Modern Language Classes Present "Languages for Your Senses"

May 6, 2014
A variety of presentations and interactive displays gave the Wells community a sample of cultures around the world.
Japanese student demonstrating dance

Wells College's Modern Language professors organized a special community event during the last week of classes, bringing together their students for a brief series of presentations, displays, and activities. The event, titled "Languages for Your Senses," invited the Wells community to sample the food, music, literature, and more from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries.

Presentations included:

Latin American Literature Presentations by Spanish 206: Professor Gerardo Cummings' students discussed some of the specific authors and works that they had examined in their class.

Japanese Calligraphy and Origami Workshops with exchange students from Doshisha Women's College: Students gathered to paint calligraphy characters and learn origami techniques, accompanied by a video demonstration of Japanese music and dance.

A Taste of the French and Francophone World by French 124 and French 102: Students from Professor Maimouna Phelan's classes discussed projects examining French cultural topics such as cinema, literature, sciences and gastronomy.

Japanese Dance Talk and Performance: Doshisha Women's College exchange student Misa Masui discussed and held a performance of Kyoto dance. Click here to see a video of the performance.

Showing Love through Songs by German 102: The members of Professor Mona Pohen's course sang "Autobahn" by Kraftwerk and "She Loves You" by the Beatles in German, inviting the audience to sing along.

Gestures across Cultures: Japan and the U.S. by Japanese 102: The students in this class discussed and demonstrated some of the non-verbal communication commonly used in Japan and ways that gestures differ between society, including differences in the game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors."

La Poesía Universal/Universal Poetry: Readings of Spanish Poetry in Spanish and English: Students read original works of Spanish poetry and translations, discussing the meaning behind the works they had selected and the events of the poets' lives that may have influenced the works.

Refreshments at the event reflected the diversity of languages represented, with snacks from Japan, Germany, and more. Thank you to all who attended and to the student presenters!

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