Seven high schools from across the region participated in this year's Modern Language Day event hosted by the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Division of World Language & Cultures. The program featured art, creative writing, skits and songs performed by students, and a language bowl to conclude the event.
UNG held the first Modern Language Day in 1975. This year's event included exhibits and presentations in Spanish and Chinese, and Dr. Alvaro Torres-Calderon, director for Modern Language Day, hopes to have students participate in Arabic at next year's event.
"We appreciate the teachers and faculty who are interested in promoting the contact and connection between the high school students and the university," Calderon said. "It greatly benefits the high school students in the future."
UNG offers courses in 10 languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. UNG offers a Bachelor of Arts in modern languages with concentrations in Arabic, Chinese, French or Spanish. The university also offers the Summer Language Institute for college students and the Federal Service Language Academy for high school students.
"Learning a language opens up many doors," said Dr. Timothy May, associate dean of the College of Arts & Letters. "You will never regret learning a language, or five."
Before this year's event began, students set up projects that highlighted their chosen language. As judges toured the creations, groups of students took the stage to perform short skits and presentations to showcase their language skills. The skits and exhibits were both judged by UNG faculty members.
Sandy Kassouf, who teaches Spanish at Lumpkin County High School, said she enjoys bringing her students to Modern Language Day because it gives them an opportunity to showcase their language aptitude outside of the classroom.Visit the Division of World Languages & Cultures website for more information about UNG's language programs.