LanguageFairLanguage Fair at the University of Memphis

Welcome to the Language Fair website!

Introduction and What's new

Each year the Department of World 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 Language Fair as a time not only to celebrate world languages and cultures, but also as a huge recruiting event for the university.

  • The 2018 Fair will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The theme will be "Treasures of the World." 
  • ***Poems are updated every year in November!! (Please be sure to check below for the current year!!!!)***
  • NEW (Nov. 12). Registration is now open! Please go to the Registration page for more details. The deadline is Feb. 28.
  • NEW (Nov. 15). The 2018 Poetry recitation texts and Latin translations are now available!
  • To stay up to date:
    • Please come back to this website regularly for updates.
    • The Co-Directors of the Language Fair (Regan Frink and Josh Nave) may be contacted at
    • UPDATE (Nov. 20). All of our social media account names are now the same! Our username on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is @UofMLangFair.
      • For updates on when information is added to this site, and other useful info, you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
      • For photos of last year's Fair or future pics related to the Fair, check out our Instagram feed.
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WINNERS LISTS from Previous Fairs

The 2017 Fair was held on Saturday, April 1st. Click here for the winners list from the 2017 Fair. Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you again to all of our participants, their teachers, and UofM faculty, staff, and volunteers who made last year's Fair a success!

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