Summer students experience foreign
by Matt Kelly
language students share some cultural lessons at the Summer
Foreign Language Institutes graduation ceremonies by
performing a traditional Tibetan dance.
By Matt Kelly
dance and humor marked the 21st graduation of the Summer
Foreign Language Institute Aug. 9.
were presented by the language teachers to most of the 160 students
who attended the intensive, nine-
Quandt, vice provost for international affairs, congratulated
the students on their perseverance. Learning a language
is tough, Quandt said, citing his own efforts in Arabic,
which may be added to the program in the next few years.
If you have tried to study language, you know it is a way
into understanding another culture, he said.
teachers of each division, French, Spanish, Russian, Latin,
Tibetan, Italian and German presented each of their students
with a diploma, and some of the class projects were shared with
the audience. German students showed a music video they produced
of a song they had written in German, while French students presented
a comedy sketch about learning language and how a language teacher
is treated. The Tibetan students closed the ceremonies with a
traditional folk dance.
The students new language skills, Quandt said, will help
open up the world, including opportunities to study abroad.
said colleges in the United States are developing a more international
outlook and people realize they are part of a global community.
Learning and examining a foreign language will help people see
beyond their own cultural assumptions, he said.
the students who might go abroad, Quandt sympathized with their
struggle in mastering a language for day-to-day use, but told
them how wonderful they would feel when the words suddenly flow
naturally and the language is automatic to them.
He also cited the Universitys new English as a second language
program, which Quandt said would be a service to foreign students.
Dudley Doane said this had been the best year yet for the language
academy, with the 160 students coming from 29 institutions. In
addition to offering Arabic, there are plans to teach Spanish
for people in medical professions as well as an intensive English