“Communication is one of the most important things on the court. We are always communicating with our teammates both on and off the court. They all speak English, so I need to speak English with them too.” ~ Elif Bayrak
The Linguistics Department at Fresno State studies the human capacity for language. As a defining characteristic of the human experience, without language, civilization, culture, scientific and technological development would not be possible.
As Dr. Jaydene Elvin, assistant professor of linguistics, and Cheryl Chan, director of the American English Institute, worked on a public event to launch their Hub for Language Teaching and Learning, the COVID-19 virus suddenly shut everything down. However, the two quickly pivoted and, within weeks, developed the course, “Functional Spanish for EMRs,” to help the front lines of the pandemic.