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Michigan State University

East Lansing

3.24.2018

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Schedule & Sessions

Schedule of the Day

Time Activity
8:30-9:00 Registration, pick up welcome folders
8:30-9:20 Enjoy breakfast snack, information/exhibit booths open
9:20-10:00 Welcome and plenary session
10:00-10:30 Information/exhibit booths open
10:30-4:30 Concurrent sessions (and lunch breaks) for students, teachers, and parents. Participants will be able to choose five sessions to attend throughout the day, in addition to lunch. Session descriptions appear below. If your school is already registered, you will be able to choose your sessions when participant registration opens in February.

Sessions for 2018

Here are this year's session descriptions! Read through this incredibly diverse selection and start planning your top choices. When individual registration opens, you will be asked to select your top three choices in each time slot. You will receive a final printed schedule when you check in on World Languages Day. Note that we may still be adding a few sessions in the coming days, but hope to have them all online by February 15.

S = Student Session

T = Teacher Session

Sessions for 2018
Time Description
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

Future Spartans: Getting into MSU

Want to learn how to apply for admission to Michigan State University, or how to begin preparing for your college search? This session combines the expertise of MSU’s Office of Financial Aid with the Office of Admissions. You’ll be provided with the essential information needed to apply for federal and state aid, and will also learn the particulars of the MSU application process. Additionally, the presenters look forward to the questions you have for them at World Languages Day. Go Green!
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

Malinke, Khmer, Krio, Mende, and Kaqchike: What do these languages have in common?

Ever wonder how to greet somebody in a tonal language? Or how traditional musicians in Senegal have transitioned to using electric guitars? Join a group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to learn about different cultures and words in languages from across the globe! You will hear stories about how technology can change life in a rural village or how laughter is a communal language. The planet is not as big as you might think it is!
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

Una conversación en vivo con un hispanohablante nativo

Los estudiantes pasarán los primeros veinte minutos de la sesión preparando algunas preguntas y estrategias comunicativas. Los últimos treinta minutos pasarán en conversión con un hispanohablante nativo por medio del Internet, usando un programa que se llama TalkAbroad. (Los profesores están bienvenidos también si quieren ver como funciona TalkAbroad como posible recurso para sus propios cursos.)Note that this session will be given entirely in Spanish!
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

You say tomAYto, I say tomAHto: A rough guide to British English

Alright mate? Fancy a chin-wag about Britain? It is well-known that speakers of British English don’t pronounce their ‘r’s and have a funny way of saying words like ‘tomato’. They also say ‘pavement’ for ‘sidewalk’, ‘crisps’ for ‘chips’, and put their babies in nappies, not diapers. How did all these differences come about? Why is it that many Americans think British English sounds 'better' than their own English? Get ready for a thrilling session including bizarre British mannerisms, British food and of course, plenty of banter.
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

The Tortoise: Nigeria's Winnie the Pooh

Deep in the heart of West Africa lies the country of Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation and a republic where over 500 unique languages are spoken. To the Yoruba people in southwestern Nigeria, Ijapa the Tortoise plays a very important role. In this session, you'll join a Nigerian presenter to explore the escapades and adventures of the Tortoise and learn what makes him the most popular animal in Yoruba folklore. Through storytelling, dancing, and folk songs, you'll leave this session with a song on your lips and a memory that will stay in your heart for a very, very, long time! E kaabo!
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

Russia and Russian today

Speak Russian in 50 minutes! This session serves as an introduction to basic spoken Russian to help you negotiate the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg (or New York!), followed by an overview of where Russian is spoken today. Play the "Name that famous Russian" game and check your knowledge of current events in Russia.
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

Capoeira: An Afro-Brazilian martial art

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art created by enslaved people in Brazil. Disguised as a dance, Capoeira allowed slaves to defend themselves against their captors without weapons. This workshop will teach participants a bit more history about the martial art as well as some of the most basic movements, including the ginga, which is our mobile stance, a simple evasion to avoid a kick, and a simple kick. It will be taught in English but participants will learn terms in Brazilian Portuguese that refer to the moves. You'll also learn some traditional songs, including lyrics and instruments, and other elements of Afro-Brazilian culture.
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

A mathematical dance: The Turkic languages

So, what makes learning a language so hard? One of the trickiest parts is all the irregular stuff – irregular verbs, weird tenses, and “pronounce it this way, not the way it’s written,” right? Wouldn’t you like to learn a language that’s almost mathematical in its precision and predictability? In just 20 minutes, you can master the basics of Turkic languages (which have 21 branches spoken by some 200 million people in Eurasia). Among the most well-known Turkic languages are Turkish (75 million speakers), Uzbek (30 million), and Kazakh (10 million), all currently offered at MSU. Come and see how a language can “dance” to a precise beat. Don't miss the fun and mystery of this magical language family. It’s as simple as Gel! (Come!).
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

