concern foreign, language teaching in elementary schools, in 
secondary schools, and in colleges and universities. A general eval- 
uation of the present situation and a statement on future desiderata 
is presented for each level. The American Classical League Service 
Bureau, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, is distributing the work at 
the price of iJ2,50. 

Problems of teaching college German was the topic of the "Seminar for 
College Teachers of French, German, and Spanish" held last summer at 
Indiana University, For a report, see the January 1965 issue of The 
German Quarterly , pp. 115-117, 

Those v/ho know Deutsche Sprachlehre fiir Aus lander by Dora Schulz and 
Heinz Griesbach may be pleased to know that the book is being edited 
for American use by Professor Harold von Kofe. Charles Scribner's Sons 
will publish the edition in 1965 under the title Deutsche Sprachlehre 
fiir Amerikaner . Tape recordings will be available to accompany the 

Users of the American Book Company's Cultural Graded Readers Series will 
appreciate the New German Series by Frofessor C. R. Goedsche and Pro- 
fessor Meno Spann, The first book, Durer, has appeared, complete with 
the usual vocabularies and excercises and, as an added attraction, a 
number of plates shov;ing the artist's work. Succeeding volumes in pre- 
paration for 1965 are II. Mozart; III, Humboldt; IV. Rilke; and V, 
Kafka. . . t 

SLAVIC NOTES - Prepared by Steven P. Hill . . 

The Russian Club has two meetings and a film showing scheduled for the 
last half of the second semester. The first meeting is scheduled for 
Thursday, April 1, at which time it is hoped that one of the three 
Soviet exchange students may be invited to speak to the group in Russian, 
about some aspect of life in the USSR today. The second meeting is 
scheduled for Tuesday, May 18, with topics to be announced later. The 
feature film showing will be on Thursday, April 8; tentatively scheduled 
is the 1961 production of Maxim Gorky's TIS GCRDiiYEV FAMILY ( FOMA 
GORDELV), directed by the great Ik.rk Donskoy (who previously made the 
GORICY TRILOGY), This new film has received excellent reviews in America 
for its artistic qualities as a motion picture. 

Last month the Russian Club had a successful showing of Siegel's FAHE- 
Vt'ELL D0V2S and the Chekhov short-story ANIUTA, both of which proved to 
be very good films and were well received by a sizeable audience. FARE- 
WELL DOVES in particular made with great skill and intelligence, and 


--surpri singly for a Soviet film, did not take itself so very seriously. 
It is similar to Chukhrai's BALLAD OF A SOLDIER, and almost on a level 
with it, except for the lack of a serious underlying theme, such as 
elevated the latter to classic status. 

The Russian Language and Area Studies Roundtable has scheduled a lecture 
on Niarch 30, by Professor Alexander Vucinich of the Sociology Department 
who will speak about "Historicism f in Soviet Social Thought." This is 
the fourth and last in a series of lectures delivered to the Roundtable 
this year by new professors affiliated with the Area Center. Previous 
speakers were Prof. Lew Micklesen (linguistics), Prof. Robert Crujnmey 
(history), and Prof. Peter Ilaggs (law). Processor Maggs ' talk was 
given last month, and dealt with "Labor and the Plan in Soviet Law." 
Also since the last issue of the Nev;s letter appeared. Prof. Vucinich 
spoke before the History of Science Society on "Beginnings of Modern 
Science in Russia." 

The Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures seems to lie marked by a 
great amount of research activity this year,, with several staff members 
readying dissertations, readers, and other works for, publication. It 
is to be hoped that coming issues of the Ne'vs letter will announce the 
successful completion and acceptance of many of these works. 

Professor Temira Paclimuss has received a research grant from the Amerif 
can Philosophical Society to continue with her study of Zinaida Gippius 
as a literary critic. This research will take Prof. Pachmuss to Paris 
and Helsinki for the third tiiv.e in the summer of 1965. 

Professor Kurt Klein has received an Instructional Development Award, 
granted through the Dean of the College of LAS» Under the terms of this 
award. Prof. Klein will devote the summer of 1965 to work on the evalua- 
tion of the Russian 101-102 teaching program, and to preparation of a 
syllabus for Russian lC3-i04. (The present year is the first in which 
the Slavic Dept. is using the new Office of Education-sponsored text- 
book, Kodern R ussian , by Dawson, Humesky, and Bidwell. This textbook, 
published by Harcourt, Brace and World in the same series as Modern 
Spanish , is based on the oral method of learning dialogues and constant 
imitation and repetition of structural patterns and sentences. This 
year and next the Slavic Dept. is giving a thorough tryout to M odern 
Russian, ivith Volume One being used in all sections of the first-year 
course (101-102) this year, and Volume Two slated for use in the second- 
year course (103-104) in 1965-66. To this end Prof. Klein has complete- 
ly restructured the first-year program around the new textbook, and will 
spend the summer evaluating the results of the new program and preparing 
a second-year program for next year. 


SPANISH, ITALIAN, AND PORTUGUESE NOTES - Prepared by Elizabeth Senicka 

Two prominent figures of the Spanish literary world will be at the 
University of Illinois next month: Alberto Girri and Guillermo Diaz- 

Alberto Girri, an Argentine poet here in the United States on a Ful- 
bright Fello;vship to the Universities of Miami and of Tulane, will 
speak at 8 p.m. April 8 on "La poesia de Jorge Luis Borges." The talk 
will be presented in Room 314 B of the Illini Union. It is understood 
that Mr. Girri will relate Borges' poetry to the movements in contempo- 
rary Argentina. Mr, Girri is a practicing poet himself and has pub- 
lished eleven volumes, of verse since 1946. He has also v/ritten novels 
and done some translating. Mr. Girri, a graduate of the "Facultad de 
Filosofia y Letras" of the University of Buenos Aires, is a frequent 
contributor to the magazines Sur and La Nacion , both of Buenos Aires; 
to Tempo Presente in Rome; to the well-lcnown Papeles de Son Armadans, 
Camilo Jose Cela's literary magazine published in Mallorca, and to 
Cuadernos in Paris. 

Guillermo Diaz-Plaja, the distinguished literary scholar and drama cri- 
tic, founder of the Estudios Escenicos in Barcelona, will speak on the 
subject "Evasion Y Denuncia en el teatro espanol contemporaneo" on 
April 27 at 8 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, Illini Union. Professor 
Diaz-Plaja is one of the best known historians of Spanish literature 
and of the Spanish drama. Besides his many writings, he founded the 
Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dr£iniatico in Madrid and the Museo de 
Arte Escenico in Barcelona where he has been the Chairman since 1958* 
He is on leave this year in the United States and is a Visiting Pro- 
fessor of Spanish Literature at the State University of New York at 

The Lambda Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish Honorary 
Society, will hold its spring initiation on April 8, 1965, in 314 B 
of the Illini Union. The speaker will be Alberto Girri. 

The Spanish Club will hold, its next meeting on March 18 at 8 p.m. in 
the General Lounge of the Illini Union. The evening program will in- 
clude poetry readings selected from the Anderson Imbert-Florit antholo- 
gy, Literatura h ispanoamerjcana , covering the period from 1648 to 1957, 
and musical selections by Tony Leal on the guitar. Among those reading 
the poetry selections are Lynette Seator, Victor Baptiste, Norma Guice, 
Jose Cortina, Patrick Dust, and Rolando Ilinojosa-Smith. 

Professors Marcos A. Morinigo and John IV. Kronik have been invited to 
present papers to the Second International Congress of Hispanists 
which will be held from the 2Cth till the 25th of August, 1965, at 


Nijmegen in the Netherlands. This world-wide congress covers the three 
research fields of literature, linguistics, and history, and convenes 
every three years. Its first meeting was in Oxford, England, in 1962. 

Beyond the Dictionary in Spani sh. With this title, Funk and Wagnalls 
has just brought out one of the most useful and thoroughly delightful 
little volumes it has been our pleasure to see in the field of Spanish 
lexicology and semantics. It is informative on usage to teachers and 
to independent learners, without scientific jargon, and completely 
painless. Although British English and peninsular Spanish are the con- 
trasted languages, there are abundant inclusions of Americanisms. With 
the collaboration of Jose Heras Ileras, A, Bjcyson Gerrard authored the 
book in 1951 and Cassell first published it in England in 1953; now it 
is available here. 

Besides a 100-page "Spanish-English (with commentary)" list and an 
English-Spanish Cross-reference Index, there are nine special Vocabu- 
laries on "Cars," "Food," "Music," etc., including one on some fifty 
"Falsos Amigos," among v/hom '.ve meet such traitors as carpeta, 'file', 
not 'carpet', which is alfoin bra; embarazada , 'pregnant', not 'embar- 
rassed', which is confusa ; and £xit£, 'success', not 'exit', which is 
salida . Maybe you can chuckle yourself to sleep, as I have done, over 
the Spaniards' "unconscious desire to perfect the mouthability of a 
v/ord" and "like their words well ventilated;" or "claro. This you will 
hear a hundred times a day and it means 'obviously', 'of course', 
'quite so', 'naturally'. Perhaps its most frequent use is in sympa- 
thetic response to something that is being recounted to you, e.g., if 
someone says N£ guise adii ii tir que no tenia diiiero, 'I didn't want to 
admit that I hadn't any money', you would nod your head and say 
iClaro ! , 'Of course not'. By judicious use of different tones of voice, 
you can vary it to mean anything from 'Why, you poor lamb, of course 
you v/ere right!' to 'Obviously not, you great twirp!'"' More I cauinot 
say in a brief Newsletter notice, except to recommend it warmly for 
your pleasure. 

~W, H, Shoemaker 

Three members of the Department are going to present papers at the 
annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference at the University of Ken- 
tucky, Lexington, on April 22-24. Professor Spurgeon W, Baldwin ivill 
speak on "En tan pocas palabras" (La Celesti na, Act IV) at the 
Medieval Section. Professor Merlin H. Forster has chosen the topic 
"The Four Masks of Fernando Pessoa," a 20th century Portuguese poet. 
Professor John W, Kronik at the Cotuparative Literature Section will 
treat the subject "Emilia Pardo Bazan and the Spanish View of French 
Decadentism. " For information concerning the conference, address 
inquiries to Paul IVhitaker, Director, Kentuclcy FL Conference, Univer- 
sity of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 


This past month offered a wealth of cultural activity for those in- 
terested in the Italian language end culture. On February 24 Pro- 
fessor John F. Ninis of the English Department read liis own transla- 
tion of the First Canto of Dante's Inferno . The unusual and inter- 
esting aspects of the translation were that Prof. Nims used iainbic 
tetrameter instead of the more commonly employed iambic pentameter, 
and that he tried to solve the translation problem of the terza rima 
by using a-a, b-b, c-c in the English, , 

The same day Professor Deno J. Geanakoplos of the History Department 
spoke to the Italian Club on "The Greek-Byzantine Colony in Venice and 
Its Significance in the Italian Renaissance." Prof. Geanakoplos spoke 
of the community of emigres from the Byzantine empire who settled in 
Venice after fleeing the Turks, both before and after the fall of Con- 
stantinople in 1453. The colony remained a distinct group within the 
Venetian society over the years growing in size and importance. The 
members of the Greek colony contributed to the jgrandeur of their new 
city by continuing their ancient sea trade from Venice's busy port, 
by serving as mercenaries in the Veaetic7n array, and especially by the 
influence of the colony's lively intellectual life. Here the ancient 
Greek learning was preserv^ed and continued by refugee scholars and 
other educated Greeks.. The ancient humanistic manuscripts were pre- 
served in libraries, studied, and printed for, wider distribution. It 
was through these manuscripts (in Greek and Italian translation), and 
by the contact between the colony and the Venetians, that Greek 
learning diffused into the intellectual life of Venice as a whole 
making that city an important center of humanism after the early 
brilliance of Florence had begun to wane. 

At the Hvunanities Lecture on March 2 Paul Oskar Kristeller, Professor 
of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York, spoke on "Giovanni 
Pico della Mirandola and His Sources." Prof. Kristeller, a world-fa- 
mous authority on Renaissance literature, presented an interesting and 
scholarly study which contributed cons;.der£ible clarification of the 

The Standard Oil Company of California has available without charge 
motion pictures entitled: "Argentina Today," "Motoring in Mexico," 
and "The Andes Story," They mny be ordered from the company Film 
Library, 116 Natoma Street, San FVancisco 5, California. 

The University of Illinois Modern i''oreign Language Newsle tter is pub- 
lished jointly by the rnodern langtsage departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor William H. Shoemaker, Head. The Newslette r is 
available without charge to all interested peisons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Miss Elizabeth Senicka, All communications 
should be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of 
Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 

a MODERN LANGUAG6 "^ ^l8jfj]-;,y , ^ 

Modern Foreign Language 


Volo XVIII, No. 7 April, 1965 


As the Portuguese program at the University of Illinois approaches its 
twentieth anniversary, it is ajjpropriate to look back and see how far 
we have cone, and to glance at the foreseeable future. 

Begun as an evening class in adult education immediately after World 
V.'ar I, the program v;as strongly supported by faculty members in cer- 
tain areas besides languages, e.g. Agriculture, Zoology, Geology, and 
Physics, and it is fitting that we recognize with gratitude the enthusi- 
astic sT'.pport of these colleagues v/hich resulted in the establishment 
of the first elementary course (then numbered la, now 101) in about 
1947 or 1948. Portuguese 102, 103, and 104 were quickly added as stu- 
dents graduated from the lower courses. Port. 301 (Brazilian Litera- 
ture) and 302 (Literature of Portugal) were being taught as early as 
1949-50( with a total enrollment for both of them of six students. Port, 
491 (Special Topics) was added soon after. The list of courses remain- 
ed static, (although enrollments steadily increased) until the govern- 
ment classified Portuguese as a language in critical short supply, and 
passed the National Defense iDducation Act. Under the impact of these 
events and in response to enrollment demand. Port, 303 and 304 (Luso- 
Brazilian Culture) and 305 and 306 (Phonology and Morphology of Brazil- 
ian Portuguese) were added. Still more recently the program has been 
expanded again by the addition of Port. 211 (Conversation), 201 (intro- 
duction to Literature), and 290 (Readings in Portuguese), 

Native Brazilian assistants were employed in the elementary courses as 
early as about 1949 or 1950 and uninterruptedly since then. The present 
holders of these posts are Miss Maria Pinheiro and Mr. Luiz Araujo, both 
excellent teachers for whose enthusiastic dedication we are extremely 

In 1961, Professor Fred Ellison who had been a vigorous teacher in 
several of the courses returned to his native Texas, and in his place 
we were happy to appoint one of our own PhcD, 'e, Professor Merlin H, 
Forster who now carries a substantial burden in the literature courses 
and supervises the undergraduate program. Even with these additions to 
the staff, tho enrollment has grown beyond our capacity, and we are most 
happy to have been able to appoint a new Assistant Professor for Septem- 
ber 1965. Miss Mildred Dordick may be remembered by some readers as a 
student at New Trier High School some years ago. Since then she has 
taken a B,A« at Northv.estei-n University and an M.A, at the University of 
Michigan, She was employed for two years by the Educational Testing 
Service in Princeton, New Jersey, and has had substantial residence in 
both Portugal and Brazil, Miss Dordick held a Fulbright Fellowship in 
Portugal and has been for four years an NDFL Fellow at the University 
of IVisconsin where she expects to receive the Ph.D, this year. We ex- 
tend to her a most cordial welcome to the Department, 


Enrollment in the prosram now totals about 80 in all courses. We have 
av/ai'ded two or three M.Ao degrees, and will graduate our first Ph.D, 
next year. Continued government support under the ITOEA will certainly 
increase the giaduate program and ivill probably result in further M.A.'s 
and Ph.Do's. Additional new coui^ses at the graduate level are planned 
for 1955-1966 and later years to meet this need. Needless to sny, none 
of this growth cculd have been accomplished without the dedice.ted help 
of the colleagues naiiied above and of many others too numerous to list 
here . 

( J, H. D, Allen, Professor of 

Spanish, Portuguese, and Linguistic: 

SUT-C'IER SCHOOL AT THE U OF I is offering a fine selection of courses for 
students of modern foreign languages. During the eight-week session, 
from June 21 to August 14, the following will be offered: 

Fren ch; 101 and 102, Elementary Courses; 103 and 104, Modern French; 
202, Introcuotion to French Literature, II; 211 and 212, Oral Fi'ench; 
333, Litternture Coutemporaine (Gray); 335, Civilisation Frangaise I, 
(Laprevotte) ; 382, Language Laboi^atory Techniques (Nachtmann,; 400 and 
401, Beginning and Treading French for Graduate Students; 410, Advanced 
Syntax (Gray); 453, Villon, Rabelais (B. Bcwen); 460, Seminar in 
French Literature, Jean-Paul Sartre (Gray); 491, Individual Topics; 499, 
Thesis Research. 

German; 101 and 102, Elementary Courses; 103 and 104, Intermediate 
Courses; 210, Masterpieces of Gei^raan Literature (Stegemeier); 211, Con- 
versation and Writing (Lorbe); 291, Senior Thesis and Honors Course; 
382, Language Laboratory Techniques (Nachtmann); 400 and 401, Beginning 
and Reading German for Graduate Students; 493, Research in Special 
Topics (Stegemeier); 499, Thesis Heseareh. 

Italian: 491, Special Topics (Brancaforte); 499, Thesis Research . (Allen) . 

Portuguese : 491, Special Topics (Allen); 499, Thesis Research (Allen), 

R ussian : 101 and 102, Elementary Courses; 211, Oral Russian (liicklesen); 
311, Advanced Conversation (Uszynski); 313, Advanced Composition (Uszynski 
322, Reading in Russian Literature — Dostoevsky, Tolstoy (Terras); 400 
and 401, Beginning and Reading Russian.for Graduate Students; 405, Old 
Church Slavonic (Kicklesen); 414, Pushkin (Terras). 

Spanis h: 101 and 102, .j^leinentary Courses; 103 and 1Q4 , Intermediate 
Courses; 211 and 212, Intermediate Composition and Conversation (Flores); 
213 and 214, Advanced Composition and Conversation (Flores); 307, Span- 
ish American Literatui-e to 1888 (Meinhardt); 311, Don Quixote and the 
Prose of the Golden Age (Leal); 351, Phonetics (Allen); 352, Syntax 
(Flores); 411, Spanish Literature in the Middle Ages (Allen); 434, 
Spanish American Novel-South ^\ineiica (Leal); 491, Special Topics (Allen, 
Flores, Leal); 499, Thesis Research (Allen, Leal). 




Of interest are also the following courses in Linguistics: 300, Intro- 
duction to Linguistics (Xazazis); 305, Introduction to Applied Linguis- 
tics (Kachru), 

Additional information may be obtained from the Dean of Admissions and 
Records, University of Illinois, 100a Adiriinistration Building, Urbana, 
Illinois 61803. 

annual conference v;ill be held April 22-24 in Lexington, Kentucky. Par- 
ticipating will be several faculty members from the FL departments at 
the UniVo of 111. as well as many from other Illinois universities. At 
French II Philip Kolb (U of I) will speak on "The New Novel of 1910: Du 
cote de chez Swann" ; I-iedieval Studies I includes a paper by Spurgeon 
W. Baldwin, Jr. (U of I, Dept. of Spanish) entitled '"En tan pocas 
palabras ' , a Textual Problem in the Celes tina"; Middle East Section in- 
cludes "An Appology for the Tyranny of al-Kajjaj" by Paul G, Forand 
(Mundelein College); Slavic I v;ill hear a talk by Norman Luxenburg 
(Illinois State Univ.), "Bunin — A Contrast in Personality"; at the Span- 
ish I session Jose Sanchez (Univ. of 111,, Chicago Circle) will preside, 
and Merlin H. Forster (U of I) will deliver a paper entitled "The Four 
Masks of Fernando Pessoa"; D. Lincoln Canfield (Univ, of Rochester, and 
a past Visiting Professor of Spanish at the U of I) will speak on 
"Guaman Poma, cronista del Peru" at the Spanish II; and John W. Kronik 
(U of I, Dept, of Spanish) will present a paper "Einilia Pardo Bazan and 
the Spanish View of French Decadentism" at the Comparative Literature 
I session. 

For further information, write to Paul K, "vVhitaker, Director, University 
of Kentucky FL Conference, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentuclty • 

1965 ILLINOIS STATE FLES CONFERENCE will meet Saturday, April 24, 9:00 
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Illinois, Illini Union. The pro- 
gram follows: 

9:00 Registration — Illini Union, Ballroom, Second Floor. 

9:30 'Welcome* by Prof. Charles ICnudsen, Head of French Dept,, 

University of Illinois 
9:45 Report of Illinois State FLES Committee — ^iiss Mary Anne 
Brown, Foreign Language Consultant, Chicago Board of 
10:15 FLES ARTICULATION: Dr. Ruth Imlhauser, Acting Chairman, 

Dept. of Romance Lanr^uages, V.'estern Reserve University, 
11:15 Examination of Publishers' Materials, 
12:00 Luncheon--Dining Room, Third Floor, Illini Union. 
Luncheon Program — Administrators' Panel 

Mr. William Wheetley, FLZS Teacher, Rochelle Elementary 
School; Mr. John Henneberry, Principal, Central School, 
Tinley Park; Kr. Gene Allsup, Superintendent, Sesser# 


2:15 FLES FOR EVERYONE: Dr. Marjorie C. Johnston, Director, 
Instructional Resources Branch, NDEA Title HI, Depart- 
ment of Mealth, Education and './elfare 

Registration fee is SI and luncheon tickets are S2,68, In charge of 
registration is Hugh Davison, Conference Supervisor, Division of Uni- 
versity Extension, 115b Illini Hall, Champaign, Illinois 61822, 

WORKSHOPo Southern Illinois University will hold its twelfth annual 
Foreign Language Elementary Schoiol "iVorkshop this summer, June 21 to 
July 16. Elementary Education 435-4 to 8 is open to FL students and to 
elementary teachers with one year or more of college French, German, or 
Spanish, and also to high school foreign language teachers who are in- 
terested in teaching a language to grade school children. Classes meet 
from 8:00 to 12:00 five days a week and include oral drills in the 
language chosen, discussion of methods, lectures on learning problems 
of young children, observations of pilot classes, practice with special 
materials. Integration of foreign languages with the child's regular 
program is stressed. For information write to Dr. Vera L. Peacock, 
Department of Foreign Languages, Southern Illinois Univeisity, Carhon- 
dale, Illinois. The course may count in either Foreign Language or 
Elementary Education for either undergraduate or graduate credit. 

AATSP MEETING, The Illinois Downstate Chapter of AATSP will meet on 
Saturday, /ipril 24, at MacMurray College, Jacksonville. The following 
program is scheduled: 

9:00 Registration and Coffee (New Chemistry Building) 
9:30 Welcome by Dr* Michalson, President of MacMurray College 
9:45 "El profesor norteciraericano y las bibliotecas espanolas" 
Professor John V.', Kronik, University of Illinois 
10:25 "Lack of Articulation: Crippling Disease in the Teaching 
of Foreign Languages" - >ir. Werner Goldstaub, Cuyahoga 
Community College, Ohio State University 
11:10 Business Meeting 
12:00 Luncheon (New Campus Center) 

Music and Dancing by Srta. Montero 
1:30 "Beyond Curriculum What?" - Miss Carroll English, Evanston 
Public Schools 

For reservations or further information, write or call Dr. H. Reade 
Heskamp, MacNurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois. 

CENTRi\L STATES MLTA will meet May 7 and 8 in St. Louis. 


Newberry Library and the Renaissance Seminar of the University of 
Chicago, will meet May 1, The conference is open to teachers, students, 
and the public at large. There are two sessions, morning and afternoon, 
and a dinner at the Quadrangle Club in the evening. To obtain the pro- 
graim and more detailed information, address all correspondence to the 
Program Chairman, W, R. Trimble, The Newberry Library, 60 \V, Walton, 
Chicago 11, Illinois 60610, For dinner reservations a check for S4.50 
should be sent, made payable to Eric Cochrane. 

FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Elnrollment figures for the second semester are as follows: lOO-level 
courses, 1471; 200-ievel courses, 541; 300-lev2l courses, 132; 400 and 
401 (Graduate Reading courses), 363; and 400-level courses, 152, The 
total enrollment is 2659. 

In spite of a heavy load of activities on campus and the additional 
events of the Contenrporary Arts Festival, student interest in outstand- 
ing films has, this year, spurted to a most curious decree. On week- 
ends there are often two or three foreign and/or "art" films shown in 
commercial theatres, three or four different films rotating among vtirious 
Men's Residence Halls, the Illini Union Films and the Cinema Interna- 
tional Sunday night showing. They are all draiviiig crowds, with such 
Cinema International items as the French Black Orpheus and Sundays and 
Cybele , or the Italian Antonioni Trilogy, playing to capacity attendance. 

Following the February showing of Sundays and Cybele , Professor John 
Simon discussed the film at the Channing-Mui^ray Foundation. In May, 
Professor Edwin Jahiel wrill do the same after the showing of J ules et 
Jim . Prof, Jahiel also participated in a WILL Radio round-table dis- 
cussion in February on the cinema in connection v-ith the Festival of 
Contemporary Arts. 

A 1962 film, The Waltz of the Toreadors , was shov/n by coincidence twice 
recently in two unconnected taeatres locally. The second showing how- 
ever bore the ludicrous title The Amorous Genera l ^ This is a British 
adaptation of an Anouilh play, directed by John Guillermin, starring 
Peter Sellers, and, notv.ithstanding many external differences, sur- 
prisingly true to the spirit of Anouilh's original. Recommended. 

On the other hand, Fran^oise Sagan's one good play (to be more precise, 
only acts I and II out of three are good), Chateau on Suede , was locally 
shown in the film version by Vadim and under the repulsive title. Nutty , 
Naughty Chateau . Sagan's witty, decadent black comedy ' transformed 
by the director into a forced farce to which one could legitimately ap- 
ply the famous lines: "Dans ce sac ridicule, ou Scapin s'envoloppe — 

Je ne reconnais plus I'auteur du MjLganthrope . " 

* * » * + 

On the subject of Moliere, the "CercXe Frangais" presented on April 5 
the well-knov/n Comedie Fran^aise production in color of Le Bourgeois 
Gentilhomme, with Lully's music. ....[. 

During the month of March Professor Stanley Sberts Gray spoke to the 
French Journal Club on "The Theme of the Hoax in the Contemporary French 
Novel," and Professor John Simon addressed a group at the Hillel" Founda- 
tion on Kafka's Trial, 

GERIvIAN NOTES - Prepared by Carol L. Miller 

Professor Ernst A, Fhilippson has been appointed an associate member 
of the Center for Advanced Study for the second semester of 1965-1966. 
This appointment is to permit hira to continue his work on a history of 
Germanic religion and on a monograph about Germanic mythology. 

Dr. Emery E. George is the author of an article, "Some New Kolderlin 
Decipherments from the, 'Homburger Folioheft,*" which appeared in the 
March 19S5 issue of FMLA . His review of Paul Raabe's Die Briefe 
Holderlins : Studien liber Sntwicklung und Personlichl:eit des Dichters 
(Stuttgart, Metzler, 1963.) appeared in Monatshefte for November 1964, 

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Jack Barthel, now at Dartmouth 
University, who passed the fintil examinations for his Ph.D. in liarch. 
Three other students have completed the requirements for their doc- 
torates at the U of I this year. They are Dr. Joachim Birke, now at 
the University of Michigan, Dr. Thomas Starnes, now at Miami Univer- 
sity, Oxford, Ohio, and i>r. Sidney Kosenfeld, now at Oberlin College, 
Oberlin, Ohio. 

A German choir has been meeting under the direction of Dr. Hans 
Schlutter. At present the group is composed primarily of German stu- 
dents, but it is hoped that it v;ill expand next semester to other in- 
terested speakers of German. 

Delta Phi Alpha, the national German honorary fraternity, has invited 
nineteen students to join the local chapter. Preliminary requirements 
for membership are: l) a minimum of 3 German courses beyond the fourth 
semester (104), 2) a high B average in the last two preceding courses 


in German, and 3) a minimum B average in the University, Students 
meeting these requirements were then asked to submit a short essay or 
poem in German. The initiation will be held in May, 

The German Club plans to continue its cultural program by having Pro- 
fessor Henri Stegemeier give a slide-lecture on Germany. The group will 
sponsor the showing of the German film of Goethe's Faust in early May, 

Dr. Gbtz Wienold will address Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft at its 
April meeting on Thursday, the fifteentli. His topic will be "Die 
Organisation eines Romans: Hermann Brochs Tod des Vergil , " 

The faculty seminar has scheduled three meetings for the remainder of 
the semester. At the first of these sessions, Dr. Rudolf Schier and 
Dr, Emery George will discuss problems of modern poetry, with Georg 
Trakl's poem "Afra" forming the basis of the discussion. These infor- 
mal gatherings are intended to permit faculty and graduate students to 
talk about topics of mutual interest. 

As usual, spring brings a number of publishers' flyers advertising 
forthcoming books. Among this year's group are the following: Conrad 
Homberger & Bernard Rechtschaf fen, Kurze deutsche Gramma tik is designed 
as a one semester course with about 10, hours of tapes available and 
will be published by the American Book Company. Harry Steinhauer's 
Read, Write , Speak German stresses "A balanced introduction" to speaking, 
reading, and writing; his First German Reader and German Stories are 
dual-language books. All are paper-backs published by Bantam Books. 
Odyssey Press is scheduled to publish A German Re vi ew Grammar by T, H, 
Etzler and Harvey Dunkle this spring. The text is designed for use on 
the second-year college level. W, W. Norton has expanded its series 
of paper-back readers for third and fourth semester work. New titles 
in the series include Jager des Spotts und andere Erzahlungen and Ma,ior 
Dobsa und andere Erzahlungen . Biaisdeli Publishing Company is contin- 
uing a series of inexpensive elementary readers by V.illitun Dyck and 
Helmut Huelsbergen. The first title, Mozart , appeared in 1963. The 
second and third books Humboldt and Wagner are to be published this 

SLAVIC NOTES - Prepared by Steven P, Hill 

The Illinois Chapter of AATSEEL will sponsor its second annual High 
School Russian Contest at Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak 
Park, 111,, on Saturday, May 8, This contest is approved by the Illinois 
High School Association. Schedule: Registration, 8:30-9:15; Test be- 
gins, 9:30; Lunch and Entertainment, 11:00, 


New this year is Russian III. High Schools are limited to four contes.- 1 ai 

tants in each year (Russian I, II , , a^d III), Entry fee is S.50 per stu- ^ a 

dent. There will be prizes of phonograph records, Russian books, and ■ o 

certificates of merit. The first-rplace winner of I^ussian III and his ■ 1; 
teacher will receive (pending appi'.OjVal of the ZtH.S.A.) an all-expense- 
paid trip to the Soviet Union* •:,:: " 'I 

The following people make up the committee which is organizing the High 
School Russian Contest: Frank Petronaitis (Chairman), Anna Tymoszenko, 
Reverend M. Meyers, Betty Braun, Joyce IConcius, and Marion Reis. 

On the same day, May 8, will be the annual spring meeting of the Illi- 
nois Chapter of AATSEEL, also to be held at Oak Park and River Forest 
High School, The meeting will begin after lunch with a Word of V/elcome 
from Dr, Gene L, Schwilck (Supt, , .Oak , Park and River, J'orest H.S.), 
Speakers will be Prof. Karl D, Kramer^ (Northwestern JJ.) on, "Dostoyevsky's 
Parody in Notes from the Underground' of Jwo Scenes., from Chernyshevsky's 
What's to be Done? "; and Mr, Frank Petronaitis (Lyons Twp. H.S.) and 
Prof, Kurt Klein (Univ. of 111.) on "Articulation between High School 
and College Russian Programs," Discussionv will then follow by Ira 
Goetz (Univ. of 111,) and Miss Betty Braun (Hinsdale Twp, H.S,), There 
will also be a business meeting. Everyone is urged to attendl 


i 'V... 

In line with the continuing;, expansion, of this Departm^ent at the Urbana 
campus, Prof, Lew R, Mickreseh announces the. addition of three new courses 
— Slavic 420 (Chekhov), and Slavic 460 (Comparative Slavic Phonology), 
both to be given in the autumn; of 1965; and. Slavic 461 (Comparative Sla- 
vic Morphology), to be; ,giv^n,,iott the spring of 1966,,; ^^ 

Comparison of this year's second-semester enrollment statistics with 
those for the same semester a year ago reveals an overall increase of 
3.0%, from 454 students a year ago to 468 this semester. The lOO-courses 
(first and second year) went up 3,5%, with the major part jpf the increase 
occurring in Russian 103 (from 22 students a year ago to 37 now) and 
Russian 104 (from 37 to 48), These increases will undoubtedly show up 
next year in the third-year courses, as this large 1963-64 enrollment 
of freshmen progress through the intermediate and advanced levels of 
Russian study. 

This semester the 200-coursos (third year) showed a slight drop of 3.0% 
from one year ago, while the 300-courses (fourth year) rose 1.3%. On 
the fourth-year level the major increase is found in Russian 325 (Soviet 
Literature), and Russian 380 (Introduction to Slavic Linguistics), 
neither offered at this time a year ago; each now has 15 students. 

There ivere very substantial drops in the 400 and 401 graduate reading 
courses, and in the other iCO-courses (for graduate students in Slavic), 


each dropping around 10%, but there was a large increase in Polish 
and Serbo-Croatian enrollments (due especially to the introduction of 
second-year Polish in 1964-65 for the first time), so that the number 
of students taking these other Slavic languages this semester in near- 
ly three times that of a year ago. 

The Russian Club has slated its last meeting of the year for Tuesday, 
May 18, with events to be announced later. In April the Club held one 
meeting which included a talk by Soviet exchange student Avenir Velikanov, 
poetry reading by r.r. George fiazelis, and musical performances by Kr, 
Noah Marcell. Also in April, the Club presented a film program consist- 
ing of The Childhood of Maxim Gorky and Russian Music and Dances . 

A number of events have taken place in the past month. One of the most 
interesting was a "Festival of Russian Culture" held at Hinsdale Twp. 
H.S, on liarch 21. The Festival featured group singing by students from 
Hinsdale, Lyons Township, and Lyons South high schools; poetry recita- 
tion by students from Oak Park and Lyons Toivnship high schools; presen- 
tation of a playlet by Chekhov by Hinsdale students; recitation of jokes, 
riddles, and other material by students from lUverside Brookfield and 
Oak Park high schools; and a dance performance by students from Oeik 
Park H.S, A total of seven high schools participated in the event, in- 
cluding those listed above, and Glenbard East, and St. Ignatius high 

Several very enlightening lectures have been given on the University of 
Illinois campus in recent weeks, including talks by Professor Richard 
Pipes (Harvard U) on Russian I'larxism and on Russian Intellectual His- 
tory; by Professor Chauncy Harris (Univ. of Chicago) on Soviet Cities 
and on Soviet ^igriculture ; by Professor Edward Stankiewicz (Univ. of 
Chicago) on comparative Slavic inflection; and by Professor Alexander 
Vucinich (Univ. of 111.) on the development and current status of 
ethnography and anthropology in the Soviet Union. 

The March 1965 issue of the Russian Committee "Newsletter" reports 
that Crossv;orld Books of Chicago has an overstock of large Russian 
phonetic charts (21x27 inches), with 28 charts plus a handbook in each 
set. Crossworld is offering these sets to any member of AATSEEL for 
the bargain price of 31. (check or currency), and ivill throw in a free 
copy of a new Soviet reader with facing Lingiish translation published 
by Progress Publishers in I'oscow. This is an excellent offer to take 
advantage of! 


SPANISH, ITALIAN, PORTUGUESE NOTES - Prepared by Elizabeth Senicka 

Second semester coarse enrollment for the Department totaled 1955. The 
Spanish lOO-level course total was 1141; 200-level 318; 300-level 205; 
and 400-level 120, the combined total being 1784. There are 95 students 
enrolled in Italian courses and 76 in Portuguese, 

Professor Marcos A, Morinigo has been invited to participate in a con- 
ference at the National University in Santander, Spaiho This meeting 
will be devoted to discussing the mutual influences of the indigenous 
American languages aiid Spanish. It will convene August 25 - 30, 1965, 

Recent publications by members of the Departn.eiit include: "Una araistad 
literaria: La correspondencia epistola,r entre Galdos y Nai'ciso Oiler," 
Boletin de la Real Academia de Buenas Letras de Bar celona , XXX (1963-64), 
247-306, by Professor William hT Shoemaker; Professor Merlin H. Forster's 
Los Contemporaneos 1920-19 32, published by Andrea in Mexico, Number 46 
of the Coleccion Studium, 1964; and Professor John Kronik's review of 
Camilo Jose Cela . Vida y obra-bibliogr afxa-a ntologia by Castellet, Huarte 
Morton, Guillermo de Torre,, and Leopoldo de Luis in the March 1965 issue 
of Hispania, pages. 181-182. 

Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish honorary, held its annual initiation 
on April 8 at which time the Argentine poet Alberto Girri was the guest 
speaker, Mr, Girri addressed the sizeable audience on the topic of "La 
poesia de Jorge Luis Borges," Combining both intellectual and social 
pursuits the event proved to be one of the highlights of the' year. 

New initiates are: Honorary Member, Alberto Girri; Graduate Students — 
Luiz de Araujo, Ray Bittle, Richard Doerr, Miss Carolyn Elmquist, Miss 
Nancy Hall, U'illiam Impens , Miss Jane Killam, Allen liature, Steven Meshon, 
Mrs. Vicenta Moran, Miss Lorraine Painter, Miss Maria Pinheiro, Bohdan 
Saciuk, Robert Shell, Miss Lynn Silverman, Miss Diane Solomon, ^iiss Carol 
Stack, Miss Joan Van Mcusen, Mrs, Isabel Vera Cruz, hlrs, Andrietta Ward, 
Leland Wright; Undergxi'duates — Mrs. Margaret Andrews, Mrs. Renny Barker, 
Miss Diane Bergman, I-us. Margo De Ley, Miss Julie Heiple, liiss Nancy 
Kuperberg, Miss Maria Narcisi, Miss Janet Pilliphant, Miss Patricia Price, 
Miss Lana Radle, Miss Marsha Schwartz, Miss Jari Taylor. 


Sigma Delta Pi is under the direction o^ 
Angelina Pietrangelie 

Miss Judy Urban and Professor 

Alberto Girri the following afternoon, April 9, presented a program of 
his own poetry. At this time he read and offeied commentary on a num- 
ber of his poems from among the twelve volurlie^ published between 1946 
and 1964, His three most recent volumes have i>on literary prizes: La 



Condicion Necesari a, 1960 - Premio "Leopoldo Lugones" del Fondo Nacional 
de las Artes; Elegias Italianas , 1962 - Medalla de Gro del liinisterio de 
Relaciones Exteriores de Italia; and El , 1964 - Premio Nacional, 

On April 27 at 8 p.m, in the Faculty Lounge of the lllini Union Guillermo 
Diaz-Plaja, a noted biographical and literary critic, will speak on 
"Evasion Y Denuncia en el teatro espanol contemporaneo, " Professor Dfaz- 
Plaja has autJiored over fifty books, including histories of literature, 
essays on literary techniques, travel, and poetr^'. 

A Structural Course in Spanish ; Student Workbook , by David L. Wolfe, 
Roger L. Kadlich, and John G. Injiian (New York: The Nacmillan Company, 
1963) is reviewed by Mr, Robert J. Hoeksema, formerly of this Department, 
and Professor Daniel P, Testa in the February issue of the Modern Lan - 
guage Journal , pp. 125-127, This text was used at the U of I for the 
first time last year for experimental purposes. "But it is also our duty 
to recognize that the adoption of newly-oriented first-year texts raises 
the problem of what to use as a continuation. At the present time there 
are no materials available for the third-semester course which coordinate 
well with the structural or audio-lingual approach used in first-year 
training." After continued use of this text it is now felt that a reader 
should be used for supplementary work, especially for increasing vocabu- 
lary. At present Lecturas faciles y util es by Samuel vVofsy (Charles 
Scribner's Sons, N.Y.) is being used. Another problem encountered this 
year is the laboratory. The text calls for four 30 minute sessions each 
week. As well as the space problem caused by this increased time in the 
laboratory, it is difficult to keep this period from becoming tedious 
for the students. The course is under the direction of Professor Daniel 
Testa, and two classes are taught by graduate assistants William Cressey 
and Dennis West. 

The Spanish Club's April 7 meeting was dedicated to music and dances of 
Latin America as a pre-Pan American Day celebration, Fan American Day 
being April 14. The entertainment featurea vocalist Trini Campbell and 
the Mariachi band, Afro-Cuban music presented by the Cuban Student Asso- 
ciation, and views and music of Ai^gentina given by Bohdan Saciuk and 
Martha Francescato. 

The next meeting is the "Concurs© de Poesla" to be held April 29 in the 
General Lounge of the Union at 8 p.m. Students in Spanish, Portuguese, 
and Italian classes v;ill give poetry recitations and compete for prizes. 

The Chicago Area Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of 
Italian held a luncheon at Riccardo's Restaurant in Chicago to commemo- 
rate the seventh centenary of the Birth of Dante Alighieri. Dr. Louis 
Rossi of the Romance Language i/epartment, ^Northwestern University, spoke 
on "The Devouring Passion: Canto VI of the Infern o." Dr. Rossi eluci- 
dated with penetrating analysis on many passages from this Canto which 
treats of the punishment of the Gluttons in the Inferno. 


The second speaker was Dr. SalvatoTe Rotella, Chairman of the Social 
Science Department, Chicago City Junior College, Loop Branch, whose 
topic was: "The Actuality of Dante." Dr. Rotella discussed Dante's 
concept of world government as he outlined it in his De Monarquia ; and 
he compared various aspects of the work with selections from liadison's 
Federalist Papers . 

