Indiana University Bloomington


WLF 2015 | October 24th
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Ballantine Hall, IUB Campus

A Hands-on Learning Experience of language and Culture!

This event targets Indiana middle school and high school students, teachers, and parents to explore the opportunities IU offers in foreign language and cultural education. Throughout the festival, you will experience firsthand the many languages and cultures from all over the world in a fun and relaxed way. You will also have many chances to use your foreign language skills to interact with native speakers as well as acquire some new ones.

This event occurred the same day as the annual IU Science Fest. The venues were close to each other within easy walking distance and would be a great opportunity to discover what IU offers both in foreign language and the sciences.

We are happy to announce that we had over 300 people at the IU World Language Festival 2015



Workshop Descriptions

African Studies (AFRI)
  • This section will introduce several important Yorùbá festivals and their related traditional foods. You will learn how Yorùbá people celebrate these festivals, including what they do, what they eat, what they wear and what these festivals mean to their lives. You will also learn how to say these festivals and food in Yorùbá. See how unique Yorùbá food and festivals are!

    Instructors | Taiwo Ehineni, tehineni@indiana.edu; Victor Alabi, vtalabi@indiana.edu

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  • A fun-filled and highly interactive introduction to basic Yorùbá expressions and the tones! In this session, you will learn a how to talk about yourself in Yorùbá and a series of other important Yorùbá conversation exchanges for making new friends, as well as how to fully use the Yorùbá tones! By the end of this session conducted only in Yorùbá, you will be able to introduce yourself, greet and respond to greetings, begin a conversation as well as read simple phrases. See how successfully our students are able to quickly learn a new language and start making friends in one of the greatest languages of the world!

    Instructor | Taiwo Ehineni, tehineni@indiana.edu

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  • This project aims at presenting to student participants a view of different ways of greeting in a Wolof-speaking community where people attach much importance to their culture. We will mainly focus on formal and informal forms of greeting considering factors such as age, gender, religion, etc. We choose to share this project focusing on Senegal because in a Wolof community, greeting is seen as an act of communication in which people make their presence known to each other, to show attention to, and to suggest a type of relationship or social status –formal or informal – between individuals or groups of people coming in contact with each other. We hope that by the end of the presentation, each participant will be able to greet different people –based on their gender, age, social/religious status – appropriately in different times of the day.

    Instructor | Moustapha Ndour, mndour@indiana.edu

  • Akan school kids help one another both at home and in school. In this presentation we'll learn to sing a popular Akan song in which a student encourages a classmate to get up from sleep, have a quick bath, and get ready for school. 

    Instructor | David Adu-Amankwa, daduaman@indiana.edu

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  • In this session, participants will be introduced to Swahili language. They will learn how to greet and introduce themselves by saying their names, where they come from, and where they live now. They will then interact with each other by greeting and by asking each other the equivalent of ‘What’s your name?’, ‘Where do you come from?’, and ‘Where do you live now?’. These skills will be reinforced through songs.

    Instructors | Alwiya Omar, aomar@indian.edu; Deogratias Tungaraza, deotunga@indiana.edu; Susan Kavaya, skavaya@indiana.edu

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  • In this session, we will provide a description of ‘kanga’, traditional East African cloth. It is a wrapper with different uses like wearing it as a shawl, head scarf, baby carrier, curtain, among others. Participants will be get hands on experience on these different uses. The ‘kanga’ also has captions for indirect communication. We will study these captions and the meanings that they convey. Participants will get the opportunity to come up with their own captions.

    Instructors | Alwiya Omar, aomar@indiana.edu; Beatrice Ng'uono Okelo, bokelo@indiana.edu

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  • In this presentation, we will provide information on the Swahili STARTALK program for 8th to 12th graders. This is a 4-week intensive non-residential program on the Bloomington campus that enables students to be immersed in the Swahili language and culture. Learn how this unique program can help students stand apart from their peers in college applications, gain significant proficiency in a less-commonly taught language, develop valuable skills in cross-cultural understanding, and upon successful completion of the program, receive pre-college Indiana University credits that can count towards college language requirements. We will show highlights of students from past programs and share their testimonies.

