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LanguageFairLanguage Fair at the University of Memphis

Welcome to the Language Fair website!

introduction and What's new

Each year the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures organizes the Language Fair, an event that underlines the importance of foreign language education for high school students. More than a thousand students participate, representing schools from across Memphis, Shelby County, and the Mid-South region.

The Language Fair engages students in competitions challenging their linguistic, artistic, and cultural skills in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. The events include vocabulary quizzes, art, crafts, poetry recitation, music, song, dance, and costumes. Additionally, the fair holds non-competitive performances and lessons throughout the day. We see the Foreign Language Fair as a time not only to celebrate foreign languages and cultures, but also as a huge recruiting event for the university.

  • The 2017 Fair will be held on Saturday, April 1st. The theme will be "Passport to the World." More information about the 2017 Fair is coming soon!
  • ***Poems are updated every year in November!! (Please be sure to check for the current year!!!!)***
  • NEW (Jan. 24). The Participant Entry Form was updated (as announced, Drama is no longer being offered due to fewer groups performing in the event in recent years).
  • NEW (Jan. 13). Updated Cultural Bowl event criteria/description is now available on the Event Criteria page.
  • NEW (Nov. 4). Registration is now open! Please go to the Registration page for more details. The deadline is Feb. 28.
  • NEW (Nov. 4). The 2017 Poetry recitation and Latin translation texts are now available! 

WINNERS LISTS from Previous Fairs

Click on a year below to see the list of winners from that year's Language Fair.