IUP hosted the 30th annual Appalachian
Professional Language Educators’ Society (APPLES) Foreign Language
Festival on March 23, 2019. Yaw Asamoah, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, provided opening remarks.
Teachers from regional
junior and senior high schools brought nearly 400 students to compete
in 13 different events. Students are given the opportunity to express
themselves in the four proficiency areas of listening, speaking,
reading, and writing in Spanish, French, and German as well as through
various mediums of art, music, dance, and drama. Students competed at up
to six levels in some languages.
APPLES is truly a collaborative!
Teachers from no less than 10 area school districts and professors from
no less than four area universities met numerous times and for many
hours, communicating tirelessly for many months to provide our young
language learners with the opportunity to share their skills and a forum
to meet others interested in language and culture.
If you have
not been involved in recent years or have never heard of APPLES and
would like to be involved, please contact either the festival
coordinator, professor Jason Killam, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the APPLES president, professor Christina Huhn, at email@example.com, for more information.