World Languages Day

At World Languages Day, high school students and teachers from throughout the state of Wisconsin gather on the UW-Madison campus for an inspiring conference-like experience. Through workshops focusing on storytelling, cinema, skits, cuisine, dance, music, clothing and, of course, language!, students get a taste of language and cultural opportunities they might like to explore further.

Teachers, please fill out this application form (the link is coming soon) if you are interested in bringing students to World Languages Day on March 2, 2022. Please contact Kristin Dalby with any questions.

Example Schedule

The World Languages Day schedule consists of an opening program, four breakout periods, lunch and a closing.

8:00 – 8:30: School Arrival and Check-In
8:45-9:05 Opening Program
9:20-10:00 Session 1
10:10: – 10:50 Session 2
11:00 – 11:30 Lunch
11:40 – 12:20 Session 3
12:30 – 1:10 Session 4
1:20 – 1:45 Closing Program

Breakout sessions include mini language lessons, interactive presentations on various aspects of culture, and dance workshops.

World Languages Day 2019 took place on March 6 and was attended by 24 schools across the state. It was made possible by funding from the International Division, Institute for Regional and International Studies, and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

World Languages Day 2019 was funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed int his project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.



“World Languages Day was a fantastic opportunity for my students. I’m so glad that we were able to attend. All of the sessions were great and my students came back very enthused for the study of world languages and cultures.”

–participating Wisconsin teacher

“My students loved it, and it was so eye-opening and motivating for them.”

–participating Wisconsin teacher

“I loved the variety of topics. Students enjoyed learning about languages and cultures they would never have thought of…I appreciated having a few teacher-focused sessions and I found them very informative and thought-provoking.”

–participating Wisconsin teacher