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World Languages Day

What is World Languages Day?

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

High School Educators

Applications to attend World Languages Day 2022 are now closed.  We will be in touch with applicants by mid-November.  Please contact Kristin Dalby with any questions.

Frequently asked questions are below.

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What is the World Languages Day 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

Where will World Languages Day be held?

This event will be at Union South, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Is there a cost to attend?

There is no fee to attend. However, your school/district will need to provide transportation and there may be costs associated with substitutes for the teacher chaperone/s.

When will I know if my application to attend has been successful?

Applications to attend close on October 25. We will try to accommodate as many schools as possible. We will let applicants know of their status by mid-November. At that time, we will ask you to confirm your school’s participation in the event.

UW-Madison Presenters

The call for proposals is out! We’re looking for fun, interactive, and engaging 40-minute presentations for a high school audience for World Languages Day 2022.

Submit a proposal

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What type of presentations are you looking for?

Past World Language Day presentations have fallen into the following categories:

  • demonstration language lesson
  • presentations on a cultural topic
  • student or other panels (e.g. focused on study abroad or careers)
  • introductions to performing arts

Past World Language Day programs are available in this Box folder.

If you have an idea that doesn’t fit into one of these categories, contact Kristin Dalby to talk it through. It could be fantastic!

How do I make my presentation idea interactive?

It’s important to remember the following presentations guidelines:

Be sure you design with your audience (high school students, in this case) in mind!

It’s a 40-minute presentation, so keep your presentation goals realistic. What do you hope your audience will leave your presentation knowing/being able to do?  Make sure that’s clear.

Consider using an audience-centered approach. Be sure that high school students can relate to what you’re saying.  Need to talk to someone about this? Contact Kristin Dalby.

When will I find out about the schedule?

We’ll be reviewing proposals on a rolling basis so you should hear from us within a few weeks.  The confirmed schedule should be ready by the end of January.

Is there anything else I could do besides present?

Yes, there might be other ways to help out.  Please contact Kristin Dalby for more information.