International affairs department presents language learning lunches

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Different countries flags hanging on a wall.
Several flags from different countries that hang in Gardiner Hall.

The international affairs department is bringing language immersion to Shepherd University. While the department primarily offers support to students from abroad, they are supporting all students interested in language every week through language learning lunches Monday through Thursday.

Language learning lunches offers students and faculty a chance to practice their language skills, with each day of the week dedicated to a different language. Students learning Spanish or French can come practice their skills with Monday’s lunches dedicated to Spanish, and Wednesday’s dedicated to French. These lunches are informal and all language levels are welcome, according to Dr. Lois Jarman. “Walk-ins are welcomed for those who cannot stay the entire time.” Both the Spanish and the French lunches meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Gardiner Hall 114.

On Tuesdays, the lunches focus on reading. Students can share what they are reading regardless of which language their book is in, or get suggestions on what they should read based on their skill level. These meetings are from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Gardiner Hall 114.

Thursdays are about discovery and expose students to a different language that is not offered by Shepherd University over the course of six weeks. Last semester, students and faculty had the opportunity to learn a few phrases in Chinese. This semester offers the opportunity to learn basic Arabic. Meetings are from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Gardiner Hall 114.