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Ph.D. Student wins U.S. Dept of State Critical Language Scholarship

Desiree Villarroel, a doctoral student in bilingual education, has been selected as a recipient of a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for summer 2008. Following an orientation in Washington, D.C., Villarroel will travel to Tunis, Tunisia for a 2-month intensive Arabic institute.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of Stat sponsors the Critical Language Scholarship Program. The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. federal government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need foreign languages.

"As a multilingual and multicultural teacher and student," said Villarroel, "gaining the perspective of an adult language learner will be immensely illuminating in my own scholarship which is focused on adolescent second language learners literacy and their aquisition of academic, digital age and global era English."