Second Annual World Languages Day
On September 19, 2016, CULTR hosted the 2nd World Languages Day 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 were presented to highlight 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.
Working from the massive success of the first World Languages Day, CULTR further expanded its scope to include 964 students from across the Southeast region, 9 Georgia State University departments, and 15 globally-focused organizations.
Also to be noted, materials and agendas are available for reproduction and for use by organizations in other urban areas that want to replicate the model.
As we look forward to the next World Languages Day, please visit the World Languages Day home page to see how your school or organization can register today!
Wanting to make a larger impact, the above companies and organizations reached out to generously sponsor World Languages Day. In addition to participating as exhibitors at World Languages Day, these sponsors send a powerful message to teachers and students regarding the importance of language learning in an increasingly internationalized future, and underscore their organization’s commitment to supporting opportunities in the global marketplace for everyone.
Sponsorships allow CULTR to further extend the scope of this event’s outreach and impact. Their substantial support backs the mission of World Languages Day in ways that include programming and materials to attendees, resources for participating teachers, and offsetting the expenses incurred by participating schools.
For their above and beyond actions, CULTR warmly thanks these companies and organizations for their generous sponsorship of World Languages Day. To learn how you or your company can positively affect the education and futures of hundreds of students, please view the World Languages Day Exhibitor/Sponsorship page.
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:
Center for Pan Asian Community Services
Drug Enforcement Agency
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Georgia Council for International Visitors
Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Go Eat Give
Goodwill of North Georgia
Mayor's Office of International Affairs
U.S. Commercial Service
YMCA of Metro Atlanta
Center for International Business Education and Research
Department of World Languages and Cultures
Department of Applied Linguistics/ ESL
GSU Office of International Initiatives
Global Studies Institute
J. Mack Robinson Institute of International Business
The Multicultural Center
Sigma Lambda Upsilon/ Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.
University Career Services
As a lively and unique event directed towards students, the impact of World Languages Day is highlighted through the excited young faces, deep conversations, and newfound ambitions for language education and successful careers.
After the first World Languages Day in April 2016, District Coordinators, educators, and schools took notice to the positive changes in the classroom and quickly increased our second World Languages Day student attendance for this event in the following September. This increased interest on top of opening our third session to college students led to sharp increases in our total student attendance.
As exemplified in the chart above, student attendance increased sharply from 500 students in the first World Languages Day to 964 students in CULTR's second World Languages Day. With a larger venue, this large number of student participants were more comfortable with the space to explore the various booths and talk with organization representatives on a more personal level. Looking forward to the next event in September 2017, CULTR has collected feedback from this World Languages Day’s attendees to continue improving this event’s exciting opportunities for students.
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!