Language Fair

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February 26, 2019

WHO: High School Students

WHAT: An International Language fair dedicated to showcasing various cultures, foods, dances, and traditions. This fair is an excellent way to engage high school students in expanding their global appreciation and knowledge!

WHERE: ASU Tempe Campus at the Memorial Union:  301 E. Orange Mall Tempe, AZ 85281

WHEN: February 26, 2019

COST: There is no charge to attend, but students and encouraged to bring a bagged lunch or ~$10 for lunch at the Memorial Union.

 The 2019 Language Fair theme is International Sports and Leisure


Download Flyer

Enrico Minardi & Umar Sulayman
Language Fair Coordinators


Future Fair Dates:
Friday, February 21, 2020 (***this year's fair is on a Friday)
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Fair Registration for 2019 is closed!

Registration is required to attend the 2019 High School Language Fair since we have to abide by fire codes. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. We know it may be a little early to ask how many cars/buses you will be bringing. If you don't have the exact figure, please give an estimate and then send us an update when you have the final figures. Competition registration is not open yet. It will open in a few weeks. We will let everyone registered to attend the fair know when competition registration open.

Fair registration will be limited to the first 2300 registrants.  

There is a mandatory permission slip.  Any student who does not have one of these permission slips will not be permitted to attend the fair.

School Registration Form

Registration is now open. The current student count is 2100 as of 10pm on Wednesday, December 12th.  If you are interested in receiving an e-mail once registration is open, please send an e-mail to and we will add you to the mailing list.
Enrico Minardi & Umar Sulayman
Language Fair Coordinators


List of 2019 Registered Schools
This page is manually updated, please allow up to 48 hours for your registration to be updated.


Student Activities 

Step Two: After you have registered your class/students for the fair, you may register them for competitions.  Between competitions and for those not competing there are various student activities.  See below our options for 2019!

Tab #3 above (3. Activity Schedules) has the links to the Competition Schedules.  Please allow 48 hours for those pages to be manually updated.


Competition Descriptions

 Chinese French German Japanese 
Spanish  Turkish Poster Contest



Student Created Entertainment

Student Created Entertainment Registration

Unfortunately there are only so many allotted time slots. Therefore the entertainment will be scheduled on a first come-first served basis. All performances will be put on in the Ventana Ballroom.

*** This year we will try to have dynamic time slots.  Please let us know of any schedule conflicts that you would like us to work around (i.e.: students arriving after 10am; students competing in a competition during a certain time bracket. etc.) and let us know how long the performance is expected to be.  The time slots tailored to your students' activity will, we hope, allow us to have more student performances.

Drama/theatre: Each school has the opportunity to perform a short play/puppet show in the target language.

Fashion show: Each school has the opportunity to perform a fashion show, by bringing traditional dress from the country (ies) they are representing/studying.

Instrumental performances: Each school has the opportunity to perform traditional instrumental music from the target cultures.

Singing: Each school has the opportunity to perform songs from the target country(ies).



As in previous years, the students will be able to have their name written in calligraphy in Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Greek, and many more languages.


Scavenger Hunt

Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12pm, the students will have the opportunity to participate in an inter-cultural scavenger hunt. There will be two rooms with language booths containing information about each language and culture. The students will pick up a scavenger hunt worksheet which will contain about 30 questions in all the languages represented by the booths. They will have to figure out in what language each question appears, what the question says, and go to the appropriate booth to find the answer. After 12 pm, all worksheets will be graded and all those with perfect responses will be thrown into a box. We will then draw names for prizes. Prizes will be given out at 1:15-1:30 p.m.



There will be three rooms available for mini lessons, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Examples of languages from last year are: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. We hope to have even a larger selection this year (e.g., this year we'll have Russian!). Mini-lessons will be 15 minutes with a five-minute passing time and will be on a first come, first served basis.


This year we hope to offer dance sessions from different cultures such as Chinese Lion Dance, flamenco, salsa, and capoeira. These sessions will also be on a first come, first served basis



Join us for the quintessential of all Japanese entertainments, Karaoke, featuring songs from an international song list in various languages. Teacher Karaoke (9:25 - 10:25 )  Teachers are encourage to join the fun at this karaoke session. The time limit for each performance will be 2.5 to 3 minutes.  Student Karaoke (10:25 - 12:00)  Any student can register on the spot and will be allowed to perform on stage. The time limit for each performance will be 2.5 to 3 minutes.

Instructor Events

Teacher Karaoke (9.25 - 10.25 ) 

Join us for the quintessential of all Japanese entertainments, Karaoke, featuring songs from an international song list in various languages. 