The April issue of Holida y is completely dedicated to Spain. Various 
facets of the country are discussed in an exciting and insightful way. 
Sample topics include: The Soul of Spain, The Violent Past, Some Notable 
Spanish Faces, The Zany Costa del Sol, Holy Week in seville, The All- 
Prevasive Church, The Restive Youth of Spain, Spar.isii Food, Travel, etc, 
Hispanophiles or anyone 'just interested' will be delighted with this 
recent presentation of Espana, 

New texts of interest include: Dell's Laurel Language Library has 
paper-back editions in Spanish with introUuctions and notes — La vida es 
sueno and ^1 alcald e de Zalamea by Calderon de ia Barca (Sturgis E. 
Leavitt), Three Exempl ary Novels by I-.iguel de Cervantes (Juan B. Avalle- 
Arce), Fiestas by Juan Goytisolo (Kessel Schwartz), and Fuente ove.juna 
and La dama boba by Lope de Vega (Everett '.. . Hesse), all 1964-65. The 
Odyssey Publishing Co. has an edited edition by Sdith B. Sublette of 
Miguel I'jihura's drama Carlo ta, 1963» Macmillan tlodern Spanish ^Imerican 
Literature Series includes El tunel by Ernesto Sabato, edited by Louis 
C. Perez, 1965, and Ceremonia secreta y otro s c uentos by Marco Denevi , 
edited by Donald A, Yates, 1965. Ivacmillan also has Modern S pani sh 
Poems (Jimenez, Machado, Lorca, Otero), edited by Calvin Cannon, 1955', 
and Moder n Spanish Prose and Poetry -^ An I ntrodu ctory Reader (20th Cen- 
tury), edited by Gustave W. Andrian, 1964. Blaisdell Publishing Co. 
has available P;U ador ado Juan , play by Miguel Mihura and edited by John 
W. Falconieri and Anthony M. Pasquariello , 1904, and E spanol a lo vivo, 
a first-year text, aural-oral approach, by Terrence L. Hansen and Ernest 
J. Wilkins, 1964. Maico Denevi 's Rosaur a a las diez is available from 
Charles Scribner's Sons in an edited editim by Donald A^ Yates, 1964, 
The majority of the above-mentioned texts are for at least the second- 
year level. Most include introductions, notes, vocabulai'y and exercises. 



The University of lillnois Modern Foreign Language ?'e vs lctter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor William H. Shoemaker, Heau. The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested periions in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Miss Elizabeth Senicka. All communications 
should be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of 
Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. ^__ 





Modern Foreign Language '•n'/.Ou^^ 




Vol. XVI I I. No. 8 L'ay, 1965 


Humanities 363 and 364 at the U of I offer an excellent opportunity 
for students from all fields to study the important works of European 
literature in English translation. 

Humanities 363 offered the fall semester deals with Greek, Roman, Ital- 
ian, and Spanish Literatures, while 364, spring semester, includes the 
literatures of Finance, Germany, and Russia. Representatives from the 
various Departments lecture twice weekly, followed by a discussion 
per-iod. Last semester Professor Gertrude Smith of the Classics Depart- 
ment covered the works of Plato, Thucydides, Aristotle, Lucretius, 
Catullus, Hor-ace, Virgil, and Ovid; Professor Angelina Pietrangeli of 
the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese lectured on the 
Italian classics by Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, and Petrarch, while 
Professor Spurgeon V/» Baldwin of the same Department dealt with the 
Spanish works: The Cid, Lazarillo de , Cervantes' Don Quixote , 
and Golden Age Drama. 

This present semester Professors Edwin Jahiel, Stanley Gray, and Her- 
bert DeLey of the French Department spoke on the S ong of Rola nd, Racine, 
Montaigne, Corneille, Moliere, Voltaire, Hugo, and Balzac, followed 
by a Germanic literature study including Pnraival , Death and the Plow- 
man, Lessing, Schiller, Goethe, Kleist, Kafka, and Nann. Lecturers 
from the German Department were Professors Peter Foulkes, John Pr-ey, 
Emery George, Harry Ilaiic, Francis Nock, and S, A. Philippson. Profes- 
sors Temira Pacl'muss and Victor Terras of the Russian Department are 
currently introducing the students to works in Russian Literature by 
Pushkin, Turgenev, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Babel, Tolstoy, and Chekitov, 
Works studied veiry from year to year depending on the lecturers and 
their specialities. 

Benefits from such an extensive course include an acquaintance with and 
study of the great works in European literature, exposure to a variety 
of approaches and techniques of teaching, introduction to the wealth of 
literary material beyond the sampling offered in the course, and the 
ideas of specialists in the various works and subject areas. At the 
present the literatui^e is studied by country and language, but possibly 
in the future the course will be restructured according to literary 
movements, thereby offering more a comparative value. 

Coordinator of the course is Mrs. Jan Laivson Hinely who in addition 
conducts the discussion sessions, and is responsible for student eval- 
uation. Each semester includes two tests and a final examination. 
First semester two papers were assigned, one a compaiative study, and 
the other a study on a particular- writer. This semester oral reports 
are being given in a seminar fashion. 




Humanities 363 and 334, in existence under this title for five years 
has pi'oved of value not only to foreign language and literature raajors 
but also to students in other subject areas desiring to become ac- 
quainted with a larger scope of literary study. 

National Spanish Contest, EJownstate 111. Chapter, have been received 
from Mr. Travis Foole (Zdison Jr. H.S., Champaign), Contest Chairman, 
ijownstate participants this year noiiibered 806, almost 100% increase 
of the 1964 figure. In the first category (with no outside experience), 
top honors were awarded as follows: Sec ond Year: I - Karen Kartman, 
Barbara Koester; II - Elaine >iassock; III - Peter Bradbui^y; IV - Karjorie 
Stevens, Geri Wise; V - iiobert ./illskey, all from Edison Jr. U.S., 
Cheunpaign (Mr. Travis Poole); Third Year ; I - Charles Grotts, Hillsboro 
K.S, (lirso Sam IVicCall); II - Sheila Nicholson, Kacomb H.S. (Mr. Delano 
Kruzan); III - Dan Phillips, Tlacomb 11,3c. (Kr. Delano Xruzan); IV - 
V.'illiam Kestes, Macomb H,S. (Mr. Delano Xruzan); V - Sally Skinn, Kills- 
boro H.S. (f'^rs. Sam McCall); Fourth Year ; I - Tanya Kapner, and Susan 
Suits, Killsboro H.S. (ilrs. Sam I'cCail); II - Jon Glenda, Champaign Sr. 
H.S. (Mrs. Lois Leal); Margaret Burro, Rock Island H.S. (lir. J. Blora- 
berg); III - Jan Zepp, Hillsboro H.S. (Mrs. Sam IlcCall); IV - Linda 
Lefstein, Rock Island H.S. (I^r. J. Bloraberg); V - Bill Ludwig and Karen 
Short, Hillsboro H.S. (Mrs. Sam McCall). 

V/inners in the second category (with outside experience were: S eco nd 
Year ; I - Judy Calimano, Alleman H.S., Rock Island (Sister Hilaire); II 
- Shanda Hester, Antioch Comm. .i.S. (lirs, Bettj'' Scott); III - Joan 
Reveles, Galesburg H.S. (las. Frances Brown); IV - Laura Lopez, U.T.H.S. 
Silvis, 111. (Miss Diaz); V - Terry Luster, Georgetown li.S. (Mrs. 
Ramert); Third Year; I - Jose Pereira, U.T.H.S, , East Moline (Mrs, Smith); 
II - Oscar Perez, Moline Sr. M.S. (l*ir. Lee); III - Gloria Values, Moline 
Sr. H.S. (Mr. Lee); IV - Rebecca Neville, Villa de Chantal, Rock Island 
(Sister M. Kathleen); V - Efrain Perez, Moline Sr. H.S. (Mr. Lee); 
Fourth Year: I - Altagracia Valdes, Moline Sr. H.S. (Mr. Lee); II - 
Edward Scott, Stephen Decatur H.S, (Miss Rita Holingsworth) , 

AATSP. The annual meeting of the Downstate 111. Chapter of the Ameri- 
can Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese was held on April 
24 at MacMurray College, Jacksonville. The meeting was called to order 
by Lionel Romero (Pekin Comm. H.S.), 1964-1965 President, and the wel- 
come address was given by Dr. Gordon Michalson, Pi'esident of MacMurray 
College. Two speakers were featured at the morning session; Dr. John 
W, Kronik ( U of I) in "El profesor norteamericano y las faibliotecas 
espanolas" spoke about the differences and problems one encounters in 
library use in Spain; and Dr. Werner A. Goldstaub (Cuyahoga Comm. College 
and Ohio State U) addressed the session on "Lack of Articulation; a 
Crippling Disease in the Teaching of Foreign Languages" showing the 
necessity for an overall plan in coordinating FL teaching beginning with 
FLES through college. 


Following luncheon and a program of Spanish American dances by MacMurray 
students, the business meeting was scheduled at which the following of- 
ficers were elected for 1965-1966: President, Lionel 0, liomero (Pekin); 
Vice-President, Travis Poole (Edison Jr. H.S., Champaign); Secretary- 
Treasurer, Mrs, Emilie Byars (Richwood H.S,, Peoria Heights); Correspond- 
ing Secretary, Mrs. Einraa P. Wood (Bloomington H.S.); National Spanish 
Contest Chairman, Howard Shelton (Thomas Jefferson Jr. H.S., Champaign). 
At the afternoon session Miss Carole iSnglish's "Beyond Curriculum, Vifhat?" 
dealt v.'ith the method used by Evanston elementary schools in coordinating 
courses and a teacher's responsibility to the child being taught. 

Registered participants at the meeting included: Ruth C. Adams (Urbana 
H»S.), Enoch Anderson (Grant H.S., Fox Lake), Eualee Anderson (Mattoon), 
Adrienne Angeletti (MacMurray Coll.), Olga Beattie (Pleasant Hill), Dr, 
Robert Berndt (Maci':urray Coll.), Allie '.Vard Billingsiey (111. St, U.), 
Virginia Busscn, Emilie Byars (Richwood H.S., Peoria Kts.), John Calvert 
(Quincy H.S.), Ji,ck Clinton (Limestone K.3., Peoria), Paul Cooke (Monti- 
cello Coll), Ruth Daly (111. U'esleyan), Isabel De Para (Limestone U.S., 
Peoria), Leslie Dobbins (Limestone H.S., Peoria), Dorothy Dodd (Quincy 
H.S.), Carole English (iLvanston Twp. H.S.), Dolores Farkas (MacMurray 
Coll.), Joseph A. Ferreira (Sciota), Dr. Joseph Flores (U of I), Patri- 
cia Geef (Limestone H.S,, Peoria), Dr. Werner Goldstaub (Cuyahoga Comm. 
Coll, Ohio St. U), Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gulstad (U of 1), Dr. and Mrs. 
H. Reade Heskamp (MacMurray Coll.), Fr, Neal Kaveny OET-i (Quincy Coll.), 
Mr. Kennath, Jane Killam (U of I), Dr. John Kronik (U of I), Delano 
Kruzan (Macomb H.S.), Dr. Luis Leal (U of I), Eladia Leon (Streator), 
Morris Levvis (Staunton), Franklin Mandera (111. St. U.), Mrs. Samuel 
McCail (Hillsboro H.S.), Margo Means (Mattoon), Eloise Metzger (Pekin 
Conim. U.S.), Dr. Gordon Michalson (t^acMurray Coll.), Travis Poole 
(Edison Jr. U.S., Champaign), Dorothy Ramert (Georgetown H.S.), Rose 
Ranson, Lionel iiomero (lekin Comm. H.3.),. Howard Shelton (Thomas Jeffer- 
son Jr. H.3., Champaign), Dr. William II, Shoemaker (U of 1),, Martha 
Tomlianovich (Canton ii.S.), Elenor Tucker (Mt. Sterling), iTilliam Tur- 
ner (Galesburg Ii.S,), Edmund Urbanski (Western 111. U.), Luellen Vi/at- 
son (111. St. U.), Margaret V.'enner (Quincy Coll.), Allsgra Wilbur 
(Eastern 111. U.), Williams (Buckley-Soda), Sidney Zelson (111, 
St. U,), 

ILLINI AT MEETINGS, On May 6-8, the Midwest Modern Language Association 
held its annual meeting in conjunction with the Midcontinent American 
Studies Association at the University of Chicago. Participating repre- 
sentatives from the U of I were Charles H. Shattuck, Chairman of the 
Modern Drama Conference; John K. Simon of the French Dept. who spoke on 
"The Presence of Musset in Modern French Drama" at the same conference; 
Gary Adelman of the English Dept. was Secretary of the English II Con- 
ference; Professors Edwin Jahiel and Bruce Mainous of the French Dept. 
were also in attendance. The following from Illinois had active parts 
in the meeting: Jar.ies C» Austin (So. 111. Uo), Ferman Bishop (111. St, 
U,), James Bruce (U. of Chicago), C. J. Gianakaris (111. St. U,), Vic- 
tor E, Gimmestad (ill. St. U.), Donald Green (U. of Chicago), N^^cholas 
T, Joost (So, 111. U.), Brigitta Kuhn (ill. St. U.), Howard R. Long 


(So. 111. U.), Norman Luxenburg (111. St. U.), Raven McDavid (U. of 
Chicago), Kenneth Korthcott (U. of Chicago), William Roberts (North- 
western U.), liomcilo uosic (ICnox Coll.), I-ierrill A. Rosenberg (U, of 
Chicago), Stephen Urbanski (..estern 111. U.), Howard V/ebb (So. 111. U.), 
Charles Vihiting (Northivestern U.), Gordon Wood (So. 111. U,). 

Illinois v/as also represented at the 48th annual meeting of the Central 
States Modern Language Teachers Association in St. Louis on May 7-8. 
Participants were: Marita Clark (Belleville), Robert Kiefer (Evanston 
Twp. H.S.), Helen Rabikova (No. 111. U.), .<aymond Spahn (So. 111. U.). 
Steve Hill (U. of 111.) served as Secretary of the Slavic Section. 

NDFJi FELLOVJS. Recent announcement of National Defense Foreign Language 
Felloivship recipients for the coming year include the following for the 
U of I: Title IV — German: Sheila Callahan (Coll. of Mt. St. Vincent, 
Riverdale, N.Y,), Charles Daigh (U of I), Anthony Jung (U of I), Douglas 
Markham (U of I); Slavic: Virginia Yvonne Craig (U of I), iV'illiam J, 
Daniels (U of I), Ivanka Mejzr (U of I); Spanish: Jerry L. Bauer (Brig- 
ham Young U.), Dru Dougherty (Hamilton Coll.), Patrick H. Dust (U of I). 
Title VI — Indonesian: Fred K. Ileinscke (U of I); Slavic: J, L. Martin 
(U of TT, Richard B. Wood (Indiana U,); Spanish: VeAnna Christensen 
(Iowa St. U.), William W. Cressey (U of I), Sandra Messinger Cypess 
(Cornell U,, U of I), I. Catherine Jeffery (Villanova), Gerald W. Peter- 
sen (U of I), Ruth K. Rogers (U of I, U. of Caracas), George V;oodyard 
(U of I), Alix S, Zuckerman (Brooklyn Coll.); Swedish: Roger V/, Pearson. 

V/CIA-TV featured on its program "Let's Look At Learning" on April 17 a 
televised Spanish Class at Yankee' Ridge School. The Urbana Schools 
were invited by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction 
to present a television program on aspects of the elementary school 
foreign language program. The second-year Spanish class was televised 
to demonstrate portions of the FL program. Appearing v;ith the pupils 
were Mr. Royal Senn, teacher at Yankee Ridge, Mr. Charles Jay, Foreign 
Language Consultant with the Office of the Superintendent of Public 
Instruction, and Daryl Fairchild, program host. 

Prentice-Hall has just published a nev; French Series in Programmed Read- 
ing edited by Professor Joseph P. Ebacher of Xavier University. Prof. 
Ebacher makes use of the princij^al of interlinear translations. Texts 
are preceded by a brief grammatical presentation, afterivhich interlinear 
equivalents are presented and withdrav/n after words have appeared suf- 
ficiently for learning by the majority. It is designed to withdraw 
cues for structural meaning thereby forcing the student to learn the 
structural relationships first. Vocabulary is then learned in context 
and immediate check and reward is provided by moving the grid which 
covers the equivalents. Books so far include: Atala by Chateaubriand, 
Car men by Prosper Merimee, Les i dees de r.'adame Aubray by Dumas, and 
Trois contes by Flaubert. 




FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Addenda to the April 3 meeting of AATF (see also N ewsle tter, February, 
1965) — The meeting proper began with an hommage to »-rofessor Eliza- 
beth" Kichael, President from 1962 to 1964. 

The pedagogical discussion, led by Professor Roussey, adopted no resolu- 
tions but its tenor was that 3rd and 4th year HS students should be in- 
creasingly exposed to Preach culture and histoi^y, as well as literature 
in reasonable doses — all tiiis, of course, intended to help rather than 
to interfere with the learning of language. Otherwise a ilS student 
entering college with credits in French is ill-prepared to handle even 
elementary concepts of I'Yench literature and the overall efficiency of 
college teaching suffers from unwarranted slowdowns. 

Several meinbers have used with profit the bimonthly "Documents pour la 
classe" available from L'Education Nationale 13, rue du Four, Paris (6e). 

The participants were all interested and dedicated members of the teach- 
ing profession. In discussions following the meeting, the sentiment was 
voiced, as it often is in such cases, that state universities do not 
always perforin their duties as coordinating, advisory, and consulting 
agencies to high schools. Indeed contacts between professors and teachers, 
though needed, are getting rare. University people can help High School 
prople a great deal by their interest, by letting them knov/ they (the 
teachers) are not isolated, by observing, suggesting, boosting morale, 
strengthening standards. On the other hand. University specialists who 
are willing and able to help ought to be given time and facilities for 
the important job of service to the State. Instead they are often, not 
only given no assistance, but in effect penalised indirectly for their 
participation. All this is known, of course, but bears repetition. 

Additions to the graduate teaching staff in French next year will be: 
l) Francois Jost, as Professor of French and Director of the Program in 
Comparative Literature. Kis special field is the ^oighteenth Century. 
He has been at the University of Colorado for the past tvjo years, before 
which he was at the universities of Fribourg and Zurich. 2) Judd D. 
Hubert, Professor of French. His special field is the Seventeenth Cen- 
tury, and he comes from UCLA. 3) Mrs. Renee R. Hubert, Associate Pro- 
fessor of French. She is at present head of the Department of Foreign 
Languages at San Fernando Valley State College in California. 

French films of varying interest shoivn loccilly in recent weeks include 
Cousteau's World V/ithou t Sun ; Louis lialle's Zazie dans le metro , after 
Raymond Queneau; Autant-Lara 's La Jument Verte after Tsarcel Ayme; 
Truffaut's Jules et Jim; Jean Vigo's classic (1934) L'Atalante ; Alain 
Resnais' gripping Nuit et Brouillard (1955); Peter Glenville's Becket, 
after Anouilh; Demy's The Umbrellas of C herbourg ; and others of less 
importance. The fiZm Orphee by Jean Cocteau was given a special showing 
in conjunction with Fi^ench 318, the course on Contemporary Theatre, for 



the students of this course and guests. Moliere's L'Ecole des Fenunes , 
in translation, was the last offering for 1964-1965 by the University 
Theater. The director was Miss Clara Behringer, 

* * * * * 

In February began the series on food preparation, "French Chef", star- 
ring (one, t'.vo, three stars?) Miss Julia Child. Unable to see any of 
these programs up to now, v/e have asked around but to no avail: every- 
one must be tidying to reduce. 

Also started in February is a Gi'anada-TV (London) series of dramatiza- 
tions of short stories by Maupassant. These are shown on Fridays, at 
9:00 p.m. with a repeat each following I'onday, same time. 

A sampling of programs with specifically "Fi^ench interest" shoivn in re- 
cent weeks over WILL-TV Channel 12 are: The Law is the Law, with Fer- 
nandel and Toto; Deadlier than tlie Male , with Jean Gabin; The V/ide Blue 
Road, with Yves Moiitand and Alida Valli, 

From April 18 to May 9 the Krannert Iluseum had a retrospective exhibi- 
tion of work by one of the leading French sculptors of our times, Antoine 

Upon hearing that her instructor was about to read anecdotes from a 
book, a young lady '.vorried. about the propriety of said anecdotes. The 
book- title: Histoires Corses, 

The Menu at the new Ramada Inn in Champaign includes, among other items, 
Cossal Ripe Olives; vVatermelon Rine; Chicken Ala Rexne; Chicken Livers, 
Game; Filet of Uhitefish, Parsely ^utter; Lobster Nuberg, Au Sherry En 
Casserole; Vegetable du Jour; Baked I^otato En Foil; Tips of Beef, Au 

GERMAN NOTES - Prepared by Carol L, Miller 

Professor Harry iiaile's review of V.olfgang I^ichael's Friihformen der 
deutschen Buline. Schriften der Gesellschaft fiir Theatergeschichte. Vol, 
62, Berlin, 1963, appeared in The German Qujirterly, Vol. 38 (March 1965), 
pp. 214-217. Prof. Haile is also author of an illustrated book History 
of Doctor Johann Faustus which is sclieduled for publication this summer 
by the University of Illinois Press. 

In addition to the NDEA recipients, there are five students who have re- 
ceived fellowships from the U of I for next year: Richard D'Alquen, 
Siegfried Mews, and David Wilson have been named Teaching Fellows, and 
Mrs. Lucy Bierbrauer Conner and Miss Janice St. Clair were awarded 



University Fellowships, 


Two new courses have rjoon approved by the faculty. In the fall semes- 
ter German 307, "The Structure of the German Language", is being of- 
fered. German 305, "The Modern German Lyric", is scheduled for the 
spring tenn. 


The German Club and the U of I Film Society are cooperating to present 
the Werner Marx Memorial Fili.i Series. Two films will be shown in the 
Auditorium on Maj' 20 and 28, On the first of these evenings, the film 
The Blue Angel, the 1931 adaptation of a Ileinrich Mann novel with Mar- 
lene Dietrich as "Lola-Lo'a", will be shown. The other motion picture 
is Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. All proceeds from the showings 
will be donated to the 'Veriier Marx Memorial Fund, Series tickets are 
obtainable at the lilini Uiiion Box Office and stme single admissions 
will be available at the door. 

The only other program planned by the German Club for the month of May 
is the annual picnic v.uich will be Iieid on Sunday afternoon, May 23, 
The club members will mis;- I-.r. Gunner Eberspach, the faculty adviser, 
who has v.orked very closely v.ith tliern for the past two years. Mrs. 
Madeiyn Kendall will continue iu that capacity next year, 


The Pi Chapter of Delta Fni. Alpha, the national German honorary, will 
initiate twenty new meiabers at their meeting on May 25 in the Union, 
New initiates are: Gradi'.ate3--Hein2 Dill, Susan Kird, Dela K, Kassner, 
Douglas Markham, Maureon iicCauley, Graejne D, C, Tytler, Marian U'arburton; 
Undergraduates — Estelle Astheiraor, Kathleen Harris, Judith Kaksch, Joanne 
C, Soukup, Janice St. Clair, Jc.cob Steigcrwald, Carol Tester, Sigrid 
V/ohlrab, Janet Zacha. Dr. Rudolf Schier and Dr. Kuth Lorbe are the 
Faculty advisers to ^,ioup. 

The last issue of the Netvsletter for the year is the time to bid fare- 
well to members of the Department who are leaving. Prof. Peter Foulkes 
has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Stanford Univ. where 
he will be teaching sevaral courses in modern Gorman literature. Mr. 
Foulkes will also be on the faculty of the Stanford ND£A teachers* insti. 
tute at Bad Boll, Geimauy, this summer. Frof. Frank Banta has been in- 
vited to join the faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Ida 
Kimber is looking forward to teaching graduate students in Comparative 
Literature at the Univ. of Minnesota next year. Dr. Albert Borgmann 
will be in the Dept . of Philosophy at DePaul UuJv., Chicago, next year, 
Mr, Francis Lide, who has been completing his dissertation under Prof. 
John Frey, will be teaching at the Univ. of Kansas. Mr. Robert Bell, 
who is working on his dissertation with Prof. E, A, Philippson, is going 
to Purdue Univ. Mr. Gunter Eberspach will return to Germany to complete 
the requirements for his Ph.D. To these people go our best wishes for 
continued success in their work! 


The last meeting of the year of "Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft" will be 
Wednesday, May 26, in the Illini Union. At that time Dr. Carol Miller 
will speak on the topic "The German Tobias Blessings Prior to 1400." 
The Faculty Seminar is increasing in popularity. At the meeting at the 
home of Prof, and Mrs. E, A, Philippson on April 30, some twenty members 
of the iJepartment gathered to hear reports b5' Mrs. Charlotte Brancaforte, 
Gotz V/ienold, and Peter Foulkes on previous inteipretations of Franz 
Kafka's "Auf der Galerie", an independent analysis of the te^^t, and its 
relation to other works of Kafka, respectively. Following tae formal 
reports there was a lively discussion. The last seminar of the year 
will be held at the home of Prof, and Mrs. Terras. At that time Harry 
Haile and Robert Bell will open the meeting with analyses of a sonnet 
by Andreas Gryphius. 

* * » * * 

SL.\VIC NOTES - Prepared by Steven P. Hill 

Next autumn the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures will wel- 
come three new faculty members. They are Professor Evelyn C. Bristol 
from the University of Texas, who took her Ph.C, at the University of 
California, specializing in poetics and literary theory; Mr, Rasio 
Dunatov from Fordham University, who is now completing his Ph.D. in 
Slavic languages and literatures at the University of V/ashington 
(Seattle), with the "Generative Grammar of the Serbo-Croatian Noun" as 
his thesis topic (Mr. Dunatov is a native speaker of Serbo-Croatian); 
and Mr. Theodore M. Lightner from li.I.T., where he is nov^ completing 
his Ph.D. in general and Slavic linguistics, with the morphophcnology 
of Russian as his thesis topic. It is expected that Mr. Dunatov and Mr. 
Lightner will have received their degrees by next autumn, and will join 
one other new Ph.D. in our department — the author of these notes — who 
submitted and defended his thesis on the "Development of Russian Pre- 
positions" at the University of Michigan this month. 

The Department is also losing three members in August: Professor Albert 
Kaspin is going to the University of California at Santa Barbara, and 
Professor Constantine Uszynski to the Illinois Institute of Technology, 
while Mr. Ira Goetz is returning to Columbia University to finish his 
Ph.D. In addition. Professor Kurt Klein, with his family, will be 
spending his year of sabbatical leave in several European countries 
doing research supported by a Fulbriglit-IIr.ys grant which he was recent- 
ly awai^ded, 


Professor Temira Pachmuss has recently published two articles arising 
from her research into literary criticism of the early tvi-entieth cen- 
tury: "Zinaida Hippius as a Literary Critic" ( Canadian Slavonic Papers , 
Vol. 7), and "Leonid Andreev as Seen by Zinaida Hippius" (Slavic and 
^ast European Journal , Summer, 1965). Another bibliographical note of 
importance: the latest publishers' list from BKaDD/i Books in England 
announces the forthcoming publication of Gorky's Na dne ( The L ower 
De pths ) in the form of a reader for interipediate students, edited, anno- 
tated, and glossed by Prof. Kurt Klein and Mr. Ira Goetz of our Depart- 


A number of members of the Department attended or participated in the 
various language meetings held in May, but tliis attendance was seriously 
limited by tlie i-egrettable fact that three similar events of interest 
to Slavicists were scheduled on the same day. The Illinois AiTSEEL 
meeting at Oak Park (announced in the April issue), the Slavic Section 
of the Midwest Modern Language Association in Chicago (Slavic Chairman: 
Prof. Womcilo Kosic ) , and the Slavic Section of the Central States Modern 
Language Association in St. Louis (Slavic Chairman: Frof. Nona Shaw) 
were for some reason all scheduled for May 8, 1965, Hence interested 
Slavicists were forced to choose which event to attend, and in any event 
had to skip two of the turee. It is to be uoped that next year these 
three spring events can be coordinated so as to avoid such conflicts. 

On April 12 the Slavic Dept, , in cooperation with the Dept. of Linguis- 
tics, sponsored tv;o lectures by Frof. Edward Stankiewicz of the Univ. 
of Chicago. Prof. Staii'^ieivicz spoke in the afternoon on "Problems of 
Slavic Linguistic Typol ygy , ", and in the evening on "Accentual Alterna- 
tions in Slavic Korx^hological Patterns." 

The Slavic Honorary Society, D obro Slovc , held its annual initiation 
dinner on Tuesday, Kay 11. Thirteen new members were inducted into the 
honorary, including five indCi^s'^'iduate and eight graduate students. New 
officers v/ere also elected to replace the outgoiag president, Linda 
Thomas, and the outgoing seeretary-treasiirer , >;iss Jacqueline Lewis. 
Also present at the dinner were faculty advisei Professor Tatjana 
Cizevska and cepartment chairman Professor Lew R, Micklesen. 

Prof. Kurt Klein is making a study of the college placement of enter- 
ing students with previous training in high school Russian, similar to 
the study of Spanish students made by Prof. Daniel Testa (see Newsletter , 
Jan, 1965). His survey of the placement ol such students in U of I 
Russian courses in the first semester of 1964-1965 produced the follow- 
ing results: 41 students took the exam (7 with one year of 
HS Russian, 19 with tivo years, 13 with three years, 2 with four years), 

1, Number of students who actually placed in the 
proper course (oa the basis of 1 HS unit = 1 

semester at the U of I) 6 (14.6%) 

2, Number of students who actually placed one (or 

two) courses above (0% ) 

3, Number of students ivho actually placed one 

course below , , 25 (60.8%) 

4, Number of students who actually placed two 

courses below 7 (17,3%) 

5, Number of students who actually placed three 

courses below, 3 ( 7.3%) 

Note: Only five students had a time lapse in Russian between high 


school and university (from 1 to 3 years). Results and implications 
of this study were discussed by Prof, Klein at the Illinois AATSEEL 
meeting on I-^ay 8. 

To wind up news of departmental activities for this year, let it be 
noted that the last meeting of the Russian Club took place May 18. The 
previous meeting, held on April 1, featured a very enlightening talk 
in Russian about academic and extracurricular life at Kiev University 
by Avenir Velikanov, an Associate Professor (dotseiit) in chemistry at 
that university who is here this year on the cultural exchange program. 
The proceedings were enlivened by Mr. Noah Murcell's witty poem 
Neobyknovenna.ja gazeta, composed especially for the occasion, .and by 
a round of folk songs. >ir. George Mazelis read a poem by Esenin, and 
Mr, David Hibbard and Miss Patricia Martin provided a selection of 
musical numbers by Slavic composers. M 

The Russian Club's last film of the year, Gorky's Childhood , played to 
a small but appreciative audience on April 8. One other activity has 
recently been organized by B-ir. Jack Schillinger: a department softball 
team composed of faculty anJ graduate students in Russian, which this 
spring played four games against teams from other departments — without 
much success in the victory column, but with considerable enjoyment for 
the participants. 

Among the new elementary Russian textbooks published recently is D. C, 
Heath's Beginner's Russia n by Prof. Jack Tosin of Stanford Univ. This 
textbook follows a very traditional approach, with an emphasis on active 
learning of grammar through initial discussion of inflectional patterns 
and grammatical rules in each lesson, followed by exercises consisting 
of a rich selection of sentences (almost pattern sentences at times) 
for translation from Russian to English, and another selection of sen- 
tences for translation from English to Russian. In the back of the book 
there are also thirty very interesting reading selections, each about 
one page long, with facing English translation; these selections are 
especially composed to reflect the interests and everyday activities 
of an American student of .Russian. 

SPANISH, ITALIAN, AND PORTUGUESE NOTES - Prepared by Elizabeth Senicka 

A number of faculty members will be traveling outside the United States 
this summer. Pi-ofessor W. C. Blaylock plans to do fieldwork in His- 
panic Linguistics in Mexico, 

Professor Merlin H. Forster has received an ACLS-SSRC Latin American 
grant in connection with a sabbatical leave of absence for the first 
semester of 1965-1966. Prof. Forster 's proposed project, a book on 
Xavier Villaurrutia, will take him to Mexico this coming fall. 

Professor Henry R, Kahane will be taking an archeoiogical and historical 



trip to the eastern Mediterranean (Greece, Israel, and Turkey), which 
has been preporiclerant in nis research. He also plans a short period 
of relaxation in the Austrian Alps and Italy, 

Professor John VV, Kronik will deliver a paper entitled "Noventa y ocho 
frente a sesenta y ocho: la inodernidad de Leopoldo Alas" at the Inter- 
national Congress of Hispsnists in Holland and devote some time to tra- 

Professor Luis Led will attend the raeetiog of the Instituto Interna- 
cional de Literatura Iberoamericana on August 30-31 and September 1 
in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. 

Professor Marcos A, Korxnigo after visiting Germany will participate 
in a conference on Latin American Linguistics at the National Univer- 
sity of Santander, Spain. He has also been invited to read a paper on 
Latin American linguistics "Putux-o inineciato de la oialectologia 
hispanoaraericana" at the International Congress of Hispanists in Holland, 

Professor Daniel P. Testa will spend his summer in travel and research, 
visiting Spain, Italy, France, and '..'est Germany. 

Recent faculty publications include: Prof. William H, Shoemaker's re- 
port on "The Novelistic Art of Galdos" in the Year Book [1964] of The 
American Philo sophi cal Society , 1965, pp. 609-611; the December issue, 
just published, of Word features "Tense/Lax in Castilian Spanish," pp, 
295-321, by Frof. J. H. D- Allen; MLN (Modern Language Notes), March, 
1965, contains an article by Prof. JohnVV, Kronik titled "The Function 
of Names in the otories of Alas"; and the January- June 1965 issue of 
Revista Iberoame r icana contains an "liomenaje a Alfonso Reyes" consist- 
ing of the papeis read at the December 1964 meeting of the MLA, Spanish 
7 (Spanish-American Literature of the Twentieth Century). Included is 
"Teoria y practica del cuento en Alfonso Keyes," pp. 101-108, by Prof. 
Luis Leal. Prof. Leal has also an article entitled "Las primeras 
poesias de J, i^uben Romero" on page i of the I j.rch 28 issue of El 
Nacional , Mexico City, as well as a review in the May issue of 
Hispania (p. 394) of Kuberto Batis' Indi ces del ^^El Renacimiento" , 
Mexico, 1963. '~^' 

Misses Marsha Jean and Mary Jane Kugg, 1963 graduates of Lyons Twp. 
High School, will be spending their Junior Year abroad at the Univer- 
sity of Madrid. Both sisters are Spanish majors in the Teacher Train- 
ing Program of the School of Arts and Sciences and will return to the 
U of 1 to complete their course v.ork in September of 1966. 

The annual "Concurso de Poesia" for undergraduates in the Department 
was held on April 29, sponsored by Spanish Club. Frizes for poetry 
recitations were awarded to the following students: Spanish 101-102; 


1st place - Irwin Much, 2nd - Lorraine Hamilton; Spanish 103 -104-115 ; 
1st - Kenneth iiarper, 2nd - William Burke; Spanish 211- 212-221-222 ; 
1st - Maria Narcisi, 2nd - Snid Liebovick and Mary Norment; Spanish 
213-214- 215-3 00 ' s ; 1st - Marsha Schwartz, 2nd - Catherine Cortes and 
Edward Hayes; Italian; 1st - Ruth Lrunstein, 2nd - Art Greco; Portu - 
guese : 1st - Jane Hudson, 2nQ - Christine Filip, 


Several undergraduate honor students have also received the "Diploma de 
Honor" from the Director del Institute de Cultura Hispanica de Madrid 
by way of the Cultural i.ttache of the Spanish Embassy in Washington, 
iiecipients of the honor are; Ihyllis B. Elmquist (..heaton Comm. H.S.), 
now a teaching assistant in the Department, and Charlotte E. Greco (Lyons i 
Twp. H.J.), both February 1965 graduates; Mrs. ixenny Greenwood Barker 
(Shelbyville H.S.), Julie I,. Ileiple (Peoria rl.S.), Nancy Xuperberg (Senn 
H.S., Chicago), and Marsha .1. Schwartz (Twp. H.S,, Jolict), all June 
graduates. Mrs. Barker, and Misses Xuperberg and Schwartz plan to con- 
tinue with graduate work at the U of I, and Kiss Heiple ivill be teaching 
Spanish in Rantoul in September. 

The third edition of Diccionario de literatura espanola published by 
the Revista de Occidente under the direction of German Bleiberg and 
Julian Marias was published in Madrid this past year. From the preface 
we learn that Professor Fucilla of Northwestern University was a colla- 
borator in this revised edition— "i:^l profesor Joseph G. Fucilla colabora 
en esta edicion con un minucioso articulo sobre Italia y las relaciones 
literarias hispano-italianas," The article appears on pages 416-421, 

A new Dante commemorative US stamp will go on sale July 17. Designed 
by Douglas Gorseline in the style of earlj'^ Florentine allegorical 
paintings, the stamp features a likeness of I^ante from a 16th century 
portrait which hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington. 
Among the people instrumental in persuading the government to issue 
this stamp is Professor J. G. Fucilla (Nortlnvestern U.), editor of 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language News l etter is pub- 
lished jointly be the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Professor V/illiam H. Shoemaker, Head. The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Miss Elizabeth Senicka, All communications 
should be addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of 
Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. 61803. 


Dear Colleagues: 

The next issue of the N ewsl etter will appear in October, under the 
editorship of Kiss Jane Killani, /aiy news items of general interest or 
coniraunicutions snould be addressed to her at 224 Lincoln Hall, Univer- 
sity of Illinois, Uibana 61803c 

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My sincere thanks to all our readers who have been most helpful in con- 
tributing information and articles this year. I wish to thank Professor 
Edwin Jahiel, Dr» Carol Killer, Mr, Prank Gladney, and Dr. Steve Hill 
for their cooperation in preparing the French, Gvinnan, and Slavic Notes, 
respectively, and a special thanks goes to Professor William H, Shoemaker 
for his advice, helpful suggestions, time-consuming cooperation. 

Sincere wishes for a pleasant and profitable summer. 

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Modern Foreign Language '^/fJtl/o 

Vol. XIX, No„ 1 October, 1965 

Dear Colleagues: 

I deem it a privelege on the threshold of my second year at the Uni- 
versity of Illinois to be able to sound the key note, as it were, of yet 
another assuredly sucessful year of publication of our Modern Foreign 
Lanftuage Newsletter . I became acquainted with its pages last year and can 
heartily endorse the Newsletter as a vehicle of dissemination for both 
news and information of general interest to teachers and students of 
foreign languages. V.'e hope it will become ever increasingly valuable and 
useful to our more than 3,500 "subscribers". 

Under consideration for change and innovation in the several modern 
foreign language departments here at the University of Illinois are, 
among others, the introduction of "intensive" courses of language instruc- 
tion, alteration in the content and teaching of introductory literature 
courses, and the presentation of variant master's and doctoral programs© 

In these the neivest participant in this Newsletter , the Department of 
Slavic Languages and Literatures, of which I have the honor to be the 
Head, is, like our sister departments, very active indeed. This compara- 
tively young department residfes in a highly propitious milieu. It is 
surrounded by u'ell-established, strong, and vigorous departments in the 
other foreign languages. It is buttressed, as are the other language 
departments, by a young but rapidly burgeoning Department of Linguistics, 
on one hand, and now by a vefy recently strengthened program in Compara- 
tive Literature, on the other hand. The Slavic Department has grown 
rather spectacularly in late years; in this it has been strongly 
and enthusiastically supported by the University administration and by 
other disciplines from the Center for Russian Language and Area Studies 
on campus* Finally, the fabulous University Library, which has already 
acquired over 90,000 volumes in the Slavic field, assures the Department's 
graduate program of a book collection of truly research proportions. We 
welcome your interest in our grov;th and development. 

For the Newsletter , I extend our heartiest welcome and best ivishes to 
three administratively important newcomers to our immediate University 
scene. They are Professor Bruce H, Mainous, new Head of the French Depart- 
ment already known to most of you for his years of fine teaching, scholar- 
ship, and service in that department; Professor Francois Jost, new Profes- 
sor of French charged with the important task of expanding the program in 
Comparative Literature; and Professor M. 'Keith Myers, new Assistant Profes- 
sor of French and co-ordinator of the vital Language Laboratory. I trust 
that the latter two have already begun to exploit the many advantages and 
fine personal associations that 1 have discovered are available to those 
of us on the University of Illinois campus. 

Lewr R. Micklesen 


IMLTA MEETING, The annual meeting of the Illinois Modern Language Teachers 
Association will held this year at Rosary College, River Forest, 111. on 
November 5-6, On NovtS from 7:30-9:30 the AAT chapter meetings are 
to be held. The IKLTu meeting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6* The key 
note speaker will be the well-known Dr. U'ilmarth Starr, Chairman of the 
Romance Language Depcirtment at the '.Vashington Square College of New York 
Univ.jand the Director of the MLA Foreign Language Testa for Advanced 
Stu dents and T each ers o Also during the morning session will be the report 
for the Governor's Task Force on Education as it concerns the IMLTA, The 
afternoon will be devoted to work conferences on topics selected from the 

Group I (First Hour) Group II (Second Hour) 

I* Articulation 7. Job-Alike Discussions * 

lA Fles to Secondary 7A Administrators 

IB Secondary to college 7B Department Chairmen 

IC College to Graduate School 7C Coordinators/Supervisors 

7D Fl Specialists 

2. Advanced Placement Program 7E Classroom Teachers 

For newcomers to the Program, „ ---ij.- ^m i- m • • 

B, iivaluation of Teacher Training 

_', .. ic-i j-jrp 4.- Panel of recent graduates, 

3. National Standard Testing « r» ^ • it- t, 

9, Professional Knoiv How 

Purpose , evaluation. 

4, Interrupted Learning Sequence 

V.'hen UTiy • For the 
"lone" FL Teacher; others. 

