The Daily Express

High School Students Learn about Different Cultures at "Foreign Language Day" Friday at Owens

Over 250 high school students from Northwest Ohio will learn what it would be like living in another country for a day as Owens Community College hosts "Foreign Language Day" Friday, March 8.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., students will be separated into one of three languages­French, Spanish or German. Within each language group, the students then will be divided into groups of families. Each student will be assigned to that family for the rest of their visit to Owens.

"From the moment students walk into the Owens Audio/Visual Classroom Center until the time they leave, they will be required to only speak in one of the three predetermined languages," said Kathy Attwood, Owens Assistant Chair of Communications and Humanities. "Any student caught speaking English during the day, will be put into the Language Jail by the Language Sheriff."

Students will participate in a variety of cultural activities throughout the day which include dancing, games, bartering for goods with play money, lunch, arts and crafts and more.

Owens faculty, staff and students and the community will assist the high school students serving as village leaders for the different language families. The villagers will wear a color-coded T-shirt to signify what language they are speaking­red for Spanish, blue for French and yellow for German.

"Foreign Language Day is a great opportunity for students to experience what it would be like to speak another language for a day, while also learning about the country's culture," Attwood said.

Among the schools in attendance will include Maumee High School, Anthony Wayne High School, Otsego High School, Central Catholic High School, Genoa High School, Emmanuel Baptist High School, St. John's High School, Sylvania Northview High School, Bowling Green High School, Fremont Ross High School, Notre Dame Academy, St. Ursula Academy and Perrysburg High School.

On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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