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Wyoming Students to Compete in World Languages Day at UW March 3-4

February 23, 2017

Approximately 250 Wyoming junior high and high school students are expected to participate in the fifth annual World Languages Day competition Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, at the University of Wyoming.

The annual event provides Wyoming’s world languages students a chance to showcase their linguistic talents in judged competitions; convene with other language enthusiasts; and exposes them to 12 diverse language workshops hosted by UW faculty and graduate students.

UW’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages sponsors the event, and UW faculty members will conduct the rotating language workshops, which represent Arabic, Arapaho, Chinese, Creole, French, German, Haitian, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish.

Modern and classical languages Lecturer Yan Zhang, and Mollie Hand, the department’s academic adviser, are co-directors of World Languages Day.

“We are trying something new this year,” Hand says. “The students will stick with UW student mentors in country groups and form stronger bonds as they rotate among the various language workshops.”

During the March 4 session, students will compete in events that must have a language component. Those include skits, videos, poetry recitation, songs and cultural presentations in their skill level, along with created artwork that will be displayed and judged.

After the competitions, participants have the opportunity to try new languages during the featured language workshops.

Schools competing in the event are from:

Casper -- CY Middle School.

Cheyenne -- Cheyenne East High School.

Cody -- Cody High School.

Evanston -- Davis Middle School; Evanston Middle School.

Gillette -- Campbell County High School.

Guernsey -- Guernsey-Sunrise High School.

Laramie -- Laramie High School.

Newcastle -- Newcastle High School.

Rock Springs -- Rock Springs High School.

Sheridan -- Sheridan High School.

Shoshoni -- Shoshoni High School.

Sundance -- Sundance High School.

The event is made possible through donations of numerous departments, programs and individuals, and grants from the Wyoming Humanities Council and UW’s SLCE (Service, Leadership and Community Engagement) office.


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