„ „ J. i - A u • 10* ii-xamining Policy Statements 
Use of pre-testmg technique, .-, r.. m t-.-i 
^ *= . ^ Formulating an 111. Fl 


11, Literature in the S condary 

5. Sharing 

For "new" teachers; those who 

have taught less than 3 years, « h 1 

6. Up-dating Degreed FL r^ajors; i2.Needed FL research . 

Native Speakers as Potential 

Teachers. . '^ 

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STUDENTS ABROAD. This is the collective title of a series of three book- 
lets that describe the overseas opportunities offered by the more than 140 
member organizations of the Council on Student Travel (777 United Nations 
Piaza,N»Y. 10017). The booklets are Summer Study , Travel and Work Programs , 
Hi gh School Student Programs , and Semester and i .Academic Year Programs . The 
Council, active in educational travel since 1947, arranges transatlantic 
transportation for groups or independent travelers, provides shipboard 
educational programs for chartered student sailings, and serves as a 
clearinghouse for information on travel throughout the world for students 

and teachers, x«t a w • t r> m * 

— MI«\ Foreign Language Program Notes 



FOREIGN LANGUAGE V.ORKSHOPSe On Oct^ 16 the Office of Public Instruction, 
under the supervision of Gerald Merriman, held a foreign language work 
shop at Chcunpaign H.So with Prof, Herbert C, DeLey of the Univ. of 111, 
Fi-ench Department speaking on foreign language testingo Prof. DeLey will 
direct another session on foreign language testing in Bloomington, 111, 
on Oct. 30. On Oct. 30 and again on Nov. 13 the Office of Public Instruc- 
tion will hold FLES workshops on teaching tecniques,at Champaign H.S. They 
will be held again in the spring with places and topics to be announced 
in the Illinois Foreign LanRua^e Newsletter. 

HUMANITIES LECTUREo Dr. Raffaello Morghen, Professor of Medieval History 
at the Univ. of Rome, gave the first of the Univ. of 111. Humanities 
lectures Oct. 11 in Gregory Hall where he spoke on "Dante, prophet of all 
mankind". Prof. Morghen is President of the Instituto Historico Italiano 
per il Medioevo, a member of the Accadenia del Lincei, and author of a 
number of books on the Middle Ages, 

FRENCH NOTES - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Following his request to be relieved of the duties of headship and to 
return to full-time teaching and research, Prof. Charles A. Knudson 
terminated his administrative duties at the end of the 1965 summer session. 
Prof, Knudson was Acting Head of the French Department of the Univ. of 111, 
in 1953-54 and Head from April of 1954. His friends wish him good luck and 
hope he enjoys the change of activities. 

The new Head of the Univ. of III. Dept, of French is Prof, Bruce H, 
Mainous rvho hardly needs to be introduced to the readers of this news- 
letter. It suffices to mention that Prof, Mainous received his doctorate 
at this University in 1948, was a junior member of the staff before that 
date, and has been on the senior staff since then© He saw War Service in: 
the Navy (1942-46) and is presently a Commander in the Naval Reserve, He 
was Assistant Dean of the College of L,A»S, in 1956-57, is a Chevalier des 
Palmes Academiques, has studied and taught in France, and is particularly 
interested in the training of FL teachers. 

There are several additions to the French staff this year, 

Mrs, Renee Riese Hubert, Asso« Prof, of French, was born in Wiesbaden 
(Germany), schooled in France and in the U,S,A, (Ph.D, Colombia), taught 
at Bedford College (London), Beltane School, IVilson College, Colombia, 
Sarah Lawrence, Harvard, Suffolk Univ, and was most recently Chairman of 
the Department of Modern Languages at San Fernando Valley State College, 
Mrs, Hubert has written several books of poetry (La Cite borgne , Ag."yKit)fcoto« <, 
le Berceau d ' Eve , etc) and critical articleso 


Mr. Judd David Hubert, Professor of French, was born in Toledo, Ohio, and 
schooled in Brussels, at I'iddlebury^and Columbia(Ph,D, Columbia); He 
taught at King's Point i-.erchant I arine /.cademy, Rutgers, Oolumbia, United 
Nations, Harvard, and most recently, UCLA, He is the author of books on 
Baudelaire, Racine, Moliere, and of several articles. 


Mr, Fran9ois Jost, Professor of French and Director of the Progreun in 
Comparative Literature, was born in Lucerne(Switzerland); He received his 
Doctorate and Agregation from the Univ. of Fribojirg and is a Docteur de 1' 
Universite de Paris, He taught at the College of Lucerne, the Univ, of F 
Fribourg, the Univ, of Zurich, and the Univ, of Colorado* He is the author 
of books on Alexandre Vinet:, Gonzague de Reynold, Sv/iss Literature, 
Comparative Literature, Rousseau, and has written various articles, 

Mr, M.Keith Myers, Assistant Professor of French and Coordinator of the 
Language Laboratory, was born in Des Moines, educated at the Universities 
of Iowa, Chicago, Illinois, and Paris (Ph.D, Illinois)and Indiana (post- 
doctoral work). He taught at Purdue, Ohio Nothern,and i^arlham College 
where he was Director of iiarlhani College Foreign Study Program in the 
Soviet Union and France, and a specialist in programmed instruction for 
Fl as well as inventor of the "Espalvi" self-ins true ti an unit for language ■ 

Mr, Yves Velan, ^isiting Lecturer in French, was born in Saint-Quentin 
(France) and educated in Switzerland(Univ, of Lausanne etc.) and is Prof, 
of French Literature and History of Foreign Literatures at Lycee de La 
Chaux-Be-Fonds presently. He was lecteur de francaise at the Univ, of 
Florence. His novel Je ( Paris g 1958 )obtained the Prix Feneon and the Prix 
de Mai* He has also published literary criticism in Recontre, Les Lettres 
nouvelles . Critique , etce« He is editor for contempory French and Italian 
literatures for the Gazette de Lausanne * 

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The French Department as well as the English department inaugurated a new 
orientation program this yQar» New teaching Assistants were brought in one 
week before registration and were given an extra weeks pay while they were 
introduced to our program of teaching elementary F ench. Besides method- 
ology, the assistants were also given training in language laboratory 
techniques and phonetics and diction. Also were included several hours of 
introduction to the community and the University in general. The Illini 
Union reserved the Gothic Room for them to take their noon and evening 
meals together. Prof, F, ...Nachtmann directed the program and the staff was 
made up of Prof, Paul Barrette, Mr, Gabriel Savignon, lirs Madeline Betts, 
Mr, James Greenlee, and Mr. Donald Nolan* 


Prof, Philip iColb is on sabbatical in France,, This summer his book. Marcel 
Proust, Choix de lettres presentees et datees pai' Philip Ko lb . Pre face de 
Jacques de Lacretelle de 1 '^kcad^mie Franc ais , Paris ,Plon« 1965 appeared* It 


contains 130 letters from 1885- 1922 and was very favorably received by 
the French Press » 

Journal Club, The Journal Club of the Department of French has announced 

part of its schedule for this school year: 

October 4« Prof, Judd Hubert will speak on "La comparaison rapportee de 

Ronsard a Proust, 

October 25, Prof, Yves Velan will speak on "Francis Ponge, un humanisme 


November 11, Francis Ponge, the French poet, will do"ijectures commentees", 

December 8, Michael Butor 

February 15, Roger Kerapf, 

All meetings are at 8:00 p,m„ and are open to the public j in the Illini 


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Summer 1965 Activities. Prof, and Mrs, Knudson attended the 11th Inter- 
national Congress of Romance Linguistics and Philology in Madrid on Sept, 
1-9, It was attended by some 400 delegates under the presidency of John 
Orr, Prof, Emeritus of the Univ. of Edinburgh, Also present from the Univ, 
of 111, was Prof, Tovar( Classics )« The program of papers read was exsten- 
sive, but, adds Prof. Ivnudson "Un-academic concerns were not entirely 
absent from the Congress, where there were echoes of the recent dismissal 
of five professors from the Univ, of Madrid, and of resignations in protest 
at these dismissals. Also, one of the scholars invited to address a plenary 
session of the Congress, Prof. Cintra of Lisbon, was denied a passport by 
his government, for political reasons,". It was voted to hold the next 
Congress in either Bucharest or Nice, 

Prof. Mainous, accompanied by his wife, was in charge of twenty students 
from all parts of the U,S,A,, and taught as well, in France , where he 
directed the Rouen program of Classrooms Abroad, Others who went abroad 
were the Huberts (to read papers), the Kolba (for Proust research), the 
Jahiels (for theatre research), the Prices, the Jenkinses, and Miss Reed* 

Publications, The Catholic University of /unerica Press (Wash, D.C) has 
just published a work by our colleague, Professor Ruth Rains: Les sept 
psaumes allegorises of Chri stin e de Pisan , a critical edition from the 
Brussels and Paris Manuscripts, This is a first edition of this particular 

French Plays* On Oct, 12, the Treteau de Paris company, in another of its 
now famous tours of U.S. campuses, will be at the Univ, of 111. under the 
sponsorship of Star Course and the French Department, The double bill will 
consist of Georges Feydeau's Feu la Mere de Madame and Jules Renard's Poil 
de Carotte , Students and Staff of the French Bept, will perform La Farce de 


Mai^t re Pathelin on Nov. 23, at the Illini Unio^, under the direction of 
Proi\ Barbara Boiven. There is no adinission charge and the public is invited 
to attend. 


Year Abroado A proposal for a year-abroad progreun in Prance, sponsored by 
the Univ. od 111. has been drawn up and is now beinti considered by the 
University administration. If approved, a maxiraun of forty students, mainly 
Juniors, and mainly FVench majors, would go to France for the year 1966-67, 
accompanied by a Professor of French and his wife. The students would 
follow a special program of study on an advanced undergraduate level, 
consisting of 5 weeks of intensive language preparation at the Univ. of 
Grenoble, fcliowed by 25 weeks of the regular academic year at the Univ. of 
Rouen, Housing and most meals would be with selected French families in 
both citiesrTo qualify for the program students must have taken the Intro- 
duction to Literature courses, and two semesters of 20^ level language 
courses, The student's cost is estimated at$1535, including everything but 
incidental personal expenses. Scholarships and loan provisions have been 
anticipated as a part of tlie entire proposal. It is hoped that official 
approval will come later tnis semester. 


Advanced courses in the French Department, Since the information for the 
fall semester , 1965-66, as found in the various catalogues and timetables 
is not complete, because of unavoidable time-lags, we give below the 300 
and 40o level courses actually being taught, 

309~Survey of French Lit, I (Velan,Viens); 311-Diction frangaise (Viens, 
G.Laprevotte) ;313-Fhonetique de la langue frangaise (iCnudson); 317-Le 
Theatre frangaise depuis 1800( Jahiel) ;327-La Liti"erature frangaise du 18e 
siecle,I(V,Bowen) ; 331-LeRomanfran<jaise du 19e siecle, I(R. Hubert) ;333- La 
Li tterature contemporaine , I ( Gray ) ; 335-Civilisation frangaise , I (GoLapre•• 
votte)Barrette);405-Teaching College French (Nolan) ;425-£xplication 
de textes,I (N.Laprevotte) ;431-Kistory of Old French Literature,! (ICnudson) 
435-Litterature du 17e siecle (J.Hubert); 453-Realisme et Naturalisme,I 
(Velan); 459-Serainar: Koliere (J.Hubert); 459-Seminar: Giraudoux, Anouilh 
(Jahiel) ;460-Seminar: Lex Roman realiste au 18e siecle (Jost);491- Intro- 
duction to the Reading of Old French, I (linudson); 491-1 ndivi dual Topics, 

Enrollment, Up, up, up, of course, 100-level courses 1,842, 200-level 
courses 563(this being the new area of undergraduate pressure), 300-level 
courses 182, 400-level courses(graduate)llO. ^00 and 401 (Ph.D, reading 
requirement) 464, Total 3,151,04 students. Faculty statistics show 30 
senior faculty members, and 67 assistants. Also three lecturers. 



GERMAN NOTES- Prepared by Carol L. Miller 

The department was saddened by the death this summer of Professor Emeri- 
tus Charles Allyn V.'illiams, A native of Iowa, he studied at the State 
University of Iowa, Cornell, and the Universities of Leipzig, Berlin, and 
Heidelberg, He received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the Univ, 
of Heidelberg in 1909. That same year he came to the Univ. of 111. as an 
instructor in German, He rose to the rank of full professor prior to his 
retirement in 1945, He was a member of numerous professional associations 
and of the editorial boards of the Illinois Studies in Lanfxuage and Lit- 
erature and of the Journal of English and Germanic Philology , His own 
research was in the field of German folksong, an important contribution 
being his work with the Palatine Manuscripts in the Heidelberg Collection, 
In accordance with German academic custom, the Philosophical faculty of 
the Univ, of Heidelberg "renewed" his degree after fifty years as a recog- 
nition of his contributions to teaching and research in German, 

We are pleased to welcome five newcomers to our staff, Dr, Herbert Knust 
and Dr, James McGlathery have been appointed Assistant Professors, Dr, 
Knust is a native of Germany who completed his studies in Comparative 
Literature at Penn. State Univ, with a dissertation entitled "Richard 
U'agner and T,S, Eliot", After receiving his Ph,D, he returned to Germany 
where he taught in the Goethe Institut before being called back to Penn, 
State, He is coming to the Univ, of 111, with the special assignment of 
co-ordinating the first year German courses. Dr. McGlathery studied at 
Princeton and Yale, earning his Ph,D, from the latter institution. His 
dissertation and current interests center on E, T.A.Hoffmann and Romanti- 
cism. He was a member of the Harvard faculty before moving to Illinois, 

V.'erner Abraham, Erik Graubart and Verne Schmidt have joined the Department 
as instructors, Dr, Abraham is interested in German dialects. His disser- 
tation, "The Dialect of Tschugguns. A Historical Linguistic Investigation, 
was accepted by the faculty of the Univ, of Vienna, Mr, Graubart has been 
teaching at the Univ, of Calif ., Riverside, and studying at the Univ, of 
Calif., Los Angeles, in German and the Institute for Folklore, His research 
concerns "Folklore in the nineteenth century German literature". Mr, Schmidt 
comes from the Univ, of, where he worked with German and Scandinavian 
Languages and Literature, His dissertation "Kafka and Strindberg" combines 
these two interests. To these new colleagues, V/elcomel 

Not to be forgotten at this time are those members of the department who 
have been promoted. Dr. Emery George,, Dr. Carol Miller, Dr, Rudolf Schier, 
Dr, Hans Schlatter and Dr. Gotz V/ienold have been named Assistant Profes- 
sors, Nr, Harvey Kendall has been appointed Instructor of German, 

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The German Kaffeestunde is off to a good start this year. The group meets 
on V/ednesdays from 2-4 p.m, in the Gothic and Federal Rooms of the Iliini 
Union, All are welcome to drop in during these hours and speak German with! 
the Faculty and students present. 

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On Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m, in room 314A of the Iliini Union , the German Clubl 
will hold its first meeting for the purpose of electing officers. Also on 
the program will be the singing of German songs. On Oct, 22 at 8:00 p.m, 
in Gregory Hall auditorium (112) the German Club will present a showing ofi 
the film Die Bekenntnisse de£ Hochstapler s Felix Krull» The general publici 
is invitedo Non-members will be charged 50^ and German Club members 25;^ . 


SLAVIC NOTES - Prepared by Stephen P. Hill 


The department faculty has undergone a considerable change from last year,, 
with the addition of five new full-time staff members? Prof, Evelyn Bristo: 
from Texas, Mr*. Rasio Dunatov from Fordham, Visiting Profo Zbigaiew 
FoleJQwski from Wisconsin, Mr, Basil Koverdan from Poland, and Mr, Lew 
Lapidus from private business in Chicago, The department also had added 
nine new part-time teachers, including Prof, Theodore Lightner (who is 
dividing his teaching between Slavic and the Linguistics Dept.), instruct- 
ors Arthur Janke and Gera Millar, and Graduate Assistants Boris Bilokur, 
Herbert Coats, Nicholas Izotov, Sandra Moehring, Kalyna Pomirko, and Irviui 
Rctto* Neither M>?, Bilckur nor Miss Pomirko its £t iKSweoBice*'^ but are return- 
ing to their Alma Mater after Working elsewhere. Among the missing this 
year are Prof. Kurt Klein (on sabbatical leave in Western Europe), and 
Professors Tatjana Cizevska, Albert Kaspin, Rado Lencek and Constantino 
Uszynski and Mr. Ira Goetz, all of whom have moved on to other universities 


Beginning last year, the ever increasing number of entering students with 
previous study of Russian are given the MLA Cooperative Russian Placement 
Examination by the Univ. of 111, Testing and Research Division , and then 
register in the appropriate course indicated by the results of the exam. 
Before 1964 the number of such students seeking advanced placement had bee: 
rather small, and they were tested by the Slavic Department staff members 
on a somewhat ad hoc basis. The results of this autumn's placement exam 
and statistics on enrollment in departmental classes will be given in the 
November issue of the Newsletter. 


The Russian Club got off to a good start this year with an extremely well- 1 
attended Tea Hour on the afternoon of Sept. 28, At the Tea Hour we were 
introduced to the University's two new Soviet Exchange Fellows, Ge8rgi3 
KSsel, a chemist, and RomSn Podernij, a mining equipment engineer. Both j 
already have advanced degrees and are here to see how their American univ- I 



ersity counterparts r;o about their specialties, while studying spoken 
English at the same time. The Tea Hour also featured a display of new 
Russian nevirspapers and magazines, some phonograph records with the latest 
Russian song hits including "I .Valk Around Moscovi" (from the film of the 
same name), and a display of four popular brands of Russian cigarets 
(Krasnopresnenskiej Lajka, Belomorkandl, and Bulgarski tabak), which were 
sampled by some of the smoking members of the Club, The Tea Hour will con- 
tinue to meet this semester every Tuesday afternoon, from 2-4:00 p.m. in 
the mini Union's Gothic Room, and we hope that attendance and interest 
will continue to be as fine as they were at the first meeting. The Club's 
activities this year are in the capable hands of Pres. Noah Marcell, Treas, 
Lucille Kempinski, ancly Sectyo Maria V.ojtowycz» The author of this column 
is filling in as faculty advisor al'ter the departure of Mr. Ira Goetz, and 
for this reason will be turning this column over to another reporter 
effective with the next issue of the Newsletter, 

The Russian Club has not yet scheduled any evening meetings, but does have 
an ambitious program of six feature films during the year: Jacob Siegel's 
The Hou se I^ Live In plus L eda and the Elephant (Oct. 5); Maxim Gorky's 
Gord eyev Family, (directed by Mark Donskoy)plus Moscow Circus (Oct. 28 in 
112 Gregory Hall); a Nicholas Gogol double feature consisting of The Over- 
Coat (directed by Alexis Batalov ) and Christmas Slippers, the Chiiikovsky 
operetta based on "The night before Christmas" (Nov, 17, Auditorium); Leo 
Tolstoy's Resurrection, directed by Michael Schweitzer (Feb. 15,1966, 
Auditorium) ; and Michael Kalatozov's Cranes are Flying and a sixth feature 
yet to be decided (both in the spring of 1966 )r This ie the biggest Russian 
film program on carapus since the YMCA Soviet Culture film series of 1959/ 
60, and it is to be hoped that it will meet with a good response. 

Russian Club members who remember two of our Soviet Exchange Fellows from 
last year, Avenir Velikanov and Yuri Pirogov, were surprised to learn that 
during the summer they had been expelled from the counti'y for violating 
travel restrictions, after Velikanov went to San Francisco for a Chemistry 
conference and Pirogov to some areas classified as sensitive by the Defense 
Dept,, despite being denied permission by the State Dept, to go to these 
places. Both men had completed their programs at the Univ>, of 111. before 
they were sent home. Apparently as a retalitory gesture, the USSR expelled 
one Americ-an Exchange Student from the Univ. of Leningrad, 

Prof. Temira Pachmuss spent the summer in Europe, continuing her research 
on the critical writings of Zinaida Gippius, with the aid of Fulbright-Hays 
and American Philosophical Society research grants. She woi^ked in the 
libraries of Paris, Munich, Helsinki and London , and interviewed emigre 
Russian writers and critics who had known Zinaida Gippius personally;, Prof, 
Pachmuss has written an article on Gippius and Esenin, and two introduct- 
ions to some of the former's unpublished works. 


The author of this column spent 50 days in Moscow this summer putting the 
language into practice and studying Russian Cinema, aided by a travel 
grant fron the Univ. of Illc Center for Russian Language and Area Studies^ 
Among other enlightening experiences, your reporter saiv a total of 94 
feature films made between 1918-1965, and had the privilege of inter" 
viewing famous film directors like Michael Kalatozov ( Cranes are Flying ), 
Samson SamsonovCThe Gra^siho^ger), and Leo Kuleshov the grand old man of 
Russian Cinema who pioneered the theory of "montage" and "pure cinema" 
several years before Eisenstein. 


Professor and Mrs. i,'illiam H, Shoemaker gave a reception for department 
members on Sept, 30 in the General Lounge of the Illini Union, as they 
have done annually. The exceptionally well-attended affair gave new and 
old department members a chance to become acquainted early in the semestex 


The Department this year welcomes four new Upper Staff members: Assistant 
Professor Mildred E, Dordick in the Portuguese section, and Instructors 
V.'illiam H, Biddle (Spanish), David M, Hershberg (Spanish & Italian), and 
George W, IVoodyard (Spanish)* 

Dr. Dordick received her B,A» from Northwestern and her MaA.from the Univ« 
of Michigan. She received her Ph,D, from the Univ, of Wisconsin this year*, 
For two years she was employed by the Educational Testing Service of Prin- 
ceton N,J» and has spent several years in Portugal, where she held a Ful- 
bright Fellowship, For four years she was an NDFL Fellow at the Univ, of 
Uisconsin and taught English as a foreign language both in an intensive 2 
month course at the English Language Institute of Ann Arbor ( 1957 )and with 
the Iran American Society in Tehran, Iran, for four months (1955-56). Mr. 
Biddle received his B,A, from Marietta College in 1961 and his 1962 
from Rutgers where he is at present completing his dissertation for the 
Ph.D, with a study of the novelistic technique of Juan iVntonio de Zunzun- 
egui. He was an NDEA Graduate Fellow ( 1961-63 )and a University Fellow in 
Romance Languages ( 1964-65 )at Rutgers ivhere he also taught. He is a member 
of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta Pi, Mr, Hershberg received his B,A, from 
the Univ, of Michigan(l957)and his M,A, from Harvard (19 58). His work on 
the Error es celebra dos of Juan Zabaleta for the Ph,D, has been done at thee 
Univ, of Michigan, He has traveled in Spain and spent a year (1955-56) at 
the Univ, of Florence( Italy ) v/here he received the Certificate di Studi inn 
1956, He has held positions as a teaching fellow; at Harvard ( 1957-1958 )ancli 
at the Univ, of Michigan (l958".62)and was an Asst. Prof, of Spanish and 
Italian at u'ayne State Univ, from 1962-65, Mr, V;oodyard received his B.S» 
in Education from Eastern 111. State Univ. in 1954 and his M.A, from New 
Mex. State Univ. in 1955. He is at present completing his thesis here at 
the Univ. of 111. where he has been a Teaching Assistant in the past* 



Assistant Professors John J.Kronik and Merlin H, Fprster were promoted 
to Associate Professor by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Forster is in Mexico 
on Sabbatical first semester. Also promoted, to Assistant Professor, were 
dr. Benito Brancaforte and Dr. 'Varren L. Meinhardtr, Two former Teaching 
Assistants, Mrs. Carol Blackburn and Mr, Richard M. Reeve, have been made 
Part-time Instructor* Both are Ph^D, candidates, in the Department,., 

Dr. Joseph H.D.Allen went to Mexico aftei* the summer session as- Chairman 
of the Big Ten Committee for a Spanish; Summer School j.n Mexico. He was 
joined there by two other menibers, Prof. Daniel Ca,^dpnas(Univ, of Chicago) 
and Prof. Roberto Sanchez (Unj-V. of Wisconsin). The-suU-committee report 
was presented and accepted at a meeting of the Big Ten representatives on 
Oct, 2 in Chicago. 

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Drs. John V/. Kronik and Marcos j^. Moi'xnigo represented the Univ. of 111, 
on the prograta of the second triennial meeting' of the International Assoc- 
iation of Hispanists a:t Nijmegan,HollantJ, held from Aug. 20-25. Dr« Kronik 
read a paper in' the ■ iiter'atVire section entitled'^Noventa y echo frente a 
sesenta y ocho: la' modernidad de- Leopoldo Alas'*>, ' Dr.i Morinigo was to hatee 
presented a paper entitled "Futuro inmediato- de la di-Alectologxa hispano- 
americana in the linguistics section but owing to an automobile accident 
near Cuenca,Spain',* was unable to attend "the: meeting; Dr. ' Kronik 's paper 
will be published in the Actas of the association while Dr. Morinigo's 
paper will appear in Filologia (Buenas Aires )c 

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Dr. Luis Leal attended the Twelfth Congress of the Institute^ International 
de Literatui'a IberoamericRne held from Aug.30-Sept.2 i% fieJcico City* Dr. 
Leal was the Director Literario for the session and also served as Pres» 
of the second work session(aug.31 ) . The topic of the Congress was"El teat- 
ro en iberoaraerica". Dr. Leal has been named to the Comision Editorial for 
the next congress, which will taJce place in Caracas, Venezuela, . by special 
invitation and also in Los Angeles'. The Los Angeles session vjillbe to com 
memorate Ruben par£o's birth, and the later session, in Caracas, will treat 
the conterapory. Latin American noyel. The IILI meets ecery two years* 

Dr. Jose Flpres has been named to the nominating committee of the IMLTA 
which holds, its annual n^eeting on Nov. 5-6. i'iarlier in the summer he served 
on the advisory comjuittee for the Commission on Plans for a Curriculum 
Laboratory which met on July 3,,, Tl^e Commission hopes to co-ordinate the 
curricula, from elementary graJeis through colleges He has also been named 
Chairman of the University Senate CpEnmittee on Student. English. In July, 
Dr. Flores' repd^ a paper entitled"Cultura hispc'nica e,n Los Estados Unidos" 
at an ND£A institute at_ Knpx Cpllege* Also, away from the Univ. of 111. in 
the summer was Dr., John V.'.KrorjikjWho taught in th^, summer language school 
at Colby College,. Two other members of the Department held Facultj'^ Summer 
Fellowships. They were Dr. Spurgeon W. Baldwin, for research on a forth- 


coming study of the New Testament in the Escorial Nianuscript I<-I-6, the 
oldest Castilian translation of the Vulgate; and Dr. U'. Curtis Dlaylock 
for a study of i'iex« intonation patterns which he made in Cuernavaca, 



Publications by Spanish Department members include a translation by Dr, 
John "'. Kronik of Camilo JosS Cela's "The Orange is a Winter Fruit" in 
Prairie Schooner, XXXIX ( Summer, 1965) , 148-155; two articles by Dr. Luis 
Leal, "La estructura de Pedro Pfiramo" in the Anuario- de la Univ« Nacionaj , 
de Mixico,(No. 4,1964) and an article on JosS Marti for the 1965 Br it tan - 
ica; and by Dr. Marcos A, Mor£nigo, Uiccionario manual de americanismos « 
Barcelona, 1965, a prologue to the edition of La historia del Per6 by 
Agustfn de Zarate, Facultad de Filosoffa y Letras, Buenas /lires, 1965, and 
"La etimologfa do 'guarango'", Boletfn de la Academia argentina de letras^ 
(1965), 433-437, 

The following people received advanced degrees from this Department last 
year: Ph.D. Benito Brancaforte, Joseph J.Campbell, Gloria Ceide Echevarriai 
and M.A«, Raymond B.fiittle, Priscilla Biandy, iCric ^onard, Patrick H. Dust, 
Phyllis B.Erwin, Norma V/alker Guice, Panos D.Karavellas, Jane Killani,Emiiyf 
Marsland, Vicenta Moran, Erminio Neglia, Bohdan Saciuk, Lynette Seator, 
Lynn Silverman, Stephen i^. Smith, Judith G. Urban, Isabel Vera Cruz, 
Andrietta Uhitfield uard, and Leland 0. Uright Jr.. 

On Nov. 2 Dr, Sdward Meryion V/ilson, Prof, of Span, at Cambridge Unlv, 
(England)and Visiting Prof, at Indiana Univ. this semester will speak on 
"CalderSn and the Kill-Joys". All interested persons are welcome to attendl 
the lecture which will be held at 8:00 p.m. in 213 Gregory Hall* 

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The Spanish Club met at 8p.m. Oct. 7 in room 275 of the Illini Union at 
which time the new club President, Maria Theresa Narcisi (Tuley HS Chgo) 
introduced the officers for the coming year; Vice-Pres. Joseph Uiggs (Mt, 
Carmol HS), Secty. Jari Anne Taylor (Amundsen HS Chgo.) and Treas. Harold 
Hef flefinger(Glcnbrook HS), and announced plans for the Club's activities 1 
this year. An informal coffee-hour followed the meeting. F\iture meetings 
are to be held on Oct. 28 and Nov. 18 at 8:00 p.m. in the General Lounge of 
the Union. Both will be followed by coffee-hours. As in past years the 
Club and Dept, arc sponsoring weekly tertulias held every Friday afternoon i 
from 3-4:30 in the Federal Room of the Union, All are invited to attend* 

The Italian Club held a coffee-hour on Sept. 23 in the Gothic i^oom of the 
Illini Union. The first meeting of the year was held Oct, 15 and future 
Club activities were discussed. The Club also gave a reception for Prof. 
Rafaello Morghen aftet" the Hvmianities lecture on Oct.ll. The reception 
was held at Evans Hall, one of the Univ. of 111. residence halls. Prof* 
Morghen also lectured in Italian on"Dante di fronte al suo tempo" on Get* 
15 at 4 p.m. in the General Lounge of the Illini Union* 



The following students received course cro.lit after taking the Foreign 
Lango Placement test in Span. : placing one course higher were Lynda 
Brysond'.ain Tvvp.V.'est, Des Plainua), Holly Carr(Deerfield Ho), llorod 
(Prospect Mo), Mary Iiopkins( V.'cst Orange N.J. IIS ) , Jean Johnson, John 
Livingston(Mattoon Comin.HS), Francis MacKeni5ie( Parker US, Chgo.), Stephen 
01incy(Lake Forest IIS),Uene Orizondo(Bourbonnuis Comm.HS,prndloy ) ^ Ruth- 
ana Rlienborg( Highland HSjAlbur iuerque, N.Mexr), Charles Sevcik(Univ. of 
Chgo. Lab. Schools), Doris SchraftC Fenton US, Bensonville ) , r>Jargaret 
Stack(Evanston HS ) , Stanley Thoren( Foreman US, Chgo,), Thomas Ulic(Loyola 
Acado, uilmctte), James Vail(Macomb HS ) , and placing two courses higher 
was Thomas Koran (Morris ilS), 

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Italian Assistants '^usan Bass, Sylvia ^ello, and Victoria Kirkham, wearing 
authentic Italian costumes, participated in a wine-tasting |)arty sponsored 
by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Trade, at the Carriage Lane Shop,Urbana, 

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The University of Illinois liodern Foreign Language iJcwsletter is pub- 
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Vole XIX» No« 2 Noveaaber, 1965 


Many inquiries have been received about our current placement tests, 
their uses and significance. One of these we sent for comment to Dr, 
R.EeSpencer, Head of Measurement and liessarch at the Univ. of Illinois 
Office of Instructional Resources. He chose to send the inquirer so 
comprehensive a reply that with his permission we send it along herein 
to all Newsletter readers* 

Placement procedures at the Univ. of Illinois do not entail "passing" 
or "failing". Cur problem is to adequately assess the level of profic- 
iency and fluency in French, ^erman, Spanish, or Russian of each 
student intending to continue language study. In each case there are 
two major areas of fluency — the aural/oral and the reading/writing 
areas. Beginning this coming year, students will be expected to show 
proficiency in each, and placement will occur according to their test 
scores and high school record. The number of years of high school 
study is* also taken into account. 

Students are placed in course levels according to the degree to which 
their fluency matches the fluency obtained by students in these courses. 
Placement tests are used as final examinations, thus, placement test 
scores can be directly related to the results of our students. If very 
high test scores are obtained, entering students may be "advance placed" 
and be given college credit by examination! If they do very poorly in 
the tests they may be asked to take lower level courses for no credit, 
in order to raise their fluency appropriate to the level of instruction 
in the Univ, of Illinois courses. 

As the placement tests ivhich we use vary from year to year (never has 
one test been used twice), and as they are used as final examinations, 
the contents of any specific test must be considered confidential; thus 
we cannot distribute copies , However, any test iihich is constructed or 
selected for use as a placement test reflects the educational objectives 
of the language program. The criteria used in making these tests would 
therefore prove useful, as useful as copies of the tests themselves. 

In general these criteria can be thought of as "non-translational". 
No test requires the student to ti^anslate from English into the foreign 
language, nor visa versa. Likewise, no questions are asked about specific 
vocabulary or grammatical structures. They are instead, reading and 
listening comprehension, writing, and speaking criteria, in a general- 
ized sense. The level at which any student is capable of understanding 
and producing communication in the foreign language is the objective of 
the course, and the objective of placement/proficiency testing. In other 
words, the test attempts to determine to what extent the student is 

capable of understanding normal Frsnch conversation and v.Titten material, 
and how well he can comiiiunicate ideas in conversation and writing, Vi'e 
do not ask \-J}at words he knows, or whether -or not he can conjugate the 
verb "to be"o The tests therefore represent the normal written or spoken 
language as it would be used oy native speakers. The stimulus materials 
are not watered down, rather they are presented under the assur.:ption 
that what is wanted is a measure of the student's capability to respond 
to real conditions* 

It has been found that those students who have had only two years of the 
foreign language do rather poorly on the placement tests. On the average, 
two years of high school foreign langua^^e study results in a fluency 
standard equivalent to our first semester course (i.e. 101), Three years 
of high school study is equivalent to two semesters of Univ, of Illinois 
study, etc» Thus the language departments strongly recdnunend that each 
high school student take instruction in one language for four years 
rather than in two languages each for two years ^ 

Secondly, we find tJiat students that do poorly in foreign language study 
are those for whom the aural/oral portion of the laniz;uage seems most 
difficult. If they obtain low scores, they are usually low in this areae 
Those students who have had strong language laboratory work are usually 
those who place high here. 

Thirdly, a major problem in language learning is motivationo The students 
who do poorly seem to be those who do not want to learn a second language 
and do not see the sense of ita They do not seem to be internationally 
conscious, they do not en, joy the languages 

The fourth reason that some students do poorly on placement tests may 
be that the students feel that it is in their better interest to purpose- 
ly score low, and thus be placed in lower (and easier) language courses. 
This concept is not only eilucationally expensive, that is, they must 
take more courses, but it is also self defeating. They may be placed in 
a remedial coarse 5 or in a regular course but without credit, and they 
cannot earn proficiency by exariiination. They seem more interested in 
education defined as time in the classroom than in knowledge and under- 
standing of a subject matter. 

As a non-language specialist I would suggest that if your school is 
interested in upgrading lan^^uage fluency, the follov/ing siurmary be 

1, Counsel students to take one langr.age for four years, 

2, Emphasize the aural/'oral apnxoach to language learning, 

3, Grade students equally on reading, writing, listening, and speaking, 

4, De-emphasize the translational, grammatical, vocabulary approach, 

5, Require Innguage iaboratoiy work, and consic^tently evaluate it and 
grade on it, 

6, Use course examinations and tests which require reading, writing, 
listening and s;)eaking and which contain NO English, 


7, Develop course objectives based on the real language rather than 

on a watered-down versiono 
8» Use real-life models in language teaching—radio broadcasts » and 

newspapers etc. froin the country being studied. 
9o Develop interest and motivation toward second-language learning 

and toward the culture and civilization which that language 

10» Make the objectives of your language program clear and reasonable 
and test progress often, 

I hope this will be of some help. Consultation tvith the appropriate 
Univ. of Illinois language dej>ai'tinent is also strongly recommended, 

--\V,H, Shoemaker 

TEXTBOOKS, Of possible interest to Newsletter readers, certainly to 
those in the Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Dept. here at the Univ. of 
Illinois, are the two MLA texts, Modern Spanish ( revised ) and Continuing 
Spanish (sequel to Modern Spanish y now in manuscript form. Modern Spanish 
will be available in the springTHar court, Brace and '..'orld )iind Continuing 
Spanish also has a tentative publication date of spring, 1966 (American 
Book Co.)£ The new edition has been revised, under the general direction 
of Dwight Bolinger and Joan Ciruti, by Hugo Montero, lecturer at Harvard 
formerly at San Francisco State Coll. The writing team of Continuing 
Spanish includes Joan Ciruti (Mount Holyoke), Eugenio Chang-iiodriguez 
(Queens Coll.), James Ferrigno (Univ, of Dayton), James Holton and 
Matxas I:ontes(Univ. of Hawaii) and is under the chairmanship of Lawrence 
Poston Jr. (Univ, of Oklahoma), 

~MLA FL Program Notes 

NEViT JOURNAL, The Anales Galdosianos , devoted to studies on Perez Galdos, 
will publish in its first number (late in 1965) a historical survey of 
Galdosian scholarship. Editor is Rodolfo Cardona of Pittsburgh, and the 
Advisory Committee includes Salvador de Madariaga, Sherman Eoff, Joaquin 
Casalduero, Stephen Gilman, Carlos Blanco Aguinaga, J.B.Avalle-Arce, 
A.A.Parker, V.illiam H, Shoemaker, G.'.v. Ribbans, and Daniel Aaron, 
Articles submitted may be written in English or Spanish, 

— jMLA FL Program Notes 

A NEV.' AAT, It is the A/iTESL, the American Association of Teachers of 
English as a Second Language. Its interim secretary is Miss Sirarpi 
Ohannessian, Center for Applied Linguistics, 1755 Mass. Ave, N IV , 
Wash. D,C, 20036 to whom all interested may apply for membership, 

— Hispania 


PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS, The annual meeting of the IPiLTA was held as 
scheduled Nov, 5-6 at P.osary College, River Forest, 111, Details of 
the meeting will appear in the December Newsletter .. 

Foreign Language teachers here in Illinois are fortunate this year in 
ha/iing the annual meeting of tlie MLA scheduled for Dec, 27-29 at the 
Palmer House in Chicago. This, the 60th annual meeting, will be held 
concurrently with the A..TG (Dec, 28-30, Palmer House), the AATI (Dec, 
27-30, 3heraton-31ackstone), the AAT3EEL (Dec. 28-29, Pick-Congress ) , 
the ;.aT3P (Dec, 28-30, LaSalle ) , The /jner. Dialect Soc. (Dec, 27, Palmer 
House), Amer, Name Soc, (Dec, 29-30, Palmer House), Amer, Studies Assoc. 
(Dec, 28-29, Palmer House ), Linguistic Soc, of Amer, (Dec, 27-30,ICnicker- 
bocker), Natl. Fed. liLTA (Dec, 27, Palmer Mouse), The AaTF meeting will 
be held sepai'ately, from Nov, 25-27 in san Francisco* 


COMNG SPS.;KER, Prof,Claudio Goriier, Professor of Literature at the 
University of Torino, Italy, and Visiting Lecturer this semester at 
Indiana State Univ, will speak liere Dec. 7 on "The Image of /unerica in 
Contenporary Italian Culture", The lecture is to be presentee under the 
auspices of the Comparative Literature Program, the Humanities Division 
and the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Department, 

MLA MATERIALS LIST, Supplements to the 1932 S elective List of Materials 
are now available for French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and 
Russian, for 75C'o The cost of the origional publication is 31,00, Both 
aiay be obtained; from John T.I'armon, Director, Materials Center, MLA, 
4 Uashingtou Place, New York 10003, 

JOBS ABROAD, On Nov, 16-17 the International Student Information Service 
presented a lecture "Summer and year-round job oppoi'tunities abroad". 
All were presented in the Illini Union, 

FRENCH NOTES — Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Publications, Just published by Droz, in Geneva, is the edition of 
Antoine de la Sale's Jehan de Su intre prepared by Professors C,A, 
Knudson of our Department and Jean ''isrithi of Fordham Univ, The text 
of this, the principal French novel of the fifteenth century, is based 
primarily on a manuscript in the Vatican Library, a legacy of Queen 
Christina of Sweden, with variants from other manuscripts preserved in 
London and Paris o 


— 5'— 

Prof. John K, Simon's article "Perception and ?ietaphor in the 'New 

Novel': Notes on Robbe-Grillet, Claude Simon, Butor" appeared in 

Ncrthivestern University's Tri -Quarterly ..hich has devoted the Fall 
issue to new French ivritiagr 

Scott Foresman and Co, have just published Profc Paul Barrette's 
reader, Tableaux de huit si eole s , 362 pages. Each century contains 
samples of eight kinds of ivrij;ing: proverbs, an excerpt from a play, 
a "conte", a "lettre", scientific, historical, and philosophical 
vnriting, and poetryc Prof, Barrette with co-author Theodore Braun is 
author of the recent(l964) textbook. First French , Le Frangais non 
sans peine c 

Our former colleague, Profo P<>A, V.'adsworth, now Dean of Humanities at 
Rice Univ., was recently honored by the French Govt, with the award 
of the "Palmes Acadfeniiques". 