Out and about: A tour of MSU's campus

Explore some of the 5,200 acre main campus of Michigan State University with a guided tour that covers University history, academics, and student life with a current MSU undergraduate student. With a history that spans over 160 years, you can learn about places ranging from our Eli and Edith Broad Art Museum, to our carillon in Beaumont Tower, to the campus "Rock", as well as history, traditions, and student life at MSU.
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

Around the world in 50 minutes

Have you had the pleasure of speaking with someone from another country? What kinds of questions would you (or did you) ask? What sound does a chicken make in German? What do people eat for breakfast in Nepal? How do you say McDonald's in Chinese? What is the legal driving age in Brazil? These are all questions you can ask during this session! Join us for the opportunity to chat with individuals from different countries all around the world. Make sure your questions count, however, since you will only get to chat with each person for a few minutes before meeting someone new!
10:30 am - 11:20 am

S Open

Jump start your language skills: Le the dream as an exchange student!

What's the most fun and effective way to learn any language? Become an exchange student! In this session, you'll meet recent exchange students such as Sabrina, who won scholarships to several countries. Find out how they learned a language while having exciting experiences in their schools and host families. Learn about scholarship opportunities for a summer, semester, school year, or gap year abroad. Whether you're learning German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, or a new and exotic language for you, discover opportunities to become family in more than 40 countries through Youth for Understanding and other programs!
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

S Open

Day in the life: French high school student

Ever wondered what it'd be like to study abroad?! In this session, you will learn about the French school system with a focus on Le Lycée (French high school). You will develop a better understanding of the French culture and be able to see it from the perspective of an American who has attended French high school herself!
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

S Open

Malinke, Khmer, Krio, Mende, and Kaqchike: What do these languages have in common?

Ever wonder how to greet somebody in a tonal language? Or how traditional musicians in Senegal have transitioned to using electric guitars? Join a group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to learn about different cultures and words in languages from across the globe! You will hear stories about how technology can change life in a rural village or how laughter is a communal language. The planet is not as big as you might think it is!
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

S Open

Tết Nguyên Đán: Vietnamese New Year

The most important holiday in Vietnam is Tết Nguyên Đán, also known as Lunar New Year. Join your Vietnamese presenters to explore how the Vietnamese celebrate this holiday and how it differs from New Year's celebrations in the United States and also from Chinese New Year. You will learn some New Year's phrases in Vietnamese, sample Vietnamese snacks, and play some games typical to this holiday.
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

S Open

The Tortoise: Nigeria's Winnie the Pooh

Deep in the heart of West Africa lies the country of Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation and a republic where over 500 unique languages are spoken. To the Yoruba people in southwestern Nigeria, Ijapa the Tortoise plays a very important role. In this session, you'll join a Nigerian presenter to explore the escapades and adventures of the Tortoise and learn what makes him the most popular animal in Yoruba folklore. Through storytelling, dancing, and folk songs, you'll leave this session with a song on your lips and a memory that will stay in your heart for a very, very, long time! E kaabo!
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

S Open

Beszélsz magyarul? Hungarian: A unique language and culture in the heart of Europe

Have you heard that Hungarian is a difficult language to learn? Wondering if it is true? Come to this session to actually learn some Hungarian - a unique language in Central Europe, completely different from all its neighbors - and discover fascinating facts about the Hungarian language and culture (its famous inventors, artists, and the fierce food!) that will impress your friends and family!
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

S Open

From bucolic frolics to Post-Soviet pastimes: Russian games through the decades

Before video games and after-school clubs, children in Soviet-era Russia enjoyed an entire culture of outdoor games played in their apartment courtyards and streets. Join us to learn about games from Koldunchiki to Cossacks and see if some of the games sound familiar from your own childhood. We’ll explore games and dances from various stages in Russian history all the way up to the present. These simple games are lots of fun and even educational – see you there!
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

S Open

Yookoso! Welcome to Japan

What do you know about Japan? Ninjas? Anime? PlayStation? This session will give you an opportunity to learn about Japanese language and culture in a fun, interactive way. You will also learn some Japanese katakana characters.
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

S Open

Day in the life: French high school student

Ever wondered what it'd be like to study abroad?! In this session, you will learn about the French school system with a focus on Le Lycée (French high school). You will develop a better understanding of the French culture and be able to see it from the perspective of an American who has attended French high school herself!
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