    Instructors | Alwiya Omar, aomar@indiana.edu; Meg Arenberg, marenber@indiana.edu

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  • Learn about greetings and responses, how first names are acquired, and different adjectives with a game, song, and dance. Zulu or isiZulu is the language of the Zulu people with about 10 million speakers, the vast majority (over 95%) of whom live in South Africa. Zulu is the most widely spoken home language in South Africa (24% of the population) as well as being understood by over 50% of the population (Ethnologue 2005). It became one of South Africa's eleven official languages in 1994. According to Ethnologue, it is the second most widely spoken Bantu language after Shona. Like many other Bantu languages, it is written using the Latin alphabet.

    Instructor | Mpolokeng Lesetla, mlesetla@indiana.edu

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  • This lesson plan is designed to teach students and their parents the different means of transportation in the target language. It will be 90% in the target language. Teaching these means of transportation in the target language, students and parents, mainly students, will learn those means of transportation in the cultural context, and how Bamana people perceive certain means of transportation in their society. I will use the board to write certain words for people who are visual leaners. At the end of this lesson, students and their parents will be able to talk about means of transportation in the target language.

    Instructor | Dr. Amadou Beidy Sow, absow@indiana.edu

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Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS)
  • This short presentation will explore the relationship between yaks, the land of Tibet, and the Tibetan people.  Through exploring the behaviors and properties of the yak, students will learn about Tibet and the Himalayas. There will be yak photos and toys displayed. Students will also learn how to write and pronounce, “yak” and other animal names in Tibetan script.

    Instructor | Gedun Rabasal, grabasal@indiana.edu

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  • The presenter will give a short introduction to Mongolia, the homeland of Chinggis khan and teach greetings and farewells in Mongolian. At the end participants will play a Mongolian game with ankle bones.

    Instructor | Tserenchunt Legden, tlegden@indiana.edu

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  • In this lesson I will teach students how to introduce themselves in Kyrgyz. For that thing they will do 3 activities using 3 basic information about themselves as follows: 1) Students should stand according to their names (in alphabetical order) 2) Students should stand according to their town’s name (according to the location order on the map) 3 )Students stand according to their age (number order / older first and younger second, third, fourth etc.). This activity will make them to have a fun and it can be a big motivation for them to feel what is the Kyrgyz language and Kyrgyz world. With I and 2 of my students who have been in Kyrgyzstan several times will make interesting presentation about my country, language and cultural peculiarities.

    Instructor | Aitbubu Abdyibraeva, aitbabdy@iu.edu

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  • In this mini lesson, students will learn some basic words in Hungarian. We can also share information about the language and culture.

    Instructor | Valeria Varga, vvarga@indiana.edu

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  • Explore Uzbek culture and the language by singing a song and tasting freshly baked Uzbek bread -"Non". During this presentation students will sing a song about bread and learn some basic Uzbek vocabulary. There will be an explanation of the process of baking famous tasty Uzbek bread by showing a video clip and photos.

    Instructor | Dilnoza Kadirova, dkadirov@iu.edu; Malik Hodjaev, mhodjaev@indiana.edu

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  • Where do Skype, a Japanese Sumo champion, supermodels and chart-topping singers all come from? Correct, from the woods and seashores of Estonia, in the North, on the Baltic. The sandy beaches border on dark, magical and enchanted woods that grow the sweetest wild strawberries in the summer and shelter the cutest furry creatures in the snow. And, if you believe, witches, wise wizards, sorcerers, fairies and elfs.

    Come meet the above Estonian characters (virtually!) and learn some more of their land and language. Surprisingly, the ancient wisdom of the woods lives on among the modern city-dwellers in this small EU country, in their offices and university classrooms, on their tablets and smartphones. Which, when they are done with mobile parking, e-government, e-banking, e-school and other e-business, they use to check out the Wild Boar Cam or the Eagle Cam or book their healing session with a wise woman (on the Internet, of course).

