What do we do?
- Share the world with K-12 students:
- Provide professional development opportunities for teachers:
- Develop networks across the country. Learn more about consortium membership.
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.
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.
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.
Current Semester's Presenters
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
Language and Culture Teaching Institute
- Anticipated in August 2016
- More information