About Language in Motion

Language in Motion is an innovative, cooperative, outreach program using study-abroad returnees, international students, and upper-level language students to aid local K-12 teachers by creating and presenting language and cultural activities in their classrooms.

Program Goals:

  • Establish and maintain vigorous K-16 partnerships.

  • Enrich teachers’ and students’ knowledge of language and culture.

  • Provide all participants with opportunities for additional language practice and for looking at culture from different perspectives.

  • Increase interest in studying languages and cultures, both at home and abroad.

  • Provide young people as role models of a college education and study abroad.

  • Increase visibility for the college.

There are three basic components:

Sharing the world with K-12 students

International students, upper-level language students, and study-abroad returnees regularly present in high school, middle school, and elementary classrooms to enrich language and cultural learning and to share their understanding of the country and culture. The teacher and presenter agree early in the semester on the level and amount of language to be used. In language classes and classes ranging from Social Studies and English to Biology, Art, Music, and Physical Education, students have presented programs on such languages as Arabic, Cantonese & Mandarin Chinese, Dari, Australian & British English, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

Providing professional development opportunities for teachers

Professional development opportunities made possible by generous donations from Lititz Mutual Insurance, Northwest Savings Bank, and PNC Bank help teachers update skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm. Previously supported by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Developing networks across the country

Current partners include: 

Language in Motion actively seeks other institutions of higher education to establish their own local Language in Motion and serve as regional hubs. Contact the Director.

What do we do?

  • Share the world with K-12 students:

                Schedule presenters this semester! 

  • Provide professional development opportunities for teachers:  

                Scholarships to attend state, regional, and national conferences.

  • Develop networks across the country. Learn more about consortium membership.

                 Contact lim@juniata.edu

Proud co-sponsor of Juniata College's Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad: North Africa: Memory, Conflict, Reconciliation, Renaissance in Morocco for four weeks in July 2014 and Germany in Europe Campus Week, October 17 - October 23, 2013.

Supported by a generous donation from Lititz Mutual Insurance Company.

Previously supported by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, which is showcasing Language in Motion as a successful, replicable program, and by generous donations from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Northwest Savings Bank and PNC Bank.

Contact Us

Language in Motion
Juniata College
1700 Moore Street Huntingdon, PA 16652
lim@juniata.edu or roneyd@juniata.edu
Phone: (814) 641-3493
Fax: (814) 641-3155

How Can I Participate?

Juniata students with international experience and/or advanced second language skills are eligible to participate. You can either take Language in Motion for credit or do it as a volunteer.

Credit students are required to attend all training workshops held late afternoons during the first four weeks of the semester and complete a minimum number of seven presentations (a full day in a school) during the semester. Register for the course as you would for any other Juniata course. The courses WL 201, WL 202, WL 203, and WL 204 are all one credit and are offered both Fall and Spring semesters. You may repeat the class by signing up for the next higher number during the same semester or in a later semester. You can earn Humanities (H) or International (I) credit from these classes. For further details, please see course syllabus.

Volunteers are invited and encouraged to attend all workshops and may decide how many presentations to do in a semester. As a volunteer, you may do only one or as many more as you want. Tailor the experience to your schedule. For further details, please see our volunteer info sheet.

What Do I Need to Know About the Program?

Language in Motion offers teachers several opportunities for enriching their students’ learning experiences and for professional development.

Classroom Enrichment Presentations: Juniata offers a semi-annually changing group of college student presenters who are diverse, interesting, and passionate. They have strong second-language knowledge and international experience, either having returned from study abroad or having come to Juniata on a study-abroad trip from their home country. They represent cultures from all over the world, often including China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and Russia.

Teachers choose the presenters they would like to have in their classes and work with the director to coordinate their appearance and scheduling. Most of the time, these requests are fulfilled. Each semester at a Teacher-Presenter workshop, participating teachers have a chance to see short sample presentations, meet the Juniata students participating at that time, and talk with them both about their expectations of presentation content and method and about their students. The Juniata students then prepare class-length presentations on the chosen topics, incorporating as much of the target language as the teacher wants.

Teacher FAQ

Q: Where are presenters from?
A: Presenters usually represent most continents in the world.

Q: May I invite presenters if I do not teach their language?
A: Of course. Presenters adapt their material for the age and knowledge level of your students.

Q: Can I meet with the presenters before their presentations?
A: In a workshop held at the college each semester, the teachers meet the presenters and exchange information.

Q: Do presentations enhance curricular goals?
A: Yes. Once selected, presenters work with the teachers on presentation content to ensure appropriate coordination with the curriculum.

Q: Why should my students and I participate when I already struggle to complete the required curriculum?
A: Presentations can include any curricular material you choose and will add a new, youthful, personalized perspective to it. New faces and voices help students learn.

More Information

Teaching Resources

Language in Motion Brochure

Current Semester's Presenters

Teacher-Presenter Workshop

Meet the semesters' presenters!

FALL: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sill Board Room, Von Liebig 2075
SPRING: Thursday, January 28 (snow date: Tuesday, February 2), 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sill Board Room, Von Liebig 2075

More information

Language and Culture Teaching Institute