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ERIC Number: ED262650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Let's Have a Foreign Language Festival...A Big One!
Becker, James E.; Findlay, Rosa-Maria
An Iowa high school's experience with producing a biennial statewide foreign language fair is described. The objectives have been to have students enjoy using their second languages, especially with people to whom they have never spoken before, and to enliven the winter months. Every language teacher and student, as well as others on the staff, can participate. Seeking the ideas of all willing teachers, giving the city or state language coordinator a major role, and early, thorough planning have been most effective. Each school is encouraged to provide some entertainment, and students are charged with such tasks as developing slogans and decorations and writing for donations of items. Counterfeit, color-coded money is distributed for barter in a general store. Tri-lingual signs announce the schedule, and other special activities have included providing refreshments in the faculty lounges, a language auction, speech and music contests, a bike race, a Mexican restaurant in the cafeteria, food demonstrations, lectures, strolling professional musicians, and artists doing portraits. The resulting feeling of camaraderie has been unique among student activities. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa