World Language Festival Draws Area High Schoolers
March 20, 2012
The inaugural World Language Festival held recently at the University of Mount Union drew high school students from several northeast Ohio high schools. Students from Alliance, West Branch, Sebring McKinley, Marlington, East Canton, Brecksville and Lake high schools attended the event.
The purpose of the event, according to Dr. Jennifer Hall, associate professor of French, faculty director for the Center for Global Education and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, was to reach out to the community, local students and educators. The event was sponsored by Mount Union’s Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures and gave students an opportunity to learn about study abroad opportunities at the University.
During the event, teaching assistants in each of the foreign language programs and a Fulbright Scholar gave presentations on their home countries of Germany, Spain, Japan, France and Russia. Presenters spoke on topics ranging from government to religion to the cultures of their native countries.
After the presentations, those in attendance were invited to stop at country tables throughout the room to participate in a language-themed activity and sample a food from that respective country. Food items included French crepes, Chinese dumplings, German black forest cake, Spanish sangria and Japanese sushi. The Center for Global Education also provided chicken curry and naan to represent India.
“I’m very happy with the participation,” Hall said of the World Language Festival, adding that she hopes to make it an annual event on campus.
The event wrapped up with a T-shirt raffle and a lesson by teaching assistants on key words from their native languages.