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March 2007

Release Date: March 26, 2007

Foreign Language Students Headed to Annual ASU Festival

Angelo State University will host its 28th annual Foreign Language Festival Friday, March 30, with more than 1,500 students and teachers from about 50 Texas high schools and middle schools expected to take part in the ASU campus tradition.

The festival annually features prose reading, poetry reading, sight reading, extemporaneous speaking, skit, puppet show and written test competitions in French, German, Latin and Spanish. Student contestants will be spread over the entire ASU campus, with the contests mainly in the Academic, Math-Computer Science, Rassman and Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Buildings. Ribbons will be awarded to individual students for their performances and trophies will go to the highest scoring schools in each language.

In addition to the competitions, other activities for the students will include physics demonstrations, a chemistry magic show, movies in the Houston Harte University Center and an evening awards ceremony in the Center for Human Performance. Students will also be able to tour the campus and explore choices for future academic majors and minors in all departments.

The festival is sponsored by the faculty and students of the ASU Department of Modern Languages and is directed by Dr. Karen Cody, assistant professor of French and Spanish. It began in 1980 at the suggestion of then-department chair Dr. Otto Tetzlaff and has steadily grown from just a few hundred participants to its current level.

For more information, call the ASU Department of Modern Languages at 942-2244.