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THE CENTER FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES

Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum Grants (FLAC)

The Center for European Studies (CES)  at the University of Florida announces a competition for Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC) Course Development Grants for the academic year 2009-2010. 

As part of its mandate as a Title VI National Resource Center (NRC), the CES has resources available to fund the development and teaching of new Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (FLAC) sections in selected European languages (Czech, French, German, Greek (modern), Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish). 

New FLAC units funded by the CES will be integrated into the "FLAC at Florida" program - a collaborative effort by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for European Studies, and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). "FLAC at Florida" offers one-credit enhancement or "applied language" sections in various languages to accompany selected content courses in a number of departments including (but not limited to), Anthropology, Business, Cinema, Economics, History, Law, Political Science and Sociology. One of the main goals of this program is to integrate the study of European languages with a variety of topical are studies courses.

Ideally, students enrolled in a content course with a FLAC section, who have sufficient foreign language skills, will also enroll in the one-hour FLAC unit, where readings and discussion are in the foreign language. However, in many cases there is relatively little overlap between the primary content course and the FLAC unit and in students may choose to take only the 1-unit FLAC course. All FLAC course units are offered at the 3000 or third year level and students must have the necessary language fluency as demonstrated through course work or permission of instructor to enroll in FLAC courses.

Each FLAC unit is funded at a flat fee of $5,000. If the FLAC is developed and taught by a graduate student the student may receive up to a maximum of 50% of the funding during the summer prior to teaching for development and the remaining funds during the semester in which the FLAC is actually taught or the full amount may be paid during the semester the FLAC is taught. If the FLAC is developed and taught by a full time faculty member the FLAC is taught as an overload and the full $5,000 is paid as a lump sum the following summer. 

All UF faculty and advanced graduate students with the relevant language qualifications are eligible to apply. Submissions must contain the following: (1) application form which can be picked up in 3324 Turlington Hall or downloaded from http://www.ces.ufl.edu/doc/FLAC_Application_Form.pdf ; (2) a detailed proposal outlining the proposed FLAC unit; (3) a syllabus of the area studies course to which the FLAC unit will be linked; (4) expected student audience and anticipated enrollment; (5) full CV of the faculty/ graduate student applicant; (6) if the instructor proposing the FLAC is different from the instructor of the core course to which the FLAC would be linked, the formal written permission of the core course instructor is also required; (7) graduate students applying for this grant are also required to submit a letter from the departmental graduate advisor stipulating that the student is eligible to teach a course and is currently on track in their graduate program and (8) one letter of recommendation from a relevant UF faculty member. All FLAC applications must specify when the course will be taught (fall 2009 or spring 2010) keeping in mind that the FLAC must be taught during the same semester as the linked core course.

Applications, including all of the above materials, must be turned in to the CES main office in 3324 Turlington Hall, PO Box 117342. The deadline for submission is 5:00pm on Monday April 13th, 2009. The CES will contact the successful applicants within three weeks of the deadline and post their names and proposed course titles on the CES website (www.ces.ufl.edu). 

Grantees are required to submit a complete syllabus for the unit no later than the end of the first week of class in the semester when the FLAC unit is being offered. Failure to comply will make the recipient ineligible for all future CES grants.

Sarah E. Spaid Ishida
Program Assistant
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
& Center for European Studies
University of Florida
3324 Turlington Hall
PO Box 117342
Gainesville, FL 32611-7342
(352)392-8902 ext. 200
(352)392-8966 fax
http://www.ces.ufl.edu