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    Spring 2014

    Trivia Winners

    Festival of Languages, April 3 rd  2014

    Congratulations to the Trivia question winners!


    • First place : Bianca Dooley; Heaven Elliot; Brianna Stultz-Kozik
    • Second place : Alexis Hess
    • Third place : Amy Bye; Maddie Mottaz



    Trivia Answers

    1. How many countries border Germany?                  9

    2. The French artist Paul Cézanne was a part of which art movement?   Post-impressionist

    3. Which US Senator was born in the Panama Canal Zone?              John McCain

    4.  In Spain, you eat twelve grapes  at midnight on New Year's Eve.

    5.  How many time zones are there in China?                        1

    6. How many time zones are there in Russia?                        9

    7.  What is the smallest country in the world?            Vatican City

    8. Name three of the four official languages of Switzerland.  (Extra points if you can name the fourth as well!)     German, French, Italian, and Romansch/Rätoromanisch

    9.  In which year was the first Tour de France held?             1903

    10. In which European city is the ECB (European Central Bank) located?   Frankfurt

    11. What is the name of the mountain chain running north-south through Ecuador?  Andes

    12. In which country is the deepest lake in the world located?  Russia

    13. What is the name of the current leader of Cuba? Raúl Castro

    14. How many countries are current members of the European Union?     28

    15. Which islands off the coast of Ecuador were made famous by Charles Darwin? Galapagos

    16. What percentage of the territory of France lies outside of Europe?   20%

    17. Who was the first man in space?  (Hint: It was not an American.)   Yuri Gagarin

    18. In which European capital are Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, and Strauss buried?      Vienna

    19. How many medals did Russia win at the 2014 winter Olympics?     33

    20. The epitaph on Franz Kafka's tombstone is written in which language?   Hebrew

    21.    What type of animal is involved in the Feria in Nîmes, France?   Bull

    22. Giant pandas subsist almost entirely on what food?   Bamboo

    23. In which country were fortune cookies invented?  (Hint: It might not be the first one you think of!)    USA  (San Francisco)

    24. Literally translated, what does "déjà vu" mean?   Already seen

    25. How many states does Mexico have?   31

    26. What type of dance was invented in Argentina?   Tango

    27. When was the mechanical clock invented in China?  (We just need the century, not the exact date.)  8 th  century

    28. In which country will the 2014 World Cup take place?    Brasil

    29. What is Venezuela's main export?    Oil

    30. Which two countries competed against each other in the 2010 World Cup?  

    Spain and the Netherlands


    TIE BREAKER QUESTION: How many gummies are in the container at the front entrance? 175

    Advising Fair


    Monday, April 7th, 2014


    Port'O Call, Cartwright Center

    Breakout Sessions in Cartwright Center

    (topics/locations indicated below)


    The Department of Modern Languages invites you to the Spring 2014 Advising Fair. Language classes will not be held during the advising session (9:00am - 3:00pm). 

    Students are expected to take care of any advising needs on this day. Various informational sessions will also be offered throughout the day.


    The following will be available to students throughout the Advising Fair in Port O’ Call:

    General Advising: for students in language classes

    Advising for Majors & Minors: including Majors with a Business Concentration (Spanish, French) and for Certificate Programs (French, Russian)

    College of Liberal Studies Advising: graduation requirements, declaring a major/minor

    Study Abroad / Study Tours / International Internships:

    meet with staff from the Office of International Education / Study Abroad

    talk to your peers who have studied abroad about their experiences

    complete the Study Abroad Academic Plan Form with program-specific faculty

    Summer & Fall 2014 Course Offerings

    Scholarship Information

     9:00am - 3:00pm

    General Advising with Modern Languages Faculty & Staff

    Port O’Call, Cartwright Center


    9:00am – 2:00pm

    College of Liberal Studies Advising with Tim Walls, Academic Services Coordinator

    Tim Walls from the CLS Dean’s Office can evaluate transcripts and the Advisement Report (AR) forms, advise students on declaring a major/minor in the College, advise students preparing to graduate, and assist with other CLS-related advising.

    Port O’Call, Cartwright Center


    9:00am – 2:00pm

    Office of International Education / Study Abroad Advising

    Staff will be available for study abroad advising, including program information and the application process.

    Port O’Call, Cartwright Center


    10:00am – 2:00pm

    McNair Scholars Program

    Jessica Thill and Yessica García

    The McNair Scholars program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide eligible students with support and preparation for graduate school. McNair Scholars must either be low-income, first generation college students AND/OR be members of a traditionally underrepresented group in their field (usually African American, Latino/a, Native American and/or Asian Pacific Islander). The program provides opportunities for paid undergraduate research, mentoring, tutoring, GRE preparation, campus visits, and assistance with graduate school admissions. Find out more at

    Port O’Call, Cartwright Center


    10:00am – 2:00pm

    Internships & Employment Opportunities

    Karolyn Bald from Career Services at UWL will provide information about internships and employment opportunities related to the world of languages. Special emphasis will be put on how to better emphasize your language skills and your international experiences.

    Port O’Call, Cartwright Center


    BREAKOUT SESSIONS will be presented in Graff Main Hall (GMH)



    *4:00pm – 5:00 pm


    Teacher Education


    GMH 212


    All students planning to be certified to teach a World Language are required to attend a meeting with MLG Teacher Education faculty, Dr. Jean M. Hindson and Dr. Jorge Aguilar-Sánchez on MLG Advising Day, Monday, April 7  in Graff Main Hall 212 from 4:00 - 5:00. Only students who are currently student teaching are exempted from this meeting. If you have any questions, please contact either Dr. Hindson or Dr. Aguilar-Sánchez. 


    *Please note the different time for the Teacher Education session

    Past events


    Festival of Languages

    April 3, 2014
    9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall 

    Read the News Release that describes the program of the event:

    UW-L festival to promote languages


    La Crosse, Wis. 

    Faculty, students and others will have the chance to learn more about 

    languages and cultures during the Festival of Languages at UW-La Crosse.

    “Our goal is to celebrate languages,” says Laurence Couturier who manages the 

    university’s Language Resource Center. “We’re hoping students and others come to find out about the many offerings in the Modern Languages Department.”


    Couturier, who teaches French, says it is important for students to know about other languages 

    and cultures. "The study of languages 

    represents a crucial link in the global world that students are preparing to enter," Couturier explains.


    Couturier is coordinating the event with Shelley Hay, Assistant Professor of German in the Department 

    of Modern Languages.  They hope the festival will expand and become an annual event.


                The Festival of Languages runs from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3rd, 

    in the Hall of Nations in Centennial Hall. Admission is free.


              The festival aims to be social, fun and informative. Among the events scheduled:

    • Merengue and Tango lessons

    • Zumba dancing in French

    • Poster presentations on French culture

     • Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting

     • Round table discussion on "Russia-Ukraine relations" (10:30-11 a.m.)

     • Food tasting

     • Unique artifacts from China, Russia, Europe and South America

     • Language programs information

     • Language Resource Center information

     • Language Clubs options 


    The Department of Modern Languages currently offers courses 

     in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hmong, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, 

    and TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages).

    Approximately 1,000 students are enrolled in classes that range from beginning to advanced language 



    Festival of Languages.  View the photo album of our event.


    Festival of languages poster



    Language Resource Center open house

    Language Resource Center open house - View the photo album of our event which took place on March 10, 2014

    LRC open house March 10th, 2014