World Languages
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Student Activities

Research in Ecuador

The College offers a summer internship at the Tiputini Field Station of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Located in primary growth forest in the Ecuadorian Amazon, students in disciplines such as ecology, environmental studies, and botany engage in field research in an immersion setting which also allows them to develop their Spanish proficiency.

Language in Motion

Language in Motion is a high school outreach program currently in its second year. Juniata students, both international students and students who have studied abroad, go to local schools to give presentations about their cultural and linguistic experiences abroad. The program is coordinated by Dr. Deb Roney and is also supported by faculty in the Department of World Languages and Cultures and by the Center for International Education.

Language In Motion Web Site

Spanish Conversation Table

Students gather weekly to converse informally with native Spanish speakers as they eat lunch. Anyone is welcome to share in this excellent opportunity to practice speaking and listening skills, share cultural information, and get to know other students and speakers of Spanish. During the fall 2005 semester, the "Mesa hispánica" meets Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 and Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 in the faculty lounge in Baker Dining Hall, Ellis Center.

Spanish Club

Spanish Club provides an environment where "aficionados" of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures are able to assemble and pursue common interests. The Club plans special activities aimed at expanding our knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world, while also sponsoring activities aimed at raising cultural awareness among the members of the Juniata College community. Activities include: Fiesta Latina, a Hispanic video series, field trips to cultural events in cities such as New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, fundraisers for an elementary school in Guatemala, salsa and merengue dance lessons, guest lectures on topics related to the Hispanic world, and Immersion Day in the fall.

Spanish Club Web Site

Spanish Immersion Day

(Día de Inmersión): Immersion Day is an event in which students gather at Patrick Lodge, a beautiful cabin owned by the college located about half an hour from campus, on a Saturday in October or early November to speak only Spanish while engaging in a series of fun activities. Current students at all proficiency levels, Hispanic international students, and Juniata Spanish alums take part in activities which range from ice breakers and games, singing, dancing, preparing and devouring a Hispanic meal and watching a Hispanic film. There is also free time built in to explore the rustic wooded property or to organize a rousing soccer match.

German Picnic

Once a semester, students of German, faculty and German-speaking international students are invited to gather at Patrick Lodge to enjoy a day of German conversation and delicious food. Accomodations are made for those of introductory levels and students with an already advanced level of German are given the opportunity to hone their skills in an immersive atmosphere, while at the same time relaxing and enjoying some of the scenic beauty of rural Pennsylvania. A highlight of the picnic is always Professor Klaus Jaeger's famous Bauernbrot.

French Club

The French Club is primarily an academic club for students studying French language and culture. The club seeks to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for French history and the regions of the world where French is spoken.

Quebec Trip

Every year, Dr. Michael Henderson and twelve students of French take an excursion to the city of Quebec to experience French-Canadian language, culture, and cuisine.

Conversation Partners

In the Conversation Partner Program, international students and American students are paired up for casual conversation and gatherings. Partners meet as often as they can to learn about other cultures and languages, particpate in group activities like midnight canoeing, bowling, and international food night, as well as just to laugh, talk, share, relax…and much more!

International Film Series

Juniata offers a series of films in other languages and from other cultures each semester. All films are shown at 7:00PM in Neff Lecture Hall (VLB 1098). Check the event calendar for dates.