2015 Far East Lingua Fest: an adventure in any language

For Immediate Release — April 19, 2015 | Pacific
: Public Affairs Specialist | 644-5786

April 19, 2015 — OKINAWA, Japan - More than 100 DoDEA Pacific high school students and instructors from Guam, Japan, Okinawa, and South Korea came together March 23-28 on Kadena Air Base for the 2015 Far East LinguaFest, a language immersion and cultural event.

2015 LinguaFest Group
Okinawa, Japan - DoDEA Pacific students and instructors engage
in a language-learning activity during the 2015 Far East LinguaFest at
Kadena Air Base. Students rotated from one target language table to
the next to experience a
different world language.

The mission of Far East LinguaFest is to foster higher levels of learning through language immersion in a culturally-enriched environment. The week was filled with linguistically rich activities including music, dance, cooking, hands-on projects, history, and college and career readiness study trips to the prestigious Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

"The vision for LinguaFest is a community of lifelong learners committed to the main theme 'living and breathing target languages and cultures,'" said Loretta Eng, DoDEA Pacific's world language instructional systems specialist. "The ten instructional language-immersion sessions and three study trips were relevant to what our students are learning in the classroom. This helped us develop and maintain the sub-theme for this year's event: '21st Century World Travelers.'"

Cooking
Okinawa, Japan - Students attempt to create a dish representative of a specific
country during the 2015 Far East LinguaFest. This was one of several immersion
language learning activities which also included music, dancing and
other hands-on projects March 23-28.

Each student and instructor went through a very competitive selection process to attend Far East LinguaFest. Instructors wrote essays to indicate how they maintain communication in their target language, envision the theme of living and breathing world language through the various topics, and provide an interactive-immersed environment that allows their students to move beyond the typical classroom setting. Each student was required to provide two teacher recommendations and write an essay explaining why they should be selected to attend.

About DoDEA Pacific:

The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America's heroes.

Today, DoDEA Pacific's 49 schools serve more than 23,000 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,100 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa, and South Korea.