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High School Students Learn About Different Cultures During "Foreign Language Day", March 28 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 28.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., students will be separated into one of three languages - French, Spanish or German. Within each language group, the students then will be divided into separate families. Each student will be assigned to that family for the rest of their visit to Owens.
The event runs from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the College's Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo.
"From the moment students walk into the Owens Student Health and Activities Center until the time they leave, each individual 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 area high school teachers will assist the 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 speaking - red 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 be Anthony Wayne High School, Arlington High School, Bowsher High School, Elmwood High School, Emmanuel Baptist High School, Gibsonburg High School, Maumee High School, Mohawk High School, Otsego High School, Sylvania Northview High School, Sylvania Southview High School and Whitmer High School.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, 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.