Between 700 and 800 middle and high school students are expected to visit Southern Utah State May 9 for the annual Foreign Language Festival competition.

Festival Director Dick Carlson indicates that students will compete in French, German and Spanish contests in general skills, poetry, skits, games, vocabulary, dictation, oratory, culture and conversation. Prizes and awards include first, second and third places in several competition levels and SUSC scholarships to the top senior in each language.Approximately 40 schools are expected to participate, Carlson said. Students are coming to the festival primarily from southern and central Utah and from neighboring communities in Arizona and Nevada.

The festival is being sponsored for the 11th year by the SUSC Department of Languages and Literature. Faculty and students serve as contest judges and festival coordinators. Carlson oversees Spanish competition, while fellow SUSC faculty members Terry Blodgett and Robert Fronk direct German and French contests, respectively.