    What do you say when you wish it would rain? When you want that special someone to return your feelings? When you want to feel better? You need to say a spell, chant magic words. Luckily, Estonia’s folklore collection is second largest in Europe: problem solved. Or is it? Come get a little help to find and read the words and listen to some enchanting music to put you in the mood. Come learn the magic spells (if you dare) and … well, the rest is really up to you.

    Instructor | Piibi-Kai Kivik/ pkivik@indiana.edu

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  • Students of the Persian classes will share with you why they study Persian, what they can do with the language studies after they finish university education, and a typical day in a Persian language classroom. They will help high school and middle school students spell some basic words with Persian alphabet blocks, incorporating a hands on aspect into the presentation and showing you that it is not difficult to learn the basics of Persian!

    Instructor | Amanda Lanzillo, amlanzil@indiana.edu

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  • Like American weddings, weddings in Kazakhstan have their ceremonies and pecularities. The wedding processes from several weeks to even months to complete. Kazakh marriage involves a contract between families which requires negotiation.

    Instructors | Saulet Alpysbayeva, saualpys@indiana.edu

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Dhar India Studies Program (ISP)
  • The session will include five or six one minute fun film clips followed by short activities based on the clip involving participants. The film clips will be about different speech acts like greetings, giving directions, asking for help, etc. The film clips will give the participants brief ideas about Bangladeshi/Bengali culture and they will be able to practice Bengali language in the same context. The activity will involve students to act the scenes by using Bengali language. The supplemental materials will be provided to use the language when they act.

    Instructor | Mohammad Shams Ud Duha, mduha@indiana.edu

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  • In this presentation, students will learn to exchange greetings and introduce them in Hindi-Urdu. Students will also learn about some common cultural norms in everyday life! Food is a great component of everyday life in India and so students will also learn about common practice around the food and kitchen!

    Instructor | Kashika Singh, kashsing@indiana.edu

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East Asian Languages & Culture (EALC)
Southeast Asian Studies (SEAS)

    Chinese

  • In this introductory and interactive presentation of Chinese in 4-language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through using a fun tongue twister and the instructor, you will be able to learn the fundamental elements of Chinese, the 4 tones, pinyin (phonetic symbols), the development of Chinese characters, and the basic strokes in Chinese writing.

    Instructor | Yu San-Lai, laiyusa@indiana.edu

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  • Do you know that, in the structure of Chinese character harbors Chinese philosophy? Your character handwriting tells your personal ""character""? Most importantly, there ARE ways to improve your character handwriting? I would love to share with you my understanding of Chinese character on both philosophical and strategic level. Come and join us, because ""a thousand-mile journey starts from your hand"!

    Instructor | Jiaji Peng, jiajpeng@indiana.edu

  • Learn simple sentences for age, learn to count, and read the Zodiac.

    Instructor | Kexin Chen, kexchen@indiana.edu

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  • This presentation aims to introduce the traditional form of Chinese theater, i.e. Peking Opera. Audience will get to know the four major roles and meanings of some basic gestures by watching video clips. In addition, the presenter will show pictures of various masks and explain the character personalities embodied by different colors. Audience will also have the opportunity to draw a face mask on their own.

    Instructor | Yingling Bao, yingbao@indiana.edu

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  • The presentation provides students with an insight into the culture and tradition of paper-cutting in China. They will learn how to create beautiful paper cut artworks, Chinese characters and patterns, in an enjoyable atmosphere. They will also learn during festivals how Chinese people decorate their houses with papercuts and what auspicious words Chinese people say to greet people. All students will be guided step by step to create their artwork, experience Chinese culture, and learn basic auspicious words in Chinese.

    Instructor | Yung-Yung Chang, yungchan@umail.iu.edu

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  • An Introduction to Chinese Paper Cutting Arts. And teach students how to do a simple paper-cutting.

