Special Announcement: Fall 2020

Because the pandemic continues, Language in Motion presenters will present synchronously via the school's preferred online platform and asynchronously by creating materials to share with teachers and students--with the option of answering their questions via email.

We welcome you to contact us through email (lim@juniata.edu) about scheduling for Fall 2020. Please be aware that our semester will end before Thanksgiving with finals after that.

We hope you all stay safe and healthy.

About Language in Motion

Language in Motion is an innovative, cooperative, community-engaged-learning program through which study-abroad returnees, international students, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students aid local K-12 teachers by creating and presenting language and cultural activities in the classroom.

Program Goals:

  • Establish and maintain vigorous K-12 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.

Three Basic Components of Language in Motion:

Sharing the World with K-12 Students

International students, upper-level language students, heritage speakers, 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, Urdu, and many more.

Providing Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Professional development opportunities, which have been made possible by generous donations from Lititz Mutual Insurance, Northwest Savings Bank, and PNC Bank, help teachers update knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm. Language in Motion was previously supported by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Developing Networks Across the Country

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

I'm a College Student:

How Can I Participate?

Juniata students with international experience and/or advanced second language skills are eligible to participate. Students can either take Language in Motion for credit or 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 school) during the semester. The Language in Motion courses WL 201, WL 202, WL 203, and WL 204 are all one credit and are offered both Fall and Spring semesters. The course may be repeated  by signing up for the next higher course number during the same semester or in a later semester. Students can earn Humanities (H) or International (I) credit from these classes. For further details, please see the course syllabus.

Volunteers are invited and encouraged to attend all workshops and may decide how many presentations to do each semester. Volunteers  may do only one or more presentations. For further details, please see our volunteer info sheet.

I'm a Teacher:

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 about their presentation ideas, both content and method. The Juniata students then prepare class-length presentations on the chosen topics, incorporating as much of the target language as the teacher wants. 

Additional Information:

For Juniata students: Language in Motion Brochure for Juniata Students

For K-12 teachers and school administrators: Language in Motion Brochure for Teachers