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KU to Host Inaugural World Languages Meet

April 8, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Modern Language Studies Department will host their inaugural World Languages Meet, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, in the DeFrancesco building.

During the day-long event, teams of language students from Fleetwood and Nazareth high schools will participate in a wide variety of language competitions. This unique experience asks students to use their knowledge, creativity and communication skills to compete in challenges that allow them to demonstrate competency in their second language. Teams of students will also have the opportunity to tour the KU campus, visit and participate in language classes and learn more about pursuing a modern language major in college.

At the meet, participants, who began preparing for the challenges months ahead of time, acquire experience practicing their listening, speaking and interpretation skills. For example, to succeed in the "Cultural Presentations Event," students must present an authentic text from their chosen culture, in their language of study, and discuss the significance of the text as a cultural product and as a reflection of cultural practices and perspectives. In the Virtual Amazing Language Race, teams of students race to follow virtual clues that require advanced listening skills. All competitions adhere to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages standards for language education.

In the future, the World Languages Meet hopes to include all high schools from Berks, Lehigh and Schuylkill counties.