What is Language in Motion?

Presentation in an area K-12 school

Language in Motion is an innovative outreach program that gives study-abroad returnees, international students, and upper-level language students the opportunity to create language and cultural activities for presentation in local K-12 schools.

Westminster students have presented their observations and experiences with foreign cultures and languages for area social studies and language teachers since 2007.

Collaboration with local teachers

With the guidance and support of Westminster’s Department of Modern Languages, the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Language in Motion program at Juniata College, we began our own program with great success in the spring of 2007. Thanks to the cooperation of area teachers, 52 Westminster students have made 200 presentations in the past four years, reaching an average of 500 students annually. Presentations have been offered in Korean, German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Latin and Italian.

As we work to generate and boost interest in languages and culture, we build strong collaborative relationships. Together, we strengthen the teaching and learning of second languages and world cultures in our community.

Language in Motion was originally developed at Juniata College. Many of the ideas expressed here are inspired by the work done there.

The Department of Modern Languages gratefully acknowledges the continuing support of this program by The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Heritage Chair in Humanities at Westminster College.

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