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World Languages Day 2019

Award Ceremony

Eager students awaiting the Award Ceremony at a previous FLD

SIU World Languages Day: Thursday, April 4, 2019


Come join us for more language and cultural learning in a fun and educational environment. We will not offer Scholar Bowl competitions this year, but popular events, such as Origami Demonstration and “Your Name In” Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, etc. will be back. Also, we will feature a brand-new event — The Global Idol Talent Show — as well as an Information Fair (details below).


  • The Global Idol Talent Show will showcase skits, poetry readings, songs and approved presentations in the language of the student’s or group of student’s choice, except English.
    • Description and Entry Regulations:
      • An open talent competition — think America's Got Talent
      • 5 minutes maximum per performance
      • One of the judging criteria will be the use of the target language (except English)
      • Each school is allowed only ONE entry PER LANGUAGE
      • An entry can be individual or group — approximately 2 to 20 students
      • During the performance at least one of the performers must use the target language
      • Teachers are not allowed to perform with their students
      • Trophies will be awarded to first, second and third place
    • Judging Criteria:
      1. Stage presence and Delivery
      2. Audience Response
      3. Creativity and Originality
      4. Stays all in the target language
      5. Completed entire performance in 5 minutes
  • The Information Fair will highlight the role that language proficiency plays in the growing opportunity for future careers and services.

  • “Long Live Freedom!” Exhibit on Youth Resistance in the Third Reich coming to SIU

“Long Live Freedom!” were the last words uttered by Hans Scholl before the Nazis executed him in 1942 for being part of the resistance group The White Rose. Scholl was one of many more students who bravely stood up against injustice and the atrocities committed during the Third Reich, paying for their civil courage with their lives, but whose stories have been forgotten. The German section at SIU is bringing an exhibit entitled “Es lebe die Freiheit!” (Long Live Freedom!) to the Carbondale campus. The exhibit sheds light on the stories of various young Germans who actively resisted Hitler’s National Socialism between 1933 and 1945.

Created by the Research Institute for the Study of German Resistance 1933-1945 (Frankfurt a. M., Germany), the exhibition has travelled to schools, universities, and institutions throughout Germany and the United States.

The exhibit will open on April 1 and run through April 19, 2019 at SIU’s Morris Library. It is free and open to the public. For more information, email Carola Daffner at

The German section would like to thank the following sponsors: The Department of Languages, Cultures, and International Trade, the Department of History, and the College of Liberal Arts at SIU.

  • “World Languages in SIU Library Special Collections”

World Languages in SIU Library Special Collections, presented by Dr. Jacob Haubenreich, will feature texts from the medieval to present in Latin, French, Spanish, German, English, Swedish, Dutch, Quechua, Nahuatl, Japanese, Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi.

It will include the “smallest book in the world” with the Lord’s Prayer in 7 languages, the "most beautiful book in the world," a page from the Gutenberg Bible, and a miniature edition of Cervantes' Don Quijote, among MANY OTHERS.

We will continue to update information on this page as it becomes available.