Language Fair

Thank you to all participants for making our 43rd Annual Language Fair, postponed since 2018, a huge success!

Competitive Event Results

Our 43rd Annual Language Fair took place on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Language Fair provides an opportunity for high school students from across the state studying Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish to demonstrate their acquisition of language and culture in various competitive events. 

2022 theme: “A World of Migrants”

Thursday, March 31, 2022 | City Campus Union

Schedule

Full schedule and map

  • Competitive events start around 9:30 a.m.
  • Closing ceremonies start around 2 p.m.

Competitive Events

  • Categories: drama, music, poetry, poster session, folk dancing, or short film*
  • Languages: Russian, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, or Japanese

* New this year. Students/schools unable to attend are still able to submit an entry for short film.

Mini Lessons

As in previous years, we will have mini lessons in other languages. More information forthcoming with our schedule.

Poster Session Room

Ambassadors will be available to talk about their experiences in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures with LangFair participants. This will also be a space for students to talk with those who have studied abroad and students who are conducting research.

Community Room

Students will be able to connect with local community partners who highlight career options for those who have a major in a language.

Teacher Lounge

We want to connect with you and get to know you! Many of the challenges you face are the same as the struggles we face during this difficult climate for language teaching. We also want to hear about students that you’re particularly proud of and that we might want to reach out to. We plan to have a faculty member rotating through the Teacher Lounge throughout the day. We’ll also have quick and fun questionnaires to fill out.

Additional Information For Teachers

How can students prepare for each event?

  • Poetry: Students can select a poem (or write their own) in their language and recite it.
  • Music: students perform a song in their language (can be a group event, can have musical accompaniment or bring recording, can be an original song)
  • Drama: students perform a scene from a play (group event, or solo if monologue)
  • Poster: (individual) students prepare a poster in their language about a cultural topic. New this year: Two awards given: one voted “best poster” by students attending the Fair, the second winner will be selected by judges.
  • Folk dancing: students (group) prepare and perform a folk dance (costumes, music, creativity welcomed)
  • Film: Entries should be student-produced, in groups, with a maximum running time of 3 ½ minutes. All entries should be in the language, and have English subtitles. The winning film will be streamed at the closing ceremony!

Student design for promotional materials:
If you have a student who would like to design artwork for our promotional materials, please submit their entries to us (via modlang@unl.edu) by February 1, 2022. The artwork should include the words “LangFair 22: A World of Migrants” and should be a .jpg or .pdf file. The winner’s piece will be featured in our promotional materials and recognized at the closing ceremony.

Ambassador videos: We are working to identify undergraduate ambassadors who will send videos to participating schools. They will introduce themselves, talk about LangFair, and also speak to why learning languages is so important and exciting. More information will be coming in the weeks prior to LangFair.

Reserve Tickets

A registration fee will be required to participate; more information will be sent on how to register your students in early 2022.

Support Request

A staff member will reach out as soon as possible during regular business hours.

Bus Parking/Campus Map

All students should be dropped of at the Nebraska Union on R street as indicated. We will provide an as-needed shuttle for bus drivers and forgotten items upon request.

Undergraduate language program brochures