International Events Connects Students of All Ages

On March 29th, Drs. Kaishan Kong and Jessica Sertling Miller (professors of Chinese and French respectively) took their students of Chinese 102, 202 and French 201, 202, 430 to teach language and culture at Putnam Heights Elementary as part of the school's international week during which classes focus on world-themed projects. UW-Eau Claire language students shared their knowledge to over 400 children that day! For French, topics included animals and colors in Rwanda, as well as food and numbers in French Polynesia (details on Dr. Miller’s website). For Chinese, students learned some fun facts about Chinese culture and had a taste of Chinese language.

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Putnam Heights students learning about languages.

In the evening of March 30th, Putnam Heights Elementary hosted their annual international fair in their gym. Among the many tables presenting information about global cultures, Joyce Johnson, a Senior Lecturer in our ESL program, held one about Czech Republic and recruited students from her class who helped Putnam students learn about Malaysia, Japan, Mexico, China, and South Korea.

It is also at Putnam that Julie Adler, another Senior Lecturer in our ESL program, placed a Japanese student for an independent study with her. Hiroki Kanai assists the Phy Ed teacher on Tuesdays and Thursdays, then journals and meets with Prof. Adler weekly to reflect on what he is learning about teaching and learning in the United States.

Language teachers and students will continue to share their knowledge and skills with younger community members this year during the 5th grade tour of Blugold Beginnings when elementary-aged students visit our campus on April 27th and 28th. Julie Adler will teach French to visitors with the help of a few French students on both days. Then, on Sunday April 30th, International Folk Fair will be held at Davies Center from 12 to 4 during which the community can visit booths with a global flare held by student organizations.