Foreign Language Day 2019

 A student watches one of the demonstrators practice Chinese calligraphy during Foreign Language Day on March 21. Photo credit: Felix Amaya
A student watches Dr. Louis Liuxi Meng practice Chinese calligraphy during Foreign Language Day on March 21. Photo credit: Felix Amaya

Learning a Language is more than vocabulary and grammar -- it's a celebration of cultures!

KENNESAW, Ga. (Apr 1, 2019) — On Thursday, March 21, more than 600 students gathered in the Carmichael Student Center to explore and celebrate the languages, literatures, and cultures of the 12 languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) offered by the Department of Foreign Languages. This year’s theme was “Let Languages Be Your Key,” which underscores the important role that language and transcultural competency play in unlocking opportunities with diverse cultures both domestically and internationally.

The Sentinel, Kennesaw State's student newspaper, even dropped by.

Part of this year’s event included opportunities for students to interact with faculty members and peers at informational tables so that they could learn more about the different languages taught at KSU, KSU’s various study abroad and language-related internship opportunities, the International Student Organization and language clubs, as well as career-related opportunities in teaching languages in K-12 settings.

Another highlight of the event was the over 20 different performances by KSU students and faculty. Performances included songs, dances, poetry readings, martial arts demonstrations, and interactive trivia game.

There were also several submissions to the art contest. This year’s winners were:

  • First place: Graciella Elaine “Different Names”
  • Second place: Iman Fowler–Thomas “Unlock a New Experience”
  • Third place: Maria Schramm “The Key to Connect the World”
  • Crowd Favorite: Graciella Elaine “Different Names”

The Department of Foreign Languages next event will be the World Poetry Celebration, held at the CHSS gazebo from 10:30am–12:00pm on April 16th.