    Instructor | Lan Yu, ly29@indiana.edu

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  • This activity is designed to teach a Chinese love song to students who have no previous background in Chinese. The aim of the activity is to introduce Chinese language and the importance of "moon" in Chinese culture through a song. At the Share Fair, students are immersed in the environment where the song is introduced. The instructor will then teach the song line by line, followed by an explanation on the metaphor of moon and how it is related to Chinese culture. Let's have fun and sing in Chinese!

    Instructor | Liya Hao, haoliya@iu.edu; Ying-Sun, sunying@iu.edu; Tzu-I Chiang, tzchiang@indiana.edu

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  • We are going to give a brief introduction on how to prepare and cook some simple Chinese food, with onsite demonstration, and maybe some hand-on experience for students who are interested.

    Instructor | Yongkai Wang, wangyon@indiana.edu; Linna Lam, linnam.j.lam@gmail.com

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  • Chinese character writing is always challenging for English speakers. This presentation will help you to understand the writing using visual clues and also learn the meaning behind characters. The presentation will also help you build a connection between character writing, Chinese painting and English calligraphy.

    Instructor | dingxiao@indiana.edu

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  • Japanese

  • Join members of the Indianapolis Okinawa YuYuKai to learn about Japan's vibrant southern culture: Okinawa!  We'll introduce Uchinaaguchi, one of the islands' many languages, and teach you some of the basic stances and movements of EISA, a powerful and dynamic drum dance, to a song sung in Uchinaaguchi. 

    Instructors | Kate Schramm, katschra@indiana.edu; Yu-jung Lin, lin41@imail.iu.edu; Hanako Gravia, haeg9@aol.com; Samantha Grunow, manthagrunow@gmail.com; Mineko Grunow, okinawayuyukai@aol.com; Kandeel Javid, kandeel.javid@gmail.com

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  • In this presentation, participants will learn how to write their name in Japanese and basic phrases to introduce themselves. At the end of this session, they will be able to introduce themselves appropriately with a business card.

    Instructors | Jun Takahashi, juntaka@umail.iu.edu; Kei Tomita, ktomita@umail.iu.edu

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  • This performance-lecture will take you on a journey throughout Japan, featuring several folk songs and traditional instruments. Students will learn how to sing some songs and historical backgrounds of them.

    Instructors | Masatomo Yonezu, myonezu@iu.edu; Ryan Lidster; Molly Jeon

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  • In this presentation, participants will learn basic culture, concepts and techniques of Kendo. Specifically, they will get hand-on guidance on how to use the techniques. In addition, a participant will have an opportunity of dressing Kendo clothing. At the end of this session, they will have basic understanding of Kendo.

    Instructor | Kei Tomita, ktomita@indiana.edu

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  • Come and see what Origami is and enjoy the traditional Japanese culture! In this session, you will make some origami by yourself after brief explanation.

    Instructor | Misako Matsubara, mmatsuba@indiana.edu

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  • Other Asian Languages & Cultures

  • This session introduces students to Singlish, a variety of English language that contains sprinkles of Hokkien, Malay, and Indian dialects. Snippets of video will be shown to demonstrate its features and use. Students are then invited to identify the standard from of English

    Instructor | Siriati Abas, sabas@indiana.edu

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  • Wayang (Shadow Puppets) is one of many cultural performances found in Indonesia. In this presentation, audience can learn a short introduction about wayang and Indonesian language.

    Instructor | Mateus Yumarnamto, myumarna@indiana.edu

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  • "Come and get your own card in which your name is written in Korean! Participants will take an idea of the Korean writing system through loan words as well as stamping activities while waiting for their name to be written in Korean."

    Instructor | Yunseong Cheon, yuncheon@indiana.edu

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  • Han'gul, the Korean Alphabet, is known for its systematic and linguistically sophisticated design and organization principles. It is so easy and thus an adult can learn it in a very short period of time. We will first show a short video clip that explains its historical background and its organizing principles and philosophy, and then give a short instruction. There will be a hands-on practice to write their name in Han'gul. In a separate session that will follow this session, Korean instructors will make a business card with people's name written in Han'gul.

