World Language Showcase

Please join us at Missouri State University for the 4th Annual World Language Showcase on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Bring your students to meet MCL faculty members and college students in world languages. Help your students make that transition from high school to college. There will be contests, proficiency activities, guest speakers and LOTS of languages, all happening on the beautiful Missouri State campus in Springfield.

World Language Showcase at Missouri State University - March 28, 2018


Registration will open Nov. 5, 2018, and will close on March 8, 2019.

Please register early. There is limited seating, and spaces will be reserved on a "first come, first served" basis.


Contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at or call (417) 836-5122.

Description of Events


  • Cultural Displays "Living Exhibits"

    • The Living Exhibits must teach some aspect of the target language or culture. Each Exhibit must include a sign, conspicuously placed, on standard tri-fold poster board (36x48) giving the topic and team name. Exhibits will be restricted to an area approximately 10x10 feet.
    • No food, water, or live animals will be accepted. No electricity will be provided for this exhibit. Competitors will be automatically disqualified if they bring food, water, or live animals.
    • Venue: Plaster Student Union (PSU) Ballroom West, 9:15am - 12:15pm
  • Poster Contest

    • Entries should be prepared by teams of two students and they must use a standard tri-fold poster board with the following dimensions (36 x48) where they can display some computerized graphic design elements and some non-computer generated designs (hand-painted, hand-sketched or collage techniques). The theme of the poster contest is LEARN LANGUAGES, DISCOVER CULTURES and it must be reflected in the entries. Students can submit posters in SPANISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, LATIN, CHINESE, JAPANESE and TURKISH. Submissions will be judged according to originality, creativity, visual appearance and application of the theme.
    • Venue: Plaster Student Union (PSU) Ballroom East, 9:15am - 12:15pm

Previous WLS poster display

  • Models/Dioramas - 2019 Theme is "LEARN LANGUAGES, DISCOVER CULTURES"

    • Choose a monument/place that is significant to the language and culture that you are studying. Create a model or diorama of this place/monument. Entries must fall into one of the following five categories around this year's theme: Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, or South America
    • Attention: please make sure that your diorama/model is transportable!! Some ideas of materials are cardboard, plastic, popsicle sticks, Q-tips, wood, etc. Please make sure that your model does not have any sharp or pointed ends on it, since this could be dangerous. With your model, include the following information on a display for attendees. Each exhibit must include a sign, conspicuously placed, on standard tri-fold poster board (36x48) giving the topic and team name. Exhibits will be restricted to an area approximately 10x10 feet. Exhibits requiring electricity will not be accepted.
    • Please include the following information:
      • Name of Monument
      • Who built it?
      • When?
      • Why? (What does it commemorate, for example, or what was its purpose originally?)
      • Which country, region and city is it in?
      • Which means of transportation do you need to use to get to it?
      • What is the thing that you most like about it?
      • What is most significant about it now?
    • Venue: Plaster Student Union (PSU) Ballroom East, 9:15am - 12:15pm
  • Culture Testing

    • It is a multiple-choice written competition in which participants are tested based on their cultural knowledge of the desired language. Culture testing can be done in the following languages: SPANISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, CHINESE, JAPANESE and LATIN. The questions will reflect cultural knowledge in the following areas: geography, food, art, literature, places and sports. Participants will take the test individually and they can be divided in two categories:
      • CATEGORY I: Students who are taking level I, II and III of the target language in which they are attempting the culture test. Under this category, the test will have the questions and answers in English.
      • CATEGORY II: Students who are taking level IV of the target language in which they are attempting the culture test. Under this category, the test will have the questions and answers in the target language.
    • Venue: Siceluff Hall Classrooms
  • Spelling Bee

    • Students will be competing in teams of three in the following languages: FRENCH and SPANISH 
    • Both FRENCH and SPANISH will have two levels of competition


  • ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • The NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements are self-assessment checklists used by language learners to assess what they "can do" with language in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Ultimately, the goal for all language learners is to develop a functional use of another language for one's personal contexts and purposes. The Can-Do Statements serve two purposes to advance this goal: for programs, the statements provide learning targets for curriculum and unit design, serving as progress indicators; for language learners, the statements provide a way to chart their progress through incremental steps. The checklists are best used by learners and learning facilitators as part of an overall reflective learning process that includes:
      • setting goals
      • selecting strategies
      • self-assessing
      • providing evidence
      • reflecting before setting new goals
    • Venue: Siceluff Hall Classroom 119, 9:15-11:30am
  • AAPPL Proficiency Testing

    • The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is a performance-based assessment of standards-based language learning across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) as defined by the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. AAPPL Measure assesses Interpersonal Listening/Speaking (ILS), Interpretive Reading (IR), Interpretive Listening (IL), and Presentational Writing (PW) in an online format. AAPPL Measure assesses performance, the language that learners have learned and practiced within a classroom setting, providing evidence that points toward a learner’s proficiency level. AAPPL Measure assesses language proficiency within a familiar classroom context. The AAPPL Measure provides seamless, realistic role-play scenarios using high-quality audio and video that create real-world tasks for students. The participants will only be completing the Interpretive Listening (IL), Interpretive Reading (IR), Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (ILS).

      Students will choose:
      • Form A (Novice- and Intermediate-level tasks)
      • Form B (Intermediate- and Advanced-level tasks)
    • Venue: Siceluff Hall Computer Lab (328), 9:15-11:30am
  • Foreign Language University Placement Exam

    • This foreign language placement assessment is designed to ensure that university students who want to pursue language studies, are registered for the correct foreign language course. As part of the World Language Showcase day, you will be able to take this test to find out in which foreign language university course you will be placed. The exams are web-based, computerized and they take between 30 to 60 minutes to complete the multiple-choice question format. Your results will be issued immediately. You do not need to study for this exam — it is a placement test to determine your current language proficiency. The placement exam can be taken in SPANISH, FRENCH and GERMAN.
    • Venue: Meyer Testing Center, Meyer Library, 9:15-11:30am

Prizes for World Language Showcase 2017 at MSU

  • Guest Speakers, Performers and Prizes

    • Dr. Tuesda Roberts is the Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education in Missouri State University’s College of Education. Her work is centered on helping future teachers actively develop their social awareness and capacity to bring real-world issues into the classroom.  As a former high school Spanish teacher, she understands the value of learning new languages as well as the importance of using that knowledge to comprehend the beauty and complexity of our world.
      Dr. Tuesda Roberts
    • Traditional Latin-American folk dance by Grupo Latinoamericano dance troupe
      (Deyanira Robillard, Fernanda Leos, Guadalupe Rivera, Marylu Flores, Rachael Mercedes Bishko, Yolanda Lorge, Yoma Chacon, Rachael Mercedes Bush, Maria Guadalupe Hernandez) and music by Luisa Garcia Acosta.
      Grupo Latinoamericano dance troupe
  • Meet with MCL Faculty and Students / Small Demos

    • Students can experience in a real way how foreign languages classes are conducted in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages through mini lessons and activities. Students can choose among SPANISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, CHINESE/JAPANESE, LATIN and TURKISH.
    • Venue: Siceluff Hall Classrooms, 9:15am - NOON

 See the Schedule of Events for more details.