The department of modern and classical languages recently hosted nearly 400 students from nearby high schools (including Central, Kickapoo, Nixa, Republic, Bakersfield, Stockton and Moberly) for the second annual World Language Showcase.
The students spent the day on campus, taking part in contests like spelling bees, dioramas and living exhibits.
They also had the opportunity to take college placement exams in Spanish, French and German. These web-based evaluations provided immediate feedback about how a student would place in college-level language classes, based on the student’s proficiency in the language.
Dr. Tonia Tinsley, assistant professor, was pleased with the showcase’s success. “There were fantastic entrees in the dioramas, posters and living exhibits,” she said. “And we were thrilled to host our guest speaker, Kurtis Grothoff, who told the students about how his adventures in Latin America led him to be a language and culture consultant for the Springfield Cardinals.”
Selections from social media
Students had the chance to share the day’s experiences via social media, using #MCLShowcase, and they definitely made the most of their time on campus.