Language Fair


Language Fair

Thursday, April 5, 2018

"Counter Culture: Rebels, Renegades & Rabble-rousers"

Language Fair provides an opportunity for high school students grades 9-12 from across the state studying Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish to demonstrate their acquisition of language and culture in various competitive events. Each student who attends may participate in a maximum of two competitive events in drama, music, folk dance, poetry and poster. The events are judged by the faculty and graduate students of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

  • General Registration begins at 8 am
  • Opening Ceremony beings at 9 am
  • Closing Ceremony will be held 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
  • The fee is $10 per student until 4pm March 7, 2018; (no registrations for competitive events will be allowed after this deadline)
  • $15 for late registration until March 21, 2018; for non-competitive events only. (no registrations will be accepted after this date)
  • Students are allowed to participate in only two events
  • Heritage speakers of Spanish can win 1st or 2nd prize in Music or Poetry - note these awards are in addition to 1st and 2nd prizes for level I & II
Contact Information

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
1111 Oldfather Hall | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0315
Email: | Phone: 402-472-7032

Competitive Events


Each class is encouraged to present one scene from dramatic literature or an original skit written by the students in the target audience.

Folk Dance

Dances must be appropriate to the language or culture studied and must be introduced by a short memorized explanation (including period, style, country, etc.) delivered in both English and in the target language.

Music (Solo, Duet or Group)

Music performances must be relevant to the country and language studied and be introduced by a short, memorized explanation of this relevance in the target language. The music itself need not be memorized.


Appropriate poems for each level would be those found in your textbooks, but may be drawn from other sources, e.g., in French from poets such as Verlaine or Prévert; in Spanish: Garcia Lorca, Quevedo; in German: Goethe or Brecht.


Students are encouraged to design a colorful and informative poster to display at the fair. This year's theme is Counter Culture: Rebels, Renegades, & Rabble-rousers Please refer to the score sheet, available for download above, for specific rules and policies regarding the poster competition.
We reserve the right to remove posters that we deem to be inappropriate for any reason from the competition.

Non-Competitive Events

There are a variety of other opportunities students have while attending the Language Fair. Language mini-lessons will be available throughout the day, giving students an opportunity to sample cultures from around the world. International folk dancing lessons will also be given - participants are encouraged to shake a leg!

We will have conversation tables set up in the Nebraska Union throughout the day. Students can stop by the tables to converse in the language they are studying, or speak about opportunities in the variety of languages offered at the university level. In addition to the language tables, we invite many offices on campus to present information on the College of Arts and Sciences and University Admissions, among others. If your students are interested in a study abroad programs, Education Abroad will also have a booth at the fair with information about programs and opportunities available to them.

Every year we introduce new opportunities for high school students to engage with university faculty and students. From "Passport" raffles where students can enter to win a backpack full of goodies from the University Bookstore to the chance to check out our new technology in our Language Lab, attendees are treated to fun ways to explore and express their passions. What will we showcase this year? Come to Language Fair and find out!


Students can unload from buses and vans in front of the Nebraska Union on R Street between 14th Street and Centennial Mall, or on “S” Street in front of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. Parking for cars and buses will be north of the Bob Devaney Sports Complex on the Nebraska Innovation Campus.

This google map link will allow you to input your starting location and ensure you will find the correct parking lot. Parking Map

No permits are needed for Language Fair participants. We will provide two 12 passenger vans to shuttle participants from the parking to the Union in the morning and from the Union to the parking lot in the afternoon. Please be understanding that most schools arrive at the same time, vans will run from 7:45 until 3:30 pm, please be patient during peak times.