We believe significant learning must take place outside of the classroom.
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It is for that reason that we have many events and trips that take the learning of other languages and cultures away from the black board and desk. Although there are many one time events that are put on by our club, the Department holds a handful of annual events, including an Experential Learning Field Trip, that are held throughout the year.
We offer the opportunity to practice language in a casual atmosphere with our weekly language tables. We have one in French and one in Spanish and we welcome students of all levels to participate.
We welcome new and old students alike every fall with our yearly Town Hall meeting. We give an overview of the state of the department and of the events of the upcoming year. In addition, we inform all newcomers of the various requirements and departmental regulations.
Day of the Dead/ All Saints Day
For most of the world, the time around the end of October and the beginning of November is not about Jack o' Lanterns or candy. Rather, it is a time where most of the Hispanophone world celebrates el Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and where the Francophone world celebrates Le Toussaint (All Saints Day). We honor both traditions with student led presentations, authentic food and faculty instruction.
Cinco De Mayo
We end the year with a rousing department wide party for Cinco de Mayo. Most people do not know that the real reason for theholiday is a celebration of battle that Mexico won against the French. For this reason, it fits perfectly as a reason to celebrate in our department. We have a humorous skit in which the students must incarnate either the heroic Mexican rebels, or the dastardly French imperialist soldier. We also offer an amazing assortment of food from around the world like a full french Cheese plate and authentic Mexican tamales.