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UE’s Linguapalooza to Welcome 140 High School Students

Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A tango dancing lesson, a game of Jeopardy in Japanese, and an introduction to German science fiction writing are just a few of the activities planned for the ninth annual Linguapalooza, hosted by the University of Evansville’s Department of Foreign Languages.

On Thursday, October 10, approximately 140 foreign language students from 11 area high schools will attend Linguapalooza, where they will hone their foreign language skills by participating in interactive cultural and conversational sessions throughout the day.

“Linguapalooza is a unique opportunity for high school foreign language students to spend a day immersed in their language of choice and learn about the culture they have chosen to study,” said Roger Pieroni, chair of UE’s Department of Foreign Languages. “Not only will the day enhance their current foreign language studies, but by working with UE’s outstanding faculty and foreign language majors, they will get a taste of what it’s like to be a student here at UE.”   

After a welcome in UE’s Ridgway University Center, students will begin the day by taking a campus tour in their studied language (French, German, Japanese, or Spanish). They will spend the rest of the morning in sessions led by UE foreign language faculty members, who will engage students in activities and discussions on topics ranging from Latin music to Japanese manners and customs. The day’s final session will provide a “mini-lesson” in an additional foreign language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Gaelic, German, Japanese, Portuguese, or Russian). 

While students are in class, high school teachers will take part in a program of their own: a presentation by Pieroni and T. Scott Henne, UE’s dean of admission, about the opportunities available to UE foreign language students.

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