Studying Language Helps Learning | ULM Forum 3-4-11
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Research has proven how music education can improve test scores. Another group of studies is now showing the benefits of foreign language education, but on more than just standardized testing.
Dr. Fandal discussed the evolution of languages with the French Honor Society, and the French and Spanish clubs at West Monroe High School.
ULM students were also represented through Phi Tau Gamma, the Foreign Language Club; Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society; and Pi Delta Phi, the French Honor Society.
The students met in the high school library for Fandal's presentation, which covered the changes that took place as Latin spread through Europe resulting in new languages like French and Portuguese.
The presentation was followed by a buffet of foods from several cultures and a language competition. Under the supervision of ULM students, West Monroe students used their background in French and Spanish to determine the meanings of Italian and Portuguese words that were unfamiliar to them. All the students who participated received prizes from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.