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 date for the next Language Fair has been announced! The 2019 Fair will take place on March 30, 2019. Information on next year's Fair will be posted sometime during the Fall semester, so please come back in the fall or follow us on social media to keep up to date.

Please note that ***Poems are updated every year in November!! Also, other events and rules are subject to change, so please check back in the Fall for the most up-to-date information.***

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
    • 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 2018 Fair was held in March. Click here for the winners list from the 2018 Fair. Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you again to all of our participants, their teachers, and U of M 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.

• 2016