Lee University hosts Languages Day

Posted 12/20/17

Lee hosts World Languages Day for high school students   Lee University recently welcomed more than 100 high school French and Spanish students from Cleveland area schools to its campus for World Languages Day.Lee’s Dr. James Wilkins, professor of French, and Dr. Alexander Steffanell, associate professor of Spanish, organized the event on behalf of Lee’s Department of Language and Literature.“It is always great to see and feel the energy that high school students bring to the learning experience,” said Wilkins. “Our hope in hosting events like this is to channel that energy into future study of languages and cultures.”   The day included various activities and sessions for the students, beginning with a welcome by Dr. Jean Eledge, chair of the Department of Language & Literature, and greetings by the Spanish and French faculty.   Following this opening session, students attended separate French and Spanish sessions. In these sessions, the students learned from Lee professors Dr. Betsy Poole, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics, and Wilkins, along with 14 of his Lee students.   The visiting high school students attended an additional session titled, “The OTHER Language,” also taught by Poole and Wilkins. These professors switched groups and taught a mini-lesson in the “other language,” meaning French was taught to Spanish students and Spanish was taught to French students.   Campus tours in French and Spanish were given that day to the visiting students by current language majors and minors at Lee University. Following these tours, a traditional Thanksgiving lunch was enjoyed by the guests in the Deacon Jones Dining Hall.   “These are current and future learners of languages,” said Steffanell. “We, of course, would like all of them to join us for study at Lee, but wherever they go, we want them to be explorers and ambassadors to other cultures via the languages they learn.”   To conclude the day’s events, students attended separate language sessions highlighting the university’s French and Spanish study abroad programs.   This event was an expansion of an annual tradition begun in recent years by Steffanell.   For more information on Spanish and French programs in Lee’s Department of Language & Literature, call 423-614-8210.    

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Lee hosts World Languages Day for high school students

 
Lee University recently welcomed more than 100 high school French and Spanish students from Cleveland area schools to its campus for World Languages Day.

Lee’s Dr. James Wilkins, professor of French, and Dr. Alexander Steffanell, associate professor of Spanish, organized the event on behalf of Lee’s Department of Language and Literature.

“It is always great to see and feel the energy that high school students bring to the learning experience,” said Wilkins. “Our hope in hosting events like this is to channel that energy into future study of languages and cultures.”
 
The day included various activities and sessions for the students, beginning with a welcome by Dr. Jean Eledge, chair of the Department of Language & Literature, and greetings by the Spanish and French faculty.
 
Following this opening session, students attended separate French and Spanish sessions. In these sessions, the students learned from Lee professors Dr. Betsy Poole, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics, and Wilkins, along with 14 of his Lee students.
 
The visiting high school students attended an additional session titled, “The OTHER Language,” also taught by Poole and Wilkins. These professors switched groups and taught a mini-lesson in the “other language,” meaning French was taught to Spanish students and Spanish was taught to French students.
 
Campus tours in French and Spanish were given that day to the visiting students by current language majors and minors at Lee University. Following these tours, a traditional Thanksgiving lunch was enjoyed by the guests in the Deacon Jones Dining Hall.
 
“These are current and future learners of languages,” said Steffanell. “We, of course, would like all of them to join us for study at Lee, but wherever they go, we want them to be explorers and ambassadors to other cultures via the languages they learn.”
 
To conclude the day’s events, students attended separate language sessions highlighting the university’s French and Spanish study abroad programs.
 
This event was an expansion of an annual tradition begun in recent years by Steffanell.
 
For more information on Spanish and French programs in Lee’s Department of Language & Literature, call 423-614-8210.
 
 

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