The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 11, 2013

MSSU hosts 39th Annual Foreign Language Field Day


From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — An estimated 1,000 students from 37 area schools are participating in the 39th Annual Foreign Language Field Day today at Missouri Southern State University.

The theme this year is “Opening Hearts and Minds with Language.”

Individual competitions are taking place throughout the day in Matthews Hall, Billingsly Student Center, Webster Hall and other buildings on campus.

Students are competing in French, German, and Spanish competitions that include a culture bowl, geography, reading comprehension, poetry reading, vocabulary, skits, and posters.

More than 100 MSSU students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers

are helping to administer or judge more than 1,200 entries.

High school students also will take part in non-competitive events as conversation stations, in which they practice speaking in their target language, as well as foreign language micro lessons in which they attend short lessons taught by MSSU faculty members. At these events they will earn “euros” to buy items in a kiosk.

Afternoon events will include the annual International Idol competition, which allows students to compete with a current popular song sung in French, German or Spanish.

The day will include the culture bowl final round competition and the trophy presentations in Taylor Performing Arts Center.