Language Tables


                                     [Figure 1: Language Tables: Dormitory 2 Cafeteria]

  Appenzeller House adopted a new aim along with the transition of its name- to achieve ‘internationality’ within the house. Appenzeller House consists of a diverse population of international and Korean students who have lived and studied all over the world and who have a wide range of linguistic and cultural expertise. Therefore, the definition of ‘internationality’ does not only include interaction and communication solely through the use of English.

                                            [Figure 2: Language Tables: Arabic Table]

  “Communication through a shared third (or fourth!) language” has been a new goal for Appenzeller students as a way to broaden our understanding of ‘internationality’.

  ‘Language Tables’ is a house program designed to fulfill this purpose where students can converse not merely in English or Korean, but also in a plethora of other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, German, Arabic and French. “ 'Language Tables’ helps to prove that being ‘international’ is not simply speaking English, but other languages as well,” said Vi (Class of 18, HASS major). “And you get to know new people here!”

                                       [Figure 3: Language Tables-Japanese Table]

  ‘Moderators’ for each language were selected from a list of volunteers. The moderators’ primary role is to ensure that the flow of conversation at a particular language table would be intriguing and unceasing. They were the model speakers in the respective tables which would allow participating students to practice and polish their language skills, and of course, they ensured that everyone in the group had fun! 

  Students were grouped according to their choice of language, regardless of their proficiency levels. Each language group then proceeded their conversations over their meals, strictly speaking in their choice of language, guided by the moderator.

  “People who don’t know Arabic come and learn Arabic. So they get to learn a new language!” said MJ (Class of 18, ISED major), who was an Arabic moderator. “And when you learn a language, you learn their culture as well.”  

                                          [Figure 4: Language Tables-German Table]

  As ‘Language Tables’ brought together a myriad group of people, who comfortably interacted with one another, the program successfully broke down the language and cultural barriers that typically elicited fear of approaching those from different countries.

  ‘Language Tables’ thus has been a stepping stone for Appenzeller House towards achieving ‘internationality’ within the Appenzeller community.

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