In the exposition of Proust papers held at the Bibliotheque Nationale 
in Paris during the past summer, there figures prominently among loan 
items a number of Proust's letters from the Univ. of Illinois Library 
collection, assembled on the initiative of Prof. Philip Kolb of the 
Dept, of French, In September Prof. Kolb appeared in an interview 
televised by the French national broadcasting systemo 

The French coffee-hour is again being held on Tuesday evenings, 8-10 
p,ma in the Gothic Room of the lllini Unions This is an informal 
gathering for French conversation , with no formal program. People may 
arrive and depart as they wish. Students of French are especially 
encouraged to attend, inasmuch as the twenty-seven meetings of 2 hours 
each represent, over the full academic year, nearly the equivalent of 
an extra year's experience in French conversationo 

French Journal Clubj Novelist and critic ^''ichel Butor will address the 
Club in the lllini Union on Dec, 1 at 8p.m, rather than on the 8th of 
December as previously announced in the October Nev>rsletter < 

Le Cenacle, the French Dept. discussion group, met on Nov, 9, from 8 
10 Pom, at the home of Professors V, and B. Bov/en, in Urbana, The 
subject was "L'actuel dans le roman frangais contemporain", moderated 
by Prof, S,E, Grayc 

A monthly Newsletter listing French activities primarily for the 
Chicago area may be obtained by writing the French Cultural services, 
Room 1209, 919 N, Michigan Ave,, Chicago 111, 6O6II0 Responsible for 


this is the most able and active French Cultural Attache, M, Rene 

Hi » * :«: 4c * « 

The Univ. of Illinois Theatre includes in its current season Racine's 
Phaedra (Nov, 17-20); The Univ. of Illinois Film Society has in its 
series Marcel Carne's. Leg Enfant^ du Paradis, Rene Clair's The Crazy 
Ray, and Robert Bresson's Les Dcmes du bois de Bou l ogne . During the 
second semester there, will be a series of contemporary experimental 
short films from France and the United States* 

The Treteau de Paris Company was on the Univ. of Illinois campus Oct. 
13 in their 8th american tour and 5th local appearance. The bill 
consisted of two one-acters, Jules Renard's "Foil de Carotte" and 
Georges Feyd^au's "Feu de la Mere de I>.adame", staged respectively by 
Jacques Chrrron and iienri Rollan, both "societaires" of the Comedie- 
Frangaise, They were given a warm and understanding reception by the 
audience, a fact doubly welcome by the cast since this ivas the first 
of eighteen campuses to be toured. This company is actually different 
each year, made up expressly Tor j^merican campus tours under the 
sponsorship of the French Govtt Their performances have all been 
excellent, through this last, quite a record since in recent years 
the much vaunted theatrical seasons of Paris have often been mediocre. 

GERIiAN NOTES — Prepared by Carol L Miller 

Enrollment figures for the fall semester show an encouraging increase 
in the number of registrations in 400 level, i.e. graduate, courses in 
German this year, ihereas in 1963 only 4C v/ere registered, last year 
there were 70 and now there are 110, a 57% increase this year alone. 
The second largest increase in enrollment occurred in the 200-level 
i,e. Junior-senior, courses; 20o students are currently in these 
classes, an increase of 30 or 17% over last year. The corrected regis- 
tre-tion reports for otlier courses show G30 in German 101 and 249 in 
102, the introductory courses, ^here are 356 and 153 in the third and 
fourth semester courses resj)Octively, The 122 students enrolled in 
300 courses, senior-graduate level, are also more than last year, and 
400-40.1, Introductory German for Graduate Students, show a combined 
registration of 482. The total enrollment of 2308 indicates a slight 


The German Department welcomes 18 new Teaching Assistants this year. 
Seven of the group: Mrs, Sonja Huxliold, Mrs. Christa Jacobs, Mr, John 
Kasparat, Miss Mariella Lansfoi-d, Miss Hedwig Nikol, Mr, i-dward Remys 
and Mrs. Clara Topke, had already begun their study at the Univ. of 
Illinois before their appointmentc Miss Donna oych is a graduate of 
Monmouth College, and Mr. Herib.ert Bi^eidenbach earned his ^^.A, at 


Northwestern, Others from Big-Ten schools include: Miss Sue Bersch 
from the Univ. of '.'.'isc. , Jliss Judith Langbehn from Inoiana Univ,, 
and t r, Norman Keeker, ^'^lo earnea his Mo^i. at Pui'due. Those fr-om other 
schools include: Miss Sherry Petry from Manchester College, Miss 
Vivian Rippy from Ohio ..eslsym, Kiss Judith Rogers from the Univ, of 
Rochester, Mr. Frederick O'Connell from Colby Coll., Mr, '..ayne Sennor 
with an I'. A, from the Univ, of V.'ash, and I^r. Thomas Smith from Heidel- 
berg Colli We wish these assistants well as they continue their worko 

Prof. Elmer H. Antonsen of the Univ, of Iowa opened this year's 
program of Fruchtb rinr?ende Gesellsc haft uith a paper entitled "Bupra- 
segmentals in Tiodern German: The Interrelationship of Pitch and 
Stress". He spoke to a rather large group v/hich responded to his 
presentation with several questions and an interesting discussion 
followed. Prof, Harry G. Haiie will address the November meeting. 

The Faculty Seminar is continuing its meetings which are characterized 
by short papers on a very limited topic, followed by informal discuss- 
ion. The first meeting this year at the home of Prof, and Mrs, Ilaile 
featured presentations by Professors P.M. Mitchell and James McGlathery 
on Uber das Lar ion et tenthea ter by Heinrich von Kleist, Theories con- 
cerning the second sound shift will form the basis of the discussion 
in early December, Dr, .r'erner '.braham has offered to read a paper at 
that time. Other progi'ams v.ill include a discussion of a poem by Paul 
Zelan, Led by Professors Luth Lorbe and Goetz ..ienold, a seminar about 
a poem by ilolderlin, ivith an analysis by Prof, iZmery George, and a talk 
on Rilke's "Archaisher Torso .ipollos" prepared by Prof. Rudolf Schier. 

Illinois can be proud of having two students among the national winners 
in the A/.TG Higa School Contest held last spring. Mr. Jon A. Conrad, 
who studied German under Mrs, '.rosemary Beil at Niles Twp. US l'/ , Skokie 
tied for second place in Kategorie I (4 Jahre). Mr. James M, Demnsey 
whose teacher at 1 respect HS, Mount I rospect ,".vas Miss Dolores Hudson, 
ranked third in Kategorie III (students with 2 years of German), 

The German Club held a business meeting early in Oct. to elect officers 
and ma]:e plans for the semester's program. Those elected are Miss 
Janette Keller, President; Mr. Dana FranK, Vice-President; Mr, John 
Snyder, Treasurer; Mrs, Ellen von Flerlage, Secretary; and Mr. Steve 
Mudgett, Publicity Chairman, 


SLAVIC NOTES ~ Prepared by Stephen P Kill and Rasio Dunatov 

Statistics from the Foreign Language Placement Tests administered 
between March and September 1965 show that the Russian examination 
was taken by fifty-four different students (some more than once), of 
whom 7 had had four years of high school, 15 three years, 19 
two years, 10 one year, and 3 none at all. The average length of high- 
school study of Russian comes out to 27j years. The results of the tests 
placed several students as high as 103, 104, and even 211, although 
there were also several cases of students falling below the level they 
were expected to reach, based on the equation of one high school year= 
one college semester. On this basis 14 of the 54 (25.9%) placed exactl y 
as expected (i.e. those who had one year placed in 102, those with two 
in 103, etc.). An additional 6(11.1%) placed fi^om 1 to 4 semesters 
higher than e xpecte d, including 3 with no high school Russian who 
placed in 104 or 211. On the other hand 34 of the 54 (63%) placed 
lower than expecte d , in t^e following proportions: 20(3>%) were one 
seinestei" lower, 10(18.5%) two semesters lower, 3 (5.6%) three semesters 
lower, and 1 pieced four semesters lower(in 101 after 4 high school 
years )« The average placement level is 0o69 semesters lov:rer than 
expected. These overall results are very encouraging and attest to a 
continuing inprovement in high school Russian instruction in Illinois 
when vire compare then wij;h the results of last year's exams published 
in the May 1965 News le tter pp. 9-10, At that time the average place- 
ment level was Idl semesters lower than expected and only 6 out of 
41 students tested (14.6%) placed either as high or higher than expect- 
ed. In 1965 there is a striking improvement as a total of 20 of 54 
students (37%) have placed as high or higher than expected. Keep up 
the good work, High School Teachers I 

Enrollment statistics as of the tenth day of classes show that the 
Department has gror.n slightly (2,7%) over the same period a year ago, 
with a total of 561 student registrations versus 546 last year on the 
tenth day. But there have been much larger increases on individual 
levels: the 100-level( freshman-sophomore) Russian courses have gone 
up by 9.1%, the 3C0-level (4th year)courses by 30,4% , and the 400- 
level (graduate) courses, excluding 400 401, by 32%, On the other hand 
there have been drops in Polish, gerbo-Croatian(since it is not offered 
in 1965-66) and especially the 200-ievel (third year) courses which 
fell 21,6%. The graduate reading courses for outside Ph.D. candidates 
(400,401) have repiained constant. 

Interesting News Briefs. The Nobel Prize for Literature this year has 
gone to Michael Sholokhov on his sixtieth anniversary; how paradoxical 
that he should have written the epic Quiet Don when he was only in his 
twenties, and relatively little of import:\nce since then. Sholokhov's 
award is the first to a uussian writer since Boris Pasternak's in 1958, 




the year of Doctor Zhiva?;o , which is currently being given a serious 
film treatment by David Lean [Lawrence of Arabia] with Omar Sharif, 
Julie Christie, and Geraldine Chaplin, Charlie's daughter, in promin- 
ent roles. 

On the negative side we read that mysterious anti-Soviet satirist 
"Abraham Tertz" whose highly critical works have for several years 
been smuggled out through Poland and published in the V/est, has final- 
ly been unmasked (as Novy Mir contributor Andrew D, Siniavsky) and 
placed under arrest. Let us hope that the mildly liberal attitude 
toward nonconformist artists and writers under Brexhnev and Kosygin 
(described with tremendous interest in Northwestern University's Tri - 
Quarterly special issue on Soviet arts) will spare Siniavsky-Tertz 
from the fate which befell so many creative people in the Stalin years. 

Professor Zbigniew Folejewski, Visiting Professor of Slavic Languages 
and Literatures , spoke at this year's first Russian Language and Area 
Studies Roundtable. Prof, Folejewski, well-known to Slavicists and to 
students of Comparative Literature through his numerous publications 
and active participation in academic conferences, is one of those rare 
individuals equally at home in the fields of literature and linguist- 
ics. This versatility v;as demonstrated in his talk on dialecticisms in 
the Russian Literary Language, i«e. on the roles played by social and 
regional dialects in the formation of the Russian Literary Language, 
especially in the post-Revolutionary period. Prof. Folejewski made two 
announcements of special interest to students of Comparative Litera- 
ture* At his suggestion, the Conference on 31avic-V;estern Literary 
Relations will be elevated to Group status in the future meetings of 
the ^2LA, beginning with the 1967 meetinjj. Also at the suggestion of 
Prof. Folejewski, in the near future a forum of international students 
of the Theater of the Absurd will be organized in this country. 

The Russian Club announces that the next film showing will be Gogol's 
classic story The Overcoat , which has been rescheduled to Tues. Dec, 
14 in the Auditorium (not Nov, 17 or 18 th as previously announced). 
Directed by the popular actor Alexis Batalov (star of Lady with a 
Dog), this film was released in New York last year and received "" 
enthusiastic reviews. 

The last Russian Club meetings- of this semester are scheduled for V/ed, 
NcVo 17 (place to be £cnnounced later), and Won, Dec. 20(General Lounge 
of the lilini Union). At our first meeting in October, the new officers 
were introduced, Soviet Exchange Fellow Roman Poderni talked about the 
Soviet Academic System, entrance exams, graduate work, and types of 
degree programs in Russian Universities, This was followed by a sing- 
along and informal conversation accompanied by refresliments. 


The Russian Tea hour is now being held from 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays in the 
mini Union, but with a change of location, I'/e are now usually in 
the General Lounge which has tea served on the spot, and which is 
much more nicely furnished than the Gothic Roolii, and less norlsy. The 
only departure from this room ivili be Deco 7 and 21 (Gothic Room)and 
Dec. 14 (314B Union), Drop in every weekl 


Enrollment figures for the first semester 1965-66 show a total of 
2131 students in the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Dept. There are 
1836 enrolled in Spanish courses (by levels: 1175 in lOO-level, 324 
in 200~level, 219 in 30t'-level, and 116 in 400-level), 172 enrolled 
in ltalian(l39, 10, 15, and 8 respectively), and 123 in Portuguese 
(103, 2, 12, 6). Last year at this time the figures were Spanish 
1901, Italian 135, and Portuguese 88, which means an decrease of 12% 
in Spanish, but increases of 27% in Italian and 39% in Portuguese* 

On Nov, 2 Prof. Edward Meryon V.'ilson, Visiting Lecturer this semester 
at Indiana State Univ, and Professor of Spanish at Cambridge (Eng. ) , 
spoke on "Calderon and the Kill-Joys", a discussion of ecclesiastical 
criticism of the theater in seventeenth century Spain, Prof. U'ilson 
presented both sides of the debate over the alleged immorality of 
theater and actors alike and noted both Calderon 's relationship to 
and influence on the polemics. Prof, .lilson is a Corresponding Member 
of the Real Academia Espanola and of the Hispanic Society of /anerica, 
and most recently has been elected Fellow of the British ncaderay. 

On Oct. 25 in Room 314A of the Illini Union the Dept. of Sociology 
and the Latin American Studies Center joined to bring Prof, Mauricio 
Solaun of the Univ, of Chicago to speak on "Sociological Aspects of 
Political Violence: the Case of Colombia", 

On Nov. 3 in Room 120 of the Architecture Building Prof, Ronald Hilton 
of Stanford Univ, gave a lecture entitled "From Positivism to Spirit- 
ualiam: the Revolt against Reason in Latin america". The lecture was 
given under the auspices of the Center for Latin /anerican Studies, 

Recent Department Publications, A book, The Krater and the Grai 1 : 
Hermetic Sources of the "Parzival" , by Prof. Iienry R, and Renee 
Kahane with the collaboration of Prof, Angelina R. Pietrangeli, has 
appeared as Volume 56 in the Illinois Studies in Language and Lit- 
erature, Among recent articles published by department members are; 
Dr. W, Curtis Blaylcck's "Hispanic lietaphony" in the HR XVIII (Feb, 
1965), No. 3, pp„ 253-271; Dr. John V.'. Kronik's "The function of 
names in the stories of Alas", ^jLN LXXXI (March, 1965) , 260-265; Dr. 


Luis Leal review of Arturo Uslar Pietri's novel Laberinto de fortuna 
un re trat o en la geogrcfia , R'jM, XXX (abril, 1964), 140-141, and an 
article "Federico Garcboa y la novela mexicana", Ovaciones 177 (30 de 
mayo), p^2. An article on the Univ, of Illinois Portuguese Program 
written by Prof. Joseph H,D, Allen for the April 1965 News lette r was 
reprinted in His pania XLVIll (Sept., 1965), No, 3, 578-579. 

The first meeting of the I.esa Redonda, the monthly discussion group 
for faculty and advanced graduate students, was held in October at 
the home of Prof, Marcos A, Morinigo. The topic considered by the 
more than twenty attending was "Los libros del hispanista". The next 
meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 12 with the topic "La literatura 
nacional". Prof, Jose S, Flores will be host. 

Spanish Club. At the Oct, 28 meeting of the Club, Dr, Marcos A Mor£nigo, 
Professor of Spanish and Italian, spoke on "Las universidades latino- 
americanas hoy", in which he dealj; first with the historical tradition 
and then pointed out significant trends and changes. The meeting was 
followed by a cof fee-^hour» The next meeting, the traditional Christmas 
party, will be held on Deo. 8 in Koom 314 of the lllini Union, There 
will be a pinata and the Cum^ancheros will play. 

The Italian Club sponsors a coffee-hour every V/ednesday at 7£30 p.m. 
in the Gothic Room of the lllini Union. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Italian Reference Bureau. The Italian cultural Council has a reference 
bureau which provides information on almost every topic of interest in 
the field of Italian^ The address is 567 Newark Ave,, Kenilworth, New 
Jersey 07033. 

Graduate Students. Several Teaching Assistants taught at other univer- 
sities during the summer. Miss I-iaria Carlota Pinlieiro and Luis de 
Araujo, both native Brazilians, taught Portuguese at the Peace Corps 
Training Center, Marquette Univ,, in Milwaukee. GermSn Carrillo from 
Colombia and Francisco Hernandez from Spain taught at NDEA Institutes, 
at Purdue and Kalcimazoo College respectively. Graduate students who 
spent all or part of their summer in Latin unerica were: in Mexico, 
Mrs. Carol Blackburn, Edward Borsoi, Uilliain Cressey(with NDFL and ACLS 
study grants), Stephen i.eshon, Robert ^^arry Shell, and Carol Stack; 
in the Carribean, Cecilia Allen (Haiti and Jamaica) and Arnold Penuel 
(Puerto Rico). Four others spent the sur,imer in Bogota, Colombia, where 
they taught English at the Centre Colombo-^lmericano. Thay were Richard 


The Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Department is welcoming a large 
nuKiber of new graduate atuilents this year* New Giaduate Students are: 
Miss Carol J, Appien (Eiiidley Univ, BcA, 1964, B.Mc 1965; Illinois 
State Univ., M...A. 1965), Miss Anne B„ Bruzas (Northern 111, Univ, B.A, 
3965); Edmund J,Ciruey (Dartmouth B.A. 1946:Univ. Cincinnati, M, A. 1930) 
Miss Shirley livasites (Clarke Coll. BoAo 1965), Miss Karen L Durbin 
(UniVo of 111, a,A, 1965) J Paul M Ostergard (\"estern Reserve A,B, 1961; 
Univ, of Hicho LLB 1964 ), Wiss Judith A, waterman (Univ, of Ill.¥.> .'65).) 

New Fellows this year are: Jerry L, Bauer (Brif^ham Young Univ, B.A, 
1965), Miss VeAnna Christensen (Grinell Coll, B.A,, 1959), Dru Dougherty 
(Hamilton Coll, Be A. 1965), Miss Catherine JeffGry(Catholic Univ, of 
Puerto Paco BcA, 1957; Villanova M=A, 1965), Miss Ruth Rogers(Univ, of 
Kansas B^Ao 1962; Univ. of 111, M.A, 1954)and Miss Alix S, Zuckerman 
(Brooklyn Coll, B.A. 1965). All hold NDEA Title IV or VI Fellowships. 

There are thirty>.four new Teaching Assistants : Miss Maria Badoucek 
(BoA. '65 Loag Island UniVo ) , Mrs. Bettie Rose Lowi Baer (B.Ac '65 Mich. , 
State Univ,), Miss Sylvia E Bello(B.A, ^65 College of Notre Dame of Md)/ 
Eduardo Beltran(B.A, '65 Univ, of lilc), Charles D. Bevelander(B<,A, '63 
Tufts; M.Ao program Boston Coll.), Miss Andrea R, Bradbury(BtA. "65 Univ. 
of 111,), Firs, Flora Breidenbach(BoA, '58 DePaul U.jM^A.'ei Middlebury); 
Jose Buergo (BoA, '63 Te^cas V.estern Coll; MoAo '64 Texas Tech,), James 
Cameron (B^A, '35 111, Vlesleyan), Miss Wary Lou Chomberlin (B.Ao '65 
Denison U), Miss Carol Sue Clai'k(B,A, '65 Douglass Coli,),Miss Bonita 
Mae Cole (B,Ao '64 Lock Kaven State Coll.), M.A,Colina-Pareja(B,A. '54 
San Marcos U; B Ed» '56, Assoc Ed '60 London U), Mrs, Margo DeLey (B,Aa 
•65 Univ. 0(f 111), Marvin D'Lugo (BcA„'65 Brooklyn Coll,)™ Miss Carol 
Ebersol (B.A. '65 DePauw U), Sheila Eigort (B.A. =62 Brooklyn Coll,; 
M«A. '64 Univ, of Calif, at Berkely), Donald Finello (BcA, »65 Brooklyn i 
Collg), Arthur Fisher(B.A, »62 SIU), Miss Nancy Hagebak (B,A, '63 St, 
Olaf. Coll,), Edward Hayes (3,Aa '65 Univ, of 111,), Thomas Jones (B,A, 
'65 Univ, of Chatanoogajj Miss Victoria Kirldiam (B,^, '64 V.ellesley 
Coll.); Donald Leniest (B.A, '57 Capitol U;M,A. '61 Ohio State) , Nicholas 
Masseo (B.A, '65 Univ, of Miami) j Maxv/ell Mowry Jr,(B,A, '65 Univ, of 
NoC), Manuel Prezha (B.A, '65 Northwestern State U, Okla, ), PVancis 
Quittel (B,.A, »65 Hunter Coll.), Guillerrao Eojas (BcA. '63, MoA, »65 
Northern Texas State Univ»),j Miss Marsha Schwartz (BcA, '65 Univ. of 
111), Raymond Spoto (B,A« *62 Northern 111, Univ.), Miss Laurel Smith 
(3, A. '62 CVi'.Post Collo; M.A, program Columbia U), Miss Lavina Tilson 
(BoA. »63 Berea; M«Aa -64 UniVo of Illc). John Vorhees (3, A, '65 Berea), 
Ronald Young (B^A, -65 iVisCc State) , 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the inodern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Department of Spanish, Italian, an4 
Portuguese, Professor William H, Shoemaker, Head» The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Miss Jane Kiilam, All ccmr.iunicatioris should be 
addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, 

Urbanaj_ Illinoisc 61803 





Modern Foreign Language 


Vol, XIX,, No.-. 3 

December- 1965 

Felices Pascuas 

Foliz Natal 

Buon Nctale 

Joyeux Noel 

Frohliche Weihnachten 



Inquiries have been received asking clarification of the University of 
Illinois foreign language requirements for admission and graduation 
from the several Colleges of the University. These requirements have 
undergone some recent revisions and are still under study in some of 
the Colleges^ Any foreign language taught at the Univ. of 111.. Eeats 
the requirement(s ) unless otherwise specified. 


Cocanerce and' 
Business Adin« 





2 Units 

2 Units 


Requ j rerrent 




Optional among 


Re quirements 

6 hours — from 
103 up, 

8 hours— from 
103 up,i 

6 hours — from 
103 upo 

Co lleg e 

Fine & Applied Arts; 
Architecture 3 Art, 
Music o 

Liberal Arts and 


2 Units 

2 Units 



Voice* raa^J irs 5 8 hrs each of Freach, 

Gerrnau and Ital.lauio , 

Arty Muu4.c:thirouga 4th seniester-."'.04 

Through 4th semester: 194 » (Chea^ 
Ecgjr4 eeiiestsrs .Fr» GerciQ or Rvsso) 
(Cheia? : 4 semesters ,Ceriii. or 2 each 
of Germ,. and Rus*;)* 

— Wo H J Shoemaker 



IMLTA MEETINGa The Illinois Modern Language Teachers Association met 
on Fri« and Sat,j,NoVo 5-6, at Rosary College, River Forest Illc Friday- 
evening was reserved for the meetings of the AATFjAii.'i'GgAAT3EElL,& AATSP, t 

AATF. Joseph 1/ Yedliaka of DePaul Univ, , Chicago, President of the 
Chicago chapter of the AATF was chairman for the French meeting which 
heard three speakers. M, Jean-Louis Kandereau, Consul General de France 
spoke on- "Les Relations Franco-Americainas"; Prof, Judd Dairid Hubert of '\ 
the Univ, of IllsuUHbana, spoke on "L'Intellectualisme de Corneille"; 
and M» Rene Allevvae.^i;. Atache' Culturel of Chicago, then awarded the j 
"Chevalier des Palmes Academiques" to U'illiam Roberts of Northwestern* 

AATGa The President of the Chicago Chapter of the AATG, '.Varren Cc Born 
of ^iaine Twp, HS South served as Chairman for the AATG meeting. Miss 
Roaalie Streng of Maine Twp, HS tVest spoke on "A P Can Change Your 
Life", followed by CR^ Goedsche of Northwestern UniVo speaking oa "The 
NDEA Pilot Summer Institute for German Majors with Senior Standing" and 
William E Yuill, Visiting Professo* 1965-66 at the Univ, of ChicagOjWho 
lectured on "Heinrich Bell: Ein Kenner der V/irklichlieit"o 


AATSP« Chairman for the Spanish meeting was Miss Eleanore Stuchlik of 
Morton Jr« Colic, Cicero. The program of three speeches included one by f 
Rafael V Martinez of lloosevelt Univ^ "Ramiro de Maeztfi y la generaciSn -j 
del '98"-; "Applied Linguistics., .:hat is it and How Can it be Used in 
the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages" by Ben C, Coleman of Chicago 
Teachers Collo N, and "Spain: A U'anderer"s Paradise" by Mrs. C, Adelman 
of the Univ, of 111. ,ChicagOa 

-"Francis l" Nachtmann 

AATSEEL, At the Slavic section four papers were heardo Mr, Kenneth H, 
Ober of 111, State Univ« discussed Zhukovskii-s first translation of 
Thomas Gray's "Elegy", a "Co-creation" with the oiigional which is 
thought by some to have herealded the Golden Age of Russian poetry. 
Miss Josephine Petrus of Morgan Park HS then related the activities of 
the Chicago Board of Education's Russian Day House, where a dozen bright 
teen-agers under her direction toured Chicago chattering in Russian^ 
Next Mrs ..Virginia Krol of Tuley HS gave some figures on the teaching of 




Polish in Chicago high sclioole and told of the popularity of the Sat- 
urday morning projrraras, sonia of which have waiting lists. Finally Mr, 
Basil Koverdan of tne Univ. of Ilio/Jrbana, speaking in Russian, survey- 
ed the state of FL instruction in Polish universities, noting among 
other things, crov/ded classrooms and a dearth of electronic equiptmente 
In the absence of both of the officers elected a;^ last year's meeting, 
this year's meeting was organized and chaired by your reporter. Poor 
attendance, regrettable in view of the high level of the papers, puts 
next year's meeting in questionc 

— Frank Y. Gladney 

IMLTA MEETINGc On Sat. Nov. 6 , the IMLTA meeting was held under the 
direction of the President, Helmut leyerbach of Loop Jr. Coll., Chicago, 
and Vice-President Sister Gregoire, Chairman of the Modern Language 
Department at Rosary Coll. For the morning session, held at the Trinity 
HS, River Forest, Sister Gregoire gave the welcoming address, which was 
followed by the business meetingo ^iary Shapiro, Chairman of the Chicago 
Board of Education and Cliairraan of the Nominating Committee which incl- 
uded Prof. Jose Flores of the Univ, of Hl,,Urbana, and Richard i.hite 
of Rich HSjOlympia Fields, conducted the election of offieers. Illinois 
Chief language Consultant D. ^:erriman followed with a progress report 
of the NDKit title III, A report on the Illinois Curriculum Program was 
given by Violet Bergquist of the Univ, of Illo , Chicago, and then Sister 
Gregoire read an IMLTA proposal for the Advisory Board v;hich had been 
formed by the Executive Board of the IliLT^v to represent the four areas 
of foreign language interests, in the formulation of the document which 
was submitted Oct, 15 to the new Task Force on Education, The Proposal 
stated that the Executive Board considers that the newly formed Advisory 
Board ought to be made a permanent part of the I^iLTA^ The Proposal also 
suggested that the four auxilliary committees! FLES , Secondary, College, 
and Teacher Training) be composed of six members, two of whom would serve 
as liason members for the Advisory Board, and that the members serve for 
three years, except for those initially chosen since only one- third of 
the committee is to be replaced each year. The membership of the Board 
was further-more fixed at the eight liason menbers plus the immediate 
past Presudent and Vice-President of tne IJ.LTA and the Chief State 
Foreign Language Consultant and the Board's duties were outlined as 
follows I to be familiar with the c nditions over the entire state for 
foreign language teaching and research; $io be aware of major national 
trends; to inform state educational agencies of the objectives, needs, 
progress etc, of foreign language teaching; to work with the newly 
constituted task force for Education appointed by the Governor of 111© 

The Proposal, which was circulated before the meeting, was motivated by 
the hope that the establisiiment of such committees and Board would 
result in a wider selection of capable people who would truly represent 
the total membership and could hope to carry weight in other state 
educational agencies affecting foreign language teaching in Illinoiso 
The rotating three year plan was aesigned for continuity within the 
comraittees, Theproposal was put tc a vote and was approved. 

Sister Gregoire was followed on the program by President Helmut Meyer— 


bach who read the IMLTA report to the 111 Task Force on Educationo 
These recommendations included an opening statement on the IliLTA's 
purpose, composition, and qualifications and Vi^ere designed to inform 
the Task Force of possible improvements to modern language teaching 
in Illinoiso It was urged that a state-wide, mandatory, cohesive policy 
be promulgated by the Task Force in collaboration '.vith the IMLTA to 
cover the following areas: 

I, Teacher training and certification. 
Ho Program accreditation of elementary and secondary schools. 
IIIo Student competences 
IV, Organizational and adniinistrative structure. 

Ve Research development and surveys. 
VI o Financing of JJrograms at all leirels 

Following President Meyerbach's report the keynote address entitled 
"Teachers, Born or Made~~How Measured and for Vi'hat?" was delivered by 
Prof, wilmarth H, Starr of the iVashington Square College of N,Y. UniVe 
After lunch the meeting re-convened for the afternoon sessions held 
at the Rosary Cftlia campus. All the work conferences tentatively plan- 
ned for the day were held. The group headings were: Group I . Articulat- 
ion--Interrupt3d Learning Sequence Problems, Advanced Placcnent Progrfua, 
National standard testing. Sharing— For New Teachers, Up-dating Degreed 
FL Majors, and Gro up U p Job-alike CiscussionSj Evaluation of Teacher 
Training, Professional know-Koiv, Examining Policy Statements — needed 
FL Research, and Literature in the Secondary School » 

Participants were: Katherine Baer (Harrington HS), Violet Bergquist (Univ« 
of Ille Chgc, ) , Dorothy Bishop(Des Plaines), Kary Ann Brown (Chgo, Board 
of Education), Clifford Bucholz(Lake Park liS, Medina), Sister Cephas (St, 
Francis Coll. , Joli et ) 5 Robert de Vette ( ./heaton CollJ, Gilbert Kettl- 
ekamp (Univ, of IlLc^Urb,), Robert Krebs (Eisenhower HS,Decatur)j Virginia 
Gramer (Hinsdale), Lena Luciettc(Chgo. Board of Education), Helmut 
Meyerbach (Loop Jr. Coll.); Elizabeth Michael(Eastern 111. UniVc), Francis 
Nachtmann (Univ. of 111. Urb, ), Helen Piehl (Moline Sr. HS),Dan Romani 
(SIU), Linda Steed (Rosary Collo),Irma Stefanini (Biles HS V,', Skokie), 
Albert Turner (Evanston HS), Mary Vonasek(Morton HS, Cicero), and 
Donald Zehme (Loop Jr. Coll,)^ The panel of new teachers was made up 
of Daniel Ferreira (Edison Jr. HS . Champa i gn ) , Thomas Heie (Batrington 
HS), Judith Johansen (York HS ) , Elnshurst), and Judith Vinson (Chatsworth 
HS). Attending from the Univ, odi 111. were Frank Giadney^ Judd Herbert, 
Gilbert Kettlekamp, Francis Knachtmann, Basil Koverdan, and Bruce Mainous» 

MLA MEETINGo The annual MLA meeting is being held this year in Chicago 
on the 27-29 of December at the Palmer House. General and Section meet- 
ings are open to the public but attendance at the various Discussion 
groups and Conferences will be limited to registered participants 
wearing identifying badges. For detailed description of the papers to 
be presented or discussions to be conducted Nev.sibetter readers are 
advised to consult the official program sent to pre-registered members. 




Participants at the KLA meeting from the University of Illinois will 
Be 5 Joseph Ht,D. Allen (Coiranittee on Teaching and Research Curricula, 
Comparative Romance Linguistics Section) ^ W, Curtis Blaylock (nominated 
for Chairman 1G66, Comparative Romance Linguistics Section), James 0, 
Crosby (Secretary, Spanish 2; nominated for Chairman 1966, Spanish 2), 
Zbigniew Folejewski (Secretary, Slavic 2? nominated for Chairman 1966, 
Slavic 2) J Merlin lUForster (Bibliography Committee, Spanish 7), Renee 
Hubert(Advisory and Nominating Coramittee, French 7), Henry R. Kahane 
(Committee on Teaching and Research Curricula, Comparative Romance Ling- 
uistics Section)^ Herbert Knust (paper, "Sweeney among the Birds and 
Brutss", Comparative Literature Section)^ John i'.'„Kronik (Nominated for 
Secretary 1966, Spanish 4^ Advisory and Nominating Com!iiittee,Spanish 5), 
Luis Leal (Chairman of Advisory and Nominating Committee 1966, Spanish 
7) J Francis Nock (Conference 22;Probleras in Teaching and Testing the 
Language Requirement of Doctoral Candidates), William 11, Shoemaker 
(Chairman 1965-67 Advisory and Nominating Committee ySpanish 5), John K» 
Simon (paper, "A Study of Classical Gesture: Mme. de 3La Fayette and 
Henry James", French 3; nominated for Secretary 1966, French 7 and 
Comparative Literature 5)<, 

Other participants from Illinois include: Howard I. Aronson (UniVo of 
Chicago) ^Chairman, Slavic 2; Ralph E, Matlaw (Univ. of Chicago) , Chairman, 
Slavic 4, and Chairman 1966, Advisory and Nominating Committee, Siavia 4 j 
Bruce Mcrrissette (Univ. of Chicago), Chairman Romance Section, Advisory 
and Nominating Committee Romance Section; Stefan Schuitz (Univ. of Chic- 
ago). Chairman German 3, Advisory and Nominating Committee German 3; 
Nornan Specter (Univ. of Chicago), paper "Medieval Farce in Renaissance 
Comedy; Some Considerations of Genre" French 2\ IV'illiam T« Starr (North- 
western Univo); Chairman Bibliography Committee French 6; Bernard V/ein- 
berg (Uuivj of Chicago), paper "Two Readings of Dante's Vita Nuova" in 
Romance Sectionj Secretary General Topics 1, Chairman 1966 General 
Topics lo 

NDEA INSTITUTES o The U.S. Office of Education has announced 53 Summer 
1966 National Defense Education Act Institutes for teachers of modern 
foreign languages and 5 Summer 1966 Institutes for teachers of English 
as a foreign language* The Office of Education will publish printed 
lists of all the NDEA Institutes for the summer and distribute them 
widely; they may also be obtained by writing,^ after December 15 to the 
Division of Educational Personnel Training, Bureau of Elementary and 
Secondary Education, U.Se Office of Education, Washington DaC 20202, 

FRENCH NOTES — - Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Treteau de Paris, This theatre group, which has been most sucessful in 
its various visits to our campus, is anxious to hear from other potent>i 
ial sponsors in the area, especially western Illinois or Indiana, as 
soon as possible, since the company is already planning the 1966-67 
calendar. It would welcome the opportunity if materially feasible, to 


give performances in the crea in addition to their Urbana visit. Any 
school interested should contact Mr, Jacques Couttines, General Manager 
Le Treteau de Paris Theatre Companj, 216 E 85th St. N%Y, ,N.Y. 10026;, 


Graduate Courses, Planned offerings in the French Depto for the second 
semester are: 310-Survey of French Lit. II (Viens); Sll^Diction Fran- 
Qaise (Viens); 314-Syntaxe FiranQaise Avancee(G,Laprevotte, Barrette, 
Mainous); 316 -Structure de la Langue Fran^aise (Jenkins); 318- Le Theat- 
re Fi'an^aise depuis 1800 Il(Jahiel); 328-'La Litterature Fran^aise du 18e 
S>'e.jleIl(V Bowe»i)o32*'Ls Roman Fran^aise du 19e SieciLe (Ro Hubert); 334- 
La Litterature Contemporaine II (Gray)- 336-Civilisation Fran^aise II 
(Gc Laprevotte); 382-Language Laboratory Techniques (Myers ) ; 406-Research 
Methods (V.Bovven); 424..Studies in French Poetry (J.Hubert); 426-Explica- 
tion de Textes II (K, Laprevotte); 432-History of Old French Litterature 
tl (Knudson); 433-Villon5Rabelais (B^Bowen) ;436-17 Century Litteraturell 
(J<,3ubert); 454-French Realism & Naturalism II (Velan); 459-Seminar in 
Modern French Lito[S-La Poesie Fran^aise du Cubisrae an Surrealisme (Ro 
Hubert); M^Le Roman Fran^aise de Nadja aux Gcmiaes (Velan) ]; 460-Seminar 
in French Lit» [M"Saint-Simon(De Ley); S-Le Roman Sentimental au loe 
Siecie( Jost)]; 491-Individual TopicsClntruduction to the Reading of Old 
French A (Knudson); B, Cg]; 499 Thesis Researcho 


Coning Lecturer, Dr. M. Dominica Legge, Reader in French at the Univo of 
Edinburgh and Specialist in the fielf of Anglo-Norman Literature, will 
lecture on "The Nature of Anglo-Norman Literature and Its Influence on 
English Litei'ature" on Mono Dec. 20 under the auspices of the French 
Depto Dr, Legge is the author of, among other books, "Anglo-Norman in 
the Cloisters"'(l950) , "Anglo-Norman Literature and its Background" (1963), 
and "The Rule of St. Benedict r a Norman Prose Version" (1964), During 
her visit Dr. Legge will lecture to the French 431 class. 

Year i^broad. The Year Abroad program in France, Sponsored b;/ the Univ, 
of Ille has been approved in principle by the Courses and Curricula 
Conunittee and the Faculty of the LAS College a 


Faculty Activities* In November Prof, Bruce Mainous attended the meeting 
of Big Ten Foreign Language Chairmen held in Chicago; several members of 
the Univt of Illo French Dept, attended the IMLTA meeting on Nov, 5-6, 
including Prof. Judd Hjsbert who read a pqtper at the AATF meeting; Prof« 
Edwin Jahiel served as judge in the First Chicago International Film 
Festival; on Nov, 18 Prof, Thomas Comfoi't, now Chairman of the Dept. of 
Foreign Languages at Illinois State Univ, Noi^mal, visited the French 
Dept, Dr, Comfort received his doctorate from The Univ, of 111. and has 
directed the Air Force Educational Programs abroad, in Turkey and Moroccoo 



Essay Contest, The Federation of French Alliances in the U.S. is spon- 
soring an essay contest for its younger members in highschool or univ- 
ersity groups. The essay is to be short, (about 500 words)and written in 
English on "Do you believe in the desirability of spreading French 
culture in the United States and if so, what are your reasons?". Papers 
are to be addressed to Mr. George I.Duca, Executive Director of the 
Federation of French alliances in the U.S., 22 E, 60th St. N.Y. 10022, 
The deadline is January 1, 196G, Judges will be Mr. Duca, the Hon. 
Frederic Coudert Jr. , President, and Kr. Sidnny A.Iiitchell, former Pres# 
of the Federation. First prize is a free round-trip ticket to Paris and 
a 6 week summer course (1966) at the Paris Alliance Frangaise including 
board and lodging. Second prize is a $250,00 check and 3rd prize is a 
beautifully bound book on French Art or Literature. 

Maxtre Pierre Pathelin, the anonymous farce of 1464, was performed on 
Nov. 23 in the General Lounge of the Illini Union, by members of the 
French Dept, to a capacity audience( several were turned away for lack 
of room). Every attempt was made to reproduce the conditions under ivhich 
15th century plays were performede Actors made their entrance through 
the audience, sat on side benches when not on stage, prompted one an- 
other when necessary, etc. The musicians, who also sat on stage, consist- 
ed of four singers, a guitarist, and two recorder players (Spurgeon 
Baldwin, Paul Barrette, Vincent Bowen, Stanley Gray, Russell Itnudson); 
the music used was authentic, of the kind uded in theatrical perform- 
ances of the day. The cast included Gabriel Savignon as the Maitre, 
Dominique Sonier as his wife, Timothy Reiss as the cloth-merchant, U'ill- 
iam Slights as the shepherd, and Francis Valette as the judge, Barbara 
Bowen was in charge of production, Claude Viens advised, Lorraine Gray 
managed costumes and Rita Mall, posters. The Univ. Theatre loaned furn- 
iture and invaluable general help was given by Doris Bartle and liadel- 
eine Betts, 

GEIWAN NOTES — Prepared by Carol Miller 

Prof. Harry Heile addressed an overflow crowd at the second meeting of 
the German Research Club, Frucht bri ngende Ges ellschaft . His topic for 
the November prograr.i was "Egmont in Biographical Context: Goethe's 
Political Thinliing", A lengthy discussion followed his presentation. 
Prof. Hans Schlutter will read a paper entitled "Der Rhythmus im streng- 
en Knittelvers: Argumente gegen die Alternationstheorie" to the group on 
Dec, 16, For this session too, it is hoped that those attending will 
have read the material in question as a basis for the discussion. 

Flaculty Seminar, The first seminar of the year showed two distinctly 
different approaches to literature: the interpretation of the work as a 
whole, with reference of course to specific features, and an analysis of 
the formal features of the piece. This contrast proved useful in several 


ways. Not only was it hel;:ful in dealing v.ith Keinrich'von Kleist's 
essay "Uber das Karionettentheater" but it facilitated also the discuss- 
ion of the validity of various means, used in arriving at an interpretat- 
ion and appreciation of literature. The latter forms the framework in 
which most of the discussions of the seminar are being carried out this 
yearo Continuing this general probles.;, Professors i<uth Lorbe and Gotz 
IVienold treated the poem "Tenebras" by Paul Celan at the Dec. 10 meeting 
held at the home of Frof. and -^rs. Victor Terras, An "extra" series of 
the seminar has been established v,fhich will consider topics of primarily 
linguistic interest; the first meeting of this group was held Dec, 3 at 
the hoiue of Prof, and I'irs. jS.A-, Philippsonc Dr. ' erner Abraham presented 
a paper on the second sound shift, and as usual, both graduate students 
and faculty participated in the discussion. 