    Instructor | Hyo SangLee, hyoslee@indiana.edu

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Department of French and Italian (FRIT)
  • Join us for some spirited, traditional dances originating in Brittany, the Celtic region of France! A brief introduction to some aspects of Breton culture will be followed by energetic dances which are accessible to all levels! Come and join the fun as we enjoy this festive folk tradition!

  • "The presenter will guide the audience through a sequenced language learning unit for vocabulary related to food and taste. Purpose of the exercise is to learn/review vocabulary through real bodily experience that requires the use of taste and smell. The presenter guides learners to develop their ability to taste up to the point of being able to recall it and live it without actual food in their mouth. "

    Instructor | Letizia Montroni, lmontron@indiana.edu

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  • In this session, participants will make their own personalized French greeting cards to communicate just the right message to friends and family in one of the world’s most chic and sophistiqué languages! Decorator paper, scissors, glue and pre-printed seasonal greetings as well as famous love quotes and philosophical sayings in FRENCH will be supplied. You bring the creativity!

    Instructor | Kelly Sax, ksax@indiana.edu

  • Italy is well known for its culinary traditions. Italian food is well known all over the world, but is Pasta Alfredo really Italian? In this presentation, the students will go beyond the stereotypes and discover the regional varieties of Italian food. They will be engaged in a series of hands-on activities allowing them to connect Italian cuisine to the geography, history and culture of Italy. At the end of the presentation the students will get a chance to make their own real Italian pizza dough.

    Instructors | Lino Mioni, lmioni@indiana.edu; Karolina Serafin, kserafin@indiana.edu

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  • You probably know that you can find French in France and Canada, but did you know that French is spoken all over the United States?  Come learn about the varieties of French spoken in New England, Missouri, and Louisiana!  Students will learn about French as part of American culture  – its history in the U.S., its various distinct regional features (pronunciation, vocabulary, etc.), and its role in various regions across the country.  Discovering the language’s nearby roots will help students connect with French in an immediate and real way.

    Instructor | Laura Demsey, ldemsey@indiana.edu; Kelly Kasper-Cushman, kmkasper@indiana.edu; Renata Uzzell, rcuzzell@indiana.edu

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Germanic Studies (GER)
  • Learn how to count to five in German and the 5 most pimportant body parts. We will have a "monster" drawing session to practice our new vocabulary and have a little fun, too.

    Instructor | Anita Lukic, alukic@indiana.edu; Ekaterina Cervantes, edcervan@indiana.edu

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  • Join us in our showcase room to view cultural realia, displays, and interactive excercises. Mini lessons in German, Norwegian, and Dutch will take place throughout the day.

    Instructors | Troy Byler, tbyler@indiana.edu; Gergan May, ggmay@indiana.edu; Esther Ham, eham@indiana.edu; Bieneke Haitjema, jhaitjem@indiana.edu

  • Submerge yourself in the enchanting world of the traditional Norwegian Christmas Eve celebration! Come meet the little gnomes who protect the farm from evil spirits. Learn how to make "heart baskets" - colorful traditional Christmas tree decorations. Listen to Norwegian Christmas carols and learn about the traditional food the former Vikings enjoy during Christmas time.

    Instructor | Gergana May, ggmay@indiana.edu

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  • Learn a little Norwegian and engage in some cultural activities.

    Instructor | Gergana May, ggmay@indiana.edu

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  • Come and test how much you already know about Dutch, the language and the culture. By playing Dutch bingo, you will find out that you already know much more about the language, the countries where it is spoken and the culture than you realized. Nice prize for the winner!

    Instructor | Esther Ham / eham@indiana.edu

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Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures (NELC)
  • "What if you wake up one morning finding yourself in a small village in Upper Egypt?! How will you communicate? Join us to learn enough Arabic to get you home! Come and join us to learn: Greetings/ Ask about well-being/ nationality/ leave taking and more"

    Instructors | Iman Alramadan, imaalram@iu.edu; Zaineb Istrabadi, zistraba@indiana.edu

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  • Arab culture has a long history of music from Spain when it was under Arab Muslim rule to China. Join us for folk dancing from Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. Participants will receive a recording of our favorite Dabka music and songs.

