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World Languages Day 2021

Welcome to World Languages Day 2021

New workshops and videos will be posted each morning from March 1 to March 5.

World Language Day 2021 supporters

This year's program was made possible with the generous support of these donors.

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Workshops

Monday, March 1, 2021

World Language Kahoot

Start off World Languages Week with a fun game about world languages! The Kahoot is in English and has 60 questions.

Spotlight on a Country: Belgium

Presentation in English about Belgium. This video requires no previous knowledge of French. Memory cards game (match pictures) - included in video. Length: 12m

 

Horrible Histories - Rotten Romans: Crazy Caligula

This video presents facts about ancient Roman culture in a fun and humorous way and requires no previous knowledge of Roman culture or Latin. Length: 2:37

Trigger warning:  Roman culture was violent.  These videos use humor to teach about aggressive human behavior to younger viewers.  Teachers may wish to embed these videos in discussions about mental illness, theories about divine right to rule, political dissent, civil war, women's positions in patriarchies, or whose opinions matter in civic discourse.

 

Study Abroad

This is a general summary of the University of Wyoming's various study abroad programs, with information about types of programs, scholarships, and locations with emphasis on studying abroad for language-learning purposes. This video is for students who are in grades 9-12. There will be a presentation geared towards 7-12 during the Thursday March 4th evening Hangout session, followed by a Q&A period. 

 

Wortwörtliche Redewendungen – Literal Idioms

Image of idiom cards

These printable files contain 144 pairs of cards. The goal is to match the image cards with the literal representation of an idiom to is figurative meaning text card. There are two versions: An all-German version and a second version with English translations.

Animal Sounds in Different Languages

At Monday night’s College Hang-Out, UW Student Volunteers, Juana and Anna, gave a fun presentation on animal sounds in different languages. At the end, we tested our knowledge with this Animal Sounds Kahoot. Video length: 7:14. Kahoot: 10 questions.


 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Think Like a Roman Kahoot

This Roman Kahoot requires no previous knowledge of Roman culture or Latin.  It works with English derivatives and personal experiences to ask students to think like a Roman.

Spotlight on a Country: China

In the workshop, Zoe will show her video on making dumplings; then, Mary will teach how to make paper dumplings; lastly, Lekili will teach how to write dumplings in Chinese. Language: English. Length: 13:50

Wrapping of 2020 with Chinese Dumplings

Information Session

Japanese Studies at UW

A short overview of the Japanese Studies program at UW. Language: English. Length: 2:28.

 

Roman & Greek Culture

Roman Numerals Quia

Roman culture and Latin: This quiz assumes some previous exposure to Roman numerals. Play up to 10 levels.

Aristophanes' "The Wasps"

Poster for The Wasps production

Adapted by MCL’s Dr. Laura DeLozier, you are invited to attend the Greek tragedy Aristophanes' Wasps on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

The content may not be suitable for all audiences as it contains sexually explicit language and some violence.  The play should run about 90 minutes followed by a community discussion, which usually closes after 45 minutes.

It is free, but registration is necessary.

Game of the Day: Song Bingo

French bingo or Spanish bingo. It's a bingo game based on song lyrics. Any language level can play. Each language has three songs with corresponding bingo cards.

Idioms in Different Languages

At Tuesday night’s College Hang-Out, UW Student Volunteer, Shannon, led a Kahoot game about idioms in different languages and explained the meanings behind some of the idioms. Play the game first and then watch the video.  Kahoot: 10 questions. Video length: 16:29.


 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Hispanic Kahoot

This Hispanic kahoot has several cultural questions: facts about the Spanish language, cities and places, famous people, etc. 23 Questions.

Spotlight on a Country: Mexico

Tour of Tulum Ruins: Watch a guided tour of the Tulum Ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico made for our World Languages Day by a UW student volunteer. 5:17

 

Lorena Ramírez, a Raramuri Indigenous runner

With this cultural activity, learn about the Raramuri in a video (6:17) and reflect on indigenous populations and running with pre-watching and post-watching questions.

Information Session: Language Placement and Credit by Exam at UW

Learn all about language placement and earning credit for language skills when coming to study at UW. Length: 15:05

 

Benefits of Being Bilingual

Meet Spanish alum, Jessica Ramírez. Length: 4:09

 

Roman & Greek Culture

Horrible Histories Crimewatch BC

This video presents facts about ancient Roman culture in a fun and humorous way and requires no previous knowledge of Roman culture or Latin. Length: 2:45

Trigger warning:  Roman culture was violent.  These videos use humor to teach about aggressive human behavior to younger viewers.  Teachers may wish to embed these videos in discussions about mental illness, theories about divine right to rule, political dissent, civil war, women's positions in patriarchies, or whose opinions matter in civic discourse.

