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Foreign Language Fair celebrates 21 years

News Reporter

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 22:11

The University of Memphis’ Foreign Language department will host its 21st annual fair from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Tomorrow, high school students from Memphis and surrounding cities will gather in The University Center to enter writing and creative competitions, eat candy and learn a language in 30 minutes.

The theme for this year’s fair is “Understanding Cultures Unifies People.”

Adoracion Berry, foreign language instructor, said she will teach a 30 minute Portuguese mini-lesson.

“There will be about 1,200 students and 70 teachers coming to the fair so they can get familiar with The University and see what our program has to offer and consider studying with us,” Berry said.

Because the fair draws so many students from various states, professors have turned to their students for help with setting up the fair and keeping it organized.

“Students love volunteering especially when they came to the fair when they were in high school,” she said.

Markitta Stafford, sophomore political science and sports and leisure management major, said she looks forward to volunteering.

“This fair allows high school students to get an insight into the cultures and all of the languages The University has to offer,” Stafford said.

The foreign languages department will begin preparation for the fair at 7 a.m.

 “We welcome anyone who wants to volunteer to come,” Berry said. “You don’t have to be enrolled in a foreign language class; we have a lot to do and we will find something for you.”

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