Michigan State University hosted its Seventh Annual World Languages Day (WLD) in 2011. Spearheaded by CLEAR and co-sponsored by over twenty campus units, WLD grew in popularity each year it was held. Though it had a three-year hiatus due to funding cuts in MSU's Title VI Centers, we are delighted to announce that it will return next spring! Save the date: Saturday, March 28, 2015.
This event brings hundreds of participants, presenters, and volunteers to campus for a day-long conference on world cultures and languages, globalization, the importance of learning foreign languages, and the positive impact knowledge of other languages can have on future career paths. High school students, parents, and teachers from across the state come to learn more about MSU and the myriad international opportunities it offers. Participants choose from 90 sessions taught by MSU faculty, graduate students, and community members on topics as diverse as:
- Balalaikas, babushkas, and…turnips? Russian folk traditions
- What’s your destination? Foreign languages and your career path
- Where Mulan sword meets fighting fan: Chinese martial arts
- Luxembourg: A multilingual country in the heart of Europe
- Kanga: The Swahili cloth with a message
- Extinction is not just for dinosaurs: What happens when languages go the way of the triceratops
- How not to offend a Swede
- Odissi: The fluidity of Indian classical dance
- The role of language analysts in the FBI today
Please note that our main database and registration website are not yet functional. For the time being, if you are interested in being added to our mailing list, please sign up in this very basic database. We will send updates when our full registration system becomes available and schools are able to register for the event. For other information or questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a Look!
Watch this video to get a sense of what World Languages Day can offer you and your students!