S Open

Language: Different pieces, same puzzle

Do you like to solve puzzles? We think language is the biggest puzzle there is. And the answer to it is that all languages are the same! In this session you’ll solve puzzles which will help you discover how languages organize sounds, words, and sentences. We’ll look at lots of different languages from around the world and figure out how they work. You’ll be amazed to find out that English isn’t so different from Turkish or Japanese or Zulu - or even languages you’ve never heard of!
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

S Open

How not to offend a Swede

In this session you will learn enough Swedish to meet and greet the notoriously polite Swedes. In addition to learning a bit about the Swedish language, you will also be introduced to the intricacies of politeness in Sweden. Can recursive tailspins of thanking be avoided? Do Swedish knights say Ni? These and your other burning questions will be answered.
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

S Open

Vietnamese folk songs yesterday and today

Dân ca đương đại - Come to this session to hear traditional Vietnamese folk songs with a modern twist. Listen to songs that are popular among Vietnamese teens today, and learn about these songs which are traditional and modern at the same time. You will also about musical instruments unique to Vietnam, like đàn bầu, đàn tranh, đàn nguyệt, đàn tỳ bà, and sáo trúc. There will be interesting videos as well as a talk and a special performance by a Vietnamese native speaker. Join us for a musical voyage to Vietnam!
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

S Open

Hamlet: From the Globe to the global stage

From William Shakespeare to The Lion King to Sons of Anarchy, the tale of Hamlet has captured our attention for centuries, and in many different ways. In fact, it has been argued that every culture has its own version of Hamlet. In this session, we investigate the moment in which Hamlet comes in contact with his father’s ghost, and the ways in which this moment transforms across cultures and media. What does it tell us about the power of storytelling that such a moment can have such an impact across time and space?
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

S Open

High school life in Japan: Fashion and fun!

Can you picture a typical teen in Japan? Do Japanese students wear school uniforms every day? What kind of food do they eat for lunch? How do they spend their free time after school? In this session, you’ll join a Japanese presenter to learn about Japanese fashion trends (these teens are always on the forefront of fashion!) and how high school students spend their time. You'll play a few games and take home some giveaways.
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

S Open

Teens from around the world: What's the difference?

Have you ever met someone from another country? Do you wonder what the differences are between the United States and other countries from a teenager's point of view? Do they have sports in school? What is dating like? What kind of slang do they use? Join us to meet exchange students from around the world and find out what differences they've noticed and their views on being teens in the US.
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

S Open

Culture shock: First encounters in French and American culture

What’s it like to go between two cultures that are similar in some ways and completely different in others? Two Americans and two French natives talk about their first impressions and navigating life in a foreign country. Learn about the French regions of Aix-en-Provence, Provence, Corsica, and the Loire Valley and hear about the French natives’ first experiences in the United States. Each person will talk about the good, the bad and the shocking!
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

S Open

Language: Different pieces, same puzzle

Do you like to solve puzzles? We think language is the biggest puzzle there is. And the answer to it is that all languages are the same! In this session you’ll solve puzzles which will help you discover how languages organize sounds, words, and sentences. We’ll look at lots of different languages from around the world and figure out how they work. You’ll be amazed to find out that English isn’t so different from Turkish or Japanese or Zulu - or even languages you’ve never heard of!
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

S Open

How not to offend a Swede

In this session you will learn enough Swedish to meet and greet the notoriously polite Swedes. In addition to learning a bit about the Swedish language, you will also be introduced to the intricacies of politeness in Sweden. Can recursive tailspins of thanking be avoided? Do Swedish knights say Ni? These and your other burning questions will be answered.
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

S Open

Hamlet: From the Globe to the global stage

From William Shakespeare to The Lion King to Sons of Anarchy, the tale of Hamlet has captured our attention for centuries, and in many different ways. In fact, it has been argued that every culture has its own version of Hamlet. In this session, we investigate the moment in which Hamlet comes in contact with his father’s ghost, and the ways in which this moment transforms across cultures and media. What does it tell us about the power of storytelling that such a moment can have such an impact across time and space?
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

S Open

High school life in Japan: Fashion and fun!

Can you picture a typical teen in Japan? Do Japanese students wear school uniforms every day? What kind of food do they eat for lunch? How do they spend their free time after school? In this session, you’ll join a Japanese presenter to learn about Japanese fashion trends (these teens are always on the forefront of fashion!) and how high school students spend their time. You'll play a few games and take home some giveaways.
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

S Open

Servus und Baba: Fun with Austrian German

Have you ever wondered what language they speak in Austria? The simple answer is German, but if only it were actually that simple! In this session you will learn some exciting Austrian German words with an explanation of the differences between standard German and the Austrian variety. Come join us to figure out what Paradeiser, Hawara, and Obers mean!
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

S Open

Teens from around the world: What's the difference?

