World Languages Day Overview
Hosted by the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR), a U.S. Department of Education Title VI NFLRC, World Languages Day is an information fair highlighting the central role that global skills, particularly language proficiency, play in the growing opportunities for globally minded careers and services. Showcasing businesses and professions that value language expertise, this lively event connects high school and college students with leaders in international commerce, social services, and governmental agencies in order to raise student awareness of the benefits of language study and global competency and to help students create a “map” from language success to a future professional career.Your participation matters to students and to the future. While employers seek to strengthen existing relationships and move into emerging markets, the U.S. workforce continues to experience the “global skills gap” with its worldwide competitors. This disparity stems from the United States lacking skillsets such as language proficiency or cultural competency emphasized across competing workforces in other countries. By encouraging students to pursue these high demand skills, participating organizations can help lower the unemployment rate, reduce unfilled jobs, and provide future employees with the training they need.
World Languages Day offers an opportunity to directly interact and grow with the community. Assembling hundreds of students, teachers, and businesses from across the region, participating organizations can highlight their commitment to developing key relationships, supporting diversity, nurturing youth, and embracing different cultures. More than ever, it is vital for students to hear the voices of business, non-profit organizations, and government agencies who value potential employees with language skills, study abroad experience, and empathy for cultural competence. By participating at World Languages Day, your school or organization has the opportunity to join CULTR in the effort to close the global skills gap by impacting the education of hundreds of students. Come share with students information about how globalization and language proficiency interact to further business goals, reach international markets and make a difference in an increasingly interconnected world.
The next World Languages Day event will be taking place on September 29, 2017 at Georgia State University. As we are approaching this date, please register your school or organization to participate today. For additional information, please view the portals at the bottom of the page or contact CULTR at email@example.com.
Through each World Languages Day, CULTR connects hundreds of high school students to potential future employers. These organizations, represented by leaders across an array of sectors, underline the doors that open in their respective industries to global skills such as language proficiency.
Creating an opportunity for interested students and globally minded organizations to build a relationship, this event allows students to look ahead to what they need to succeed while enabling organizations to facilitate the growth of their future workforce. By catering to both the needs of ambitious students and the recruitment of talent for professionals in the industry, World Languages Day represents a chance to close the gap between students and their future industry. As evidenced in our prior event, this aspect has proven to be an extremely beneficial process for both parties involved, resulting in satisfied employers and experienced students.
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. By starting early, employers can lay the foundation for which aspiring students may build the skills that industry most covets. As highlighted in our first World Languages Day event, organizations looking ahead to the increasingly interconnected world have highlighted a global skillset and the associated abilities such as:
• Ability to work collaboratively
• Analytic thinking
• Communication skills
• Creative problem-solving
• Global mindset
• Leadership skills
World Languages Day enables students to explore informational tools, motivational activities, and discovery stations that highlight the benefits of language learning.
In the first World Languages Day, for example, Mohamed Abdel-Kader, former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) of the Department of Education, presented to high school students on the importance of foreign languages in today’s global marketplace. Mohamed, along with other leaders and event speakers, cover the perspectives of education, government, and business while expounding on the far-reaching impacts of language proficiency. These personal and direct connections- whether it be through an employer representative or speakers the students can approach afterwards- represents an instrumental tool for students planning for their futures.