Language Week is a Field tradition, with each year bringing a new theme and introducing students to new perspectives. Over the past four days, language teachers and students have tackled different topics under this year's theme of #storytelling. 
Language department chair Ermira Elmazaj says that different scenarios were used in French, Spanish, and Latin classes throughout the week to illustrate the role of stories and storytelling. 
Some of the stories discussed in classes this week include:
  • The perspectives of migrant children from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, West Africa, East Africa, and Central America
  • Visual depictions of Roman founding myths, which tell how Romans saw themselves and how later artists saw them
  • The story of African dance pioneer Germaine Acogny, who fuses West African and modern dance and shares her techniques with young artists from Africa and around the world at École des Sables in Senegal
  • The legend of the chupacabra, a mysterious red-eyed beast that preys on unsuspecting livestock
Language Week is an exciting time each year for students and teachers from every language class to come together around a common thread. Ermira says the stories helped students really connect with thelanguage. "The scenarios played an essential role," she says, "in helping students better understand the world and our place in it, encourage them to share their own stories, provide their own explanations, and creatively present them."