World Languages Day

World Languages Day is an educational outreach program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Institute. At World Languages Day, high school students from throughout the state of Wisconsin gather on the UW-Madison campus for an inspiring college-for-a-day experience. Through workshops focusing on storytelling, cinema, skits, cuisine, dance, music, clothing and, of course, language!, students get a taste of language and cultural opportunities they might like to explore further. World Languages Day took place in 2013 on Thursday, November 14. Read more>



No World Languages Day in 2014

As the Language Institute takes the opportunity to regroup and take stock of its programs, plans for World Languages Day have been put on hold for a year. Stay tuned for more announcements!


World Languages Day 2013: November 14

Over 600 high school students and teachers from twenty-four Wisconsin high schools joined the UW-Madison community for a day focused on rich and varied language and cultural traditions from around the world. Learn more!>

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Read "International Students Play Vital Role at World Languages Day>"

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World Languages Day wins Wisconsin Humanities Council Mini-Grant Award!

We are delighted to announce that World Languages Day has received the support of the Wisconsin Humanities Council for the November 14 program. With this award, the Language Institute is able to offer a vibrant, exciting and educational experience at no cost to participating schools. We are honored to receive this award celebrating the humanities in Wisconsin!


World Languages Day brings rich experiences to students from around the state

World Languages Day brings together 600+ high school students and teachers from around the state for presentations and performances on a wealth of languages and cultural traditions. From Akan-Twi and Ancient Greek, to Polish, Quechua, Tibetan and Zulu, participants experience rich and varied customs through lessons focused on cuisine, dance, drama, film and, of course, language! View the video to see more>


World Languages Day 2012: November 7

Wisconsin high school students and teachers experienced World Languages Day on November 7, 2012. The day was a success, with over 600 high school guests attending 53 sessions on topics spanning the globe offered by UW-Madison faculty, staff and students. See photos>

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World Languages Day 2013 was funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.




World Languages Day is a program of the UW-Madison Language Institute
Robert Howell, Director


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