UNSW International Languages Festival
- Author: Mary Hrdina
- Posted: 18th October 2011
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Amongst trees lined with flags from different countries and an assortment of national foods, the International Language Festival took place on Wednesday 12 October at lunch-time in the Morven Brown Courtyard.
Current international languages students and those interested in learning about studying languages came together to celebrate the diversity of cultures and languages available to study in the School of Languages and Linguistics. The unique event highlighted the value of learning a language for those with a global career in mind.
Staff members from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences were present to provide information about language courses, international studies and international exchange opportunities.
First-year student Kathryn Brackenburg attended the festival keen to find out more international exchange.
“I’m really enjoying my study of French,” said Kathryn, who is majoring in Linguistics and French.
“I think learning languages is important. I want to have a more thorough knowledge of the world and I think language is something that will enable me to do that, particularly with an aim for doing exchange and getting immersed in another culture,” said Kathryn.
The event was organised by COFA student Mark Leak, who has been studying Spanish this semester. Mark hopes that taking on a Spanish course for his General Education elective will benefit him in the future when he intends to move overseas and start a design business.
The International Language Festival was a first for the Faculty and is testimony to the increasing importance of global education at UNSW.