The question of examining the language proficiency of graduate students 
is a perennial one at the Univ. o(£ 111, as at all schoolso Representat- 
ives of this university have long been involved in the I-iLA discussions 
of the prcblemo This year Frofe Francis Nock is Chairman of the Confer- 
ence "Problems in teaching and Testing Languages Required for Doctoral 
Candidates" (Conference 22--Dec, 28) » The Conference is considering the 
option of "a high degree of proficiency in one language" in place of the 
reading knowledge of two^ and a report from Cal. Tech, on a proposal to 
institute a class there to train candidates for this high proficiency. 
Also to be discussed is the revised ETS examination in German and Frenche 

Students in the Department find themselves involved in numerous campus 
activities ivith the approach of the Christmas season. The German Club's 
annual party is scheduled for Dec, 21o At the time these notes were 
collected plans were not definite but it was hoped that the traditional 
visits by "St. Nicholas" and his helper "Knecht Ruprecht" would be con- 
tinueda The singing of familiar German Christmas songs can also be 

The German Choir Group took part in a festive Advent service in the 

utheran Student Foundation Chapel on Dec, 15,, Students froii the German 
Club were among those who participated in tiie International ?air spon- 
sored by the lllini Union and held Dec, 10-11 in the Union 3uildingc 
^espite these other activities the students continue to attend the week- 
ly Kaf feesti\nde in the Union, Guests are also welcome at these Wednesday 
afternoon gatherings 

Teachers interested in the annual A/iTG contest for highschool students 
to be held on April 2, 1966, should contact one of the following as soon 
as possible: Northern 111., Harold Grothen, Elmwood Park Consolidated HS 
Elmwood 111, and Southern lilo, David u Pease, University HS, Urbana.Illo 






SLAVIC NOTES ~ Prepared by Steven P. Hill and Rasio Dunatov 

The annual meeting of the AATSEEL will be held in Chicago this year 
from Dec, 27-29 in the Hotel Pick Congresso All Illinois AATSEEL mara- 
bers Kill want to attend and any teachers not presently members are 
advised to also attend and while there take out mei.ibership( see Secty© 
Irwin Weil). This brings the indispensible Slavic and East European 
J ournal and the Russian C ommittee Newsl etter which contains listings of 
teaching caterials, available positions .j and valuable articles » On 
looking over the program for the December meeting one may get the ims*. 
pression that it is stacked in favor of The Utiv., of 111^ The literat- 
ure section is notable in this respect, with Prof, Folejewski as the 
Commentator, Profs,Br.\BtQl .ead Terras reading papers' "Liberalism and 
Nationalism in the Poetry of N.M. Jazykov" and "Classical Themes in the 
Poetrj'- of Osip Mandel 'stani" ) , and Profc Albert Kaspin (ivho was here 
last year)as Chairmano Other local staff members participating are 
Profs. Micklesen and Dunatov (Chairmen of the Linguistics and College 
Methodology Sections respectively). 

A CelsCt, Conference was recently held in Cj^icago for representatives of 
Slavic Departments from the 3ig Ten and the Univ, of Chicagc, Prof, Lew 
Micklesen, representing the Univ. of 111., was elected Chairman for 
next year to suceed Prof, J. T, Shaw of U'isconsin. The eleven members , 
of the group exchanged information about their respective departmental 
programs and discussed related problems o 

During the past spring and summer the Department of Slavic Languages 
and Literatures made some changes in course offerings. The following 
courses are now available to advanced undei'graduates but are mainly for 
the enhancement of the graduate curriculunio Serbo-Croatian 392-394 have 
been replaced by 201,202,203,204, making it possible to cover much more 
material and offer more drill v;ith linguistic forms. Polish 10?.-i04 has 
been renumbered 201-204. This change allows for more material which can 
also be treated in depth, for the benefit of both linguistic and liter- 
ature majors o Russian 326 has just been added for the benefit of Teach"* 
er traineeso This is a survey course of Russian literary masterpieces 
taught in Russian, enabling students with tight schedules to cotoer 
major works by sevei'al authors in one course. 

A recent rexiort compiled by Prof. Lawrence Miller, Special Languages 
Librarian, shows that the Univ. of 111. Library's Slavic collection has 
continued to grow rapid] y, but more important, the huge previously 
almost unmanageable backlog of uacatalogued works is now being organ- 
ized. By alloting a great part of library funds in 1964-65 for catalog- 
ing, She Slavic Dirisioii. catalogued 18,641 volmres, more than four 
times as much as in 1963-64. and more tlian the total for the three 


previous years combined. As of June 30, 1965, total catalogued holdings 
were 72,j350 volumes; 2,7G4 serial titles, and 29, 164 rsionographs, June 
15, 1962 showeu 37;025; l,547;and 10, 643 respectively. It is estimated 
that 37,000 volumes remain to be catalogued, for a collection totaling 
an estimated 109,000 volumes. 


One statement in Prof, Miller's report is of considerable interest for 
Russian majors or minors whose careers are as yet undecided: "The hir- 
ing and training of qualified ^irof essional staff for the selection and 
acquisition of Siavic materials is of vital importance for the continu- 
ed grawth of our collections". It appears that there is a seribous 
shortage of people combiaing a knowledge of Slavic languages with that 
of library techniques. 

All sections of the first three semesters of Russian (101-103) are now 
using the new I^iodern i^ussian audio-lingual text by Bauson and Huraesky, 
The transition will be complete in the spring when Russian 104 will 
also switch over to Modern Russian . Profs. Hill and i^unatov, super- 
visors in the absence of Prof, Kurt Klein this semester, are trying to 
remedy the lack of provision for written homework, excessively lengthy 
dialogues to be memorized in the second year course, the occasional 
inclusion of questionable slang, and a complete lack of literary read- 
ingSc This latter defect has been dealt wit^ by the use of some of the 
new and excellent little Soviet paperback readers: Smi I e (102), Hot 
Stone , . Alenka , Short Storie s b;y_ A^ Chekhov (103-104), These inexpansive 
little booklets have veiy up-to-date lahguage (adapted for intermediate 
level students), extensive vocabularies and notes, and for the most 
part interesting and stimulating present day story material, a welcome 
change from previous readers used here featuring early nineteenth cent- 
ury stories, some with unadapted and extremely rough vocabulary and 
syntax, and/or stories of interest to children under twelvco It is to 
be hoped that the new readers will enliven the courses which with the 
exclusive use of Modern i^ussian tend to monotony, ■$. 


* * III :t: »< :•> ,>' 

Recent Russian cjiltural events in this area include a Russian Club 
Christmas meeting on Monday evening December 20; a showing of the color 
fantasy film The Stone Flower (Director :Ftushko ) by the Russian Club on 
Dec, 14} a lecture by Prof, James Jdllar of the Univ. of 111, Economics 
Dept. on "Agricultural Reforms Since Stalin" at the J^ussian Round Table} i 
two talks by Prof. V.'illiani Ilarkins of Columbia Univ, "Socialist Progress i 
and Sex in Olesha's Envy " and "Translating from Russian to English"; a ! 
local theiiter's six-day showing of Gogol's The Ov ercoat ; a concert by 
the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; andtwo talks by Prof. Harold Berman 
of the Harvard Law School on "Soviet Criminal Law Reform" and "Finding 
a Common Language with the Soviets", , 


A big event in tlie Kussian film world is its first Constituent Assembly 
which took place in i''Oscow at the end of November* .jnong the "reform" 
topics considered were the creation of an experimental film studio, the 
creation of a national federation of film societies on the western model, 
and tiie introduction of a contract system in hiring film workers (one of 
the new reflections of "Libermanism" — the gradual installation of profit- 
type motives in St/Viet Business and Art?). Tragic izews from the weekly 
nev/spapKJP Sovets koe kino (yearly airmail subscription 8001) an accident 
during the meliing of a new film near Bulchara took the life of Eugene 
Urbansky, known here as the pilot-hero of Tl^ Clea r Sky and the crippled 
soldier of Ballad of a Soldier. 


Recent faculj;y publications in the Department include: Dr. il'illiam H<, 
Shoemaker's "Galdos y la Naci6n", Hispanofila (No, 25, September, 1965), 
pp. 21-50; Dro Luis Leal's "Federico Gamboa y la novela mexicana", Ovaq- 
iones (May 30, 1965), p. 2; and Drc John I'i ^ Kronik's review "Clarin y la 
crxtica des true tiva"- H ispano f ila (No, 25, September, 1965), pp, 57-62o 

AATSP. The annual meeting of the downstate chapter of the Illinois AATSP 
will be held at Richvvoods High School, Peuria Heights, on April 30, 1S66« 
Teachers (College, secondary, and FLES ) 5 student teachers, and college 
students of Spanish are encouraged to join and support their local chap- 
ter of the national organization which is devoted to the study of Spanish 
and Hispanic culture. Those not already contacted i¥ho wish to become 
members may do so by sanding dues of 36iOO ($5o00 national and SiiOO for 
chapter dues or 5j3oOO national and $lcOO chapter for students) to Emiiie 
Byars Secretary-Treasurer, AATSP, Richwoods High School, Peoria Heights, 
Illinoist. Include your name and that of your school afiliation and add- 

Teachers v;ho are members of the AATSP are reminded that they must send 
application forms for the 196G High School Spanish Test. The request for 
forms must ba dated no later than January 15, 1966 and should be sent to 
the Illinois (Downstate) Contest Chairman for Testing Spanish, Howard D. 
Shelton, Jefferson Junior High School, Champaign Illinois. 

The Spanish Club will be holding the traditional Christmas Party this 
year on Friday, December 17 at Latzer Hall, at 8 pc,m. There will be a 
pinata and as in past years the graduate students will entertain with 
Spanish Christmas carols whicli they have been practicing under the 
direction of graduate assistants ■.Villiara Cressey and Gary Scavnicky. 


Mefetings for the spring semester have been announced for February 17, 
^3arch 10, liarch 31, April 28( Poetry Contest for undergraduate students 
in the Spanish Department) and ?-ay 12. 

The December meeting of the Kesa Redonda was held on the 10th at the 
home of Prof. Benito Brancaforte, The topic discussed was "El escritor 
y su publico". It was suggested that the topic for the January meeting 
be chosen by the graduate students a 

Graduate Students, Through editorial inadvertance the names of four of 
our graduate assistants who spent the summer ir. BogotS, Colombia, 
teaching -English at the Centre Colombo-Americano were omitted from tlse 
November issue » They were Kichard Doerr, Marian Kragness , Joan Van 
Deusen, and Dennis l.esta Omitted from the list of §raduate students 
receiving the M.A, degree printed in the October issue was Anje van der 

The Department is unusually fortunate this year in having a large 
number of experienced and well traveled graduate assistants. Many of 
theja have traveled in Ilexico, South America, and Europe and quite a 
number of ttem have also studied in Spain or Mexico; several of them 
have lived in Italyo 

Those with previous teaching experience are: Charles Donald Bevelander 
(Teaching Assistant at Tufts), Mrs. Flora Breidenbach (Hofstr Univ. and 
Loyola Univ* --Chairman of Spanish Committee), Jose Buergo (Instructor 
Texas Techs), M.A. Colina Pareja (English at Lashburn HS, •Saskatchewan; 
lecturer in linglish as a foreign language, --^scuela Normal Superior, La 
Cantuta, Chosica, Peru), Arthur Fisher (Buckley 111, HS; Onarga 111, HS 
Sc Onarga Military School), Victoria Mrkham(English, Novara Italy), Don- 
ald Lenfest (Director, Binational Center, Caracas Venez,), Guillermo 
Rojas( Teaching Fellow N, Texas State Univ,), Rajinond Spoto (Boylan Cent- 
ral Catholic HS, iiockford 111), Lavina Tilson (Fairfax county Va, ), and 
in addition, two present Fellows in the department, VeAnna Cliristensen 
(Instructor, Iowa State), and Catherine Jef -^rey(Elementary & HS in Puerto 
Rico, Spanish at Villanova), Graduate Student Edmund Carney is at pres- 
ent teaching at 111. State Univ, at Normals New native or near-native 
speakers include Eduardo 3eltran(Cuba) , Jose Buergo(22 years in T^ex,), 
M,A» Colina-Pareja (Peru), Manuel Prezha (Mexico) and Guillermo Hojas(Tex)» 

I U 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language i^ewsletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Department of Spanish, I talian,^and 
Portuguese, Professor u'illiam H, Shoemaker, Head, The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and othe 
other states. Editor: Miss Jane Killam. All communications should be 
addressed to the Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, niversity of Illinois, 
Urbana, Illinois. 51805, 




Modern Foreign Language '^UtlOl^ 


Vol. XIX. No. 4 January, 1966 


The Comparative Literature Program of the University of Illinois has 
undergone a process of steady growth since its beginning in the fall 
of 1963, There will be four courses offered in the Program in the 
second semester, with the possible addition of two more in the fall 
of 1966. In comparison with the nimiber of courses offered by the other 
literatures this may seem small but, due to the interdepartmental 
nature of the program, the actual number of courses offered for credit 
in Comparative Literature is much greater, since the basic four courses 
are supplemented by a v/ide choice of courses from the Departments of 
Classics, English, French, German, S lavi c , and Spanish, Italian and 
Portuguese. Also, the content of the four basic courses is flexible 
and changes every semester to take advantage of the special competence 
of the individual instructors. The faculty is, and by its very nature 
must remain interdepartmental, providing a variety of very well quali- 
fied professors. 

At present there are eighteen Comparative Literature majors (the number 
has trebled in the program's two years), most of whom are preparing for 
the doctorate, A major must specialize in one literary period, dealing 
with at least three literatures within that period. Because of the 
greater demands made upon a student undertaking, study in the program, 
it is conducted, at this stage, on the graduate level only. 

What is Comparative Literature? Books have been written attempting to 
give an adequate definition — that has always turned out to be a rather 
long description. "A systematic study of subjects and problems common 
to several literatures" says the Graduate Collef^e Bulletin ; an unpreten- 
tious definition that has the merit of explaining Some essential elements 
of the discipline. Comparative Literature has its own methods, its own 
approach to literature .which is an international, an interlingual 
approach. To ignore the barrier of languages means to know them. 

The first condition to enter the program is, therefore, a greater than 
average linguistic competence. This condition is a necessary one but 
does not automatically entitle anybody to undertake studies in Compar- 
ative Literature rather than to apply for a job in an international 
travel agency or to translate speeciies given in the U.N. Building, 
Literary interest and competence, awareness of problems of scholarship 
and criticism, of questions of international cultural life, are decisive 

ViTiat future does a degree in Comparative Literature offer? It opens for 
the students the same possibilities as does a degree in one of tlie 
national literatures. Obviously, one of the functions of the program is 



to train scholars in the special field of Comparative Literature studies 
and to prepare teachers for courses in World Literature and the Human- 
ities. More and more, universities [today some 90 American Universities 
and Colleges list courses in Comparative Literature in their bulletins 
and approximately 40 of them grant degrees in this area] all over the 
world recognize that a curriculum including Comparative Literature gives 
the student an appropriate training in a time of international co-oper- 
ation in every field of human activities, 

Financial support id basically the same for the student in Comparative 
Literature as for a student in another literature program. Since Compara^ 
tive Literature is not taught at the undergraduate level, there are no 
teaching assistantships in that discipline; but graduate students in 
Comparative Literature are entitled to apply for such an assistantship 
in the department of the literature of their main interests This depart- 
ment will handle all applications in the same way whether the students 
are enrolled in a national literature department or in the program of 
Comparative Literature^ Besides the teaching assistantship there are 
University Fellowships, National defense Graduate Fellowships, Univer- 
sity Sumr.ier Fellowships for Teaching Assistantis, University Teaching 
Fellowships, and Tuition and Fee Waivers available to students in the 
Comparative Literature Program. 

___ Francois Jost, Directed of the 

■ Program in Comparative Literature 

ARTICULATION CONFERiilNCEo The eighteenth articulation conference was held 
on Thursday and Friday, December 16-17 at the University of Illinois. 
The conference is held twice a year, in December and again in April, 
with counselors, administrators and secondary school teachers attending 
at the invitation' of the University OTfice of Records and Admissions. 
The conference was planned for teachers of English, History, and Spar^ish| 
giving them a chance to discuss high school-university articulation and 
to meet and talk with former studehts. 

On the first evening Charles I'J, Sanford, Dean of Admissions and Records, 
spoke to the combined groups on "Admissions Requirements and Procedures" 
followed by John E, Bovvers, Director of Testing, Admissions and Records, 
who spoke on "Research on the Selection 6f Beginning Freshmen", The 
groups then separated by subjects, with the Spanish section attending 
a session on "Problems of Transition from High School to University" 
conducted by IVilliam H, Shoemaker, Head of the Spanish, Italian and 
Portuguese Departigent , Professor Jose S. Flores, and Assistant Professor 
Warren L, Meinhardt of the same department. 

The Friday meeting was devoted to interviews of former students} a 
luncheon meeting at which Robert >. , Rogerd, Dean of the LAS College 
presided and Lowell B, Fisher, Coordinator of School-University 
Articulation spoke On "The Allerton House Conference on Human Relations 
and Equal opportunities"; and another session on articulation for the 


Spanish teachers, again conducted by, Drs. Shoemaker, Flores, and Mein- 
hardtj In addition, Principals counselors and universi;J;y personnel 
joined in a discussion of the teacher-student interviews held earlier 
in the dayo 

Addressing the meeting of Spanish teachers, Dr. Jose Flores presented a 
statistical analysis of the departmental placement test results. The 
study was based on tests given in September of this year (academic year 
1965-66) in which 567 students took the MLA Reading Comprehension tests* 
Of tjie 567 students, the greatest portion (G30) offered two years of 
study, the the second largest (139) offered tfeoee years, then four years 
(54), one year(39) and 5 offered no studyu Although the results and 
interpretations were varied, certain features were most interesting. 
As the number of years of study increased, the number of pupils who 
placed ahead of the expected course declined, until after four years 
no students placed higher than expected Cii%[5iOut of o9j ; 0> [13 out 
of 330J| 2% [3 out of 139] and then none),. Those with no previous study 
were exceptional and are not included in the above figures. Of the 5 
onlu 1 received no credit, with the others placing in 103 (l). 104 (l), 
and 211 (2)o There can be no expecteu course level with such students 
offering no calculable studyo 

However it is encouraging to note that with four years of study the num- 
ber of students placirg only one semester below the expected course was 
greatly increased over the number placing two or three semesters lower 
than expecteda The figures are represented below, with percentages, but 
v/ith the semesters above combined in one figuroo 



1 [39] 5o.oir/o* 60^.15%* 28».«71%* none none 

2 [330] 12... 4% 76... 23% 152.. 46% 90... 27% «one 

.3 [139] 3v.c2%* 441,. c 29%* 40... 28%* 49..«35%* 6«..4%* 

4 [54] none 12o.,22?o* 27, ..50% 9. ..16%* 6,ooll%* 

* percentages are approximate, fractions have been dropped 

Also considered was the time lapse between high school and university 
testing which ranged fi'om 6-8 years, with 41% suffering no time lapse* 

***** « 

LINGUISTICS, Representing the University of Illinois at the Linguistic 
^Society of America annual meeting held in Chicago during the Christmas 
vacation was Professor Yamuna Kachru of the School of Oriental and 
.African Studies of the University of London and the University of Illinois 
Linguistic Departments Profi Kachru read a paper entitled "Some Rules 
for Passive and Causative Sentences in Hindi"e Mario Saltarelli, a recent 
graduate, now of Cornell Univ. also read a paper at the meetinga 

. -4- 

From the Faculty Newsletter sununary on the Senate Committee on the Lib- 
rary Report for 1964-65 comes information on acquisitions and growth in 
the Modern Language sections. The report notes that the most rapid growth 
occurred in the Slavic and Asian programs . The University of Illinois 
Library now ranks ninth in holdings of works printed before 1501 — with 
890 titles to be compared with 97 titles in 1940, The report notes that 
the Slavic Division catalogued 18,651 volumes for a total collection 
of 72, 350 catalogued volumes, with an estimated 109, 000( exclusive of 
microtexts ) actually contained within the collection counting all the 
uncatalogued materials. 

The report also notes that the Library joined the Latin American Co-oper- 
ative Acquisition Project (LACAP) in January and received about 1,000 
titles under the plan, with an expected 3,000 in the coming year. And of 
interest also^ to foreign language specialists is the Library's continued 
participation in the Farmington Plan, under which the Univ. of 111. 
Library is responsible for Italian and French Languages, French and 
Spanish Literature, general literature, and all publications origionating 
in Braail (among other fields of less interest to our readers). Under the 
plan last year the University of Illinois Library received 4,477 volumes; 
volumes received since the plan's inauguration in 1948 total 49,189, 

NDEA SUMMER INSTITUTES. Three National Defense Education Act Summer 
Institutes have been announced for Illinois for the summer of 1966. 
Interested readers are reminded that completed application forms must 
be submitted no later than March 21, 1966, Information and forms should 
be obtained from the director of the institute the candidate wishes to 
attend, and the completed application form is to be returned to the 
director of that institute^ Illinois universities participating are: 
Knox College , Galesburg, Sherman U', Brown Director (level 3j Spenieh); 
held abroad, Bradley University , held in San I-dguel de Allende, Mexico, 
William A. Hunter Director (levels 1,2 Spanish) and Southern Illinois 
University held in iifremen, Springe, and west Berlin, Germany, Hellmut A, 
Hartwig Director (level 1, German )» jj 

FRENCH NOTES — Prepared by Edwin Jahiel- 

Professor Francois Jost of the French Department gave a lecture in Buffalo 
sponsored by the English and >Jodern Language Departments of Canisius 
College, He spoke on "The Origin and Development of the Novel in li/estern 
Europe", Prof, Jost was also elected chairman for 1966 of the C.I,C. 
Conference on Comparative Literature, held this year at Gull Lake, Mich, 
He will succeed Prof, Korst Frenz of Indiana Univ, in this position. 


French Journal Club. A tentative schedule for the French Journal Club 
meetings in the second semester includes : a lecture on French Realism 
Feb, 15 by Prof. Roger Kempf of Northwestern Univ., author of a book on 
Diderot and the novel; a March 7 lecture by Prof. Robert Sutton, Direct- 
or of the 111. Historical Survey, speaking on holdings relative to 
FVench settling; a possible visit early in April by the contemporary 
novelist and critic Nathalie Sarrauto, and another possible visit late 
in April by the poet and critic Prof. Robert Champigny of Indiana Univ, 
who would speak on the genre concept. 

French Art* Color reproductions of French Paintings, beginning with 
Jean Fouquet in the 15th century and continuing through Cezanne in the 
19th, were on display in the main corridors of the University of 111, 
Library in early December. The collection was one being circulated 
through the U^S.A^ by the cultural division of the N. Y. office of the 
French Embassy, and includes works by Fouquet, Georges de la Tour, 
Chardin, VVatteau, Degas, and Pissarro^ 

The Newsletter of the French Cultural Services of Chicago listed many 
activities for the area during January^ i'^ong them were exhibitions 
(Nicolas de Stael, Roualt,Leger), Films (Genet's Un Chant , d ' Amour , 
Dreyer's La Passion de Jeanne d' Arc ^ Bresson's Le Proces de Jeanne d' Arc « 
Gui try's Assassins et Voleurs . & Game's Les En f ants du Paradis ), Plays 
(Ayme's Clerambard , lonesco's Le Pieton de 1 'Air , & Molilre'sLe Malade 
Imaginaire ) , talks (three on Nicolas de Stael, six on existentialism), 
and a recital (Gerard Souzay). For details consult the Newsletter, 

GERMAN NOTES — Prepared by Carol Miller 

Many members of the faculty took advantage of the fact that the MLA 
annual meeting was being held in Chicago to attend. Two members of the 
Department actively participated in the program. As mentioned in the 
last Newsletter , Prof. Francis J. Nock was Chairman of the Conference 
"Problems in Teaching and Testing Languages Required for Doctoral 
Candidates", Prof. lierbert lOiust read a paper entitled "Sweeney among 
the Birds and Brutes" in the Corjparative Literature Section. Others 
served on committees of the various groups. 

Publications. The October issue of the Journal of English and Germanic 
Philology included a long article by Prof, Harry G. Haile"''Herr, er 
will uns fressen' : The Spirit of GStzl', Book reviews by Prof, Francis J, 
Nock (Langenscheidt 's New Muret - Sanders Encyclopedic Dictionary of the 
English and German Languages . Part I. Vol, I) and Prof, 3.ohn R Frey 


(F,K,Stanzel, Typische Foriren des Romans ) appeared in the same number. 
Professor Emery E George has translated four poems by Heinz Piontek for 
Kodern European Poetry , ed» viillis Barns tone, a Banta^ Book being 
published this montho 

Four new courses are being offered by the Department this semester. 
At the undergraduate level, existing courses were expanded to twb- 
seraester programs with the neu titles 251-The German Noveile of the 
20th century (Schier); 253-20tu century German Drama (iCnust, Schwalbe); 
270-20th century Literature (Lorbe); and SOS-Modei^n German Poetry 
(Lorbe), The 305 course is also open to graduate students as are the 
other departmental offerings on the 300 and 400 levels; 302-German Lit. 
since 1700 (Frey, >icGlathery ) , ; 303- Advanced Conversation, Composition, 
and Syntax (V.ienold); 304-Advanced Conversation (Schiisr ) ; .332- Schiller 
(Frey); 360-i.lntroduction to German Phonetics (Nock); 382-Language Lab. 
Techniques (Meyers); 416- Kiddle High German Literature (Nock); 420- 
Hist. of the German Language (Ebbinghaus ) ; 426~Gothic (V/ienold); 432- 
German Literature from 1400-1700 (StegemeiEe) ; 44S-Nineteenth Century 
German Realism (Frey); 460-Seminar in German Literature (Haile); 493- 
Research in S|>ecial topics (Ebbinghaus); 499-Thesis Research, 

A seminar on Rilke's "Archaischer Torso Apollos" took place at the home 
of Pi of, and Mrs. Henri Stegemeier on Jan, 14, Papers by Prof, Stegemeier 
Hans Schliitter, and Rudolph Schi ;r formed the basis for the discussiono 
The tppic for February will fee the late hymns of Ilolderlin* ,. 


Communication among the German Departments of the Big Ten Universities 
the Univ. of Chicago, and tae Chicago Circle can.pus of the Univ. of 111. 
is fostered by the annual Chairmen's conference; this year the group 
discussed placement exams, procedures for granting proficiency credit, 
the program for Majors in German, needed facilities in Language Labs, 
graduate reading requirements, and personnel, ^!Ost of the departments 
administer an exam for incoming students who have stuaied the language 
elsewhere. Some consider the results purely advisory, others consider 
them binding. There is also sentiment against granting credit to students 
repeating high school courses. The ever increasing number of candidates 
for the graduate reading exam is cau£?ing departments to try to stream- 
line testing procedures. A method being used by some is the machine 
graded ETS examination, while many others are considering its introduct- 
ion, Rrof, K.G, Haile was elected Chairman and Secretary for 1966. 

The German Department recently conducted a survey of German instruction 
in the high schools throughout the state of Illinois, the purpose of 
which to gather information on tlie present oondition of German teach- 


ing and to explore the needs of German teachers in the state. The survey 
indicates that the teaching of German has experienced a vigorous growth 
in the last ten years, in creasing in like proportion with the other 
foreign languages. Facilities have certainly improved, but there are s 
still many instructors who feel restrained by limited physical equipt- 
ment,' lack of audio-visual materials, and inadequate preparation. Ulien 
asked what the University German Department could do for the high school 
the majority of the teachers requested information on the teaching of 
German at the University and information on the preparation of the high 
school student for the college experience. It is hoped that future 
issues of the Newsletter can bring more information on this subject. 
At present an analysis of the past year's placement exams (MLA) is being 
conducted and the names of those students who placed high on the exam 
has been prepared. There is also an effort being made to include all 
state high school teachers of German in the mailing list for this Jan* 
Newsletter . Anyone who is aware of teachers being overlooked after this 
issue has been circulated is urged to contact the ^ditor at the address 
found on the last page» German teachers are also urged to share their 
copies with their colleagues in the other languages, since the attempt 
to include all the teachers has at present not extended to the other 
departments because of the difficulty of the undertaking. 

— Harvey Kendall 

MLA Placement Examinations, Of the students taking placement examinations 
at the Univ. of 111. this year in German, forty were placed two courses 
above the expected course because of high scores (ie, students with two 
years of High School German entered a fourth semester course). Two of 
the students, Marion Tabor of Lane Tech. HS, Chicago and John Chamberlin 
of North Shore Country Day, Chicago, v/ere advised to register for fifth 
semester courses. The forty and their high schools are : Lyons Twp N. , 
La Grange, Robert Haugen, liilliam Heasom, John Klemke, James Lake, 
Norman Ryan, V.illian; Stammer, Ray Swanson, Robert Zupkus; Evans ton Twp » 
Evanston, Vincent Eitzen, Edward ^lartell, >iichael Melber, Mark Simon; 
Belleville Twp. , Belleville , John Hackmann, Phoebe Jenlcins ; Peoria HS, 
Peoria, Mark Carson, Ann Gunther; Univ . of Chicago Lab School , Stepen 
Segall, Charles Sevcik; Auburn-Rockford Sr . ilS , Rockford, Bruce Rutan; 
Community Uni t 5, Waterloo. Ronald Gibbs ; Galesburg Sr . HS , Galesburg, 
Terry Colbert; Glenbard ..est , Glen Ellyn, John McCarthy; Glenwood HS, 
Chatham, Carolyn Uhite; J. Sterling; I.orton East , Cicero, Johanne Dilba, 
J. Sterling '-iorton -est , Cicero, Michael Gra^; Lane Technical, Chicago, 
Marion Taber; Maine Twp . South , Des Plaines, Robert Florence; Maine Twp , 
West, ^es Pjaines, Paula Clayton; Mtj Morris Comm. HS, Mt. Morris, 
Michael Hollar; Niles Twp , East , Skokie, Steven Greenman; North Shore 
Country Day School , Chicago, John Chamberlin; Oak Lawn Comm., Oak Lawn, 
Dominic Kazwell; Palatine Twp , Palatine, Linda U'allin; Proviso V.'est , May- 
wood, Gisela Florczak; Richwood HS, Peoria , Farole Fisher; South Shore HS , 
Chicago, Marion Rosenthal; Thorton Tvyp o , Harvey , Gerald Peterson; Mt . 
Pleasant HS , '.lilm. Del,, Colin Jones; and Chattanooga HS, Chattanooga 
Tenn^ , Barbara V.hiteo Congratulations to both students and teachers. 


SLAVIC NOTES — Prepared by Steven P. Hill 

As of this \.inter the Slavic Department has two new Ph.D. s: Prof, Frank 
Y, Gladney, who defended his dissertation on the syntax of. gerunds in 
Ifth century Russian at Harvard Univ© in December, 1965, and the vrriter 
of this column , who ^d earlier defended his, on Ru.;sian prepositions, 
at the Univ. of Michigan, In another research and publications note, 
Prof. Victor Terras has recently brought out a new textbook edition of 
Pushkin's Boris Godunov; published by Bradda Books (London) in its 
"Library of Russian Classics", the edition has an introduction, notes, 
and vocabulary by Prof* Terras© 

Financial Supports ^i total of seven well-paying NDEA Fellowships for 
graduate study in Slavic at the Univ. of 111, is available for 1966-67, 
including three Title IV fellov.ships^each renewable up to three years), 
in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and four title VI fellowships (each 
for one year)in Russian Language and Area Studies, Applications must be 
in by February 15. Interested persons should obtain information immediat- 
ely from the Slavic ^ept. Office, 260 Lincoln Hall, Urbana, 111. 61801, 

A Big boost was recently given to Slavic Studies at Illinois by a grant 
from Kiss Doris Duke anunounting to 3153, 426 for the years 1966-1971, 
This generous grant, duplicating a previous gift of SlSOy^OOO from I-iiss 
Duke for the past five years, will support the Center for Russian Lang- 
uage and Area Studies in offering courses, bringing new faculty members , 
sponsoring faculty research, awarding graduate fellowships, increasing 
library acquisitions, and inviting guest lecturers. Miss Duke has been 
represented by fiichael Chinigo of Champaign in discussions with Univ. of 
111. officials, including Russian Area Center Director Ralph ,T Fisher Jr, 
now returned from his three semester sabbatical in Austria, 

Additional Course, The Slavic Department has added this spring semester 
Old Church Slavic (O.CS, 405) to enable students to study Slavic Ling- 
uistics in sequence — first Introduction to Slavic Ling, [380], then 
0,C,S.[4055, History of Russian [417], and 11th to 16th century Russian 
Literature [4103, 

Cultural events. On Thurs, Feb. 16, Prof, Benjamin Uroff will address the 
Slavic Round Table on Russian History, his specialization [209 Illini 
Union, 8:00pra]« On Tues. Feb, 15, The Russian Club will show Leo Tol- 
stoy's classic novel Resurrection filmed by ydchael Sshweitzer in 1962 
[Auditorium, 8: OOpra], Sun, Feb. 20, CBS television will carry a special 
program on the Univ. of Moscow, The Russian Tea Hour will be meeting on 
Tuesdays from 2-4 pm in the Gothic Room of the Union; the Club officers 
after experimenting with other locations have decided to return to the 
Gothic Room in order to restore attendance to the Sept-Oct, level. 



Meetings of the Kussian Club are tentatively slated for March 8, April 
5, April 26, and Jiay 17, The University Theatre will produce Andreyev's 
He \'iho Gets Sl apped inarch 9 through 12, The Russian Club plans two 
more films, to be shown March 15 and May 10( titles to be announced). 

High-School Russian, In many high schools around the country the last 
year or two has witnessed what seems to be a very serious worsening of 
the position of high-school Russian, A number of schools have cut back 
on Russian and in some cases have tried to eliminate it entirely, A 
local teacher, back from the.' Cartmouth Summer Russian Institute , reports 
that about 75% of the 45 teachers in attendance represented high schools 
which would not be offering any first year Russian in 1965-66, and only 
one teacher represented a school which would be offering third- and 
fourth- year Russian* The Teacher Placement Office of the Univ. of 111, 
is not having an easy time finding high-school Russian positions for 
seniors graduating in the Teacher Training Curriculum, This sitiiation 
exists not only in parts of Illinois but also in other states. At a 
time when the population of teenagers in America is growing rapidly, the 
number of them taking Russian in high school seems to he dropping, even 
to an ominous extent. 

This drop might be partly explained by a declining interest on the part 
of the students, but that does not appear to be the whole story, in a 
decade when American tourist travel in the USSR is increasing, when 
Classical Russian Literature retains as much interest as ever, when 
modern Soviet arts are becoming increasingly experianental and outspoken, 
and when the USSR is as important in scientific research and in world 
affairs as it was in the boom years of Russian instruction, 1958-62, 
Part of the reason for the serious situation of high-school Russian 
today would seem to lie with the school boards and administrators, and 
perhaps with the other language teachers, who in some instanced do not 
appear to be encouraging, and are perhaps even actively discouraging, 
the teaching of Russian in Public Schools, If the trend of the last two 
or three years continues, Russian will yomeday be taught only at tjie 
college level. 

But whatever the explanation, uhat is needed now is a concerted effort 
by teachers, both secondary and college, to effect a reversal of the 
downward trendy Such an effort on the part of the Ann Arbor Confei^ence 
of 1960, when there was no nodern auUio- lingual textbook for college 
Russian, gave rise to a project culminating in the Modern Russian test 
which today is playing a tremendous, and at times excessive, role in 
changing methods of college Russian teaching. This writer would like to 
suggest that on the next convenient occasion (such as the Spring 1966 
meeting of the Illinois AATSEEL) a conference of Illinois Russian and 
Slavic Teaxhers , and any other interested persons, be held to determine 
the causes of the current decline and then to plan effective ways of 
combating or reversing this downward trend. This might be one occasion 
where more could be accomplished by changing the usual agenda of papers 
on individual scholarly research to a work conference on saving high 
school Russian, All persons interested in such an idea are urged to 


write the current Chairviian of Illinois AATSEEL, Prof. Frank Y, Gladney, 
or Prof. Steven P. Hill, the address in either case being 260 Lincoln 
Hallj Univ. of 111,, Urbana 111, 61861, expressing their desite to 
attend such a conference and sending any suggestions for the content 
or arrangement of such a conference. If there is no particular show of 
interest «b the part of the iiussian and Slavic teachers of Illinois, we 
can safely assume that there is no need for a conference of this type 
and one will not be organized* 

It should be emphasized that the situation is not ominous everywhere, 
and in fact a number of dedicated teachers in Illinois, and elsewhere, 
have worked hard to develop strong Russian programs in their schools 
which are attracting, keeping, and even expanding the interest of sub- 
stantial numbers of students. A fine example i§ the work of Kr, Frank 
Petronaitis of Riverside-Brookfield HS, which in October played host to 
a Russian Club ^ixer featuring skits, dances, songs, and poetry recitals 
by students from eight schools, and which in December presented the 
Russian Choir of Sts. Peter and Paul Church singing sacred music, folk 
songs and Christmas carols, to which neighboring schools were invited, 
Mr. Petronaitis writes that these exchanges will be continued, with the 
next event to be hosted by Lyons Twp. HS on Sun. February 13 featuring 
a community dance choreographed by Alex Karaczun of the Chicago-centered 
Kalinka Dancers© 


Publications, The first book of 1966 to be published by a member of the 
faculty in the Department of Spanish is Dr. Luis Leal's Historia del 
cuento hispanoamericano published by Studium, Dr. Leal is also the 
author of an article "Poesia de Octavio Paz", Hispania XLVIII (December, 
1965), pp. 841-842, and another, "La literatura mexicana en el siglo 
XX (l93o-1965)" which appears as a section in Panorama das Literaturas 
das Americas IV pp. 1997-2050. 

The November issue of Romanc e Philology (XIX, No. 2, 1965, pp. 261-267) 
contains an article "Four Graeco liomance Etymologies" by Drs. Henry and 
Renee Kahane, Incorrectly listed in the November Newsletter was an 
article by Dr. V.'. Curtis Blaylobk "Hispanic ^ietaphony" which appeared in 
R omance Philology , and not in the HR.[ RPhil . XVIII (Feb. 1965)pp. 253- 


Dr« Luis Leal will be on sabbatical leave during the second semester of 
this year and during the siammer. From March througii the first week in 
September he will be in Mexico preparing a panorama of Mexican literat- 
ure for the Pan ^Imerican Union, During the first semester of this year 



Dr, Lral participated in the Latin /unerican Studies program as he had 
done in tlie past, giving a conibineci lecture with Professor Rae of the 
Department of Fine Arts entitled "Intellectual Life and the Creative 

David Hernandez completed requirements for the Ph.D. degree in December, 
Dr. Henaandez, whose thesis topic was "Alfonso Reyes as a Literary 
Critic" is currently at Stephen FoAustin State College in Nacogdochez, 
Texas « 

Three members of the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Department have 
feeen awarded Faculty Summer Fellowships for the summer of 1966. Dr. 
Benito Brancaforte will be studying Italian literary criticism of the 
Spanish writers of the sixteenth century. Dr. barren L ^leinhardt will 
be investigating the absurd vision in the Argentine novel and Dr. Mild» 
red E, Dordick will be investigating problems arising from research 
done earlier for her doctoral thesis on Frey Machado's Mirror for new 
christians in a sixteenth-century manuscript. 

The Portuguese section of the Deoartment has added a new course, Port- 
uguese 407-Readings in Brasilian Literature, to be given for the first 
time in the second semester, Th6 course is designed to releive the 
burden placed on the Portuguese 490 courses (individual study). 

Plans for the Spanish Summer School in I^lexico are progressing, with a 
committee appointed from the C.I.C. institutions (the Big-Ten and the 
Univ. of Chicago) to ma^e further arrangements in Mexico during the 
semester break. 

Participation by Department members in the NH^A meeting held in Chicago 
in December includes the election of '.i'. Curtis Blaylock as 1966 Chairman 
for the Comparative Romance Linguistics Section, Dr. James 0, Crosby as 
1966 Chairnnan of Spanish 2, Dr. John V/. Kronik 1966 Secretary of Spanish 
4, and Dr. Luis Leal aas Chairman of the 1966 Conference 32 (Latin 
j'anerican Studies) and 1966 of the Spanish 7 Advisory and Nomin- 
ating Committees Participating in this year's meeting were Dr. Joseph 
H.D. Allen on the Committee on Teaching and Research Curricula of the 
Comparative Romance Linguistics Section, Dr. James 0, Crosby serving as 
Secretary of Spanish 2, Dr. I»erlin H, Forster serving on the 


Bibliography Committee of Spanish 7, Dr, John VI, Kronik serving on the 
Nominating and ^.dvisory Committee of Spanish 5, and Dr, U'illiam H, 
Shoemaker serving aa Chairman for 1965-66 of the same committee. Prof, 
Shoemaker also participated actively in the newly formed Conference on 

Several recent Ph, D, graduates of the Department took active patts in 
the meetings in Chicago over the Christmas vacation. In the absence of 
Dr. Sherman Eoff of the University of V.ashinfeton, due to a family ill- 
ness, Drj Joseph Schraibman of Princeton, a former student and colleague 
(Ph.D. 1959) acted as Chairman for the Conference on Galdos«at the MLA 
meeting. Prof, Schraibman also acted as a member of the Advisory and 
Nominating Committee of Spanish 5 and was elected 1966 Chairman for 
Spanish 4,, He also read a paper "Galdos and the 'style of old age'" at 
the AATSP meetingo Others reading papers at the MLA meeting were Dr, 
Maria iCrabeita of Northwestern Univ. (Ph. D, 1965) "Asunto y forma de 
expresion en Baroja" and Mario Saltarelli of Cornell Univ. "Romance 
Dialectology and Generative Grammar" in the Spanish 5 and Comparative 
Romance Linguistics Section respectively, Er. Fred P. Ellison, a former 
colleague, now at "the University of Texas, acted as Discussion Leader 
for the Conference on P rtuguese Language Development, 

At the AATSP meeting in Chicago Mr. Lionel Romero of Edison Jr. HS in 
Champaign, President of the downstate chapter of the AATSP read the 
chapter report for the year 1965, 

A new section on Portuguese has been proposed by Dr. Mary Lou Daniel of 
the University of V.isconsin and accepted for the April 36 meeting in 
Iowa City of the MMLA (Midwest I odern Language Association) Conference, 


The Department of Geography of DePaul University has announced plans for 
a Study Tour of Latin America to be conducted during the siimmer of 1966* 
The itinerary is quite complete and includes rural areas. The tour can 
be taken for university gredit, and information on credit and on the 
Study Tour itself may be obtained by writing Richard J Houk, Chairman, 
Department of Geography 25 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago 4, Illinois, 

The University of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
lished -jointlyby the modern language departments of the University of • 
Illinois under the direction of the 'department of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portnguese, Prof. William H, Shoemaker, Head. The Newsletter is avail- 
able without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and other 
states. Editor: Miss Jane Killami All, communications shouls be addressed 
to Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illo 61801, 


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Volo XIX No, 5 February. 1966 


The University of Illinois Library is currently exhibiting books on 
Ukx'ainiau Arts on the first floor, in the corridor showcases* The exliibit 
prepared by Dmytro Shtohryn, Head of Slavic Cataloging, is in observance 
of the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Kiiervan Academy, the 
first university in the Ukraine^ The Acedemy was founded in Kiev^ the 
capital of Ukraine, in 1615-16 by Archbishop Petro Mohyla; in the second 
half of the seventeenth century it changed from a Collegium to an 
institution of higher learning comparable to the western university^ 
In the nineteenth century the Academy was reorganized as an Orthodox 
theological college, Dukhovha Akademiia, which was closed in 1920 by 
the communistso The library exhibit includes books on the arts, crafts, 
costumest architecture, and two sections devoted to tenth and eleventh 
centui'y Kievan nanus criptso 

Also on display in the corridor gallery of the Library during February 
is an ehhibition of the works of Pablo Picasso, ranging from reproduct- 
ions of his paintings to photographs of his ceramic works. 