    Instructors | Iman Alramadan, imaalram@iu.edu; Zaineb Istrabadi, zistraba@indiana.edu

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  • How is Arab culture portrayed in the media? Is the portrayal accurate? Is there more to Arab history and culture than bombings, beheadings, and religious fanaticism? Find out what the Arabs have contributed to civilization.

    Instructor |Zaineb Istrabadi, zistraba@indiana.edu

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Department of Slavic & Eastern European Languages & Culture (SLAV)
  • A highly interactive, fun introduction to basic Russian phrases and the Cyrillic alphabet! In this session, you will learn a full series of Russian conversation exchanges for making new acquaintances, as well as about half of the Cyrillic alphabet. By the end of the session conducted only in Russian, you will be able to introduce yourself, as well as read a variety of words. See how quickly our students overcome the hurdle of a different alphabet, and leave being able to make new friends in one of the world's great languages!

    Instructor | Dr. Jeffrey D. Holdeman

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  • A brief introduction to the language and culture of the Czech Republic.

    Instructor | Craig Cravens, cracrave@indiana.edu

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  • A micro-lesson that includes a five-minute presentation about Ukraine and a language lesson that introduces alphabet and basic phrases. If the time permits, the lesson will be concluded by singing in Ukrainian.

    Instructor | Svitlana Melnyk, smelnyk@indiana.edu & Sofiya Asher, soasher@indiana.edu

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  • Learn about the historical, cultural and language differences between Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia. Although they are close in geographic region, we will uncover some unique features of all.

    Instructor | Teuta Ismaili, tismaili@indiana.edu

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  • History of the Balkans can be an intimidating subject: centuries of religious and cultural differences, long history of occupying empires, and the modern period fraught with national conflict. This presentation is designed to showcase the variety of cultures and traditions in this fascinating region of the world through an approachable subject of popular music. Surveying the musical heritage of the countries of former Yugoslavia, the presentation covers the medieval Christian period in Catholic, Byzantine, and Heretic traditions; introduces the less familiar Ottoman heritage through both religious and secular music stemming from it; moves into the modern era of national awakening and folklore; covers the post-war period, including examples of rock n' roll and punk; and takes students up to the present with most recent hip hop and ethno-beat variations of popular music from the region. Coupled with images of cultures and traditions representative of this period!

    Instructor | Marina Antic, mantic@indiana.edu

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  • When does school start in Russia? What’s the name of the Russian Santa Claus? What do Russians sing on your birthday? Come and watch excerpts from the Russian cartoons to learn more about Russian holidays and traditions. 

    Instructor | Elena Dulodenko, elendolu@indiana.edu

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  • Come and discover the exciting world of Polish folklore. This interactive session will focus on traditional Polish dances. Students will hear some interesting facts about Polish national and regional dances, and they will learn how to dance the polonaise (one of the most popular national dances of Poland).

    Instructor | Natalie Misteravich, nmistera@imail.iu.edu; Lukasz Sicinski, lsicinsk@indiana.edu

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Department of Spanish & Portuguese (HISP)
  • Learn about Guaraní, one of the official languages of the South American country of Paraguay. By the end of the presentation, we will be able to introduce ourselves and talk about our background and interests in Guaraní. Determining if you want a second date, however, is up to you!

    Instructor | Elizabeth Herring, emherrin@indiana.edu

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  • We will have presentations of Maya language, culture and music, including video of contemporary rap in Maya language from the Maya Riviera, and IU Music school singers and musicians playing contemporary classical opera in Maya language from Yucatan. We will have a visiting Maya from Yucatan who will be able to authentically speak with students, teachers and parents.