Have you ever met someone from another country? Do you wonder what the differences are between the United States and other countries from a teenager's point of view? Do they have sports in school? What is dating like? What kind of slang do they use? Join us to meet exchange students from around the world and find out what differences they've noticed and their views on being teens in the US.
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

S Open

Discover Morocco: Where Arab, African, and European cultures meet

What do you know about Morocco? Have you ever heard of the Amazigh language or Tifinagh characters? In this session you'll meet a native Moroccan and learn about Morocco's culture and languages. This North African country melds Arab, African, and European cultures, arts, and languages to create wonderful diversity. You will learn some Standard Arabic, as well as Moroccan Arabic words and expressions. Join us to learn about Arab-influenced art and calligraphy as well. Don't miss this chance to hear about the "Land of the Farthest West."
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

S Open

Aspiring world citizens wanted: A preview of the MSU Honors College

For 60 years, the Honors College at Michigan State University has been home to those who go off the beaten path in search of answers to questions others are afraid to ask. This session will introduce students, parents, and teachers to the various opportunities honors education can provide. Honors College students are those who often find ways to create global change before, during, and after their undergraduate education. During the presentation we will explore some of the ways the Honors College helps make these exploits possible.
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

S Open

A House Without Snakes: Film and discussion with a Bushman

How often do you get to meet a film star in person? You can in this session! Participants will watch a 30-minute film about two young Bushmen in Botswana, following their struggle to build their futures in the wake of their people’s relocation from their ancestral homeland. The documentary is an intimate coming-of-age portrait that explores the tension between modernity and tradition through the lens of two individuals’ hopes and fears. After the screening, you will speak with one of the young men, currently studying at MSU. There will be a Q&A session with your questions about his life in Botswana, his culture, his thoughts about life in Michigan compared to growing up in southern Africa, and more. Don't miss this fascinating opportunity to speak with the subject of this touching documentary.
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

S Open

Pearl of the Orient: Fun in the Philippines!

Have you ever heard of a 5-month long Christmas celebration? Can you imagine a nation of 7,107 islands? Have you seen Manny Pacquiao? Can you think of a country whose teens take their love for both Western songs and K-Pop to a whole new level? Seize this opportunity to get to know the people, the culture, and the beauty of the Pearl of the Orient: the Philippines. In this session, you'll tour of the country's top tourist spots, see and hear typical music and dance, learn some common expressions, and discover fun facts. Plus, you'll get to do karaoke and try out a trending Filipino dance challenge!
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

S Open

The linguistics of Indian classical dance: Language of body, mind, and spirit

Prayer, poetry, song, music, rhythm...decoration, beauty, fitness, and Yoga...ALL IN ONE! Come learn all this through the wonderful language of Indian Classical Dance: the language of the body, mind, and spirit. Be prepared for some "tongue-twister" dance vocabulary and learn the language of the feet, in movement and in rhythm. Learn the language of the symbolic Mudras and how you can communicate through stylized gestures and expressions from the renowned founding director and students of the Natya Dharmi Foundation for Performing Arts.
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

S Open

Von Schubert bis SEEED: Learn German through music!

Interested in German, but intimidated by the thought of learning a new language? Look at learning German in a different light! In this session, participants will have fun listening to music and applying different language learning strategies. You’ll see how to improve your pronunciation and expand your vocabulary – through music! Take a step back to 19th century Vienna with Lieder from Franz Schubert, gain understanding of Germany's diverse contemporary culture with groups like SEEED, Blumio and Culcha Candela, and learn more about “Denglish” with the Wise Guys. Join us to gain insight into German culture and the German language through die Musik!
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

S Open

A Tanzanian recount of The Lion King

Have you ever imagined the wild escapades you could have on safari? Come and learn how it feels from a native Swahili speaker who breathes the air of East Africa every day (when he's not here in Michigan!). And not just that - let’s talk about the Swahili phrases and characters that pop up in movies like The Lion King, George of the Jungle, and Madagascar. You'll also learn the steps to the popular Swahili dance, Orugambo. You don't want to miss this wild escapade!
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

S Open

Out and about: A tour of MSU's campus

Explore some of the 5,200 acre main campus of Michigan State University with a guided tour that covers University history, academics, and student life with a current MSU undergraduate student. With a history that spans over 160 years, you can learn about places ranging from our Eli and Edith Broad Art Museum, to our carillon in Beaumont Tower, to the campus "Rock", as well as history, traditions, and student life at MSU.
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

