Language in Motion to Host Foreign Language Intercultural Day April 13

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Westminster College's Language in Motion program will host 113 high school students from Wilmington Area School District and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School for the sixth annual Foreign Language Intercultural Day Friday, April 13.

This year's focus is on the legacies from French, Roman, and Spanish cultures in our own culture.  Latin, Spanish, and French students will participate in a full day of activities led by Westminster students. 

Workshops and other activities will give students the opportunity to focus on these legacies through art, architecture, fashion, dance, music, bull fighting, fencing, sword fighting, and other important cultural events.  In addition, students will read and analyze poems in the foreign languages they have been studying.

Milagros Swerdlow, Westminster Spanish lecturer and Language in Motion coordinator, has selected eight Westminster students to make presentations and guide activities throughout the day: John Allison, Addison Domske, Kearsie Dougherty, Chelsea Gallo, Chrissy Moudry, Quimber-Kay Nutter, Hannah Timm¸ and Marlee Tonks.

The school district's language teachers, including Adam Griffith, a 2011 Westminster graduate who teaches Latin at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, will provide assistance and expertise, along with Dr. Dwight Castro, Westminster professor of classics.

Language in Motion is an innovative outreach program that gives study-abroad returnees, international students, and upper-level language students the opportunity to create language and cultural activities for presentation in K-12 language, social studies, and other classes where culture can be studied.

Westminster's Language in Motion program is sponsored by Westminster's Department of Modern Languages, Drinko Center for Experiential Learning, and the Heritage Chair of Humanities.

Contact Swerdlow at (724) 946-7264 or email for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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