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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 19W

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

WAGE SEVEN

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1959 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE SKVE1~

Foreign

Language

Clubs

Supplement

Students

Classroom

Work

By DONNA MOTEL
The activities of a foreign lan-
guage club are valuable to any
student of a foreign language.
They offer the, opportunities to
practice the language and to learn
about the culture of the country.

"The special goal of the German
Club is to increase the under-
standing of German culture for
all undergraduate students of all
departments of the University,"
said Sol Gittleman, faculty adviser

to the club. Through its various
activities, the German Club hopes
to present a universal appeal so
that not only students of German
will participate in its events.
During the past year, the club

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presented several activities which
involved German history, art, and
music. Although the excellent sup-
port of most of these activities
came from German students, oth-
ers attended when they were in-
terested in a particular program.
Full-Length Movie
The full length feature of "The
Marriage of Figaro" attracted
many fine arts students as well as
German students. Students of the
political science department were
interested in the lecture by Prof.
Preston W. Slosson of the history
department on German politics.
Other unusual events were a
play put on by the officers of the
club entirely in German and a
discussion of German musical
comedy.
Although definite plans for next
year's activities have not yet been
formulated, the major efforts will
center around the 200th anniver-
sary of Frederick Schiller, the
famous German poet.
Suggests Exchange
Gittleman suggested that there
be an exchange of ideas among
all foreign language clubs. "Stu-
dents can thus receive the benefit
of international good will," he
said.
The Russian Club presents to
the students opportunities to learn
about the aspects of life in the'
Soviet Union and to speak the
language.
Every monthly meeting offered
a different program. Slides were
shown by people who had visited
Russia and lectures on the various
facets of life in that country werej
given. Former citizens of the
Soviet Union, who now reside inj
America, compared life here and
there.
Put on Plays
The students of the Russian de-
partment put on plays,, in which
they had a chance to practically
use the knowledge of the language
that they had gained in the class-
room. Frequently the students
engaged in singing Russian folk
songs;
At the most recent meeting,
Prof. Percival Price, University'
Carillonneur, played popular and

folk music on the carillon. An
especially unusual event was the
presentation of a group of Slavic
folk dancers, which the club
brought to the University from
Detroit.
Mostly Russian students sup-
port the programs, but others at-
tend when they have a special
interest in the type of program
that is offered at a specific meet-
ing.
Announced in English
All of the programs are an-
nounced in English, although most
of the meetings are held in both
Russian and in English. Plays are'
given entirely in Russian.
The various activities of the
club are arranged by the members.
"Students make their own plans
and I am their technical advisor,"
said Miss Temira Pachmuss.
The purpose of the French Club
is to try to provide for students
of French, activities outside of
their classes and to acquaint them
with French language, literature,
and civilization. It offers them a
chance to practice the language
in a less formal atmosphere than
that of the classroom.
Plays Large Part
Since a language must be some-
thing that is used and not just
learned, the French Club plays an
important part in the knowledge
a student gains about a foreign
language and culture, said Jean R.
Carduner, faculty adviser to the
club.
Once a week a coffee hour is
held at which informal conversa-
tions in French are spoken. Any-
one is welcome, although all of
the speaking is in French.
Regular evening meetings are
held every other week. At these
meetings, the program may con=.
sist of lectures, movies, discus-
sions, or plays. At one meeting a
lecture was given by a French
attach6 from New York City on
the French novelist Camus, who
received the Nobel Prize last year.
Actor Gave Recital
A French actor who was touring
universities in the United States
gave a poetry recital at another

meeting. French full-length fea-
ture movies have been subjects of
enjoyment to the members of the
club, as well as to other students
of the University. Prof. and Mrs.
Robert Courte gave a music re-
cital, including in their program
French music and introducing all
of the numbers in French. Courte
is a member of the University's
Stanley Quartet. The club spon-
sored a trip to Detroit to see a
play in French by Racine.
Usually the students present a
French play each year at the Ly-
dia Mendelssohn Theatre, but this
year it wasn't produced because
of a lack of funds.
One hour of every two evening
meetings is devoted to the stu-
dents. They present skits or recite
poetry. Annually a contest in the
reading of French poetry is held.
Students who have been to France
hold panel discussions in which
they explain their feelings, im-
pressions and experiences which
they had In France.
"It is good to have language

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ported by the college, since they
have a good educational value,"
said Carduner.
The Sociedad Hispanica, which
has been active on the Michigan
campus for 50 years, offers activi-
ties to students in the University
who are interested in the Spanish
language and the culture of Spain
and Latin America.
Its purposes are to promote
interest in the Spanish language,
to provide opportunities for gain-
ing linguistic fluency in that
tongue and to create a greater ap-
preciation and understanding of
Spanish and Latin American cul-
ture and life..
Holds Coffee Hours
The Sociedad Hispanica holds
frequent coffee hours, which are
attended by American students of
Spanish, Latin American students
and members of the faculty.
Every two weeks an evening
meeting is held at which time
slides, movies, lectures, group

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singing or record dances are held.
Each year a Spanish Day is
scheduled for visiting high school
students of Spanish and their
teachers. This year 1,100 students
representing 30 Michigan cities at-
tended. The highlights of the day
were a variety show, movies, a
coffee hour for the teachers, a
carillon recital of Hispanic music,
an exhibit of arts and crafts from
Spain and Latin America and a
tour of the language laboratory.
Staged Play
In other years a play has been
staged in Spanish at the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theater instead of
the variety show.
A poetry recitation contest held
each fall is one of the traditional
activities of the Sociedad.
The organization maintains a
summer exchange scholarship with
the Universidad Nacional Auto-
noma de Mexico.
Because of their help in learn-
ing foreign language, these clubs
have been popularly supported by
University students.

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For the nearly 1,500 students
from other countries attending the
University, the International Stu-
dents Association serves as the
general spokesman to the Univer-
sity community.
The purpose of the ISA is to
"promote better relations among
the students of different countries"
by organizing and coordinating the
efforts of the various nationality
clubs through one central body.
Of the 80 countries represented
in the foreign student population
at the University, 16 have their
own nationality clubs, each of
which has a representative on the
President's Council. Each country,
whether it has a nationality club
or not, is represented in the Gen-
eral Assembly by all the students
from that country.
During the year, ISA sponsors
such events as the Monte Carlo
Ball in the fall semester and the
International Ball during the
spring.
The organization also under-
takes the annual "Balloon De-
bate," in which students from sev-
eral countries speak for famed
characters to determine who shall
be thrown from the gas balloon
and who will be ultimately saved.
ISA also sponsors discussions on
current affairs, enabling the stu-
dents to obtain the views of per-
sons intimately connected with
the countries and issues in ques-
tion.
Last fall, the second Interna-
tional Week was held on campus,

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