AUDIO-VISUAL DEJ;0NSTR.\TI0N. Members of the Modern Foreign Lahguage, 
Classics, English as a second language, and Education faculties were 
invited to attend a lecture on February 8 given by Professor Elton 
Hocking of IHirdue University, Professor Hocking's presentation, sponsor- 
ed jointly by the College of Education, and the Departments of French 
and Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, included a showing of composite 
films illustrating valuable cultural materials for use in foreign lang- 
uage classrooms, and was designed to make foreign language teachers at 
all levels aware of the materials available to them, and to demonstrate 
and explain their effective utilizations Professor Hocking gave a sim- 
ilar presentation on February 9 to the University's foreign language 
teaching majors. 

Professor Hocking, recipient of the French Government's Palmes Academ 
iques , and a long time leader in language teaching, received his Ph.D, 
from the University of V/isconsin in 1030 and has taught at that univer- 
sity, Northwestern University, Middlebury College, and Purdue Univer- 
sity, where he was Chairri;an of the Foreign Language Department from 
1947«1962. He is currently Professor of Modern Language Education at 


Purdue» Prof. Hocking has held two fellowships, one in France and 
Italy, (1936-1931) and a Fulbright Fellowship to the Centre Audio-Visuel 
de St. Cloud, France. He is the author of numerous articles, in foreign 
language, education, and audio-visual journals^ on foreign culture, the 
teaching of foreign languages, and audio-visual instruction. His publi- 
cations include: Ferdinand Brunetiere ; The Evolution of a Critic , Lang- 
uage Laboratory and Language Learning , Transition to Reading and Writing 
French (with J.M. Carriere) , and a teaching edition (with J.C. Fucilla) 
of Goldoni's La Locandiera, 

LINGUISTICS LECTURER, James U' Marchand, Cornell University Professor of 
German and Linguistics, lectured on February J8 in 100 Gregory Hall on 
"Linguistics and Literary Criticism". Professor r>iarchand has written 
numerous articles on linguistics, language teaching, and literary crit- 
icism. His primary interests are Gothic, early Germanic, and early 
Yiddish. The lecture was an open meeting of the Fruchtbringende Gesell- 
schaft group of the German Department o 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE MEETINGS. The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of 
Foreign Languages will be held on March 31-April 2 in New York City. 
This is the thirteenth annual meeting of the, Conference that last year 
drew 2800 participants from 34 states and 6 foreign countries. The 
University of Illinois Delegate, appointed by the College of Liberal 
Arts and Sciences will be Prof. Rasio;. Dunatov of the Slavic Department, 
Those interested in attendiing ^re advieed to write for registration 
forms ($4.00) to: Mrs. Nancy U Lian, 910 U'est End Ave. N.Y. 10025. 

The Kentucky Foreign Language Conference is scheduled for April 28-30 
at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, 

The Midwest Modern Language Association meets on April 30 in Iowa City. 

The Central States Modern Language Association meeting is set for May 
13-14 at the Sheraton-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, 

NATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE \VEEK, Sponsored by the national collegiate 
honor society, Alpha Mu Geunma, the National Foreign Language week will 
be celebrated this year from March 27 through April 2. Posters announc- 
ing it can be obtained at 2 for 25^ from the National President of Alpha 
Mu Gamma, Prof, James Fonseca, Calif. Lutheran Coll., Thousand Oaks, 
Calif, 91360. 


ALUMNA HONORED, A University of Illinois alumna, Concepcion Zardoya, 
has been appointed Virginia C Gildersleeve Visiting Professor in Span- 
ish at Barnard College, Columbia University, for the speing semester. 
Miss Zardoya received her Ph<.D, degree in Spanish from the University 
of Illinois in 1952, She will teach a course in her field of special 
interest, Spanish poetry, and one on Don Quixote while at Barnard, 
The Gildersleeve Professorship was established in 1957 to honor the 
late Dean of Barnard College on her 80th birthday. 

MLA PROFICIENCY TESTS, In October 1965, The MLA Test Advisory Committee 
recommended that the MLA Foreign Language Proficiency Tests for Teach- 
ers and Advanced Students be administered bji the Educational Testing 
Service of Princeton N^Jo through a modified National Testing Program* 
In the past the tests were available only to a limited number of 
institutions on an experimental basis, in which the University of Ill- 
inois participated. Now they will be offered in test centers in all 
fifty states at fixed intervals during the year. Dates set for the 1966- 
1967 school year are April 2, 1966; September 17, 1966; November 19, 
1966; and April 1, 1967c The dates ^ave been chosen to coincide with 
academic needs (prospective summer school candidates, new graduate 
students, first semester graduates j etc,). Benefits expected from the 
administrative change are expanded availability, wider use, standard 
transcript service for score reporting, more security (tests need not 
be changed as often), systematic routine data collection, on examinees 
(providing also a good random population), simpler administration, and 
uniformity of testing procedure^ The 1966-67 Bulletin of Information 
(available free from Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J, ' 
08540) lists the fifty test centers* By meeting certain requirements 
institutions can apply for the tests to be given at other dates and 
in other places* ... 

NALLD, A new organization has been formed- The National Association fpr 
Language Laboratory Directors, to provide assistance and information 
for those engaged in directing laboratories in high schools and coll- 
eges. The explicit purpose of NALLD is to provide a vehicle for the 
exchange of ideas contributing to isaximviin utilization of the more than 
10,000 language laboratories in this country^ Since the language labs 
have proved to be highly effective in bettering language instruction, 
and since they represent an investment of over ^30,000.000.00 at the 
secondary school level alone, it is vital that these installations be 
utilized properly for the maxj.mun benefit. The President of the NALLD 


is Mr, Thomas Goldworthy, Laboratory Director at the University of 
Wisconsin, Teachers interested in more information are invited to write 
the Executive Secretary, Sister M, Timona SSND, Director of Language 
Laboratory, Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53222, • 

--The Florida FX Reporter 

NEW LAW. On September 29, 1965, President Johnson signed the legislat- 
ion for Public Law 89-209 (the 209th law enacted by the 89th Congress) 
which established a National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities. 
The full text of the act is reproduced in the December 1965 PMLA or' 
you may write to your Congressman or Senator for a copy. 

NEW BOOK, NDEA and Modern Forei gn Languages is the title of a 148-page 
book produced by John S Diekhoff , Professor of English and Dean of the 
Faculty of Arts and Sciences at 'western Reserve University, under a 
grant from the Carnegie Corporation, It is a comprehensive description 
and critical evaluation of the first five years of NDEA language prog- 
rams, with history, fact, and provocative commentary. At Si #50 per 
copy the book can be ordered from the Materials Center, MLA, 4 V/ashing- 
ton Place, New York, 10003, 

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SURVEY, The Experiment in International Living will conduct a survey 
of progress abroad for secondary school students. By submitting inquir- 
ies to every high school and organization in international education in 
this country, the iixperiraent hopes to survey all domestically organized 
programs abroad for secondary school students and thereby define and 
analyze the area in terms of objectives, selection and orientation 
methods, leadership, program content, and methods of evaluation, as 
well as to produce a directory of programs, and to suggest Suideliixes 
for program organization. 

~ FL Association Newsletter of 
Northern California 



LECTURES, On February 9 the Archaeological Institute of /iinerica and 
the University of Illinois Classics Department sponsored a lecture 
entitled "Ancient Central r«exico". The illustrated lecture was given 
by Dorothy K Cinquemani of the American Museum of Natural History of 
New York City, On February 14 the Linguistics Club presented Dr. Adam 
Makkai, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Computational Linguistics of 
The Rand Corporation 'Santa Monica, California) who lectured on "The 
Nature ans use of Sememes and Sememic Networks in Recent Theoretical 
Linguistics". The lecture was held in the Faculty Lounge of the Illini 
Union. The Linguistics Seminar, which has announced weekly rather than 
bi-weekly meetings for the rest of the semester, will hear Richard 
d'Alquen, Graduate Student in the German Dept,, oH February 24. Mr. d* 
Alquen will speak on "A Problem in the History of the Gothic Vowel 
System: A Phonemic Approach", 

PEN AND TAPE PALS, Eight organizations for such correspondence are 
listed below: Letters Abroad 18 E. 60th St, N.Y. 10022. Bureau de Corr- 
espondance Scolaire, Director Francis V Guille, College of Viooster, 
booster, Ohio; International Friendship League, 40 Mt, Vernon St. Boston, 
Mass.; Office of Private Cooperation , U.S. Information agency, 1776 
Pennsylvania Ave. N\¥, U'ash, D.C. ; Oficina Nacional de Correspondencia , 
Escolar, Director Harley D Oberhelman, Dept. of Foreign Languages, 
Texas Technological College, Lubbock, Texas; S.T.S.P. ( German Tape 
Exchange ) Carl D Bauer, 1713 Sherwood Rd. New Cumberland, Pennsylvanis ; 
The Voicespondence Club , Noel, Virginia; World Tape Pals Inc. Karjorie 
Matthews Secty,, Box 9211, Dallas Texas, 

~ FL Association Newsletter 
Northern California 

FRENCH NOTES — Prepared by Edwin Jahiel • 

Professor John K Simon was elected Secretary for 1966 of Comparative 
Literature 5 (Anglo-French) at the MLA meeting in Chicago in December, 
His paper "A Study of Classical Gesture: Henry James and Madame de 
Lafayette" given at the French 3 meeting will appear in the spring 
issue of Comparative Literatui;e Studies (University of ^iaryland), 

Professors Vincent E Bowen and Burl Price are recipients of University 
of Illinois Faculty Summer Fellowships for 1966, Professor Bowen will 


work on irony in I^anon Lescaut and Professor Price will work on a 
critical edition of Proust's Les Plaisirs et les jburs and, in collab« 
oration with Prof. Philip Kolb, on a chrorxology of Proust, 

Ph.D. degrees completed in 1965-66 were Vesile Barsan, "Garnier and 
Seneca"! Beverly Branch, "Diderot's Le Neveu de Raheau and the Dial- 
ogue Tradition"; Robert DeRycke, "Pi<eoccupations of Pierre Bayle in 
the Dictionaire his tori que et critique "; Mary Kirabrough, "English 
Influencfes on the Thought of Montesquieu: a Re-evaluation"; Jane 
Neusteih, "The Sucess of Racine's Andromaque— 1667/1700 "; Gabriel 
Savignon, "Theatre et politique sous Louis XIII: Corneille et la 
royaute"; Stanley Shinall, "Madame de Stael's Theories of Fiction"; 
and Victoria Skrupskelis, "Duclos as, a Moralist", 

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The theme of the last Cenacle meeting, on February 7, was "Eroticism 
and Pornography in French Literature". Discussion waS led by Prof, 
Yves Velan, 


The University of Illinois' Year-Abi*oad-in-France Program mentioned in 
an earlier Newsletter will not be offered before 1967-68, 

The State College of Iowa,:Cedar Falls, Iowa, has announced plans for 
a summer institute for teachers of French in Elementary and Secondary 
schools, to be held for four weeks beginning June 13. The institute 
is designed to increase the audio-lingual competence of the partici- 
pants; upon satisfactory completion the participants will also have 
earned four semester hours credit. Those interested should write Mr, 
AndrS Ualther, Director of the French Institute, State College of 
Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 506il3. for further information. 

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GERMAN NOTES — Prepared by Carol Miller 

The German Department vveicomes Professor Ernst A Ebbinghaus as Visiting 
Professor this semesterc Professor Ebbinghaus eai-ned his PheD, at the 
Phillips University of Marburg, and taught there and elsewhere in Germ- 
any before accepting a position at Washington University, St, Louis, 
Missoui"io Since 19Gc, he has been Professor of German at Pennsylvania 
State University* His publications include articles and reviews in 
American and European journals as well as several textbooks of the 
older Germanic Languages, 

Fru chtbringende Ge 3 el 1 s c ha^t featured a guest speaker at the February 
18 meeting. Professor James IV Marchand of Cornell University addressed 
a large group in 100 Gregory Hall, reading a paper entitled "Linguistics 
and Literary Criticism" « Professor ^iarchand. has been active in national 
and international linguistics organizations and has been interested 
primarily in problems related to the Gothic Language 

February 25 was the date set for the February meeting of the Faculty 
Seminar,. At that time Professor Emery George and Iirs, Jeauette Hudson 
will present papers dealing with problems of interpretation, placing 
special emph^*3is on two epigrammatic odes of Holderlin, "Die Kurze" 
and "Sokrates und Alcibiades"* 

Professor P,M, Mitcliell of this Department and Ellen ^l Buley published 
"Unverof fentlichte ] eatsche Dichterbriefe in Kopenhagen" in the Zeit - 
schrift fiir Deutsciic Philologie , Number IV, 1965. The January 1966 
issue of the Jouriial of i^ nglish and Germanic Philo l ogy contains a review 
of Theodore 's Hermann Broch by Prof, Gotz k.ienoldc 

Several books of interest to German teachers have recently appeared or 
are scheduled for spring publication. Prof, Edward !'». Stack has revised 
The Language Labora toi'y and Modern Lan^'^tage Teaching , a book which 
discusses the details o(£ esttiblishing and administering a language lab 
as B[ell as the methodology of language learning, A new civilization 
reader designed for second- and third-year courses is Ernst M Wolf's 
Blick auf Deutschland, an illustrated book published by Charles Scrib- 


ner & Sonso Three readers designed for first-year courses are the 
Cultural ^rf'd^ed Reade rs , New Gerrnan Series texts about Rilke and 
Kafka by CoR, Goedsche and Meno Spann, and Lugendichtunt; edited by 
Harold von Hofe and Joseph Streiikee The last named introduces the 
student to the Munchhausen tales and also includes critical essays. 

New books on German literature are "The Blaisdell German Drataa Series 
Classical and Modern", Four Tales b^ Ber gea^ r uen edr, Viilliam Eick~ 
horst and Nah£ des Todes, a radio play of post~war Germany by Peter 
Hirshe, ede Anna Otten (Both Odyssey Press), and two modern cne-act 
plays J one by Erich Kastner and one by FrarJc Kedekind included in Ein 
Abend in der Munch ner Xanimerspielen^ ed. Conrad P. Hoaiberger. These 
books will be useful primarily in second- and third-year college courses. 


SLAVIC NOTES — Prepared by Rasio Dunatov 

In the October issue Profc Hill announced that he was turning over this 
column to another reporter; witji this issue he finally gets his wishe 
This reporter greatly appreciates Professor Hill's keeping the column 
for the entire semester and in this way making his first semester here 
a little less hectic© 

Prof, Evelyn Bristol was elected Chairman of the newly constituted 
Group, Comparative Literature 8: Slavic-iVestern Literary Relations^ 
at the D cember MLA Meeting* Prof« Zbigniew Folejews^ is a member of 
the Advisory Committee of the groupo 

MLA Russian Exams c As a part of the first semester final examination 
in the first- and second-year courses, The Russian Dept, used the 
listening and reading sections of the MLA Cooperative Examinations. 
The other half of the final was prepared by the department, based on 
materials specifically covered in the courses. The results of the MLfl 
Listening section did not always correspond with the results of the 
Reading section of individual tests. Nor did the combined scores of 
the MLi\ portion agree entiz'ely with the Illinois portionr This was, 
of course, to be expected since we know that certain students have a 
higher degree of proficiency in some skills than in otherso The exams 
gave additional proof, were it needed ^ that exams in audio-lingual 
courses must go beyond' translation from and into the target language 
to include listening comprehension and if possible, speakingo 


Rus.sian Club* The Russian Club held a very interestijig and varied 
Christmas Party on December 20, There were short talks about Christ- 
mas and New Year customs, in the USSR by Soriet Exchange Fellow.' 
George Koshel, in Poland by Mr. Basil Koverdan, in Yugoslavia by Miss 
Zora Mrksich, in Estonia by Prof. Victor Terras, and in Britain by 
Mr. Douglas Clayton* Mr, Nicholas Isotov read the Christmas Story 
from the Russian Bj ble ( Evange lie ot Luki,2, 1-20) and led the singing 
of Russian Christmas carols, including his own translation of Silent 
Night, Four lucky people were awarded Russian Cultural gifts, an Lp 
record of Russian songs, an illustrated edition of Ruslan i L.judmila , 
an icon, and a bottle of Russian perfume. The party, which was well 
attended by teachers and graduate assistants but dis6^ppointingly by 
undergraduates, closed with refreshments, chatting and group singing* 

The first meeting of the second semester will be Tuesday, March 8 at 
7:30 pm in the General Lounge of the lllini Union. Tentatively slated 
for Tues. March 15 (8:00pm, 112 Gregory) is M^ Beloved , a film based 
on Yuri Herman's novel Dorogo j mo j celovek, a highly praised modern 
love story^ Directed by Joseph Heifitz( Lady with the Dog ), it stars 
Alexis BataloV, There will be a short subject featuring the Moiseyev 
Dancers. The Russian Club sponsored the film Resurrection based on 
Leo Tolstoy's novel which was shown February 15* Although it is not a 
Russian Club presentation, we remind jiou that the University Theatre 
will repeat their sucessful performance of Andreyev's play He Who 
Gets Slapped in Lincoln Hall Theater March 9-12 at 8:00 pm. 


Attention High School Teachers! Prof, Steven Hill has prepared a very 
useful handout for his Methods students; it contains a short annotated 
bibliography of Russian texts, readers, eeference granuars, diction- 
aries, periodicals etc, , and a fairly complete list of bookstores, 
here and in Europe, specializing in new and used books on Russian 
language, liiterature, history etc* Prof. Hill has kindly offered to 
make it available to anyone sending a large, stampedgself-addressed 
envelope to him, 260 Lincoln Hall, Urbana 111* 61801, 

In the last issue of the Newsletter Prof, Hill suggested that a work- 
conference be held on the decline of high school Russian enrollment 
in Illinois, and mentioned the spring ATSEEL meeting as a convenient 
occasion* Those of you interested in such a conference are urged to 
write Prof. Hill, or Prof. Frank Y Gladney, both at 260 Lincoln Hall* 

Beginning this semester, the first two years of Russian at the Univ* 
of 111. are taught from Modern Russian I and II by Dawson, Bi dwell, 
and Humesky (Harcourt, Brace, & World Inc.). This is of considerable 
importance for high school students who plan to continue Russian at 


the Univ. of 111,, especially fpr thode now using traditional texts, 
Suggeitions for review and preparation for placement tests are now 
being prepared for subsequent publication in the Newsletter, 


Dr» Joseph H,D, Allen, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was 
elected a corresponding member of the Hispanic Society of America 
in DgCeraber, Dr. Jose Hores, Professor of Spanish, has been named 
a Director of the Classrooms Abroad group which 'will be held this 
summer at the University of Madrid « 

Dr, Merlin H, Forster reports a very profitable two-and a-half month 
stay in Mexico in the f^ll, during which he accomplished a great deal 
of research in biographical details for his forthcoming book on the 
Mexican poet Xavier Villaurrutia, Professor Forster returns to the 
staff this semester after a sabbatical leave which began in June of 
1965» He is the author of an article '^Las novelas de Jaime Torres 
Bodet" which appeared in La Palabra ^ eL Hombre , Num. 34 (abril- 
junio de 1965), 207-212, " 

Three new graduate Assistants in the Department are: Miss Janis 
Ilene Luke, A,B. 1965 Iniliana Univ., who has spent a year studying 
in Peru under a joint program sponsored by the State Department and 
Indiana Univ.; Miss Elizabeth Ann Quails, B.A. 1964 Florida State 
Univ. and M.A, 1965 New York University Graduate Program in Spain; 
and Mrs. Rinda Rebeca Young, B.A, Jan, 1966 Wisconsin State Univ. at 
Eau Claire', who has traveled and studied in I-iexicoa 

The Department will have two guest speakers in March, On March 1 at 
8:00 pm in 314B of the Illini Ujjion, Prof, Jose Luis L Aranguren will 
speak on "Ganivet and Unamuno" in celebration of the Ganivet centen- 
nary. On March 24 at 8:00 pm in Room 314A of the Illini Union, 
Profo Jose R Marra-Lopez, Visiting Professor at the Univ. of Minnesota 


this year^ v/ill speak on "Cara y cruz de la liifeeratura espanola 
actual "o 

Profo As*a?igitren, distingtiished Catedratico (separado) of Ethics and 
Socio?,ogy at the Uni^a:."sity of Madrid^ is a native of the city of 
Santa Teresa p Aiiia^ aad holds the degree of Doctor of P(}ii)Losophy 
and Jjetters and is a Licenciado in Lawc He is the authoi- of books 
on Moi'al philosophy and its social implications » ?rof« Marra«liSpez 
is a brilliaii>, jouiiS literary critic, especially of coateiTiporary 
prose fiction in Spa.Vaj whose revicp/S and critical articles appear 
regu?arl7 in *he monthly Iasv!5.a of whose editorial board he is a 
mtJinbero He is the au'^iior of a very important book, no^j* in its -second 
edi^-ii-oE, dealing crith the Spaiiish novel in exAleo 


On Febr-*sary 17 Profp John W Kronik spoke at the Spanish Club ir.«<eting 
on "Espana atr^Tes de sus contrastes''© The Club will meet a^ain on 
March 2.0 at ivhich time Profs Curtis Blaylocfc will speak on Mexico, 
On March 24 tiie Club wiXl shor a recent Spanish film on the famous 
bullfighter t t-Iiguel Beni tes "El Cordobes", entitled Chantage (which 
translates ' blackmail '*>, Xhe film is in color and v/ill be shown at 
8;00 pti in 112 Gregorrj. The prcgrara for March 3i will be proi'^ided by 
the Latin American scv-dents in an early celebration of Pan American 
Day (April 14) which Tails during the University vacation.} The April 
23 meeting will be the annual 'Conc-urso de goes?a" in which under~ 
graduate students in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese compete for 
prizes 3 A final meeting is scheduled for May, Gordon Kuirhead 
and Miss Catherine Cortes have been named new officers to suceed 
Harry Hefflefinger and Joseph Riggs« 

As it has in the past^ the Club will continue to sponsor the weekly 
"tertulia" held from 3'»4:nO Fi^iday afternK.on in the Federal Room o£ 
the mini Uniono Alvrays exceptionally well attended^ the tertuiias 
provide an esceileat opportunitj to practice Spanish and meet others 
vrith similar inters is a All are welcoBCo 

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The eirculo Italian© is planning a reorganisation and expansion of 
progrcuas under the direction of the new Faculty Moderator, G aduate 
Assistant Sylvia Bellot In aduition to more frequent meetingS| the 
club hopes to hold an Italian dinfaer in the springo 


The Downstate Chapter of the AATSP will hold its annual meeting on 
April 30 at Richwoods US, Peoria Heights 111, CoH.ege, secondary, 
FLES, and student teachers and college students are invited to become 
members of the AATSP by applying to the Secretary-Treasurer, Hknilie 
Byars, at Richwoods HS, Peoriao 

The charter flight coiiimittee of the AATSP under the Chairmanship of 
Jos^ Sanchez of the U iv, of Ills in Chicago, is announcing a summer 
flight to Madrid available to all AATSP members of 6months or more, 
and their families9 The deadline for the application for the charter 
flight and for total payment of the 3275,00 fare is April 1, 1966. 
For information or application blanks write AATSP Charter flight, 
Dept. of Span., Univ. of 111., at Chicago Circle, Box 4348, Chicago 
111., 6O68O0 The flight leaves June 23 and returns August 27„ 

The Chicago Chapter of the AATSP will hold its annual workshop on 
Saturday, March 5 at the Chicago Circle campus of the University of 
Illinois. The program includes discussion sessions in the morning 
covering Spanish linguistics in the classroom, techniques in conver- 
sation practice, culture through visual aids, literature in high 
school, testing, visual aids use, and language lab utilization. 
In charge of registration is Miss Mary Vonasek, Treasurer A^iTSP, 
6417 IV. 18th St, Berivyn, Illinois, 

The Italian Culture Council is attempting to attract mote students 
in the United States to the study of Italian. A leaflet has been 
prepared "Why I am Glad I Studied Italian", for distribution to school 
teachers and administrators to assist them in setting up Italian 
programs. Inquiries should be addressed to the Italian Culture 
Councils 567 Neward Ave, Kenilworth, N.J. 67033, 

The Dante Society of America announces a special Dante Contest for 
college students, with prizes of $100.00 for the best undergraduate 
student essay and $200.00 for the best graduate student essay in 
1966, with the deadline for presentation of papers set at April 1. 
Those interested shpuld write the Dante Society of America, Boylston 
Hall, Harvaiid University, Cambridge, Mass, 

The U' iversity of Illinois Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
lisheH jointly by the Modern Language Departments of the University 
of Illinois under the direction of the Department odT Spanish, Italian 
and Portuguese, Prof, i.illiara H, Shoemaker, Head. The Newsletter is 
available without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and 
other states. Editor: Miss Jane Killam. All communications should be 
addressed to Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall. Univ. of 111. Urbana 111. 61801 

^ *' X^ Z^'^ 


^jode^n Foreign Language ^^HffRvin 

Volo XIX No, 6 March 1966 


The Department of the Classics of the University of Illinois has prep- 
ared a letter for high school seniors who have studied Latin and who 
expect to enter the Univ. of Ill» this year. It is such a fine, persua- 
sive letter that we print herewith a large part of it for such help and 
guidance as it may be to high school teachers of modern foreign lang- 
uages and their students » It is plain that what is said about Latin can 
be equally said about any of the modern foreign languages taught in 
high school. The word Latin of C lassical is replaced by a blank space 
belowo Each modern language teacher may find that by inserting his own 
language in the space the letter will prove an instrument of guidance 
for his own students coming to the University of Illinois in June or 
September. The text of the letter follows: 

Dear Students : 

I am pleased that you are taking the placement test in » I hope 

that you plan to continue your studies in college. There are 

certain advantages in doing this, and I would like to explain them. 

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Univ. of 111. requires 
every student to have at least four semesters of foreigh language study. 
These four semesters are equivalent to four years of high school lang- 
uage. Continuation in means that you can satisfy this requirement 

more quickly than if you start a new language from the beginning. 

If your score on the placement test is high enough you can even advance 

one or more courses. For example, if you have had 2 years of , and 

your score is or more, you would receive credit for one college cour- 
se and could finish your foreign language requirement in one semester. 
If your score is lower than it should be, you may have to go bac!^ one 
course, though without loss of credit. But you would still be one sem- 
ester farther ahead than if you were to start a new language. 

For students who have had four years of (and thereby have satis- 
fied the College language requirement) there is a different advantage 

in continuing in college. Another graduation requirement of the 

College is a 2 semester sequence in the humanities. Two advanced cour- 
ses in will satisfy this humanities requirement. This can certain- 
ly be to your benefit, especially if you are going to be taking courses 
which have many class hours, as in mathematics or science, 

iVhether you take to satisfy a graduation requirement or as your 

major or minor subject of study or as an elective, I am sure you will 

find our courses in itself, and in Civilization/Culture 

intellectually exciting and as enjoyable as they are advantageous, 

— Prof, William H Shoemaker 


NEV/ FOREIGN LANGUAGE BUILDING, Proposal for a new Foreign Language 
building is in the hands of Univei^i ty Committees planning for 1967-69, 
The proposed new building would house French, German, Spanish, Italian, 
Portuguese, Slavic Languages, Classics, English for Foreign Students, 
and Linguistics* It would include twenty-eight classrooms; the head- 
quarters and offices for the complete staff of all language departments 
including the Graduate Assistants who are at present in charge of near- 
ly all beginning and intermediate instruction; seminar rooms for each 
of the seven language departments, each accommodating twenty students 
in an informal atmosphere^ demonstration classrooms with concealed 
observation galleries for training teaching assistants and student 
teachers; language laboratories to accominodate 245 (present facilities 
hold 126 with little space for voluntary student use); and an audio- 
visual headquarters for equipment to serve the entire building. 

CURRICULUM CHANGES, The Univ. of 111. Board of Trustees recently 
approved several curriculum changes for the Urbana campus, /jnong them 
were changes in the curricula for the preparation of high school teach- 
ers of English, French, German, Latin, , Spanish, and Russian, bringing 
them into harmony with the latest course development. 

SUM>5ER COURSES, The Sumner School at the Univ. of 111, is offering a 
fine selection of courses for students of modern foreign languages* 
During the eight week session, fron June 21-August 11, the following 
are offered: 

FRENCH , 101-104; 201 Introduction to French Lit, [Shinall]; 211-212 
Oral French; 309 Survey of French Lit, I [Barrette]; 314 Syntaxe Fran- 
^aise avancee [Nachtmann]; 318 Le Theatre Fran^ais Dupuis 1800 II (Cont- 
emporary period)[ Jahiel] ; 336 Civilisation Fran^aise II [Mainous]; 382 
Language Laboratory Techniques[Meyers!i ; 400-401 French for Graduate 
Students [Staff j; ^25 Explication de textes I [Jahiel]; 460 Seminar in 
French Lit. (Old French)LBarrette] ; 491 Special Topics; 499 Thesis, 

GERMAN, 101-104. 201 Masterpieces in German Lit, [Hailej; 211 Conver- 
sation and Uriting; 260 German Lyrics and Ballads [Stegemeier] ; 290 
Senior Thesis; 382 language Laboiatory Techniques [Meyers]; 452 German 
Lit, from the twenties to the present[Frey] ; 460 Seminar in German Lit, 
[the Baroque Lyric )[Philippson]; 493. Special Topics; 499 Thesis; 400-01 o 

ITALIAN , 4<1 Special Topics} 499 Thesis [Kahane] 

PORTUGUESE . 491 Special Topics; 499 Thesis[Allen] 



RUSSIi\N . 101-103; 211 Oral Russian [Hill]; 311 Advanced Conversation; 
313 Advanced Composition; 324 -.headings in Russian Lit. (Chekhov, Gorky, 
Blok) [Terras]; 400-401 Graduate Student Russian; 417 History of the 
Russian Language [Jillj; 421 Seminar in* the Russian Novel [Terras]; 
491 Special Topics; 499 Thesis Research, 

SPANISH^ 101-104; 211-214 Intermediate and Advanced Conversation and 
Composition; 221 Spanish Drama and Poetry of 20th Century [Baldwin]; 
291 Senior Thesis; 308 ^i6dernismo and Contemporary Spanish American 
Poetry [Forster]; 314 Span, Drama and Poetry of the Golden Age[Morf higoj 
332 Cultura(hispanoamerica)[Forster] ; 351 Phonetics [Allen]; 352 Syntax 
[Kahane]; 382 Language Laboratory Techniques [Iweyers]; 417 17th Century 
Lit. [Morinigo]; 422 Contemporary Span. Novel and Essay [Shoemaker]; 
453 History of the Span. Language [Allen]; 491; 499, 

eight-week institute for librarians to study Spanish^ and Wtin /anerican 
Librarianship will be offered by the Graduate School of Library Science 
and the Department of Spanish in cooperation with the Center for Latin 
American Studies. The program is supported by the Univ. of 111, and the 
U.S, Office of Education under the auspices of Title IV of the National 
defense Education Act, Twenty-five librarians with a Master's degree 
or its equivalent, and presently employed in a professional capacity to 
which such training is applicable in 1966-67, will be accepted in a 
program desighed to provide them with Spanish language proficiency 
equivalent to at least a fmll academic year at the beginning level, 
Library Science credit in Latin American Bibliography, and an exposure 
through visiting consultants to the book trade, acquisitions problems, 
exchanges, official publications, etc.. 

The program is designed to include participants at Vcirying levels of 
language proficiency, with an intensive course in Spain 101-102 to be 
given for 6 semester hours credit. A placement test will be administer- 
ed to aid in proper course level assignment for those with more prepar- 
ationo Library Science 450i-Advanced Studies in Librarianship will be 
held for 2 classroom hours daily. The first 4 weeks will cover Latin 
American Bibliography, under the direction of Dr. william V Jackson of 
the N.Y, Public Library, The rest of the course will be devoted to 
Visiting Consultants, and discussions of projects for the participant's 
home libraries* Each participant is expected to arrive ivith an outline 
of a library resources development project related to Latin America a 
and his library's needs. For more information write: Mr. Carl Deal, 
Director Summer Institute, Span, and Lat. ^^mer, Librarianship, 1207 
W Oregon St University of Illinois, Urbana 111. 61801. 


VTORNER MARX TRUST FUND, In February 1965 Professor i.'erner T-Iarx of the 
Department of German died unexpectedly at the age of 41, His friends, 
students, and colleagues formed an educational fund for Prof, Marx's two I 
childreno The fund is still open and contributions can still be dent c/o 
Edwin Jahiel, Trustee, Dept. of French, 244 Lincoln Hall Urbana, 111, 
The Fund derives most of its income from the annual uerner I'iarx Memorial 
Film Series^ which this year features D,17, Griffith's Birth of a Nation 
on Tuesday April 26 and Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion on Tuesday, May 
3« Both films are shown at 8:00 pm in the University Auditorium. The 
Museum of Modern Art calls the first "unquestionably the most important 
film ever made". The second is the masterpiece among films on pacifism 
and human relations. Both are always included in lists of the ten best 
movies ever made. 

COMPARATIVE LITER.-TUREo Professor Haskell M. Block, Professor of Compar- 
ative Literature at Brooklyn College, has accepted a Visiting Professor- 
ship for the first semester of the academic year 1966-67, He will teach 
a course on "The Symbolist liovement" (Comp. Lit, 451) and on the Modern 
Drama (Comp, Lit 461), Prof. Block has several publications in these 

NALLD DIRECTORY. The newly formed National iissociation of Language Lab- 
oratory Directors is planning to issue a Directory of High School Lang- 
uage Laboratories in the State of Illinois about April 1, 1966, Prof, 
Evelyn Uhrhan Irving of North Central College, Kaperville 111, has been 
appointed Editor of the Directory, During February an attenpt was made 
to issue an invitation to every high school in the state to submijj its 
name to the Directory (both listing and Directory are free). If any 
school has not been contacted or has not yet reported its desire for 
listing, write Profo Irving immediately for inclusion in the subsequent 
edition of the Directorji, 

CSMLTA, The Foreign Study and Exchange section of the Central States 
Modern Language Teachers Association has created a registry of Central 
States foreign study programs. The registry will not be limited to just 
foreign language programs but will include other areas when information 
is available. Even programs limited to certain types of students, or to 
certain schools, ivill be listed. For information or to share plans write 
to: Dr. Ernest Stowell, Amity Institute, Box 102, Eau Claire, Wise, 54702 
At the May 13-14 meeting in Detroit Elizabeth Crozier of Cairo HS, Cairo 
111, will present a lecture "FL Teacher Aide Program" • 


VISUrtL AIDSs Many people have asked about visual aids and where they 
can be foundo The Univ. of 111, has a very large selection of foreign 
language films available at a low cost(most rent for less than $5 per 
week). A catalogvie, Foreign Language Films, may be obtained from : The 
Division of Univ. Extension, Visual Aids Service, 704 So6th St, Champ- 
aign 111 61820, Other organizations offering foreign language films 
are: Brandora Films, 200 W 57th St, NY 19 NY; Audio Film Classics, 2138 
E 75th St. Chicago 49 111,; and Trans-uorld Films Inc,,332 S Michigan 
Ave, Chicago 4, 111, Catalogues are free, rental ranges from S4.00 to 


Harvey Kendall 

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FRENCH NOTES — Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

Prof, Yves Velan, novelist and Visiting Professor this year at the 
Univ, of 111, 5 gave a lecture March 3 at Northwestern Univ. entitled 
"Pourquoi un Nouveau Roman?", Prof, Edwin Jahiel participated as a 
panel member on V;CIA-TV Channel 3 in a film analysis discussion pres- 
ented in conjunction with the Chanute Festival of Fine Arts, Prof, 
Barbara Bowen is directing a dramatic reading of Moliere's L' Amour 
medecin to be presented at a later date by faculty and students in the 
French Department, 

French Journal Club, On February 24 Prof. Roger Kempf spoke on "La 
Decouverte de Corps dans le roman de Flaubert", Prof. Kempf has taught 
at Uppsala, Bonn, Basel, Berkeley, and is at present at Northwestern 
Univ, He is the author of two books on Kant, one on Diderot, and a 
contributor to Criti q ue , Cahiers du Sud , and Tel Quel , His lecture will 
appear in the latter in a sligatly expanded form. 

The Cercle Frangais has also been active. In one program Professor 
Mainous participated by giving an illustrated talk on the Midi , 

As of the Summer Session, of 1965, candidates for the M.A. degree in 
French at the Univ, of 111. must undergo both a set of two written 
examinations, spaced at least one semester apart, and follow-up orals* 
The M.A, examinations are administered early in December and fiay© 


Placement Tests. At the beginning of the semester the French Dept. used 
a listening-comprehension as v/ell as a reading section in the placement 
tests administered to incoming high school studentd. The most interest- 
ing fact v.hich emerged is that probably two-thirds of the high school 
students showed a higher placement score in aural comprehension than in 
readings This would indicate that most Illinois high schools are work- 
ing busily at the audio lingual skills. In certain cases it was the 
student's significantly higher aural comprehension score which enabled 
him to be placed a semester beyond where his reading score alone would 
have indicated^ It must be remefnbered however that all norms used in 
placement are relative to performance of Univ. of 111. French studentso 

Another interesting fact to come out of the placement tests is that a 
majority of high school students vjith 2 years of French placed in the 
second semester (Frcl02) rather thc-^n in the third semester ( 103) where they 
theoretically belong; with 3 years, in the third semester rather than 
in the fourth semester( 104) etco Students can do this and still carry 
the course for credits Some placed quite smoothly on the next level 
beyond their high school study (on the basis of one year of high school 
equivalent to one college semester) and a few did so well that they 
were able to skip a semester, receiving four hours of proficiency cred- 
it toward graduation for tlje skipped semester. 

If a student does so poorly on the placement exam that he has to drop 
back more than 1 semester he must pursue thd course v;ithout credit tp- 
ward graduation — if he wisiies to continue with French^ It is important 
that every student make an honest effort to show his actual ability on 
the placement test« There is the reward of proficiency credit if he 
does extremely well, and the danger that he may get into difficulty if 
he tries to manipulate the results © The placement pi'ocedure is not seen 
as perfect or foolproof, nor does the French Dept. operate liJje a mach- 
ine (though it does use them to compute results), ^vny student who feels 
that his placement score does not reflect his real ability can have his 
case reconsidered, \vith a discussion of his whole background. Many 
students do take advantage of this opportunity. 

In response to the question of what a student can do tb prepare for the 
placement test, the answer is: nothingi Notiiing, that is, except to 
profit to the greatest extent from his high school courses. The study 
of language and specifically here, French, should be an exciting and 
profitable experience. The placement exam is not an end in itself, but 
merely a device to help the student continue his language study at a 
level lY^iich provides an adequate challenge with a promise of success. 

Francis U Nachtmann 

The months of February and f'arch witnessed a variety of activities in 
Urbana and Chicago, which attest to the strong French presence in these 
areas* Stage plays in Chicago were: lonesco's K edla m Gal ore for Two or 
Morje (Chicago City Players) and Vic time s du devoi r (Hull House), Giraud- 
oux's The M adwoman of Chaillot (National ilepertory Theatre), Anouilh's 


L *Alouette (Northwestern Univ.) and Moliere's The Misanthrop e (Univ of 
Cjjicago;. In Urbana: Moliere's Les Fourberies de Scapin and Monther- 
lant's Master of 'Santia go by the ^issoc. of Producing Artists and the 
BBC respectively (on .«ILL TV), Films in Urbana: Bunuel and Dali's famous 
surrealistic Un Chien Andalou , "ene Clair's Paris qui dort , Feuillade's 
Fantomas , Lvuniere shorts (the last three at the Film Society) Rossif's 
Mourir a Madrid , Cocteau's Orphee and Le Testament d'Orphee. Also 
Carng's ^Les Tricheurson (..ILL TV), 

Another significant aspect of the preceding is that, although they a"e 
not planned by us, they fit into many of the courses now being taken by 
our students (I7;^h Century and 20th Century Theatre, Surrealism and the 
New Novel) thus constituting an invaluable set of audio-visual aids on 
an advanced literaty level. 

