Special Announcement: COVID-19
Because Juniata has gone to remote learning for the rest of the semester, Language
in Motion presenters are now presenting synchronously via Zoom 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) about scheduling for April and May.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
For student: Language in Motion Brochure for Student
For teacher: Language in Motion Brochure for Teacher