Annual APPLES Foreign Language Festival Brings Students to Campus

Posted on 4/6/2019 11:39:38 PM

IUP hosted the 30th annual Appalachian Professional Language Educators’ Society (APPLES) Foreign Language Festival on March 23, 2019. Yaw Asamoah, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, provided opening remarks.

Teachers from regional junior and senior high schools brought nearly 400 students to compete in 13 different events. Students are given the opportunity to express themselves in the four proficiency areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish, French, and German as well as through various mediums of art, music, dance, and drama. Students competed at up to six levels in some languages.

APPLES is truly a collaborative! Teachers from no less than 10 area school districts and professors from no less than four area universities met numerous times and for many hours, communicating tirelessly for many months to provide our young language learners with the opportunity to share their skills and a forum to meet others interested in language and culture.

If you have not been involved in recent years or have never heard of APPLES and would like to be involved, please contact either the festival coordinator, professor Jason Killam, at, or the APPLES president, professor Christina Huhn, at, for more information.

Department of Foreign Languages