GEIMAN NOTES — Prepared by Carol Miller 

Four members of the Department have been awarded Faculty Sun-m6r Fellow- 
ships for 1966 by the Univ. Research Board, Dr. iVerner -ibraham is 
currently preparing an edition of a Late Kiddle ^igh German sortilege 
l6ook (losbuch). The manuscript of the text, apparently composed in the 
latter part of the 14th Century, is in the iiustrian ational Library in 
Vienna, Dr, i^mery E George is continuing his research on the works of 
Friedrich Holdeirlin, He is making a new edition of riolderlin's hymns, 
T, S.Eliot is the author being studied by Dr. Herbert Knust, who is 
particularly interested in Eliot's mythical and musical methods. Dr, 
Rudolph Schier has been interested primarily in the nature of poetic 
language and imagery in 19th and 2'^th century German literajbure. He is 
now investigating the philosophy of language of Johann Georg Hamann, 
the eighteenth century philosopher; 

Prof, E A Philippson, together with Prof. Angelo George de Capua of 
the Univ. of Buffalo, recently published the second volume of Benjamin 
Neukirch's anthology of Baroque lyrics with the financial assistance 
of the i<esearch Board of the Graduate College. The book, Ben j amin 
Neukirchs Antholo g ie "Herrn von Hof fmannswaldau und anderer Deutschen 
auserlesener und bissher un g edruckter Gedichte anderer Th^il" Nach dem 
Erstdruck vom Jahre 1697 , is a publication of Max ^^iemeyer ^erlag 
Tubingen. Prof. Herbert Knust 's article "..hat's the matter with One- 
Eyed Riley?" appeared in Comparative Literature XVII (Fall, 1965). 
The current issue of The Journal of i^ng lis h and Germanic Philolo gy 
includes reviews by several members of the Department: John R Frey, 
Erik F Graubart, James M McGlathery, and Gotz ffienold. 


A lecture by Prof^rBlake ^ee Spahr is scheduled for the March meeting 
of the Fruchtbrin>!:o :\ae Ge^>: llschaft « Mr. Spahr is Professor of German 
at The Univ. of Calif ^ jBerkeley^ I*ir. .vichard d'Alquen, a graduate stvid- 
ent in the Geiman department, addressed the Linguistiois Seminar on Febs 
24o His topic was ".^ problem in the iiistory of t2:e Gothic Vowel System: 
A Phonemic Approach "c 

New Courses. The University has approved a new foreign language sequen- 
cco The courses Scandinavian 101-104 are designed to :^ive the student a 
reading knowledge of three modern Scandinavian languages and oral prof- 
iciency in one of thema Emphasis the first year will be on Danish (1966 
1967) with Norwegian and Swedish following in sucessive terms. The seq- 
uence fulfills the LAS Requirements for foreign languages. 

Other courses being offered by the Depto in the fall term include: 250— 
19th Century Novelle; 252-19th Century Drama; 260--Lyrics and Ballads; 
281~Teachers Course; 3C1-German Lit. to 1700; ~03-^tdvanced Conversation 
307-SJi5ructure of the German Language; 311-Goethe; 320-Kistory of German 
Civilization*; 360-Intr6duction to German Phonetics; 411-Prose Seminar; 
415->»iddle High German; 445-Old High German; 451-Naturalism, Symbolism, 
Expressionism; 460- Seminar; 493-Special Topics; 495-3ibliography; 499- 
Thesis Research, ^m advanced seminar will be taught by Prof. Philippson 
on Ualther von der ^'ogelweide. A course on Ibsen also will be offeredo 

There are two new assistants in the Dept. this semester. Mr, Graeme 
Tytler has returned from Oxford Univ. as a Teaching Assistant and Miss 
Ursula Bieder has been appointed a x^esearch ^^ssistant. 

The second semester enrollment figures, as of March 1 show: there are 
161 students in German 101, 524 in 102 , in the second year courses 
103,104,113 there are 192, 313, and 23 respectively. There was a slight 
increase in 2001evcl enrollments with 197 this semester, and a 27% in- 
crease in 300-Level enrollment over the same time last yearC95 versus 
75] . The number in 4C0-Level (graduate) courses has doubled [46 to 91]< 
Subscription to 400-401 is fairly consistent with 189 and 245, 

The April meeting of the Southern 111. Chapter of the A.\TG is scheduled 
for Sate April 16, at Southern 111. Univ. , Ij^dwardsville. Presiding will 
be U'olfgang Tfabel of Illinois State Univ., Normal, the President of 
the Southern 111. Chapter. Tlie tentative agenda follows: 

9:00-10:15 Coffee hour and welcoming address. 

10:15-10:45 Demonstration Class, FLESc Mrs Marita Clai^k, Belleville 
Public Schools 


10:45-11:15 Lecture on Gunther Eich "In Sonnenlicht", Prof, Ruth Lorbe 
Univ. of 111. Urbana, 

11:15-11:40 "Die Literatur der Neuen V.elt" , Prof. Siegfreid Mews, Univ. 
of Ill« Urbana, 

11:40-12:15 Business metting, election of 1966-67 officers, 

13:30-14:20 "Die Deutsche Jungend". Anton F Rosiny, Press and Cultural 
Officer, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germ- 
any, Chicago, 

The meeting will close with book prizes awarded to the winners of the 

German National High School Contest, 

SLAVIC NOTES — Prepared by Rasio Dunatov 

Prof, '.«ladimir A Zlobine, Visiting Professor at the l^niv, of Kansas, 
will give two lectures at the Univ. of 111. on Thursday, Isarch 31. At 4 
pm in Room 209 Illini Union he will give a colloquivun on the poetry of 
Zinaida Hippius; at 8:00 pm in 215 Illini Union he will speak on "Mere- 
zhkovsky's Influence on the Cultural, Social, and Religious Life of the 
Russian Literary Circle in Paris", Both lectures will be in Russian. 
Prof. Zlobine, critic, essayist, and poet, was for twenty- five years a 
close friend and personal secretary to the 1-erezhkovskys, He was also 
editor of a Russian, Literary journal in Paris, and a -^ussian newspaper 
in v.arsaw. 


On Feb, 15 the Soviet Supreme Court convicted the Russian authors 
Andrei D Siniavsky and lull M Daniel of "anti-soviet propaganda and 
agitation" and sentenced them to 7 and 5 years hard labor respectively. 
In the past few years both have had their work smuggled abroad and pub- 
lished under the pseudonyms Abram Tertz [Siniavsky] and Nikolai Arzhalc 
[Daniel]. In their stories both satirized Soviet conditions and both 
indulged in fantasy; Siniavsky used an avant garde style. After their 
arrest the Literaturnaia Gazeta denounced them for their literary style. 
In real life Siniavsky was a well known critic, Daniel a inor poet and 
translator. Both taught at the Gorky institute of ^-orld Literature in 
Moscow. During the 5 day trial police arrested students of the Instit- 
ute for protesting against the closed trial and Komsomol youths heckled 
the waiting foreign correspondents. The trial was widely denounced in 
the "estern Press, including the organs of the major European communist 
parties. V«e at the Univ. of 111. join in the denunciation and applaud 
the protesting students, waiting for the day when they will enjoy equal 
rights with the Komsomol hecklers. 

A number of replies have been received by Profs. Hill and ^ladney in 
connection with the proposed conference on stimulation of growth of 
high school Russian in Illinois, A letter from Robert ".V Parr, Foreign 
Lang. Consultant to the Calif. Dept. of Education, indicated a similar 
problem exists in that state; New York is also affected. U'e must con- 


vince students and student advisors that any reasons for study of a 
foreign language (appreciation of a foreii^^n cultur-e, job, research tool 
etc.) is equally valid for Russian and often more so (e.g. a research 
tool), and must also convince them that both the quality and quantity 
of Russian teachers h^tve increased.. Good proof of this is the percent 
of advanced placement by college students v.ith high school Russian. 

Department News. The Slavic Dept. abided one new Tg^jching Assistant 
this semester, Mr, Alex Vorobiov, a .^vussian Literature major transfer- 
ing from UCLAo 

The second Russian Club meeting of the semester will be held Tuesday 
April 5 at 7:30 pm in the General Lounge of the Illini Union. The prog- 
ram will be announced later. The Club's showing of Resurrection v;as a 
pronounced artistic and financial success; the attendance figure of 406 
was surpassed only by 552 for Evgeni j Onegin and 409 for Alexande r 
Nevsky, Two other films are slated for this semester, the new .ioviet 
version of Cheldiov's The Duel [^larchlS] and the modern classic Cranes 
are Flying [May 10], 

The never-say-die spirit of the Slavs continues. Respite a less than 
successful volleyball campaign last semester a softball team is being 
organized for one of the faculty-staff leagues. This must be done by 
Warch 25 so those interested are urged to contact Kr, Jack Schillinger 
or Prof. Steven Hill immediately. 

Visual Aids. The Russ. Dept. is putting up large calendars and mounted 
portraits of Soviet authors in each of its classrooms to add to the 
cultural atmosphere and aid in arills on dates, days of the week, etc. 
These materials were made for us by the Instructional i-ateruals Div, , 
headed by ^;r. Robert Lorenzo This new division provides such services 
as photo enlarging, charts, graijhs, projectors, tape recorders, slides 
etc, and has a comjlete collection of visual-aids devices which they 
are happy to aemonstrfite at departmental invitation or at their office 
in 37 iCducation Building, The overhead projector especially offers 
great possibility, those interested migat consult a new book, >i.J, 
Schultz, The Teacher and Overhead Pro j ection ; Prentice Hall, 1965, 

The 1966 Midwest Slavic Conference is being held in Colun^bus Ohio, March 
25-26o There will be se.tions on Russian History, Leadership Problems in 
the USSR, i^ecent Developments in Soviet . agriculture, Social Problems in 
Soviet Society, ivecent -i^conomic Developments, and Soviet Literature, 
For information write: iiehael V. Curran, Center for Slavic and East 
European Studies, 216 N Oval Drive, Columbus Ohio, 43210 



Dr, Joee S Flores has been chosen as a foreign language consultant in 
the screening of qualified universities by the Health, Education, and 
Welfare Dwpt. in V.ashir.gton prior to making NDEA grants available to 
them* The grants are to be used primarily for fellowships in the teach- 
ing of foreign languages. Prof. Flores spent the week of fiarch 6-13 in 
Washington. Announcement of the grants to institutions will be made as 
soon as information becomes available, ■ ' 

Prof, Flores has also been invited to speak at Knox College during the 
coming summer but because of his position as Director of Classrooms 
Abroad at the Univ. of Madrid has been unable to accept. 

Publications, Prof. Merlin H Forster has reviewed Daniel R Reedy's [Ph.D. 
Univ. of 111, 1962] book The Poetic Art of Juan de Valle Caviedes in 
His p anofila XXIV (Jan. 1966) pp. 53-55. The seime issue carries an art- 
icle "Casona como critico" by Bernard Dulsey [Ph.D. Univ of 111.3 of 
the Univ. of Missouri at Kansas City, 

Enrollment figures for the second semester as of Feb, 21 show 1619 in 
Spanish, 145 in Italian, and 131 in Portuguese, f'or the first time, a 
second-semester course in Italian 101 is being offered and much to the 
surprise of the Department, the section was quickly filled [24 students] 
and had to be closed early since lack of staff prohibited the opening 
of another section, Portuguese 101 is also being offered in the sec- 
ond semester in an experimental accelerated course which gives the 
student a chance to do an academic year's ivork in one term. The class, 
taught by a native Brazilian, Grad. Assistant Maria Carlota Pinheiro, 
meets four times weekly for two hours, a total of eight hours each week 
instead of the usual four^ In addition, two hours, on ^ionday, are 
devoted to language laboratory work. The Portuguese section has a new 
Graduate Assistant this semester. Miss Judith Mills. 

The National Spanish Honor Society, Sigma i>elta Pi, will hold initiation 
ceremonies on March 24, The guest lecturer will be Prof, J^s^ Ramon 
Marra-Lopez, the distinguished literary critic, author of several books 
and contributor to the monthly Insula , who is a Visiting Professor this 
year at the University of Minnesota, 

The February Mesa ^edonda was held at the home of Dr, Warren L Meinhardt 
at which the discussion "La obra lograda" and "La obra fallada" was 
presented by Graduate Assistants Sandra Cypess and Marvin D'Lugo. The 


next meeting of the Kesa i'>^edonda will be held on >.arch 18 at the home 
of Drn Luis Leal, The topic planned for discussion will be the effects 
of specializatioHo 

Graduate Fellow Uilliam «V Cressey gave a lecture at the Linguistic 
Seminar on March 3. entitled "Relative Adverbs and indirect Questions 
in Spanish"* 

The Spanish Club has been making plans for 'An Evening of Federico 
Garcia Lorca to be presented at the last meeting on May 12, The program 
includes a one act play, "El amor de don Perlimplih por Belisa en su 
jardin", Tryouts have been held, with both graduate and undergraduate 
students particiT:>nting, The cast will be announced later. The March 10 
meeting of the Spanish Club featured an illustrated lecture on Mexico 
"Tvunbas, femplos, y turistas" by Professor Curtis Blaylbck. The movie 
Chanta je has been rescheduled for March 21 to avoid a conflict with 
the lecture by Prof. Marra-Lopez. a native-speaker section has been 
added to the annual concurso. Those interested should see Marxa Narcisie 

The IFPAL (Illinois Federation of Pan American Leagues) will hold its 
annual convention April 23 at I>ianual HS , Peoria, 111., with Richwoods 
HS, Peoria, as co-host, Any school in the state may become a member 
upon payment of dues of 10^ for each local club member; dues should be 
sent to IFPAL Treasurer Don Biroschick, Woodland HS , Streator, 111. 
by April 1, 1966. Officers are Pres. Julie V.'attC Limestone HS Barton- 
vilie), Vice-Pres. Elnora Smith (Richwoods HS, Peoria), Reeording Secty, 
Pam Kilbride (Quincy Sr HS) and Corresponding Secty. Margaret Schlick- 
sup (Bergan HS Peoria). Any local Spanish Clubs having news for the 
"Entre Amigos" newsletter should send it to the Gorresponding secretary* 

Plans are underway for the 6th international colloquium on Luso Brasil- 
ian s5;udies to be held at Harvard Univ. Sept. 7-10 1966 and at the "V 
Hispanic Society of /tmerica in NY on Sept. 11, with a final meeting Sept» 
12 at Coliunbia Univ. The theme is "The task for the next 20 years". Fo* 
information write Prof. Francis Rogers, Boylston Hall, Harvard Univ, 

The Univ, of 111, Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is published 
jointly by the Modern Language Departments of the Univ. of 111. under 
the direction of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, 
Prof, William H. Shoemaker, Head o The Newsletter is available without 
charge to all interested persons in Illinois and other states. Editor; 
Miss Jane Killam, All communications should be addressed to Editor| 
224 Lincoln Hall, Univ. of 111. Urbana, Illinois, 61801 

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NE";SLETTER . ■ ■ 

, Iff svr&'ciTv t>M5 L?l;i:!S 

Volo XIX Noo7 . ^ April 1966 


On April 4,1966, the Faculty Senate at Urbana was presented with 
several proposals, for the revision of requirements for the degree of 
Doctor of Philosophy at the Univ. of 111, All of the proposals, two of 
which directly affect the various foreign language departments, and two 
others with possible significance,, were approved. One proposal would 
allow individual departments to enlarge the choice of foreign langugges 
beyond the present French, German, and iiussian courses, so that other 
and more pertinent languages could be substitutedo "hen justification 
for such languages can be made, hitherto neglected languages like Span- 
ish, Italian, Portuguese, and any of the Asian languages might be used 
in place of one or both of the languages now requiredo The language 
choices considered possible and/or desirable ivould be submitted by the 
individual departments and subject to approval of the Graduate College« 

A second proposal was made to allow a candidate to demonstrate a high 
degree of proficiency in one language rather than the present reading 
knowledge. of two* The definition of "high proficiency" was made as oral 
knowledge of the lan^^uage of a degree sufficient to enable the candidate 
to hold a conversation about his research plans, his background in the 
area, and to discuss his field in general, in addition to being able to 
converse about everyday, non-research topics. 

Two other changes could have a profound effect on the language depart- 
ments. One would allow the individual departments to determine whether 
the preliminary examination is to be oral, written, or both. At present 
all candidates must pass an oral examination before entering the third 
stage of doctoral preparation. The final change concerned the require- 
ment of a minor field of specialization. At present the minor cannot be 
taken wholly in one department. The proposal would allow a candidate to 
minor in the department of his major. This in many cases ivould aid the 
smaller language sections which at present a^^e, included administratively 
within a larger department and therefore cannot serve as minors for 
candidates within those departments, even when they are the logical 
minor choice. Thus a candidate could now, with permission of the depart- 
ment, major in Spanish and minor entirely in either Italian or Portuguese 
which was impossible under t^ie old rule. 

J, H, D. Allen, Professor of \ 
Spanish, Portuguese, and Linguistics 


Northeast Conference » The thirteenth annual Nor*theast Conference wqs 
held in New York on April 1-2. ■'•his is the largest gathering of foreign 
language teachers in the country, probably in the world. This year over 
3,000 delegates registered, ^^Representing the Univ. of 111. at the Conf- 
erence this year was Prof, asio Dunatov of the Slavic Department, the 
Official Representative; Professors. 3ruce H Hainous and Francis W Nacht- 
mann of the FVench Dept, ; and Prof. Jose S Flores of the Spanish, Ital- 
ian and Portuguese department , 

Each year the Conference Board of Directors appoints working coranittees 
to investigate specific problems and submit reports, which then form the 
basis for discussion during the main sessions. This year, two V/orking 
Committees and a Discussion ^anel submitted reportsc 

The theme of the Discussion panel was "Research and Language Learning", 
Three eminent scholars from disciplines which have a special relation- 
ship to language teaching were asked to report on what their fi&lds have 
contributed, and will contribute in the future. The three chosen were 
John B Carroll (Grad, School of Education, Harvard) on Psychology, Noam 
Chomsky (Dept. of Linguistics, M.I.T.) on Linguistics, and Charles A 
Fex-guson (Center for Applied Linguistics) on Applied Linguistics* The 
reports were adverse, amnnnting to "Sorry, but we can't help yt)u at the 
momenii "• Some of the teachers present found this difficult to accept, 
possibly due to the unfounded optomism which has permeated our field in 
recent years concerning the help ive can expect from the educational 
psychologists and linguists* 

Carroll's report was an evaluation oifi the research on language teaching 
conducted primarily by educational psychologists between 1961-65. One 
is overwhelmed by the: large amount of research completed and disappoint- 
ed by the paucity of results* -The shortage of valid generalizations 
about language teaching is probably due to two factors: psychology, and 
especially cognitive psychology, is undergoing fundamental changes, the 
- available theories offer little relevance to language learning or teach- 
ing [both Carroll and Chomsky make this point]; and secondly, the teach- 
er was left out of the comparative studies of methods and materials, 
while there is reason to believe that the teacher is more important than 
the method* 

Chomsky's short paper on linguistic theory, or rather, on the relevance 
of presently available insights about language for teaching purposes, 
made many people unliappy. He did not offer much hope that whatever in- 
sights linguists may gain into the nature of language will be applicable 
to language teaching* He chaillenged the view (apparently widely accept- 
ed among those present) that linguistic behavior is habitual, that a 
fixed stock of basic patterns is acquired through practice and used by 
the speakers as basis for analogical creation of new patterns* On the 
contrary, said Chomsky, the most obvious characteristic of linguistic 
behavior is that it is stimulus free and innovative. Very few phrases 
/are ever repeated. A theory of language must consider that the native 
speaker has internalized a hif^hly abstract and complex system of rules 
that can be used to generate new and untried combinations. In the 
discussion which followed, Chomsky was accused of being indifferent to 
the language teacher's needs and offering no help; Chomsky replied that 



there was no help to offer. The rest of the discussion was a series of 
testimonials to linguists (of the anti-Chomsky type) in which a lack of 
communication between the audience and Chomsky was evidento Chomsky did 
not deny that individual linguists had contributed worthwhile materials 
and suggestions to the language teacher, nor did he deny that linguistic 
theory could be valuable for the teachero The example of IC(lmmediate 
Constituent) Analysis, v.hich has been shewn inadequate for language 
description, is nevertheless still useful in the classroom. The main 
point brought out by the Panel was therefore that interdependence of 
Psychology, Linguistics, and Language Teaching should be lik.iited since 
they are essentially separate disciplines. 

The reports of the two working committees can be obtained at 82t50 each, 
from the MLA Materials Center, 4 ivashington Place, N Y 10003, Reports 
for all thirteen Northeast Conferences are available. The two reports 
this year were "Content and Crossroads :V»ider Uses for Foreign Languages" 
which discusses the need for area studies programs to supplement liter- 
ature as a use of a foreign language, and "Coordination of Foreign Lang- 
uage Teaching: A Contemporary View of Professional Leadership" which 
discusses the need for both excellent teachers and linguistically 
competent onesc. 

Rasio Dunatov 

mini at MeetingS e On the program at the Midwest Modern Language Assoc- 
iation and the Central Renaissance Conference joint meeting April 28-30 
at the Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, were two faculty members from the UniVo 
of 111,.: Prof a Temira Paclimuss of the Slavic Dept, reading a paper 
"Zinaida Hippius, The History of Sergey Esenin", and Prof, Evelyn Brist- 
ol, also of the Slavic Dept, the Discussion Leader in the Comparative 
Literature Section* 

Representing the Univ. of 111* on the program of the 19th annual Univ, 
of Kentuclcy Foreign Language Conference April 28-30 in Lexington was 
Prof. Renee Hubert of the French Dept,, reading a paper in the French 
II section "Towards a Definition of the Surrealist Prose-Poem" a 

Participants on the program of the Central States Modern Language Teach- 
ers Association to be held May 13-14 in Detroit will be, from the Univ, 
of 111. in Urbana: Prof, Steven Hill of the Slavic Deptc, Chairman of 
the Slavic Section, and Dr, Gilbert Kettelkamp of the Coll. of Education 
who is a Delegate to the i^xecutive Committee of the ^^ational Federation, 
and on the election slate, nominated for the same position. From the 
Univ. of 111. in Chicago; will be Prof;. Jose Sanchez, Secretary of the 
Spanish Section, and Manuel Blanco Gonzales, reading a paper "Las Coplas 
de Jorge i>anrique en 'La elegia por Ignacio Sanchez Mejia* de Garc£a 
Lorca" in the same section. 

Sabbatical Leaves , Six faculty members in the modern languages have been 
granted sabbatical leaves of absence^ In the French Dept, Profc John K 
Simon will be in France during the first semester completing a book, and 


Prof. Herbert C De Ley Jr. also ivill be completing a book in Prance, 
In the German Dept* during the second semester, Prof « John R Prey will 
be doing research on Post-VKar* Austrian Literature and Prof, Henri Stege- 
meier will be doing research in Germany on 17th century literature. In 
addition, Prof, Prey has received a Fulbright Travel Grant for his trip 
to Vienna, In the Slavic Dept, Prof, Temira Pachmuss will spend the 
full year writing, in the U,S. and -Lurope. In the Linguistics Dept, Dr, 
Robert B Lees will spend the first semester as a Consultant to the 
English Department of the Univ, of Tel Avib* 

Lecturer , The Humanities Division Lecture on March 22 presented Prof, 
Blake Lee Spahr, Chairman of the German Dept, at the Univ. of Calif, | 
Berkeley, and Visiting Professor at Northwestern Univ, . The lecture, 
"Baroque Literature and Literary Mannerism" was c,p-sponsored by the 
Department' of German* ... 


Workshop, Southern 111, Univ, will hold its 13th annual FLES Workshop 
this sununer from June 21- July 15, Elementary Education 435-4 to 8 is 
open to PL students and elementary teachers with one year or more of 
college French, German, or Spanish, and also to high school foreign 
language teachers who are interested in teaching a language to grade 
school children. Classes meet five days a week from 8:00-12:00, Por 
information write to Dr, Vera L Peacock, Dept, of Foreign Languages, 
Southern Illinois Univ,, Carbondale, Illinois, 


NAALD DirectoJ y a Prof, Evelyn Uhrhan Irving of North Central Collegd, 
Naperville, has announced that the NAALD HS Directory has been mailed 
out to all those registered as of April 15, 1966, iinyone not listed ^yho 
wants to be in the next issue of the Directory should write Prof, 
Itvings Both the listing and the Direct ory are fxtee, 


FRENCH NOTES — Prepared by Edwin Jahiel 

French Journal Club, Prof, Robert Sutton, Director of the Illinois Histor' 
ical Survey, spoke in March on "Some Documents Relative to French 
Letters in the Midwest", Most of these documents are in the Historical 
Survey Collection, and many of them are unexploited and unpublished. 

The Cinacle .'s meeting of March 17 had as its subject "Montaigne's 
esspy on Experience and the autobiographical elements in literature"* 
The discussion was led by Prof, Barbara Bowen» 


On A|)ril 5, the well-known novelist Mme Nathalie Sarraute spoke on the 
Univ. of 111, campus. Ker topic was "L'Art du langage dans le Roman". 

The annual banquet and initiation ceremony of Epsilon Chapter, Pi Delta 
Phi, will take place May 17 at the Illini Union, Dinner reservations, at 
$3v00 each, should be made through Mrs. Persaud, 233 Lincoln Hall,Urbanao 


Le Cercle universitaire franco-araericain in Chicago .now has a constitut- 
ion, about two hundred members, and an interesting set of aims. Details 
may be found in the latest Newsletter of the French Cultural Services, 


Local French filmsi^have included: Cocteau's La Belle e.t la Bete , Mocky's 
Deo Gratias , liauriac's Therese Desqueyrou x (G. Franju, dir.)j Cayatte's 
Le miro ir a deux faces. Mirabeau's Le Journal d 'une femme de chambre, 
(Bunuel diro), Bresson's Les dames du Bois de Boulo?!:ne, and Godard's Une 
femme est une femme <, 


We are pleased to announce that a fifth year in French will be establish- 
ed at Urbana HSo Mrs© FranQoise Stravinsky will be in charge and will 
coordinate the course with fifth semester Frencji courses taught at the 
Univ. of 111, 

• ****>!<**»* 

We would like to bring to the attention of French teachers a delightful 
new book, Visites chez les Frang ais , by Muriel Reed, edited by J.J, and 
M-R. Carre, just published by Irentice-IIallo Tiuriel Reed, who died pre- 
maturely last year at 41, was an Jiir.erican-French- repotter of the highest 
caliher. Her work which appeared in R^a lit^s is partly reproduced in the 
book in a series of ten articles written with simplicity, perspicacity, 
and brio. V.'e suggest that those teachers interested in materials on con- 
temporary French civilisation, or simply in an origional reader, examine 
this booko 


AATF, Illinois Downstate Chapter, had its annual spring meeting at East. 
Illinois Univ., Charleston, on April 29 The meeting was relatively well 
attended, with a strong contingent of Univ. of 111. French Dept. staff 
present: Prof, and Mrs. CA.Knudson, Profs, Judd and Ren^e Hubert, Profs. 
Herbert De Ley, H Xeith Meyers, Edwin Jahiel, Miss Barbara Bucknall, Mr. 
Donald J Nolan, Mrs. Butturff, Mr, and Mrs, Patrick D Persaud, and Miss 
P. Egan, 


New AATF officers elected v,rere: Prof. Herbert De Ley Jr.-, Univ. of 111*, 
President; Prof. Brigitte Kiilin, 111. State Univ. Normal, Vice-President; 
Prof. Jcunes A Kilker, V. stern 111. Univ., Secretary-Treasurer. 

Professors ^'eyers and Nolan, assisted by Krs, Abraham and Mr. Gilpin of 
the Univ. of 111., demonstrated programmed teaching of foreign languages 
through two kinds of apparatus: Prof, i'-eyers's own ESPALVI system (from | 
Eairlham Coll. -Student-Paced- Audio-Lingual- ValidacCed-Instruction) and 
Mr. Gilpin'd Polyaudio system of self-instruction. The demonstration 
languages were French and Japanese, Prof, RenSe Itiese Hubert spoke on 
"Regard sur la polsie contemporaine", and Prof, Robert Roussey (..'estern 
Illc Univ.) on an "Introduction au domaine francophone de la litt§rature 
afrieaine". Following an expose of 5th through 8th semester Oral courses,| 
in French at the Univ. of 111, by Prof, ^dwin Jahiel, there was a lively 
discussion which attested once more for the continuing need for dialogue 
between high school and college teachers* 

The fall meeting of the AATF Downstate Chapter will take place in Nov, 
1966 on the Univ. of Illinois campus in Urbana, 

GERMAN NOTES ~ Prepared by Carol Miller 

Two members of the Dgpartment have been granted Instructional Develop- 
ment Awards for the summer of 1966, The awards were first established in 
1965 by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to improve the instru- 
ction of undergraduate courses at the Univ. of 111, by the development 
of new plans or the revision of existing courses. The recipients this 
year in the languages were Profs. Ruth Lorbe and Herbert Knust-, who 
include in their duties the coordination of the second and first year 
courses respectively. 

Francis P. Lide Jr, has been awarded the doctoral degree. Dr. Lide wrote 
his dissertation on " Berlin Alexander p latz in Context: Alfred Doblin's 
Literary Practice", He is presently on the faculty of the German Dept, 
at the University of ii^ansas at Lawrence, 

Prof. James M McGlathery addressed the April 21 meeting of the Frucht - 
brin^ende Gesellschaft on "Droste's Ju denbuche : Have U'e Been Casting 
Stones?" On May 19 a guest speaker will close the year's program. Prof, 
Sidney M Johnson of Emory Univ, will discuss "Parzival and Gawan:Their 
Conflicts of Duties", Prof. Johnson is known for his articles on Wolf- 
ram and is currently working on a bibliography of V.'olfram literature. 



Faculty Seminar, On Tiarch 31 Prof, and i rs. 7rancis Nock hosted the ling- 
uistics section of the faculty seminar, Mr. Richard d'Alquen spoke on 
"Some problems in Diachronic Gothic Phonology", the discussion then cent- 
ering on problems and materials not treated in Iir, d'Alquen's recent 
Linguistic Seminar paper. On T-iay 2 Prof, .waiter Hollerer who holds the 
"Lehrstuhl fur Literaturwissenschaft" at the Tcchnische Universitat 
Berlin v/ill be a guest speaker. Under the heading of "Grenzen des 
Begriffes 'Manierismus • ", he will analyze a poem by Johann Christian 
Giinther and one by Georg Tcakl, Later in ^'ay I'lrs, Rita Terras and Prof, 
Frey will revive the discussion of Xleist's Marionettentheater» 

The German Club sponsored two events during I<arch, I*>r. i^onald Engle, a 
doctoral candidate in the Speech and Theater Dept, directed an evening 
of one-act plaj:s by Arthur Schnitzler, Irs, Christa Jacobs, Mrs, Lorraine 
Hanson, Wr, Alan ^»ndrews, and ^'^r, David Pease performed Literatur and 
Halbzwei in German at the I'-arch 20 presentation in Gregory Hall Auditor- 
ium* The Club cooperated with the German Dept, in showing the /unerican 
film "lie and the Colonel" starring Danny llaye and Curt Jiirgens, An 
adaption of Franz -erfel's Jacob owsky und der Oberst, it was shown Mar* 
23 primarily for the benefit of Germ 104 students now reading the play, 


The questionnaire circulated by Ilr, Kendall to HS German teachers in 111, 
showed that many were interested in learning more about our program at 
the Univ. of 111, Prof, iierbert Knust, coordinator of the first-year 
program, v/as asked to report on what we are doing in German 101-102, His 
reply follows: 

Since the fall semester the first-year German program has been under re- 
vision. New tgxts and teaching aids were adopted which favor the direct, 
monolingual approach* Gorman 101 uses Schulz-Griesbach, Deutsche Sprach - 
lehre fur Auslander , Grundstufe I and German 102 continues, with Grund - 
stufe II t Separate German-iinglish glossaries are available, but not 
mandatory* Taacher handbooks and other aids are provided for the instr- 
uctors* These materials were developed and tested by the Goethe Institut 
(i'lunich) which for many years has been conducting intensive language 
courses for foreign students in Germany and abroad. The purpose of our 
progreun is to develop all language skills equally and simultaneously. 
This requires a somewhat slower procedui^e than the usual tour de force 
through a one year text which inevitably leads to the traditional grammar 
review in the secong year* :.ith the present program there is continuous 
review, accomplished by a great nur.\ber of varied and challenging exercis- 
es. These exercises arc not in translation; they are based on patterns 
and analogy,, substitution and transformation, and on pointed questions 
and answers* The gap between passive and active knowledge is thus narrow- 
ed through intensity and thoroughness. The student's mastery of a limited 
ammount of basic material , carefully selected, is more important than a 
quick superficial acquaintance with a large body of texts. The more 
linguistic competence the student can bring to advanced courses, the more 
profitable such courses will be to him* 


All elementary courses are conducted in German, and all instnuctors are 
to observe the progranuned step-by-step procedure. For beginning teachers 
this is' a demanding task: it requires unusual discipline and restraint of| 
verbal expression, and great skill in forcing the students to do the 
talking (in German)© However, the teachers have not only been cooperative) 
but also remarkably successful in adapting to the program* The students 
too have shown good sense in their reception' of all-German texts. Those 
who plan to improve their knowledge of German in Germany will find that 
the same materials are widely used in suiamer courses at German univer- 
sities, enabling them to qualify more easily for enrollment. The German 
language certificates of the Goethe Institut are accepted at most V.'est 
German Universities, 

There are daily demonstration classes and weeklji meetings for the teach- 
ers* In these meetings the introduction to each new chapter is discussed, 
certain routine skills are developed, the oral cue-and-response is pract-| 
iced, experiences with the language laboratory are evaluated, and uni- 
form standards of grading are established for the weekly quizzes or 
essays* In the fall of 1966 an orientation program for new teaching 
assistants will faroiliarize them v/ith the materials and teaching method* 

--- Prof. Herbert Knust 


SLAVIC NOTES — Prepared by Rasio Dunatov • 

AATSEEL, The Spring meeting of the Illinois AATSEEL will be held at the 
Univ. of 111. Chicago Circle campus [Fifth floor of tne Chicago Circle 
Center] on Sat, ay 7 at 1:30 pm^'As most of ypu know, this meeting is 
being devoted to a discussion of ways and means of raising the high 
school Russian enrollment in Illinois, Discussing the problem will be a 
panel composed of ^rof. "ayne D Fisher of Chicago Univ, v/hi will speak 
on "What's Behind the Decline of Russian Language Enrollment?!?; Mr, ^ 
Derald i*ierriman, Foreig.i Language supervisor for the State of 111* Dept, 
of Public Instruction, who will offer some suggestions on how to reaCh 
administrators and guidance personnel and interest them in Russian; and 
Miss I'iary Brooks^ a prospective h'* gh school teacher, who will speak on 
"A young Teacher Lobks Forward to Teaching iiussian". All the formal 
remarks will be brief. We expect a lively discussion and a fruitful 
exchange of ideas* 

An added bonus for those who come early is a tour of the beautiful new 
Chicago campus arranged for 11:00-12:30. If you wish to go on this tour 
you must contact Mrs.V/ilma Hoffmann, Dept. of G rman, Univ, of 111* 
Chicago Circle, Chicago Illinois, Show that you 8are about your professjf 
ion by attending 

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The Slavic Section of the Midwest ^'odern Language Association met on 
April 29 on the Univ. of Iowa campus. Papers read and discussed were: 
"Soviet Theories of Translation" by ^i Oppenheimer Jr. of the Univ, of 
Iowa, "Zinaida Hippius: The History of Sergey Esenin" by Prof. Temira 
Pachrauss of the Univ, of 111., "Humor in Dostoevesky" by N Moravcevich, 
Stephes College, and "The New Search for Ideals in Soviet Literature" 
by Dilara Nikoulin Miami Univ, 

Recent publications of the Slavic Dept. staff are: Prof. Victor Terras' 
"Line and Color: The Structure of I, Babel's Short Stories in Red Caval -^ 
ry " in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. Ill, No. 2, and "Leo Diaconus 
and the Ethnology of Kievan Rus'"in the Slav ic Heview , Vol. XXIV, No, 3} 
Prof. Temira Pachmuss' "KilUiail /Vrtsybashev in the Criticism of Zinaida 
Hippius" in Sl^vonic^ and Sast Eni ^ope an Review Vol XLIV, Nos. 102,103; 
and Prof. Steven Hill's review of Rus sian-ii^ntclish Glossary of Lin g uist - 
ic Terms in the Slavic and East Ejoropean Journal, Vol. X, No. 1. 

^i:t ********** 

Prof. Evelyn Bristol of the Slavic Dept. spoke April 27 oh the Russian 
symbolist writer Fedor Sologub at the fifth Russian Language and Area 
Studies Round table . Miss Bristol has published several. articles on 
Sologub and is presently completing a book on him* 

Prof. Eugene I Rabinovitch of the Univ. of 111., a well-known botanist^ 
poet, and student of Russian Literature, read and discussed Anna j\kh- 
matova's poetry in the Faculty Lounge of the Illini Union April 26. He 
spoke in English but the poems of course were read in Russian, 


At a recent meeting in Chicago of high school teachers of -iussian, Prof, 
Wayne D Fisher of the Univ. of Chicago ma<le a proposal that should 
arouse considerable interest. In a talk entitled "Russian for the Bott- 
oi» Half of the Student Body" Frof. Fisher advocated teaching Russian in 
a course designed to provide the underachiever with a series of succ- 
esses made possible by starting with a clean slate, ie. with a totally 
new sound system, new alphabet, new grammar, etc. This program has 
already been introduced in several high schools in the Chicago area. It 
calls for enrollment of one-tenth of the student body (those not at the 
time committed to learning a second language) in a 4-year Russian Pro- 


The Slavic Department softball team [Slavic Squad] plays on Mondays at 
6:00 pm [May 2,9,16) on fields 7 or 8 next to the University Stadium, 




Russian Club News. The last Club film of the semester The Cranes are Fly - 
ing , will be shovm on Tues, Mfy 10 at 8:00 pm in 112 Gregory Hall. There 
will also be a short color feature about a student tour of the USSR, The 
Cranes are Fly ing is one of the rao^t successful and influential films the 
Russians have madeo It won the Grand Prize of the Cannes Festival 1957 and: 
was the first Soviet film sent to this country under the cultural exchan-' 
ge of films. 

The last meeting of the Russian Club will be held on Tues. May 17, 8:00pin 
in the General Lounge of the Illini Union. The program \vill feature an 
illustrated talk by Russian major Suzanne Smith about her trip to the USSR 
last summer, and Russian" folk songs (including one of his ovm composition) 
sung and played by Raj^hael Khan^ a second-year Hussian student. 

< m* ******** 


Prof. James 0, Crosby has been appointed an Associate Member of the 
Center for A^jvanced Study for the year 1Q66-67. The Center was establish- 
ed in 1959 as a part of the Graduate College to encourage creative achiev- 
ement and scholarship by providing recognition and incentive to scholars. 
The appointment, awarded this year to 29 faculty members, begins on Sept. 
1, 1966, 



. Faculty Publications, Dr. Spurgeon VV Baldwin attended the presentation 
ceremonies at the Univ. of N.C,, at Chapel Hill, in March, when the 
book Medieval Studies in IJonor of Krban Tignei -lolmes Jr . was presented to 
Professor Holmes. The book contains a study by Dr. Baldwin, "Two Old Span- 
ish versions of the Epistle to the Rpmans (Escorial manuscripts I-I-2 and 
I-I-6): Comparison and notes on sources". Dr. John V.' Kronik contributed an 
article "Unamuno's 'Abel Sanchez' and Alas's 'Benedictine': A Thematic 
Parallel" to the Miguel de Unamuno centenary volume Sp anish Thou g ht and 
Letters in the Twentieth Cent ury (Vanderbuilt Univ. Press), pp. 287-297, 
Dr. James Crosby's article "Quevedo, the Greek Anthology, and Horace" 
appeared in the February issue of Roman ce Philology , pp. 435-449, Also in 
the February Romance Philolo gy was Dr. Curtis Blaylock's "Assimilation o£ 
itops to Preceding Uesonants in Ibero-Romance" pp. 418-434, An article 
written by Teaching Assistant Mrs. Lynette Hubbard Seator "La creaci6n 
del ensueno en La ul tim a n iebla " appears in the December issue of Armas 
^ Letras , pp. 38-45, Prof. John V; Kronik reviewed Camilo Jose Cela's 
Journey t£ the Alcarria , as translated by Frances M Lopez Morillas, in 
Hispania XLIX (March 1966), pp, 165-166, 


Lectures, On U'ed, April 20 the Department sponsored a lecture "Los anos 
de mi vida y mis horas de escritor" by the Mexican satirist and cuentista 
Juan Jose Arreola. Sr. Arreola is an associate of the Centre Mexicano de 
Escritores, On April 21, he gave an informal lecture to Prof. Merlin H, 



Forster's Spanish 432 class, Spanish American Poetry, Sr, Arreola spoke 
on Pablo Neruda and Jos^ .suncion Silva and read and recited their poet- 
ry. On April 26 the Department heard the well known Spanish dramatist 
Antonio Buero Vallejo speak on "El problema de la esperanza tragica", 
Sr. Vallejo was a special guest at a luncheon held on the 25 for members 
of the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Dept,, and spoke informally 
earlier in the day, April 26, on "Valle InclSn y el punto de vista del 
dramaturge" for the Spanish 424 class, Contemporary Theater, conducted 
by Prof, John V,' Kronik, 

Sigma Delta Pi, under the direction of faculty advisers Prof, Angelina 
Pietrangeli and Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, held its Spring initiation oir. 
Mar, 24 at 7:00pm, Prof, Jose R, Marra-L6pez, literary critic and Editor 
of Insula , presently Visiting Professor at the Univ, of ^iinnesota, 
delivered a lecture entitled "Cara y cruz de la literatura espanola 
actual". Professor Marra-Ldpez was initiated as an honorary member in 
a special ceremony immediately preceding the initiation ritual for the 
active members composed of graduate and undergraduate students. New 
members are : Cecilia Allen, Maria L Badoucek, Eduardo Beltran, Laurel 
Berkman, Edward Borsoi, Barbara Bradley, David Lee Burke^ James S Camer- 
on, Pamela Sue Campbell, VeAnna Christensen, Marco A Colina-Pareja, 
Marvin D'Lugo, Kathleen Ann Donohue, Karen Durbin, Carol Sbersol, Arthur 
Fisher, Gerald Giedd, Nancy Hagebak, Kathleen Harris, Edwafcd G Hayes, 
Joe Hinton, I, Catherine Jeffery, Donald Johns, Donald Lenfest, Michelle 
Pajila ttarcus, Elizabeth Moody, Maxwell i^ioody, Holly Ann Neufeld, Frances 
R Quittel, Miriam R Simon, Victoria L Terry, Judith .Vaterman,nnd Nancy 
Young, The President for 1966-67 is German Carrillo and the Vice- Pres, 
Marta Franc escato. 