 

Game of the Day: Les Loups-Garous (Werewolf)

Conversation Based Fantasy Game for French or Spanish. Similar to the games Among Us and Mafia, Werewolf is a murder mystery game with various assigned roles meant to encourage conversation in the target language. Vocabulary has been provided both for French and Spanish. Students must have learned past tense to play well.

You will need:

  • Instructions can be watched in video. Length: 6:45

  • Cards for either language.

  • Vocabulary lists for French and Spanish.

 

UW Chinese Program Brings You Endless Possibilities 

At Wednesday’s College Hang-Out, Yan Zhang and her students led us through several presentations and games about Chinese culture. Here are the time stamps for each: 

00:00:00-00:20:07: UW Student Sara talks about her study abroad experience in China.

00:20:07-00:33:17: UW Student Kailee leads us through a Kahoot about Chinese culture 

00:33-17-01:02:50: UW Student Paolina shows us the history behind several Chinese zodiac characters 

Zodiac Character Game

Now that you’ve learned about some of the Chinese Zodiac Characters, play this game! Your avatar must jump into the English words that correspond to the Chinese character.


 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

German-Speaking Cities and Countries

Test your knowledge of German speaking cities and countries with the German Kahoot in English. 37 Questions

Spotlight on a Country: Denmark & Germany

Fun with Difficult Danish

Curious about Danish? Learn about one of the hardest European languages and then test your ability to guess the right vowel sound. Length: 15:55.

Gothic Lord's Prayer

Now is your chance to read and understand a text written in the Gothic language of the fourth century!  This text is seventeen centuries old, but University of Wyoming Senior Lecturer Mark Person will walk you through it, helping you to see clear connections between the old Gothic tongue and the English and German languages of today. Length: 22:00

 

Information Session: Meet an alum

Hear from German alum Emily Wood! Length: 1:20

 

Straßburg Study Abroad

Listen to a UW student, Colorado French, talk about his study abroad experiences at UW. Length 17:54

 

Roman & Greek Culture

Η 11χρονη αρχαία Αθηναία Μύρτις στην παγκόσμια μάχη κατά του κορωνοϊού (The 11-year-old ancient Athena Myrtis in the global battle against the coronavirus)

This United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe video is in Modern Greek with English captions.  It enlists the help of an eleven-year-old Athenian girl who died in her people's great epidemic to help the living combat our pandemic. Language: Modern Greek with English subtitles. Length: 1:45

Learn more about Myrtis here, whose face was reconstructed from her skull, after she was discovered in a mass grave for plague victims.

 

Game of the Day: German Mad Lib

A brief German mad lib about making Pizza. This can work as a paired or group activity – or in the whole class. Students come up with words for each of the required categories. Insert chosen words and enjoy the silly text.


 

Friday, March 5, 2021

French Culture Quiz

This French culture kahoot has several cultural questions: facts about the French language, cities and places, famous people, etc. 25 questions

Spotlight on a Country: Russia

Russian Folk Tale: Sister Alyenushka and Brother Ivanushka

Hear the Russian folk tale of Sister Alyenushka and Brother Ivanushka retold in English by a UW student volunteer. Length: 05:42

 

Information Session: Meet an alum

Meet Spanish alum, Olivia Womack! Length 3:22

Meet Spanish alum, Tim Eardly! Length 3:22

 Study Abroad - For Juniors and Seniors

This is a more in-depth summary of the University of Wyoming's Education Abroad program. This video contains information that seniors and juniors who are planning to come to UW may need if they intend to study abroad during their time as undergraduates. The video has more detailed information about the different types of programs, scholarships, locations, and opportunities. This content is suggested for grades 11 & 12, though younger students can watch it if they wish as well. Length 16:20

Roman & Greek Culture

Aging in a Democracy

Laura De Lozier (Classics Section Coordinator) has curated this exhibit on aging in democracies for her CLAS/HIST/POLS 3050 Athenian Democracy.

It consists of images of men and women in their middle to later years of life - in isolation and in company with each other – from the permanent collection of the UW Art Museum.  It invites conversations about aging in terms of race, gender, and religion.  You may wish to use these items for an oral history project with your students where they explore the roles that their grandparents or great aunts and uncles play in their live, how their grandparents or great aunts and uncles keep the memory of their family and culture alive, what history their grandparents or great aunts and uncles have made by pursuing their dreams, what history their grandparents or great aunts and uncles have witnessed, what problems their grandparents or great aunts and uncles experience as they age, and how your students can help address these issues that their older relatives experience.

Online art exhibit. Language: English.

Game of the Day: Multi-Language Bingo

Bingo game with song lyrics. Cards for a song in French, in Spanish, in Italian, and in Russian.

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