Teachers are encouraged to join the fun at this karaoke session. The time limit for each performance will be 2.5 to 3 minutes. 


Vendors - View the vendors who will be attending

The Registration room will have materials and/or representatives from various publishers who are sponsoring the fair to show you what is available for high school instructors.  Please come and see what they have available for you

Verify Your Registration

Please give us 24 hours to update our lists.  If you do not see your registration or your need to update your registration, contact

Registered Schools

Language Competitions

Chinese French German  Turkish

Spanish-9:25AM Spanish-10:30AM Spanish-11.35AM 

Poster Contests and Student Created Entertainment

Poster - Spanish with Presentation Poster - Spanish without Presentation
Poster - Non-Spanish with Presentation Poster - Non-Spanish without Presentation
Student Created Entertainment 

Please complete the following survey to help us better meet your needs.


Event Checklist:

  • Have you completed the online registration for your school (#1)?
  • Have you completed the online registration for the language competitions and student activities (#2)?
  • Have you printed out this permission slip for all of your students?
  • Have you located maps and know where you will be parking?
  • Have you printed a map for your driver(s)?
  • Have you reviewed the rules for the competitions?

SILC Language Fair 2019 Unloading, Parking and Loading Instructions


Download the parking document here.

School Buses and School Vans will drop off and pick up Language Fair participants in the Gammage Auditorium Parking Lot, behind (east of) Gammage. Students will unload and load in a pedestrian-safe area. There is NO WAITING, PARKING, DROPPING OFF or PICKING UP of students on Forest Ave. or Gammage Parkway.


  2. TURN NORTH onto FOREST AVENUE at light (across street from what used to be an IHOP Restaurant; it is now the Normal Diner)
  3. At STOP sign at Forest and Lemon (East side of Gammage) turn LEFT to enter Gammage Lot, where an attendant will direct you to proceed around Gammage Auditorium to the RIGHT or to the LEFT, and pull up curbside. Pull as far forward as possible to allow other buses to pull up behind.
  4. As soon as you have unloaded, EXIT the GAMMAGE LOT to the North and turn LEFT onto GAMMAGE PARKWAY. PROCEED to the STAGING/WAITING AREA on the EAST END of Tempe Marketplace, (NE of McClintock and Rio Salado Parkway) using the following recommended route:
  5. From GAMMAGE PARKWAY, turn RIGHT(North) on MILL AVENUE and proceed about 1mile (through downtown Tempe) to RIO SALADO PARKWAY. DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE.
  6. Turn RIGHT (East) on RIO SALADO PARKWAY, proceed about 2 miles, crossing RURAL RD. to McCLINTOCK DR. Continue ½ mile on RIO SALADO past the lights at PERRY LANE and SMITH ROAD.
  7. Turn LEFT (North) on the drive by the Shell station/Car Wash and park in the North East corner highlighted on the map. NOWHERE ELSE.
  8. FOOD COURT is at NORTHEAST end of mall.

If you are in a small van or car, you should park in Visitor Parking, in the APACHE BLVD. Structure, SOUTHEAST of the MU. You are responsible for the cost, which is $15 for 4 hours or more. Cars and vans which park in the Gammage lot will be subject to ticketing.
At the time you arrange with your students and teachers, return Gammage Auditorium where they were dropped off, using the following recommended route:

  1. Exit the Tempe Marketplace lot on the same drive used to enter, onto RIO SALADO PARKWAY WESTBOUND toward McCLINTOCK; continue 1 mile to RURAL ROAD.
  2. Turn LEFT (South) on RURAL ROAD.
  3. Proceed south about 1 mile to APACHE BOULEVARD and turn RIGHT (West).
  4. Proceed West on APACHE and turn RIGHT(North) onto FOREST at light (by IHOP).
  5. Enter Gammage Lot from STOP sign on FOREST, proceed around Gammage to the LEFT or the RIGHT, as directed, and pull up curbside around the Gammage Circle. As space opens up in front of you, pull as far forward as possible, to allow other buses to pull up behind. As the Gammage Circle fills up with waiting buses, you will need to proceed to the outer drives, (Northwest Drive, toward Mill Ave; Southwest Drive, by the curve; or Southeast Drive, toward Apache Blvd.) We will come note your location, and inform your students via Twitter feed @silc_langfair.
  6. As soon as you have loaded your students, EXIT the GAMMAGE Lot. If going NORTH or WEST, it is recommended you exit via Gammage Parkway to MILL AVENUE northbound. If going SOUTH or EAST, it is recommended you exit via FOREST to light at APACHE BLVD. NOWHERE ELSE.