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Release Date: March 22, 2001

Foreign Language Festival Attracts 2000 to ASU Campus March 23

More than 2,000 high school students and their teachers from throughout West Texas will participate in the 22nd annual Angelo State University Foreign Language Festival Friday, March 23, on campus.

Sponsored by the faculty and students of the ASU Department of Modern Languages, the festival annually sponsors competitions in prose reading, poetry reading, sight-reading, extemporaneous speaking and written test competitions in four languages French, German, Latin and Spanish. In addition to the competitions, students participate in a fun-filled day of skits, puppet shows and award presentations.

The festival aims to create interest in languages and to foster excellence in the language classroom. The Foreign Language Festival is directed by Dr. Tony Dutton, ASU professor of Spanish.

The festival began in 1980 with a few hundred student participants. The event has grown to more than 2,000 participants annually. With the festival, the Modern Languages Department attempts to strengthen the ties between ASU and surrounding school districts.

For many high school students, this festival will be their first visit to a college campus, providing an opportunity for ASU to make a first impression on a future generation of students. Each participant with leave with a souvenir t-shirt as a memento of the event.

Support for the festival along with its popularity helps stress the importance of a foreign language in today's global environment. ASU Modern Language Department Head Edith H. Krause said knowledge of a foreign language is a significant factor for success and an essential part of a comprehensive education. Foreign language training fosters awareness of global issues and emphasizes international skills and intercultural understanding. The teaching of foreign languages also responds to the great need to internationalize the educational experience nationwide.

For additional information on the festival, contact the ASU Department of Modern Languages at (325) 942-2244.