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CMU's Foreign Language Day to bring more than 1,200 teens to campus

High school students demonstrate skills in French, German and Spanish

Contact: CMU News

More than 1,200 high school students from across Michigan are expected to visit Central Michigan University Friday, May 2, for the 42nd annual Foreign Language Day.

The event attracts students from more than 20 high schools for competitions in French, German and Spanish. Students and teachers will display their foreign language skills in song, dance, poetry, skits, interpretive reading, cultural displays and poster competitions.

“Students enjoy the chance to demonstrate their multiple skills in different world languages,” Christi Brookes, chairwoman of the foreign languages, literatures and cultures department, said. “They also love to come to CMU for a day to get a peek at what life at a university might be like.”

Morning competitions will take place in Pearce Hall, Anspach Hall and Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. In the afternoon, performances and award presentations will take place in Plachta Auditorium.

“Learning another language helps improve and refine students’ skills and understanding of English or their own native language,” Brookes said. “Studies also have shown that speakers of second languages move more easily into abstract thinking with a certain mental flexibility that comes with functioning in two or more linguistic worlds. In other words, one can only gain intellectually and culturally from learning another language.”

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