UMW Department of Foreign Languages Presented Fourth Annual World Language Day

Spanish Language Coordinator Itxaso del Olmo leads participants in Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts form

On Saturday, March 24, University of Mary Washington’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages gave area high school students a chance to see what they offer through the Fourth Annual World Language Day, an annual outreach program dedicated to the appreciation and study of foreign languages. On World Language Day, more than 100 high school students from across Virginia spent a day at the university participating in competitions in foreign languages. Marcel Rotter, founder of the event and associate professor of German, was inspired to start the event when he witnessed a day celebrating German language and culture at the University of Wisconsin. “I thought that it seemed like something we should have here at Mary Washington, but I decided to include everyone by having all the major languages,” said Rotter. With a whole day dedicated to languages, the event reinforces how important languages are at UMW and shows potential future students what the UMW foreign language … [Read more...]

UMW Hosting German Campus Week

German Week

For the first time, the University of Mary Washington is hosting a “do Deutsch” campus week beginning in October, in conjunction with more than 40 colleges and universities across the United States. The weeks of activities and events, sponsored by the Germany Embassy and the UMW Department of Modern Foreign Languages, are designed to promote German language and culture on campus. “Do Deutsch” week at Mary Washington began on Tuesday, October 25 and will run through Saturday, November 5 and will include contests and competitions, film screenings and special events. All events are free and open to the public. All area high school students as well at UMW students are invited to participate in the essay, visual arts, film/DVD and song competitions, themed “German(y) in your life.” Other events include: Film screenings of “In July” on Tuesday, October 25, “Kebab Connection” on Thursday, October 27 and “We are the Night” on Monday, October 31. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in George … [Read more...]