SLC students enjoy Arts, Literature and Communication Day

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Students of the Arts, Literature and Communications program at Champlain–St. Lawrence enjoyed the first ALC day with activities in French, English, Spanish and German, especially the Tostada Fiesta with a traditional Mexican taco dinner.

Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) students in the Arts, Literature and Communication (ALC) program had the day off from their regular classes to attend special lectures and activities in English, French, German and Spanish on October 26. It was the first ALC Day!
The day started with a salsa class. Students learned about this form of Latin American dance and music, which incorporates elements of jazz and rock. This popular form of social dance originated in the Caribbean. At first, only a few students took part but later, more joined the fun.
Continuing under the theme of literature, students enjoyed a “second breakfast” with English teachers. Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings eat seven meals a day: breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. It is a wonder they got anything done between preparing meals, eating, washing dishes and sleeping.
After the delicious second breakfast, eight SLC alumni discussed the realities of applying their ALC degree in their professional careers. Some became teachers, lawyers, businesspeople, landscape architects or politicians and use their communication skills, literary knowledge and artistic talents in their daily professional lives.
Between two presentations, students enjoyed playing various word games, such as Scrabble, in French. Then, it was back into the auditorium for SLC-ALC alumnus and English teacher Nicolas Lehoux’s TED Talk on communication. According to his research, most people generally remember only seven per cent of spoken words. He reminded students of the importance of nonverbal communication (tone, posture, dress, enunciation, speed, presentation, stage presence, etc.), since it accounts for 93 per cent of their lecture.
The day ended with a Tostada Fiesta with a traditional Mexican taco dinner and a show with local stars in the school’s new auditorium. Alumna Laura Lefebvre gave an incredible performance and students read poetry. Even SLC’s What The Heck band went on stage. For those who missed their concert, there will be another in November.
Students thanked their ALC teachers and mainly Suzanne Lemay, who proposed the idea at the year-end staff and faculty meeting. It was a huge success and hopefully there will be a second edition.