    Instructor |Quetzil Castañeda, quetzil@osea-cite.org

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  • It's tea time! Come explore the history, cultivation, and tradition of drinking yerba mate, a popular tea in Argentina and Chile. You will also be introduced to the use of 'voseo', a way of addressing people in spoken Spanish, in parts of these two South American countries. In addition, you'll be offered an opportunity to taste yerba mate for yourself and practice the spoken variations of 'voseo' and some simple phrases used in Argentina and Chile, too!

    Instructor |Julie Madewell, jmadewel@indiana.edu; Sandra Ortiz, ortizs@indiana.edu; Jordan Garrett, garretjm@indiana.edu

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  • This magical session will take you on an adventure through Northern Spain's enchanting landscape where you will meet elves, giants, faeries, and more! Don't miss this unique look in to this region's hidden gems of local culture. Who knows what all you'll discover!

    Instructor |Megan DiBartolomeo/ mdibarto@indiana.edu; Julie Madewell/ jmadewel@indiana.edu

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  • A general overview of Spanish theatre across time with practical demonstrations. Dramatic rules and stereotypical roles will be presented, so volunteers will be able to do short improvisations within these constraints with the help of the presenters. Some Spanish will be used and volunteers will be encouraged to add Spanish phrases as well when they feel comfortable. Handouts and props will be provided!

    Instructor | Gloria Navajas, gnavajas@indiana.edu

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  • "Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. We’ll be teaching the attendees a few basic choruses from Capoeira folk/public domain songs, then have them sing with the capoeira group while we play instruments and maybe even play capoeira games."

    Instructor |Olivia Salzano Holloway, ohollowa@indiana.edu

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World Languages
  • Come hear a mother who homeschooled her seven children for nearly 20 years and who is currently studying for a PhD in Second Language Acquisition, share concrete, practical ways to homeschool foreign languages effectively.

    Instructor | Jeanne Gilbert, jeagilbe@indiana.edu

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  • Play a friendly game of bingo and learn about all the languages and courses offered through the Summer Language workshop. Prizes will be awarded!

    Instructor | Amy Richardson, aer@indiana.edu

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  • In the recent years online learning has been gaining popularity among language instructors and students. However, many are still questioning the possibility of communicating in an online environment, and thus we often believe that language learning cannot occur online. In this presentation we will demonstrate what we can do to help students to learn and communicate in an online language course and how we can prepare them to be successful in an online environment. Teachers and parents will discover that success in distance learning helps the students to become independent and motivated lifelong learners.

    Instructor | Karolina Serafin, kserafin@indiana.edu

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  • This activity, designed for domestic high schools students draws attention to the over 75 languages that are taught at IU and challenges students to match each language with the country or countries where the language is spoken. Students receive a numbered list of languages and a world map. When students make correct matches they receive a prize.

    Instructor | Janusz Solarz, jsolarz@indiana.edu; Linda Abe, abels@indiana.edu

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  • Supplies You will need:

    • 12 or more plastic cups
    • Small strips of paper a different verb (in the infinitive form) written on each
    • A long table

    Set-up:
    On each side of the table, the instructor sets up 6 cups face up. Each cup in filled with a strip of paper with a verb written on it (in the infinitive form). (Typically, I use 6 cups on each side because these reflect the 6 subject pronouns in Italian. You can certainly add more or less depending on class size and how you decide to set-up this activity).

    The activity:
    The class is divided into 2 teams. This is a competition activity based on speed and accuracy. A member of each team approaches the first cup. He/she creates a complete sentence, conjugating the verb according to a specific subject pronoun. (I ask students to incorporate new vocabulary related to the current theme being covered in class in their sentences).

    The first cup could represent "I," the second "you" singular and so forth. Subject pronouns can also be arranged in random order. Once the student successfully creates a sentence, he/ she must flip the cup until it lands face down on the table. The successful flipping of the cup will prompt the next team member to perform the same activity with a different verb. The team that successfully conjugates all of their verbs and flips all of their cups first wins.

    Purpose: This activity can be used as a warm up, wake up, or a wrap up. I have used this activity to focus on irregular verbs. I have also used it to review for an exam.

    Instructor | Lisa Dolasinski/ ldolasin@indiana.edu

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