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World Language & Culture Week

World Language & Culture Week

March 10, 2017

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For over ten years, BSM has been celebrating World Language and Culture Week (WLC Week). Last week, the World Language department planned five days full of activities, events and celebrations.

Before the week of celebrations even began, English 9 students in Ms. Kari Koshiol and Ms. Paula Leider’s classes were busy preparing and conducting interviews of 25 faculty/staff members. Accompanying these bios were photos of the interviewees, captured by Ms. Kelli Rahn’s Photo 1 students.

“Our goal was to promote the stories of BSM by highlighting those who work here, and therefore highlighting the cultural backgrounds/experiences which are inherent in each person's story,” explained junior and senior high Spanish teacher Megan Hansen.

In addition to the interview project AP Spanish Language and Culture classes put up self-portraits they created using cubism. Students worked on the portraits as part of the unit on identity. They talked about three main Cubist painters: Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Georges Braque and now hang on the wall, complimenting the finished bios.

“The project was meant to encourage students to learn about other cultures and to see that we are all one - we are all Red Knights! It was an effort to share our commonalities and celebrate our differences,” said AP Spanish teacher Ms. Mary Murray.

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The week of events kicked off on Monday, February 27, with a special selection of short films in Chinese, Spanish and French. The following day, the school was fortunate enough to witness the talents of Spanish teacher, Ms. Katy O’Brien, who dances with the Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca. The group performed for the school and shared their mission with the Red Knight community to “preserve and maintain the culture of Mexico through the performance of traditional Mexican dance.” That same day, Mardi Gras, French students made crepes in class while learning about the cultural and religious significance behind the day.

“Learning a language means expanding your horizons while building an understanding and empathy for different systems. This week is about learning while having fun!” said French teacher Ms. Frederique Toft

Later in the week, students had the opportunity to participate in different classroom activities. These included, learning various colloquialisms from around the Spanish-speaking world, Zumba, meditation in French, Origami and yoga.

To close out the week of celebrations, the department hosted an International Variety Show in which the students signed up, auditioned and performed. The acts included, vocal performances in Filipino and French, hip hop dance, a French skit and more.Hansen explains why these events were so important, “This week is a time set aside to see performances, be inspired by guest speakers, participate in cultural events such as Kung Fu and Zumba, and learn more about the culture of our own community here at BSM.”

In today's global society, knowing another language is becoming increasingly more valuable. At BSM, we believe that exposure to diverse and multicultural perspectives better prepares our students to go out into this world and become servant leaders.

 
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