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ASHEVILLE, N.C., – Nov. 14, 2014– King University’s Languages and Literatures Departments
traveled to Asheville, N.C., on Oct. 24 to experience European culture.
Annie Remillard, assistant professor of French, along with Beatriz Macione, associate
dean of King’s College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Languages and Literatures
Department, led the excursion.
Participating students included those with a major or minor in either Spanish or French.
“This trip was designed to allow students to immerse themselves into European culture
and communicate using the language skills they have learned in the classroom,” said
Macione. “It is important for students to know they can utilize their language skills
right in their own back yard as well as abroad.”
The immersion learning experience included lunch at an authentic Spanish restaurant
and dinner at an authentic French restaurant.
Students also experienced a taste of European culture and architecture during a trip
to the Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore Estate was commissioned by George Vanderbilt
in 1889. When completed six years later in 1895, Vanderbilt’s ‘American castle’ in
the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, N.C., was comprised of 250 rooms. The French
Renaissance chateau included 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. Biltmore,
which continues to be owned and managed by Vanderbilt’s descendants, remains one of
the most prominent examples of architecture from the Gilded Ages.
“The Biltmore’s gardens and architecture reminded me of castles you find in Europe,”
says King sophomore Katya Cerny, a French student who hails from Canada. “The trip
was a wonderful experience; I haven’t seen any place like Biltmore since coming to
the United States. Also, another aspect of the trip that benefitted us was the taste
of authentic French and Spanish food. It’s important for students to be active culturally.
I believe learning languages and using resources to practice those skills must be
practiced in different scenarios.”
Sophomore Moritz Poswiat, a Spanish student who hails from Germany, said of his experience
in Asheville, “The trip to Asheville helped me with my minor in Spanish. I was able
to spend the entire day with people that have the same desire as me, to study French
or Spanish. Also, the meals at the French and Spanish restaurants gave me a taste
of Hispanic and French cultures.”
For more information on King’s Languages and Literatures Department, contact Beatriz
Macione at 423.652.4896 or email@example.com.
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