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Conversational Activities

Every week, each language section organizes and participates in a Conversation Hour Activity that helps to improve linguistic and cultural fluency. Students work with their Native Speakers to think of ideas that are of interest to them, and to implement them.

Examples of past programs include:

  • Stories with snacks: Arabic Tea Hour, African Stories with cookies, Japanese over dessert, Comic Books Night with refreshments, and chocolate for Chocolat
  • Theatre, art and music: Plays, concerts, art exhibits, ethnic crafts, music, and dance
  • Film & TV: International film and TV program viewing – ARC/Arabic, TV5/French, CCTV4/ Chinese, and Spanish channels 
  • Language board games: Taboo, Scrabble, Jeopardy, Settlers of Catan
  • Outdoor activities: Soccer, volleyball, badminton, horseshoe pitching, and scavenger hunt 
  • Ethnic cooking: Arabic brunch, French crêpe, German streusel cake, Japanese curry, chicken katsu, California rolls, Chinese tangyuan and dumplings, Quesadilla, Argentinean barbecue
  • Local outings: Cornell Plantations, Farmer's Market, Cascadilla Gorge, and the Commons 
  • Starlit chats: Moonsightings and observatory trips
  • Festivals & celebrations: Cherry Blossom Festival, Oktoberfest, Cinco de Mayo, Mid-Autumn Festival, Lantern Festival, and other cultural events organized by Student Associations on campus