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Students Will Test Knowledge of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Fair March 22

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

March 11, 2014 - More than 1,200 area high school students will demonstrate their knowledge of foreign languages and cultures at the 23rd annual Foreign Language Fair, which will be held Saturday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center on the University of Memphis campus.

Students will compete in a variety of events, including poetry recitation, costumes, folk dance, drama, music, research projects, crafts and a culture bowl. Winners for these events – as well as for poetry writing, essays and video submissions – will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the end of the Language Fair.

This year's theme for the Fair is "Polyglots Have More Fun." Polyglots, or people who can speak multiple languages, also have a world of possibilities open up to them in terms of job opportunities and communicating with people from different cultures.
Events will be held for students of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish. A Teacher of the Year award will be presented to an outstanding area educator who has shown excellence in foreign language teaching.

The Fair is sponsored by the University's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. More information is available by email from Junko Tokuda or Errol O'Neill at, online at, or on Twitter at

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