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WHS Celebrates National Foreign Language Week

French Club created a Parisian street for National Foreign Language Week

Visitors to the hallways of Weddington felt transported to a Parisian street and a Chilean mine during the recent celebration of National Foreign Language Week which was observed March 7 through March 11. Weeks of preparation in the foreign language classrooms not only produced elaborate hallway décor, but also resulted in a talented showcase of songs and dances presented by each of the foreign language classrooms.
National Foreign Language Week was begun in 1957 by the Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society to help make students aware of how vital foreign language study is. At Weddington High School we are proud to have such a large percentage of students studying French, Spanish, German, and Chinese. All four languages collaborated for our fourth year to celebrate our commitment to promoting second language study. This year’s theme for the week was “Languages Make the World Go Round.”
The week began with a Mardi Gras extravaganza hosted by French Club. Their annual beignet breakfast in the media center honored the teachers with lively Cajun music, beads, and masks made by students in Ms. Mead’s French 2 classes. More activities followed each day as each of our four languages was recognized with a special announcement and trivia questions. This year our cafeteria staff prepared authentic meals for each culture on their special day of the week. The Spanish Club decorated the cafeteria with strings of international flags and a beautiful mural created by Ms. Martinez’s AP Spanish class. On Tuesday morning, students and teachers were delighted to see the hall transformations which represented cultural scenes from different countries. The highlight of the week was the entertainment showcase featuring songs and dances prepared by each class and presented to a packed auditorium during each class period. Original selections from Grease and Beauty and the Beast were among the many creative class productions. On Thursday WHS hosted the Chinese Culture Competition between the schools in Union County that now offer Chinese as a second language. The week concluded with the annual soccer tournament between the French, Spanish, German, and Chinese classes. The colorful and lively activities of Foreign Language Week were a powerful reminder that WHS is committed to global education.

Written by: Sue Mead, French teacher
Posted: Mar 16, 2011 by Cheryl Edwards

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