First Annual World Languages Day
On April 15, 2016, CULTR’s First Annual World Languages Day kicked off its slate of events aimed to provide students the opportunity to explore the linguistic and international diversity present in our urban communities. Resources for language study, including informational and motivational activities, and discovery stations highlighted opportunities and professions with language expertise. Additionally, students had the opportunity to meet with leaders in international commerce, social services, and governmental agencies, with international and global connections. In attendance to the first annual World Languages Day included participants from the six county metropolitan area totaling roughly 96 high schools and 500 students. CULTR is proud to say this already large number will continue to grow in the following years to further include schools throughout the Southeast. Also to be noted, materials and agendas will be available for reproduction and for use by organizations in other urban areas that want to replicate the model. Since we are approaching the next World Languages Day, visit the World Languages Day home page to see how your school or organization can register today!
During CULTR’s first World Languages Day, several guest speakers provided the opening remarks and explained the purpose of the event to participants. These speakers included the following:
William Nichols, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) and Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Georgia State University.
Carol Winkler, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Humanities and Professor of Communication Studies at Georgia State University.
Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Office at the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE).
Hannah Crystel Leonidas, executive support analyst at Porsche Financial Services and a Georgia State University graduate with two degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in German Studies.
This presentation provides the content behind Mohamed's discussion concerning the competitive edge of learning a new language. This content is available for download as a classroom resource.
While higher education aims to produce graduates with the abilities companies need most, World Languages Day provides a head start and direct dialogue between young students and potential employers. In this World Languages Day, students had the opportunity to meet and build relationships with the following organizations:
American Red Cross
Atlanta Convention and Visitor Bureau
Atlanta Mayor's Office of International Affairs
Atlanta’s Office for International Visitors
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Center for Pan-Asian Community Services
Drug Enforcement Agency
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Georgia Council for International Visitors
Go Eat Give
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
International Rescue Committee
St Regis Hotels
YMCA of Metro Atlanta
Center for International Business Education and Research
Department of World Languages and Cultures
Department of Applied Linguistics/ ESL
GSU Admissions Office
GSU College of Law
GSU Office of International Initiatives
Global Studies Institute
J. Mack Robinson Institute of International Business
University Career Services
CULTR invites your organization to participate in World Languages Day by sharing the story about how globalization and language proficiency interact in your organization to further business goals, reach international markets and make a difference in an increasingly interconnected world. This invitation is extended only to select organizations with a reputation for global initiatives. By sending representatives to World Languages Day or sponsoring activities, your organization has the opportunity to impact the education of hundreds of students.
CULTR is striving to build an appreciation for global skills, language study, and cultural competency in the k-16 continuum. World Languages Day seeks to inform high school students about the importance of continuing their study of language and culture in college to better prepare them for a global economy.
We can’t do this alone. It is vital for students to hear the voices of organizations who value potential employees with language skills and cultural competence. Through an event such as World Languages Day, employers have an opportunity to guide students’ focus before they enter college and emphasize the skills they will need for success in a global economy.
Please visit the World Languages Day home page to see how your school or organization can register today!