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High School Students Learn About Different Cultures During "Foreign Language Day" at Owens
Over 250 high school students from Northwest Ohio experienced what it would be like living in another country for a day as Owens Community College recently hosted "Foreign Language Day".
Upon arrival to Owens, students were separated into one of three languages- French, Spanish or German. Within each language group, the students then were divided into separate families. Each student was assigned to that family for the rest of their visit to the College.
"From the moment students walked into the Owens Student Health and Activities Center until the time they left, each individual was 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 was put into Language Jail by the Language Sheriff."
Students participated in a variety of cultural activities throughout the day, which included dancing, games, bartering for goods with play money, lunch, arts and crafts, among other activities.
Owens faculty, staff and students and area high school teachers assisted the students, serving as village leaders for the different language families. The villagers wore a color-coded T-shirt to signify what language they were 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 were 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.