Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SBU to host Festival of Languages & Cultures for area high school students

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., March 29, 2016 — Bonjour, buon giorno, buenos días and sheko! St. Bonaventure University will welcome nearly 600 high school foreign language students and teachers for its April 15 Festival of Languages & Cultures.
Faculty and students in the Department of Modern Languages & Literature at the university will welcome students from Allegany-Limestone, Andover, Archbishop Walsh, Bolivar-Richburg, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Cuba-Rushford, Franklinville, Gowanda, Hinsdale, Olean, Portville, Scio and Wellsville high schools to the festival.
“We are looking forward to this unique cultural event taking place at St. Bonaventure. I am grateful for the great response from language teachers and schools in the area,” said Dr. Alva Cellini, professor of modern languages and chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Literature. 
“From the educational perspective, I hope students will learn something new and different about the second language they are learning and also become acquainted with other languages and cultures unfamiliar to them. It will be a fun day of learning,” added Cellini, who is organizing the festival.
The 10th- through 12th-graders will have the opportunity to participate in events including foreign language classes, workshops, competitions (posters, singing and dancing), and previews of foreign film clips.
St. Bonaventure’s faculty, staff, community participants and volunteers have developed workshops on Arabic, French, German, Italian, Latin Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew and the culture of sports.

The high school students will also have the opportunity to meet a number of international students who are studying at St. Bonaventure and to enjoy a dance exhibition that will feature the university’s multicultural clubs Asian Students in Action, the Latin American Student Organization and the hip hop team, as well as off-campus groups including the Olean Area Irish Dancers and Dance Arts’ Flocking Forms Modern I and II classes. 

Winners of the high school poster, singing and dancing competitions will be posted on the festival website at following the event.