EDISON — The Wardlaw-Hartridge School recently celebrated World Language Week with daily presentations from the various foreign language classes offered in the school. Each day recognized a different language: Chinese (Monday), French (Tuesday), Italian (Wednesday), Latin (Thursday) and French (Friday).
Here is a brief synopsis of the daily activities:
Chinese – The four-hour event included a movie, guest speaker, buffet dinner and Skype session with Houzhou High School in China. The movie “Gua Sha Treatment” told a story of cultural conflicts experienced by a Chinese family in the United States. Guest speaker Dr. Jidong Sun provided an interesting lecture on Chinese medicine, acupuncture and other treatments. After the Chinese buffet dinner, students and their teacher, Hua Liu, communicated with their partner school via Skype. All of the day’s activities were funded by a grant from the Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms Network.
French – Rutgers University professor Dr. Uri Eisenzweig and his colleague Dr. Mercedes Brand presented a very entertaining French music program to all Upper School students. Dr. Eisenzweig played accordion and piano while Dr. Brand sang four songs in French. The French students also participated in a sing-along to “Douce France” led by senior Milika Griffiths of Edison.
Italian – The Italian class staged a special fashion show during clubs period. This show, led by Alessandra Cozzi as the announcer, highlighted various contributions Italians have made to the fashion industry. This included everything from the toga to the three-piece suit to sunglasses. Each student had to research an important fad or item the Italians brought to the world fashion stage.
Latin – Dr. Nolis Arkoulakis (Class of 1984) of Whitehouse Station returned to his alma mater to speak to the Upper School about the importance of studying the Classics. Dr. Arkoulakis graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a major in Classics and later earned his Master’s degree in Classics from Oxford University. After meeting with the Upper School students, Dr. Arkoulakis visited the Middle School Latin class.
Spanish – Two young alumni appeared as guest speakers at Morning Meeting to share their stories about the importance of learning languages. Will Vogt (Class of 2008) of Plainfield, a senior at Georgetown University, and Sydney Briggs (Class of 2005) of Edison spoke about their experiences as language learners and the impact that languages have had on their lives after high school and around the globe. Vogt and Briggs also spoke to AP Spanish students in Senora Yolanda Reyes’ class. Vogt gave a PowerPoint presentation with an overview of his semester abroad in Ecuador.
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