S Open

Istanbul: A city flirting with two continents

Would you like to learn more about the city of three empires that connects the old world to the new one? Do you want to take a breathtaking stroll through the narrow streets of Istanbul with a local Turkish guy? In this session, you will embark on a magical quest that takes you from the medieval stone Galata Tower to the fascinating interior of the Blue Mosque. You will also learn how to survive in this crazy city through a few Turkish expressions that will help you bargain for Aladdin’s carpets and buy the yummiest Lokum. Come with us to explore this fantastic city that constantly vibrates from the beats of Sufi drums and the rhythm of daily prayers.
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

S Open

What's the deal with tonal languages?

Learn about tonal languages from your presenter, who taught himself two of them (Thai and Mandarin) while living abroad. In addition to getting some background about China and Thailand and some exposure to Mandarin and Thai, you will learn some basic (but honestly kind of mind-blowing) principles about how languages communicate meaning and put your foreign language learning skills to the test by learning how to pronounce some tricky phrases. All this means that 1) you'll add a neat dinner party small talk topic to your repertoire, and 2) you might gain some appreciation for people who learn a language wildly different from their mother tongue. You may even decide you want to go abroad and try learning one yourself! (Ian is certainly glad he did).
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

S Open

West Java: Not on the Starbucks Menu

Have you ever heard an instrument that is officially recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity? Have you ever heard of West Java? Expand your horizons and come to this session to hear from Indonesian students about the bamboo instrument called an angklung, which originated in West Java and has been played there for many centuries. You’ll even have a chance to play the angklung yourself, will learn some Malay phrases, and may be able to take home an Indonesian souvenir!
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

S Open

Spiel des Jahres!

Since 1978, board and card game enthusiasts from around the world gather in Essen, Germany and anxiously await the newest Spiel des Jahres! Do you fancy games like Settlers of Catan (Die Sieder von Catan), Ticket to Ride (Zug um Zug), or Carcassone? If so, join us for a session of German-style games and some delicious German snacks! This session will include a board and/or card game giveaway.
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

S Open

Can you speak Italian while sitting on your hands?

Ciao! Are you interested in learning about Italian culture (and some stereotypes)? Come to this session led by a native Italian speaker and learn how to express yourself using gestures and basic vocabulary in a fun and engaging way. We will play games and practice Italian together. A presto! (See you soon!)
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

S Open

Russians are gloomy… or are they? Favorite holidays and festivals of Modern Russia

Tired of hearing that all Russians are gloomy and never smile? Are you ready to discover this magnificent country and its people? In just 50 minutes, you will travel through an entire year of Russia's favorite festivals. You will find out what Christmas in Russia is like, what Maslenitsa means, why seemingly all of Russia jumps into freezing water in January at -25F and what all Russians’ favorite festival is! Have fun, taste some food, and challenge yourself to learn some Russian words from a native speaker!
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

S Open

Pearl of the Orient: Fun in the Philippines!

Have you ever heard of a 5-month long Christmas celebration? Can you imagine a nation of 7,107 islands? Have you seen Manny Pacquiao? Can you think of a country whose teens take their love for both Western songs and K-Pop to a whole new level? Seize this opportunity to get to know the people, the culture, and the beauty of the Pearl of the Orient: the Philippines. In this session, you'll tour of the country's top tourist spots, see and hear typical music and dance, learn some common expressions, and discover fun facts. Plus, you'll get to do karaoke and try out a trending Filipino dance challenge!
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

S Open

Out and about: A tour of MSU's campus

Explore some of the 5,200 acre main campus of Michigan State University with a guided tour that covers University history, academics, and student life with a current MSU undergraduate student. With a history that spans over 160 years, you can learn about places ranging from our Eli and Edith Broad Art Museum, to our carillon in Beaumont Tower, to the campus "Rock", as well as history, traditions, and student life at MSU.
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

S Open

Istanbul: A city flirting with two continents

Would you like to learn more about the city of three empires that connects the old world to the new one? Do you want to take a breathtaking stroll through the narrow streets of Istanbul with a local Turkish guy? In this session, you will embark on a magical quest that takes you from the medieval stone Galata Tower to the fascinating interior of the Blue Mosque. You will also learn how to survive in this crazy city through a few Turkish expressions that will help you bargain for Aladdin’s carpets and buy the yummiest Lokum. Come with us to explore this fantastic city that constantly vibrates from the beats of Sufi drums and the rhythm of daily prayers.
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

S Open

My school is leaving early - no sixth session

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