Ha fallecido hace poco J lianuel Aguilar, fundador, proprietario, y 
editor de la gran casa editorial que lleva su nombre y cuyas ediciones 
han llovado el libro espanol a todas partes del mundo, Un colega le 
pregunto una vez: — - i^ixy algo mas importanta que editar bien, bien, un 
libro, don I'»anuel? iClaro que sf I ISaberlo leer bien, bieni — contes- 
ts don ^*'anuel. 

— Pro J 

V/illiam H Shoemaker 

School- University Articulation Conference, Three members of the Dept, 
again participated in this conference held twice yearly, in December 
and April, Professors 'vVilliam H. Shoemaker, Jose Flores, and warren L 
Meinhardt presented the topic "Problems of Transition from High School 
to University Spanish" on April 21-22 in the Illini Union. 

irif ifiH: t^^t: * **** 


Spanish Club Play, The cast has been chosen for the Garcia Lorca glay 
El amor de don Per limplin por Belisa en su jardin, to be presented on 
May 12 in Room 150 Veterinary Medicine "idg. Perlirnplfn will be played 
by Marvin D'Lugo, Belisa by Carol Clark, the mother will be Estela 
Elizondo, Marcolfa the maid, Roberta Keillor, and the two duendes will 
be Kathy Donohue and Guillermo Rojas. There is no admission charge and 
all are welcome. The performance includes a poetry reading and starts 
at 8:00pm. Music is provided by Alix Zuckerman and Neleoa McMillan, 

if^m ****** * 

The April 30 meeting of the Downstate Chapter AATSD was held at Rich- 
woods HS, The program consisted of three speakers: Dr. Jose S Flores of 
the Univ, of 111, "Articulation, Hish School-- College", Dr, Marcos A 
Morlnigo of the Univ. of 111. "Las peculiaridades del habla hispano- 
americana" and Mrs, Pat Castle, Foreign Language Consultant for the 
State of Illinois, "The Current FLES Situation in Illinois", 

i^* ******** I 

La noticia del deceso del Dr. Juan Pedro Labarthe, Profesor de espanol 
en Illinois Wesleyan University de Bloomington Illinois, ocuif'rido el 
dia seis de marzo de este afio ha sorprendido doloroseimente Al numeroso 
circulo de sus amigos. El dK i^abarthe fue un educador vocacional, un 
entusiaSta obrero del bueh entendimiento y estimaci5n mutua entre los 
pueblos de culturas distintas de nueStro continente, y un esforzado 
propulsor en las universidades de este pals de la ensenanza regular de 
la literatura latinoamericana de la que €l mismo era un eximio conoce- 
dor, Ademas de su actividad docente, Labarthe fue poeta,crf tico,y ensa— 
yista de merito. Nacio en Ponce, Puerto Rico, en 1907, obtuvo sus grades 
universatarios menores en Colunbia University y coron5 sus estudios 
academicos con el Ph.D, en Litaratura en la Universidad de Mexico, Des- 
de 1954 enseno eft. Illinois Wesleyan donde alcanz6 la estimaci6n de 
todos los que le trataron, por la eficacia de la ensenanza tanto como 
por los dotes de car^cter gentil y caballeresco que le distingueron* 

---- Prof, Marcos A Korfnigo 

The University of Illinois M dern Foreign Language Newsletter is pub- 
lished jointly by the modern language departments of the University of 
Illinois under the direction of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and 
Portuguese, Prof. William H Shoemaker, Head, The Newsletter is available 
without charge to all interested persons in Illinois and other states. 
Editor: Miss Jane Killaam, All communications should be ^^iressed to the 
Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, Univ. of 111. Urbana, Illinois, 61801 

Wodern Foreign Language 


Volo XIX Noo 8 Hay 1966 


Dean Robert Rogers of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with the 
concurrence of the executive officers of the language departments, has 
organized an interdepartmental language committee composed of five raem- 
berse Chairman of the Committee is Prof. JosS S Flores of the Dept. of 
Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese* The other members are Prof, Steven 
Hill oif the Slavic Dept,, Prof. Herbert Knust of the German Dept,, Prof, 
IVillicun C Kurth of the Classics Dept,, and Prof, Francis VV Nachtmann of 
the French Dept, 

The purpose of the Committee is to provide coordination of response to 
research requests from outside offices, departments, institutions, and 
individuals, and to review testing problems, specifically placement and 
proficiency testing, encouraging the use of comraon and coordinated 
placement and proficiency tests when feasible. The Committee will also 
serve as liaison between the foreign language instructor and those in 
research and evaluation(specifically, the Office of Instructional 
Resources )and v/ill make recommendations concerning internal instruction- 
al research programs which the Committee will then aid in developingo 

The Committee on Language has prepared a Report on Foreign Language 
Placement Procedures at the University of Illinois which is given below: 

In February of this year the Modern Language Departments began to use an 
oral comprehension as well as a reading section in their placement exam 
for incoming students, U'ith this addition, the language departments 
expect to place the students much more effectively. Students offering 
high school Latin will continue to take a reading test only. 

Who must tcike the placement tests in languages? All students who offer 
high school foreign language credits on their transcripts and who: 
a) are entering the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, or b) are 
entering any other college or curriculum which requires a foreign lang- 
uage, or c ) expect to taive a foreign language as an elective. Students 
offering two foreign languages on their high school transcripts take the 
placement test in the language they expect to continue. If they change 
their mind later, they must then take the placement test in the other 
language, A student offering four years of high school credit in one 
language has satisfied the graduation language requirement of LASp If 
he decides to continue in this language at the University, he continues 
at the level indicated by the placement testo 

When and where are the language placement tests taken? The reading port- 
ion is taken on the same day that the entering student takes his Fresh- 
man Guidance Examinations and t|ie otiier pertinent placement tests(During 
the Spring these batteries are administered on various announced dates 
in Urbana and at other designated testing ceiters around the State, Prom 
June on, they are administered only in Urbana on Saturdays, These tests 

are prerequisite to pre-enrollment, ) The oral comprehension portion of 
the language placement exam is taken during the summer on the same day 
that the new student visits the campus in order to pre-enroll. He takes 
xt at 9:00 a.m^ in the language Laboratory, where it is administered 
dailyo His test is quickly scored by machine-, the oral comprehension 
scors is combined with tlie score obtained earlier from the reading test 
and by the time he reaches his adviser later in the day, the adviser 
has the placement recommendation» For students who inadvertently miss 
one or both parts of the placement exam during the summer, a final 
catch-all session is provided during the first v/^ek of classes in Sept. 
In the m.eantime, if it is unavoidable, the student may have to be en- 
rolled tentatively in a course, pending the outcome of the placement 
.exams The advisers are provided with special instructions to cover such 
cases J 

How are the scores set for the different levels of placement? The ^ame 
tests which the incoming students are subjected to have been previously 
administered to our university language students at all levels, and the 
high school student is placed at the level where his score compares on 
the average with the university student's results c 

The first four semesters of a language started at the Univ. of 111. are 
numbered 101, 102, 103, 104, The content of these four semesters is 
roughly equal to the four years of high schools Hov;ever, we have often 
found, according to the placement results, that three of high school 
language equal two semesters of college, two years of high school equal 
one semester of college, etco, and we allow the student to be placed 
for credit accordingly. Here is the way the system works, taking Span- 
ish for exampleo A student with two years of high school Spanish may, 
according to the placement test, place in Span 101, 102, 103, or 104, 
If he places in Spanish 103, fine! That shows he has a good solid high 
school backgrounda If he places in 102 that's still all right; he mey 
register in it for credit,, If he places in 104, that's superior! He 
gets proficiency credit for four semester hours toward graduation for 
the 103 level which he is skippingl This is the bonus to the intelli- 
gent hard-working student who has had superior high school training. If 
he places in iOl, hmiriniota It looks as if he v;ill have to start all over 
again, if he stays with Spanishp If he does register in Spanish 101, he 
will not receive credit toward graduation for the first semester. 

It is generally recommended that a student continue with the language 
started in high school, unless there are strong reasons for changing. 
Even if a student has to drop back to a level ivhere he pursues the 
language temporarily without credit, it is better for him to continue 
the one started in high school* Thus he will finally learn somethi ng 
about one language, rather than have a confused smattering of several. 
If pursuing the language started in high school would mean that more 
students continue with Latin, the Romance languages would cheerfully 
yield followers to their noble ancestor. 

The placement test is just that and nothing more. It is not a test that 
anyone can or shou-d get ready for^ other than doing the best he can in 
his high school work and by getting a good night's sleep the night 


before he takes the test. The purpose is to place the student at the 
level which suits his high school preparation and at which he can con- 
tinue his language study in college with a noimal challenge. Each stud- 
ent should try to make the placement test score an honest picture of 
his ability. Any effort to manipulate the results on the part of the 
student may cause serious later difficulties which he did not at all 
intend* On the other hand, all placement results are subject to review 
by the various language departments concerned. Machines do make mistakes 
and there ia the occasional student whose case is unique and therefore 
has to be considered individually* 

— — FVancis VV Nachtmann for the 
Interdepartmental Language ComEiittee 

HiUtt ****** *** 

NE'i? COURSES, A new course to be offered in the Humanities Division i& 
Humanities 215-216; an interdisciplinary course in Modern Arts in the 
20th Century, In part the course proposes to broaden appreciation and 
interest in the fields of contemporary music, literature, and the visu- 
al arts and to show the common technical and aesthetic concerns which 
relate them to one another and to our culture. The course fulfills the 
General Education requirement for the Humanities (4 units). Prof. Stan- 
ley E Gray of the French Dept, represents the languages on the teaching 
staff for the course. 

Another new course is an Introduction to Romance Linguistics, an inter- 
departmental course listed as Frehch, Italian, Linguistics, Portuguese, 
or Spanish 462, to be taught in the Fall semester 1966 by Prof, Henry 
Kahane of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portugueses 

LECTURE, On May 4 The Comparative Literature Section presented Einar 
Olafur Sveinsson, Prof, of Icelandic Literature in the Univ. of Iceland 
and the National Curator of Manuscripts, in a lecture on "The Edda and 
Homer" in the Law Buildingo 

Alberta, Canada), Susan E Lynch (Penn. State U), Inna Tolstoy (Carleton 
U, Ottowa Canada); Teaching Fellows: Diana Butturff (U of I), Therese B 
Lynn (Univ, of Tenn, Knoxville), Timothy J Reisg (U oQ-^); Dissertation 
Fellow: Rita S Mall (U of I), GERJ>L\N : Nancy Cooper, Wayne Senner (U 
of I), SLAVIC : John Douglas Clayton (U of I), SPANISH : Suzanne a Gold- 
smithdVayne State U), Marilyn R Nathanson ( vtayne State U); Summer Teach- 
ing Fellowships? Jose Buergo (U of I), GermSn Carrillo (U of I) Carole 
Ebersole (U of I); Dissertation Fellow: Daniel E Gulstad.'u of l)o 



NDEA AV/ARDS. TITLE IVo French: IJary Ellen Bordcnca (Trinity Coll, Wash, 
D,C,); Elizabeth L Mead (DePauw Univ Greerjcastle Inda), Robert J Swaskey 
(U of Pittsburgh), German: Richard Deppe, Juergen Klaus Hoegl, Thomas 
Smith (U of I), Slavics Richard Chappie (Brigham ^oung U), Frances Gre- 
asftr (Iowa State), Hyman Reisman (Univ, of Calif,), Spanish: renewals 
Jerry Bauer, Dru Dougherty, Patrick Bust (all U of I) and new awards, 
Mario Diaz (Colby Coll, U of I, and DePauwU), Marvin D'Lugo (Brooklyn 
Colle and U of I), Margaret L Snook (So. Conn, State Coll,)o 

NDEA Al'/ARDS o TITLE Vi c The following are studying the langaage in which 
the award was made unless otherwise noted© Asian Languages: David 
Levin (Economics) » Russian: Herbert Coats, Eldon Lytle, James L Martin, 
Richard Bruce IVoodCGeography), (All are renev/als except Herbert Coats'), 
Spanish: Dean E ^rnoldj Guy T Aehton, Linda ^elote(All in Anthropology), 
Edward Borsoi, Sandra Cypess, iVarren R Fish(Gecgraphy) , Irene Fraser 
(Political Science), Kathleen Klumpp (Anthropology) , Brother Jordan 
Phillips, Bohdan Saciuk, Walter Thompson, Odin Tcness ( Anthropology ) , and 
Dennis V/esto 

WOODROW WILSON. French: Anastasia Gritter (Calvin Coll, Grand Rapids, 
Michigan) o 

FRENCH NOTES — Prepared by Edwin Jahiel , : , 

Faculty Publications, French Revi ew for Heading Improvement by Prof « 
Francis 'V Nachtmann was published by. the Macmillan Co;, in Aprilo This 
review grammar consists of a guided tour through all the pitfalls and 
is particularly aimed at the PhcD, candidate preparing for the French 
reading examination. Deux Pieces sur la fin d'u n monde , Jules Super - 
vielle : La Belle au bois^; Boris Viva n Les Bati ss eurs d 'e mpire ^ edited 
by Renee Rlese Hubert, was just published ha the Macmillan Modern 
French Literature S ries, General E itor: Germaine Bree, Prof, Paul 
Barrette recently edited a second or third seiiester reader Tableaux de 
. Huit Siecles published by Scott, Foresman Co, 

In March Prof, Frangois Jest was invited bjj Carleton University, McGill 
University, and Brooklyn College, to lecture on "Rousseau" and on 
"Methodism in Comparative Literature", Prof, Renee Hubert addressed the 
April Kentucky Foreign Language Conference on the subject "La definit- 
ion du poeme en prose dans le surreaiisme". Prof, John K Simon was made 
a member of Phi Krppa Phi, the national Honor Society which recognized 
outstanding scholarship in all areas qf study. 

The Cenacle*s last meeting of the year, held in May, centered around 
the theme "Diderot and the Dialogue Tradition". 



Pi Delta Phi, Konarary F ench Fraternity, held its initiation banquet 
May 17o at which 56 iiiembers were present. Prof. Judd Hubert was the 
featured speaker. 

The C ercle Franc ais was exceptionally active recently: in April it held 
a musical program and an 'bpen~book" performance of Musset's Un Caorice 
and Holiere's L* Amour Ne deci n, per-formed before an overflow audience, 
(Dn May 12 it held a poetry reciting contest, with four levels or cate- 
gories of contestants^ accoruing to the level of courses in French 
already taken by the participants, who numbered 75« The winners were: 
Group I: Michael Kast (Lombard) 1st, Olga Brokop (Chicago) 2nd, and 
Lawrence Heyda (Houston, Tex.) Si'd, Group II: Barbara Bradley(Palatine) 
ist, Ingrid Larson (Brookfield) ,2ndy and Jon Kobinson (Quincy) 3rde 
Group III Michelle Deering(Ft. Sheridan)lsta , Judy Sstal (Grinnell Iowa) 
2nd,, Nancy Cerf (Chicago), 3rd, and Rosalyn Kaplan(Skokie) accessit » 
Group IV: Mary Ex-ickson (Woodhull) Ist,, Vivette Holland (Peoria) and 
Suzanne Nicholas (Rockford) 2ndo ex aequo. The contest was judged by 
two panels of three French Professors each, some of whom were poets in 
their own right. The planning and execjition of this contest was ably 
done by Mr, Carl Parmenter, 

M, Ren6 Allewaert, French Cultural Attache for the Middlewest, spent 
May 2 on campus in consultations and interviews with students relative 
to trabel and study in France, That evening, he gave a French Journal 
Club talk on the prize-winning novel Les Gnoses by Georges Peree with 
the title " Un aspect du materialisme contemporain", 


M, Jean Beliard, who as Consul General of France in Detroit (1953-55), 
and in Chicago (1957- '64) was a well known personality in French circles 
in the USA, has been appointed Director of the French Embassy's Press 
and Information Service in New York. M, Beliard was Deputy Director of 
the Foreign Affairs Ministry's Press Services in Paris from 1955-57, 
and since July 1964 has been President of iiadio-Monte-CarlOo In New 
York he succeeds M< Roger Vaurs who has been appointed Director of the 
Press and Information Services of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
in Paris o 

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GERMAN NOTES — Prepared by Carol Miller, 

The faculty seminar has scheduled two mmetings for May. On May 2 Prof, 
Walter Hollerer spoke on "Grenzen des Begriffes 'Manierismus '", 
analyzing poems by Johann Christian Giinther and Georg Trakl and discuss- 
ing problems with those present. The Univ. of 111. was fortunate in 
having Prof. Hollerer speak, as he spoke at no other /imerican univer®- 
sity. On May 27, I-<rs, Rita Terras and Prof, John Frey will discuss 
Kleist's Marionettentheater , Prof, Sidney Johnson of Eraory Univ. was 


the guest lecturer at the May meeting of FVnichtbri^ngende Gesell schaft • 
His topic was " Parzivai and Gawan: Their Conflicts of Duties". 

Several members of the Dept« have recently represejated the Univ. of 111* 
at professional meetings. Profs. John R I'i'ey and Rudolf ochier attended 
the Princeton Univ. Conference on "Tiie Writer in the Affluent Society", 
The Conference, v/hich included some 120 German writers, critics, schol" • 
ars, and publishers, was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of 
the "Gruppe 47", Miss Ruth Lorbe and ^ir. Siegfried Mews read papers at 
the recent meeting of the So» Illo Chapter of AATG, Prof, Kaile has 
been elected Vice-Pres, for the group for next year© The Kentucky For, 
Langs Conf, at Lexingtcsi was attended by Profs, James McGlathery, Carol 
Miller, and Hans Schliitter, Prof, Gotz .i'iencld was a guest at the Univ» 
of Texas "Symposium on Historical Linguistics"^ Prof. PoM, Mitchell 
attended a meeting on Scandinavian studies at Madison, V.'isconsino 

Spring is the tigje fcr recognizing outsjranding work done by students in 
German. At the Urbana campus, the honorary Fraternity, Delta Phi Alpha 
has announced the names of its initiateso The undergraduates include 
David Mensingj Mary Etta ^apitani, Edith E Flynn, Ellen Patricia Feeney, 
Ingaborg Hill, Sam Wiener, Sheldon Blivice, Gary Elmen, Ivan Don Bellj 
and Rebecca Moakej A^; least two-thirds of these students have achieved 
honors. Because of this record, the list appears in the printed program 
for the Honors Day Convocation, All undergraduate initiates were requir- 
ed to write an origional play, poem, or short story on the theme 
"Begegnungen", Graduate students to be initiated include Hedwig Nikol, 
Susan Bersch, L,A, Viehmeyer, Sonja Huxhold, Christa Jacobs, Donna Zych, 
Thomas W Smith, and John Kasparat, The initiation will take place May 
23 in the Illini Union, with all members of Delta Phi Alpha cordially 
invited. This year for the first time, the initiation will be held in 
conjunction with the last semi-official get-together of all members of 
the Department o 


The AATG National High School German Contest was held April 2, 1966. 
Winners from the two 111, chapters have been announced, Ip Northern 
111: 4th Yaar ; James Dempsey (Prospe«t HS), Mark Hamilton(Deerfield KS), 
and tied for third place, Louise Alport (Glenbrook N) Theresa Harder 
(Proviso W) and James Tatsch (Guilford HS), 5rd Year : Susan Meinheit 
(Rich Cent.), Helen Anastoplo (Univ, HS" Chicago) and tied for third were 
Gary Pasternak(Glenbrook N) and Idchael Rauworth (Palatine HS), 2nd 
Y ea r ; Gary V/eil (Glenbrook N), Anita Knaneis (Luther N Chicago), and 
Eva Grunwald(Univ, of Chicago HS). In Southern Illinois competition: 
4th_J&ar: Sara Chilton (Univ, HS, Urbana ),, Steven Schaller(Alton Sr.HS), 
and Janice LQbkuecher(Belleville), 5rd JY ear: Gail Hueting(Belleville), 
Anne Brighton<and Bernard Linsky (both of Univ. HS, Urbana). 2nd Year ; 
Milton Oliver ( Una \'-, HS, Urbana), iilisabeth Koralos (Alton Sr. HS)and 


and Henri Stegemsier (Univ, HS Urbana) and Renee Joergens (Belleville) 
tied for third. Congratulations are in oi'der for all these students. 


The May issue of the Newsletter traditionally bids farewell to those 
members of the Department who are leaving the ^niv, of Illo Profo Emory 
George is returning to the Univ. of Isichigan, Ann Arbor, where he will 
continue his work on the poet Holderlina Prof, Gotz Wienold is returning 
to Germany where he will be "V.'issenschaftlicher Assistent der engiischen 
Seminar" at the Univ, of Miinster, 'larvey and Kadeline Kendall, who have 
been connected with the teacher trainin^^ and introductory language pro- 
grams respectively, will be in California, where he has accepted a posit- 
ion at Long Beach Colic Vivs Charlotte Brancaforte ivill be at the Univ, 
of U'isconsino Our best wishes go with these colleagues. 

As a continuation of the repott on the language program at the ^niv, of 
111 prepared by Prof* ^^^nust. Prof, Ruth Lorbe, co-ordinator of the 103- 
104 courses, gives the following information about the second year. 

In the second year of the German language program the main stress is on 
reading and speaking. Although a concise review graaunar is used through- 
out 103, grammar practice is restricted to one hour e week. In the future 
even less class time will be required for it, since it is planned to 
transfer a largec part of the grammar work to the lab program. All 
classes in 103-104 are conducted in German, thus continuing the method 
used in 101-102, In 103 the students get a first glimpse of short pieces 
of German literature, mostly chosen from the 2yth century. The selsction 
consists of college editions o^ Per b linde Geron imo by Arthur Schnitzler 
(L M Price [edj; Heath), Drei Horsraiele by the contemporary playwright 
Friedrich Durreiimatt (H Regensteiner [ed]; Heath), and a reader containing 
stories by different German writers Lebend ige Li tera_tur (F G Ryder 
and E A McCormick [edsj; Houghton Mifflinl^ Translation is reduced to a 
minimum; most of the time is spent discussing the material which the 
students have prepared at home. Much emphasis is put on the learning 
and practice of idiomatic expressions. Frequent quizzes make sure that 
each student is well familiar with the vocabulary , the idioms, and the 
content of the stories^ This semester a college edition of Erich 
Kastner's Die vers ch ivu ndene j'^'iniatur (O P Schinnerer [ed]; Heath), a 
hilarious story about the robbei'y of a famous and very valuable work of 
art serves as an outside reader for German 103, This means that a 
student gets an assignment of about twelve pages per week, only the 
main points of which are discussed in class. In the language lab (^ hr 
per week in 103) the students hear part of the texts already familiar to 
them and a story which is completely new, read by native speakers. They 
are asked questions about it in the following class hour. 

In German 104 grammar is reviewed occasionally. Now the student becomes 
acquainted v/ith all literary genres, ^his semester the reading paan 
includes a story by Friedrich Diirrenmatt Per Richter uad sein Henker 
(Gillis/Neumaier [edsj; Houghton Mifflin), Franz Werfe.l's play 


Jacobowsk y u nd der Oberst (G Arit [ed] Appleton Century Croft), a 
collection of short stories D eutsch e Geg enwart by Kirchhoff (Maw Huefeer 
Verlagj Miinchen) and the Peng uin £^£ok uf_ Ger man Verse. This year a non- 
edited German Pocket Book is used, as the outoide reader in 104, Aired 
Andersch, Sansib ar ode r der 3jt\tz2 Grun d (Fischer Taschenbuch 354), a 
story about a complicated and adv^enturous flight from Pre-v/ar Nazi 
Germany to Sweden* The necessary vocabulary has been prepared coopBrat- 
ively by all instructors of 104» The teaching methods are the saune as 
in 103j Starting in the fall of 1966 there v/ill also be a language lab 
program for the 104 classeso Thus the program for second year German 
does not only give the student a first i.npression of German literature, 
but—- and this is the main point-'-also improves their ability to 
understand and speak German* This can be a satisfactory accomplishment 
for the students who do not go on in German d For those however who wish 
to go on^ the transition to the literature and conversation courses 
should not be so difficult. For very good students proficiency sections 
are open, combining either 102/103 or 103/104. 

... - , ,- — Prof. Ruth Lorbe,, 

SLAVIC NOTES — Prepared by Hasio Dunatov, 

Personnel changes* Prof. Clayton Dawson, Chairman of the ^ept, of Slavic 
Languages at Syracuse Univ. will assiune the duties of the Head of the 
Univ. of 111, Slavic Deptc this August. Prof, Dawson received his grad- 
uate training at Harvaiid (McA, 1951, Ph.D. 1954), and is the chief 
author of the most widely used Rsissian audio-lingual textbooks, Modern 
R ussian I and 11^, Prof. Lew li Mcklesen, the current Head of the Slavic 
Dept, has accepted a position at the Univ. of '..ashington, Seattle. Prof, 
Victor Terras is moving to the Slavic Dept, at the. Univ. of V/isc. and 
Prof, Zbigniew Folejewski, Visiting Prof, here during the past year, is 
returning to Penh, State Univ, Prof. Visnja Barac-Kostrencic of Zagreb, 
Yugoslavia will be visiting for one year, offering courses in 19th cent. 
Russian Literature, Soviet Literature, and a sui^vey course of the Yngo- 
slav Literature, 

Sabbaticalso Prof. Temira Pachmuss will be on leave during the fall 
semester, spending part of this summer in France and Sweden interview- 
ing people who knew r^inaida Hippius personally* Upon her return she will 
begin writing a book on Zinaida Hippius which she hopes to complete 
during her sabbatical leave. Miss Pacliir.uss has written a number of art- 
icles on Zinaida Hippius, the latest one appearing in the June issue of 
KpyXlJ ^yunal* Prof, Kurt Klein will be returning from a year's sabbatical 
in Europe where he has been studying foreign language teaching methodso 



S Svunmer plans. Profs. Terras, Hill, and Dunatov will be teaching summer 
school here in Urbanae Prof. Frank Gladney will take his Faculty Summer 
Fellowship to Cambridge Mass. , where he will continue work in the area 
of Russian' syntaxo Frof. Evelyn Bristol is going to Berkeley, Calif, for 
rest and research. Prof^ Theodore Lightner will spend the summer in 
Cambridge working on several books. 

Recent Activities of the Slavic Staff, Prof. Franl-i Gladney chaired the 
111. ATSBSL meeting in Chicago I'^ay 7, Prof. Steven Kill chairdd the 
Slavic Section of the General States Modern Language Teachers Asnaal 
Meeting in Detroit Kay 13-14, Prof. Teniira Fachmuss read a paper on 
Zinaida Hippius at the Midwest MLA Slavic Section April 30 in lowaa 

Note to H.S, Teachers and Students, Students entering the Univ, of ■"•11, 
with High School Russian ivishing to continue with Russian will be advan- 
ce placed one semester for each year of high school Russian. Several v/eelcs 
after the start of the semester they will be given a proficiency exam. If 
either the proficiency score or their classwork indicates that they 
should be placed in loxver courses, they will not receive credit for the 
course. It is therefore extremely important that students realize v.fhat 
will be expected of them» 

As was stated in previous N ewsl etters, we use the textbooks Modern 
Russian I^ and 11^ for the first four semesters. In addition, we use sev- 
eral readers in the last three semesters. These texts and the courses 
based on them are thoroughly audio-lingual in nature, which means that 
emphasis is on acquiring speaking and listening skills in the beginning 
courses, and that grammar is learned inductively as much as possible, 
(i.e. by means o<£ dialogue memorization, and pattern drills in class and 
lab. Grammar is also discussed in class, but only after drills). 

High school teachers would do their students a favor by advising those 
who definitely will continue Russian to buy the texts and review them 
this summers For those ivho are uncertain or who cannot afford to buy 
the rather expensive texts, the high schools should make copies available 
for loan. The books are covered in four semesters, in this order: 
Russian 101 (Lst semester) Bo ok I « lessons 1-10; 102 ( "nd sem.) B ook I . 
lessons lE-18 ; 103 (3rd sem.) Bo?k II, lessons 13-'27; 104 (4th semi 
Book II . lessons 28-36, 

It is my opinion that too much attention is often paid to the difference 
between textbooks and methods, forgetting that they all have to do with 
the same language, and that a good teacher can modify a given method or 
text to produce the desired results. It has been my experience here 
EUid elsewhere that a good student coming well-prepared will do well 
regardless of the method by which he was prepared. This is not to say 
that one method or text is not better than another, but a good student 
need not look for a college using the same book, or with a reputation 


for audio-lingual orientation, or what have you. There are more important 
criteria on which to select a college. 

Speaking of methods, those o£ you who may have read Prof. Rosen's article 
in the last SEEJ and were discouraged by it — don't be. If you will read 
the article carefully, you will see that it is primarily an attempt to 
justify his own method (widely used in this country in the 1930's-40*s 
and which was largely responsible for the sad state of foreign languages 
before the "new-key" revolution), Mr, Rosen does not show that the audio- 
lingual method is theoretically unsoun '; he simply states that it is. 
He does not prove the method (or specifically, the emphasis on speaking) 
responsible for the high rate of attrition in Russian language courses, 
merely stating that it is. He offers no statistics to show what the rate 
is, nor does he compare his own rate with the national average, etco etc. 
There is no room for complacency, V/e are not retaining as many students 
as we should after the beginning course. Some of the excesses of the 
audio- lingual method will have to be corrected, but the picture is not 
nearly so bleak as painted by Mr. Rosen, nor is his solution the answer* 

Russian Club, The Russian Club had on the one hand a very successful 
year, and on the other hand a very disappointing one. It was very success- 
ful in that the Club was v/ell run and the meetings very interesting, the 
entertainment often surprisingly good. Clearly a lot of people spent much 
time and effort on behalf of the Club^ Ue owe them all our sincere thanks 
and especially the Club Adviser Prof. Hill, the President, Noah Marcell, 
and the Publicity Director Fred Thayer, It was a disappointing year in 
that despite all the planning and the fine quality of the entertainment, 
all the Russian Club functions, except the movies, were very poorly 

DERSHI VORAI Burglary I Person or persons so far unknown broke into Prof, 
Hill's Office early on the morning of April 23, scattered several reels 
of tape recordings on the lawn outside, and stole a university typewrit- 
er, an Olympia Standard with a special keyboard containing several 
special diacritic marks and symbols ( '* q I 2 '), The serial number is 
7-609469 and the Univ, inventory number 315747, Anyone with information 
should contact Mr, Tom Morgan, Univ. of 111 Security Dept, 

SPANISH, ITiiLIAN, AND PORTUGU:;:s^ NOTES. —Prepared by Jane Killara 

Recent Faculty Publications » Prof, Merlin II Forster's new book An Index 
tp Mexican Literary Periodicals , 276 pages, has just been published by 
Scarecrov/ Press, N,Yc The index covers the years 1926-1960 and includes 
16 ^!exican journals. The May issue of Hispania (XLIX, p, 355) contains a 
review of Carlos Fuentes ' Aura by Grad, Asst, Richard M. Reeve. 


Prof, Curtis Blaylock attended the Univ. of Texas "Symposivun on Histor- 
ical linguistics" held in Austin, 

Faculty summer plans. Profs, Allen, Baldwin, Forster, Kahane, Morlnigo, 
and Shoemaker will be teaching in the Summer Session in Urbana, Dr. Jose 
Flores will be Director of Classrooms ^ibroad in Madrid and plans to 
spend a few weeks touring Spain, and Portugal, with stops also in Home 
and Athens before returning to ^rbana. Also in Eupope this summer v/ill 
be Prof. Angelina Pietrangeli, Prof. John W Kronik will again be teach- 
ing at Colby College, V.aterville Me, before joining the faculty at 
Cornell Univ, in the fall. Prof, Warren L Meinhardt has been awarded a 
Faculty Summer Fellowship, Prof. Benito Brancaforte, who will be on the 
faculty of the Univ, of '.Vise, in the fall, has also been awarded a 
Faculty Svunmer Fellowship, 

Miss Susan Howey has been awarded a Fulbright Grant for study at the 
Universidad de San Marcos in Lima, Peri, Miss Howey is a graduating 
senior in the General Spanish Curriculum, Another graduating senior, 
Gerald Giedd, will be serving in the Peace Corps in Ecuador starting in 
August, 1966, 

Poetry Contest, U'inners of the annual Concurso de Poesia held April 28 
by the Spanish Club were: Category I (Italian 101-102) 1st Kathy French 
(Park Forest), 2nd April Appelquist (Lombard). Category II (Portuguese) 
ist Catherine Cortes (Macomb), 2nd Ellen Levine (Skokie). Category III 
(Italian 104, 212) 1st Janet Fitch (Springfield), 2nd Susan Swanson 
(Peoria), Category IV (Span, 101, 102) 1st Elaine Cisek (Bellwood), 2nd 
Randy Abbott( Danville ) . Category V (SpaUo 103-104) 1st Becky Lovett 
(vaieaton), 2nd Denise iMcIntyre(Pekin) . Category VI (Span. 211, 221) 1st 
Christine Myers ( Chcunpai gn ) , 2nd Roberta Keillor (Maywood). Category VII 
CSpnn, 212, 215, i22) lat, Gloria CarroonC Chicago ) , 2nd Kathleen Winters 
(Evanston), Category VIII (Native Speakers) Scbuotian Biagi (Italian) 
Marco Duarte [Colonbia] (Spanish), 


AN EVENING OF FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA. On May 12 a group of graduate and 
undergraduate students presented a program of poetry and a one-act play 
by the Spanish playwright Federico Garcxa-Lorca, Poems presented, and 
the readers^ were: "El lagarto esta llorando", Carol Clark; "Romance 
sonambulo", Marco Colina-Pare ja; "La guitarra'/, Mix Zuckerman; "El 
prendimiento y la muerte de Antonito el Camborio", Guillermo Rojas; 
and "El llanto por la muerte de Ignacio SSnchea Mejias", Catherine 
Cortes, Alix Zuckerman, Roberta Keillor, and Piarvin D'Lugo, In the one- 
act play, the actors and their respective roles were I Marvin D'Lugo 


(Don Perlimplfn), Carol Clark (Belisa), Roberta Keillor(riarcolfa), 
Kathy Donohue and Guillermo Rojas(Duendes ), and iCstela *^lizondo (La 
madre de 3elisa). The play, "El amor de don Perlimpliri por Belisa en su 
jardin" was directed by Guillermo Rojaso Marvin D'Lugo was coordin- 
ator 9 Costumes were by Kathy Donohue, Jane Killam, and Barbara Schaner; 
properties and lighting by Catherine Cortes, Jane Killam, Charlene Kof- 
sky, Jaan liasek, Barbara Schaner, and i^ijeryl Schmidt, Make-up was done 
by Dorie Hammerschlags Music .vas provided by Alix Zuckerman (guitar) and 
Nelson McMillan (flute). Catherine Cortes, Jane Killam, and Gary Scav- 
nicky were in charge of publicity. Giving valuable assistance and ad- 
vice were Prof. Benito Brancaforte, Jean Cortina, Profs, James Crosby, 
David Kershberg, and <John » Kronik, The evening was an overwhelming 
success, with standing room only (estimated attendance 300) and several 
people turned away for lack o<£ space© 


At the AATSP Downstate Chapter meeting hels April 30 at Richwoods Comm, 
HS in Peoria eights, the following officers for the coming year were 
elected: President: Travis Foole (Edison Jr. HS Champaign), Vice-Pres»: 
Morris Lewis (Robert Morris Jr, Coll)and Corresponding Secretary} Mrs. 
Gladys Leal (Champaign HS), Continuing in their offices as Secretary- 
treasurer and Contest Chairman respectively were Emile Byars (Richwoods 
Comm HS) and Howard Shelton (Jefferson Jr, HS Champaign), The welcome 
address was delivered by Mr. Richard Enzen, Principal of Richwoods KS, 

Attendance was limited (43) possibly because of several conflicting 
meetings on the regional levels Those in attendance were: rs. Ruth 
Adams (Urbana Jr HS), Jacqueline Alcorn (Bradley U Peoria), Enoch 
Anderson(Reavis HS,0ak Laivn), Mrs R F .»nderson (Mattoon HS), Eleanor 
Bailey (Peoria Central HS), Allie Ward Billingsley (111. State Univ. , 
Normal), Mrs. Xay Borin (Richwoods Comm HS), Emile Byars (Richwoods Comm. 
HS), Anne Caveny (Peoria Central HS), Jack E Clinton (Limestone Comm. 
HS, Bartonville), ^''arco Colina-Pareja (U of I), Jim Curry (Mt, Prospect) 
Mrs Ruth Daly (111, V.esleyan), Jpe Diaz (Richv/oods Comiv. HS), Mrs. 
Leslie I* Dobbins (Limestone' Cbmir. HS, Bartonville), Joseph A Ferreira 
(Northv;estern KS, Sciota), Dr. Jose Flores (U of I), Karry S Gillespie 
(V.'estern 111. Univ.), Dr. '<^eade Heskamp (MacMurray Coil. • Jacksonville ), 
Jane Killam (U of I), Delano Kruzan (Macomb HS), Mrs Gladys Leal 
(Champaign Sr. HS), f- orris Lewis (Robert Morris Jr Coll), Frahklin 
Mandera (111 State Univ. Normal), Margaret Means (Mac Arthur HS Decatur), 
Eloise Metzger (Pekin Comm. KS), Frank Morales (111. State Univ. Normal), 
Travis B Poole (Edison Jr HS Champaign), Joseph Kencurrell , Lionel 
Romero (Edison Jr HS Champaign), Gary Scavnicky (Uoof I), John Sears 
(Henry High), Howard Shelton (Jefferson Jr KS Champaign), Dr. Richard 
Thompson, and two students, (MacKendree Coll Lebanon), Mrs, Ilartha 
Tomliahoviclj (Canton Sr, HS), V.'iliiam Turner (Galesburg HS), Mrs, Mary 
Van Dyke (Manual HS Peoria), Miss Luella V/atson (111 State Univ. ), Mrs, 
Allegra vVilbur (Charleston), Mrs Henry V/inters (Minonk-Dana-Rutland HS), 

Winners of the AATSP Downstate 111, National Spanish Exam were announced 
by Howard Shelton, Contest Chairman, V.'inners with no outside experience 
were: (Lst, 2nd, then 3rd place) 2nd Year ; Bob Carpenter (Edison Jr« 


HS. Champaign: Travis Poole), Patty Bash(Edison Jr. HS:Travis Poole) ,Denise 
Mikaiauskas (Reavis HS,Oak LawntEnoch Anderson). 3rd Year: Kris '^ohnson 
(RoO^V.A HS Oneida: Barbara V.atson), Roberta Schwab (Richwoods Cora:n. HS : 
Emile Byars ) , Jean Deffenbaugh (Rock Island IIS:Clara Tsagarisc 4t h Ye ar; 
Chuck Grotts(HillsboroHS rMarianne McCall), Gary riaxey(Rcck Island liosJchn 
Bloniberg), William Hester (Wacomb HS:Delano Krnzan)e V[ith out rid e exp er- 
ience ^ 2vid year ; Maria Cristina Silva (United T.vp HS E Wol:Lne:Mrs Azer), 
Gilbert Vasquez and Marina Lopez[tied](both fron Sterling Twp HS: Mrs 
Ruth Straw), Maria Alezo (United Twp. H3 E Moline;i'irs Azer)j 3r d Year: 
Judith Caliiiiano(Allemari HS Rock Island:Sister Ana Maria), Zoboida Gerra 
(Moline HS:3illie Lee), Alice Martinez (Sterling Twp HS :Ruth Strav;), 
4th Year: Alice Ruiz (ilillsboroHS:Har anne McCall), Oscar Perez(Mcline HS 
Billie Lee), Barbara Reband (Antioch HS : Mrs Scott )« 719 Students took 
part in the tests, Ne::t year a first year category is plannedo 

Dear Colleagues: 

The next issue of the Newslette r will appear in October 1966, Any items 
of general interest sent to the Editor before September 15th will be 
included in the first issue, A change of address blank is included balonr 
for the convenience of those moving during the saninero 

I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you who have shown an 
interest in the N ewslette r in the past year, with special thaiiks of 
course to those who have taken the time to contribute articles, and to 
my fellow editors Dro Carol Miller, Dr Edwin Jahiel, and Drs, Steven 
Hill and Rasio Dunatovc 

Our best wishes for a pleasant and profitable summer, 

Jane Kill am 






The Univ. of 111. Modern Foreign Language Newsletter is published jointly 
by the modern language departments of the Univ. of 111. under the direct- 
ion of the Dept, of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Prof, Villiam H 
Shoemaker, Head, The Newsletter is available without charge to all inter- 
ested persons in Illo and other states. Editor: Miss Jane Killam, All 
communications should be addressed to Editor, 224 Lincoln Hall, Univ, of 
111, Urbana , I llinois , 61861^