The Oasis: Lounging around with languages
RELEASED: Oct. 27, 2005
DANVILLE, KYWith three out of four students studying abroad, Centre College offers an international perspective to all who are interested in expanding their horizons. But what can students do to polish their language abilities while on campus? What happens to the language skills of students returning from France, Mexico or Japan? How will prospective foreign students get up to speed in their quest to become fluent in nonnative languages? And where can one go with a hankering for tamales, bratwurst, or a game of boules?
The answers to all these questions, thanks to the new language lounge, are pas de problème. All are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Oasis this weekend, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 27-30.
"We hope that the Oasis will provide students with an anxiety-free location where they may come together informally to develop and practice their foreign language skills, says Julie James, a visiting assistant professor who was instrumental in bringing about the Oasis. "At the same time, we also hope that the room's collection of books, periodicals, games, videos, and the 50-plus foreign language television channels will help to foster within each individual a personal interest in exploring and understanding the world that exists beyond our national borders. This weekend's events are just a way for us to let everyone know that the room is now in operation and that all are welcome to use it."
Located in the building that once housed Centre Shoppes, the "language lounge" will be a place where students who speak various languages can meet outside the classroom to study, play games, listen to foreign music and watch foreign television. Each day of the week will be language specific, allowing students studying a particular language to be immersed in that culture.
The open house will feature a variety of cultural activities.
The Oasis open house is sponsored by the French Society, Deutschklub, the Hispanic Society, the International Students Association and Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish honor society).
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