Monday, March 2, 2009

IU to host its first World Language Festival

Indiana high school students from across the state will converge in Bloomington on 7 March when Indiana University hosts its first-ever World Language Festival.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about subjects as diverse as traditional African drum and dance techniques, ancient Chinese calligraphy, Slavic languages, Germanic celebrations, common French gestures and current cultural issues in the Middle East.

More than 300 students, teachers and parents from approximately 15 Indiana high schools are expected to take part in the event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in Ballantine Hall, where all of the day's events will take place.

A schedule of events with presentation descriptions, general information and a list of sponsors can be found online.

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1 comment:

Brian Barker said...

As far as learning another language, is concerned, can I put in a word for the international language, Esperanto?

Although Esperanto is a living language, it helps language learning as well.

Five British schools have introduced Esperanto in order to test its propaedeutic values. The pilot project is being monitored by the University of Manchester and the initial encouraging results can be seen at http://www.springboard2languages.org/Summary%20of%20evaluation,%20S2L%20Phase%201.pdf
You might also like to see http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670

Confirmation can be seen at http://www.lernu.net