Irma Farfan-Cobb (EdD, Oklahoma State University) is Associate Professor of Spanish at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
How National Foreign Language Week Promotes Cultural Awareness at a Historically Black University
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2003 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 397–402, October 2003
How to Cite
Farfan-Cobb, I. and Lassiter, L. E. (2003), How National Foreign Language Week Promotes Cultural Awareness at a Historically Black University. Foreign Language Annals, 36: 397–402. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2003.tb02122.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract: This article describes how celebrating National Foreign Language Week has increased cultural awareness and appreciation among students enrolled in foreign language courses at one of the largest historically Black universities in the nation. Before the Department of Foreign Languages began observing this week, students showed very little interest in anything more than completing their foreign language requirements for graduation. Now, after four years of increased activity and student participation during National Foreign Language Week, more students are expressing an interest in pursuing minors in foreign languages and are seeking to learn about the traditions and ways of life of the people who speak other languages.