EDISON – The Wardlaw-Hartridge School celebrated World Languages Week with an array of activities celebrating different cultures from March 4-8. Students across all three divisions participated in games, performances and exhibits reflecting the five languages offered in the Upper School.
On Monday, Spanish 5 and AP Spanish students presented a Living Art exhibit of various Spanish/Latin American artists in the Oakwood Room. This exhibit featured the students and Sra. Yolanda Reyes and Sra. Linda Kouril physically depicting or serving as live models for the works of art, which included works by Salvador Dali, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso. Students from all three divisions stopped by to visit the attractive exhibit.
Tuesday, the Latin students challenged the Upper School to a game of Jeopardy. All categories were based on Latin words, derivatives, and literature themes still seen in today’s society. Representatives from each class answered questions like “On what Roman characters were Romeo and Juliet based?” (Pyramus and Thisbe) and “What does bovine mean?” (like a cow). The junior class won the round by correctly identifying Cicero as an influence on the writings of John Locke and Thomas Jefferson. On Thursday, all Latin students also took the National Latin Exam which tests grammar, vocabulary, and translation skills and knowledge of Roman culture and history. More than 149,000 Latin students from all 50 states and 13 foreign countries participate each year.
On Wednesday, the Italian class presented to the Upper School how Italian music has influenced other musical genres around the world and how Italian music has been influenced by different musical genres. The class highlighted the lives and accomplishments of four musicians, Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Renato Carosone.The class then danced to this classic 1950′s hit, incorporating swing moves and culminating in a modern rendition of the dance to the remixed version of the song, ‘We no speak Americano’ a 2012 hit song of today’s dance chart.
Thursday, the French students in all levels put on a show called “What Not to Wear in Paris.” The presentation began by showing photos of poorly dressed Americans, followed by pictures of stylish French fashion. After that, students put on their own fashion show, wearing examples of what to wear and what not to wear in Paris. The show ended with a parade that included the singing of the chorus to a song called “Victime de la Mode”, or Fashion Victim.
On Friday, the Chinese students showed a video slide show of photos called “This is China” which they find most representative of China. Photos included in the show included: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, a Chinese dragon, Chinese acrobats and both the beautiful landscape and pollution in China. The photos showed the differences in terrain and structure in China, which was portrayed as a juxtaposition of old and new, with the serenity of breathtaking landscapes, but also the bustling vivacity of a thriving city.