The School of International Letters and Cultures Language Fair 2023 registration is now open!

Who: High school students

When: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Where: ASU Memorial Union

What: The Language Fair is 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! It also demonstrates to students that they can continue their high-school language studies in college or even explore a new language. 

Theme: Comics and animation

Registration for the Language Fair 2023 is on a first-come-first-served basis. We can only host a maximum of 2,000 students total. If you register after that mark is met, your school will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you if a spot opens eventually.

Register here

All students attending the language fair should hand in a signed physical copy of the student registration form on the day of the event. This form should be signed by a parent or guardian.

Student registration form

2022 competition descriptions and registration (and results!)

All of the language competitions for this year will be asynchronous.

Registered schools/teachers will receive a submission link via email on March 20th to upload submissions. The link will be open for submissions until 5 p.m., March 25.

Chinese  French  German 

Japanese  Spanish Poster contest

Thank you to all who entered!  And the winners for 2022 are:


  • Basis Oro Valley 


  • American Leadership Academy (ALA-Ironwood)
  • Sunrise Mountain High School  
  • Sunrise Mountain High School 
  • Sunrise Mountain High School 
  • Sunrise Mountain High School 


  • AZ Language Preparatory
  • Basis Phoenix 
  • Sunrise Middle School 
  • Basis Chandler 
  • Brophy College preparatory


Novice level:

  • 1st place: Aryn Jung
  • 2nd place: Kyla Gustafson

Intermediate level:

  • 1st place: Isabella J. Mango
  • 2nd place: Teja K. Trepte

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Language fair archive

January 28 and 29, 2021

The 2021 Language Fair theme is holidays and celebrations

Welcome to the 2021 SILC Language Fair!

Hello, all!  Our Language Fair is completely virtual this year.  You can join us from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

  1. All Zoom activity rooms will be available on Thursday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., unless otherwise noted in the descriptions below.
  2. Many of the rooms have multiple languages associated with them:
Upon entering the Zoom room — in the chat box — please type which language room you would like to join and you will be placed into the correct breakout room.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021

Links to activity rooms:  (Links will be available on Thursday morning at 9 a.m.)

Asian languages activities (Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian)

Chinese activities (Chinese Tempe, Chinese Flagship)

Classics, Middle Eastern and American Sign Language activities (Arabic, ASL, Greek, Hebrew, Latin)

European languages activities (German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish)

French activities

Spanish activities (Spanish Tempe, Spanish downtown, Spanish ASU online)

SILC and CLAS advising

ASU testing (CLEP): Sessions run every 30 minutes between 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Mini-lessons: Sessions run every 15 minutes between 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Mini-lessons schedule:

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

Competition descriptions






Poster contest

Competition schedules

Chinese competitions

  • Date: Friday, Jan. 29
  • Faculty contact: Dr. Xia Zhang 
  • Competition format: Classical Poem Recitation
  • For detailed instruction, assigned poems and signing up, Email

Spanish competitions

  • Asynchronous- send youtube link to Dr. Anne Walton-Ramirez
  • Created or known plays: Levels 5–6, heritage 5–6, levels 7–8, heritage 7–8
  • How many teams per school? 2
  • How long per video? 4–8 minutes
  • Deadline: Friday, Jan 29, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Results given by Feb. 15, 2021 for these asynchronous sessions.

French competitions

German competitions

  • Faculty contact: Ms. Sara Lee
  • Novice and intermediate known plays = asynchronously
  • The impromptu play = synchronously

Schools registered for SILC 2021 Language Fair

Activities: Descriptions and registration

Competition registration is now closed. Thank you to everyone who registered!

The "activity schedules" tab above has the links to the competition schedules. Please allow 48 hours for those pages to be manually updated.

Competition descriptions

Student-created entertainment

Registration is now closed. Thank you! 

Student-created entertainment registration

This year Dr. Minardi will be in charge of student-created entertainment and every performance will have a 15-minute time slot. Registration for entertainment will be available Monday, Jan. 11. Please email if you have any questions.

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 names written in calligraphy in Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Greek, and many more languages. 

Scavenger hunt

Between the hours of 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 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.–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 a.m.: Teachers are encouraged 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 a.m.–12 p.m.: 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 a.m.) 

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. 


The registration room will have materials and 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.

Contact information