World Languages Day is back with new activities and exhibits for everyone

SIU News

March 22, 2019
World Languages Day is back with new activities and exhibits for everyone
by Hannah Erickson
CARBONDALE, Ill. — New exhibits, shows, lectures and presentations are on tap for the 45th World Languages Day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
After a two-year hiatus, the event, formerly known as Foreign Language Day, is back with more than 500 students registered to join the fun. Scheduled for April 4 at the SIU Student Center, the day works to expose high school students to language and culture in a fun and educational way.
Media Advisory
Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the April 4 event, which begins at 9 a.m. and includes the Global Talent Show. The special exhibits and guest lecture at 3 p.m. on April 1 at Morris Library may also be of interest. For more information, contact Maria Bell at 618/453-5431 or
Global Idol Talent Show
The all-new Global Idol Talent Show is bringing a fun and entertaining element to this year’s event. The show allows individual students or student groups to highlight skits, poetry readings, songs and approved presentations in the language of choice.
Each performance is limited to five minutes, with judging based on creativity, stage presence, audience response and fluency in the target language. First, second and third place winners will receive trophies at the conclusion of the contest.
Virtual reality and other activities
The excitement continues with virtual reality demonstrations set to help with the mastery of linguistics. With state-of-the-art Vive Pro Headset and accompanying equipment, students can experience language in a completely new way.
Other activities include a Linguistic Puzzle Room, which offers an Egyptian themed escape room for students to try to crack. With support from the Craft Shop, students will find interesting artifacts to spice up the panic room.
Students can also experiment with origami and Chinese paper cutting demonstrations. Additionally, …

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