Because the pandemic conditions may still be variable for both Juniata and the schools,
Language in Motion presenters will sometimes be able to come in person to work with
your students while others will present synchronously via the school's preferred online
platform. If your school is not admitting guests, we welcome you to request an online
Please contact us through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) about scheduling presenters. Note that our Fall Semester runs August 24 - December
08, 2023, and the Spring Semester will run from January 16 through May 1, 2024.
We hope you all stay safe and healthy.
Showcase and Dialogue: Teacher-Presenter Workshop
The Fall 2023 workshop at which teachers can meet and hear from the semester's presenters
and share information about their students and their reasons for hosting Language
in Motion presenters. The Spring Teacher Showcase will be Wednesday, January 31st at 3:45pm on Zoom. Contact us at email@example.com to join the session.
About Language in Motion
Juniata College’s Language in Motion is a replicable model of innovative, community-engaged-learning
that creates partnerships among primary and secondary school teachers and college
students, faculty, and staff in order to enrich kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12)
world language and culture programming while reinforcing international learning and
the value of community engagement for college students. In doing so, Language in Motion
demonstrates that a college education, world language competence, and study of other
cultures are attainable and valuable experiences.
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, study-abroad returners, heritage speakers, and upper-level
language students present in K-12 classrooms to enrich language and cultural learning
and to share their understanding of another country and culture.
In French, German, Russian, and Spanish language classes and classes ranging from
Social Studies and English to Art, Biology, Math, Music, and Physical Education, students
have presented programs on many different cultures and their languages, including
Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Jamaica, Japan,
Morocco, New Zealand, Russia, Rwanda, Vietnam and many more. For language classes,
the teacher and presenter agree early in the semester on the level and amount of language
to be used.
Providing Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers
Professional development opportunities of several types help teachers update knowledge
and skills and create local professional networks in their field. Teachers can also
share in the international resources of Juniata.
These opportunities have been made possible over the years by generous donations from
Lititz Mutual Insurance, Fiore Brothers Leasing Company, Fulton Bank, New Enterprise
Stone and Lime Company, Northwest Savings Bank, Philadelphia Insurance Companies,
and PNC Financial Services Group. 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.
Who Can Participate?
Are you a Juniata international student, study-abroad returner, heritage speaker,
or student with other international experience and/or advanced second language skills?
If so, you are eligible to participate.
How Can I 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 three weeks of the semester and complete a minimum number of 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 Local Engagement
(SW: LE), Humanities (H), or International (I) general education credit from these
classes. For further details, please see the course syllabus for WL 201.
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 Language in Motion office to coordinate their scheduling. Most of the time, these
requests are fulfilled. Each semester at the Showcase and Dialogue: 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 Juniata students: Language in Motion Brochure for Juniata Students
For K-12 teachers and school administrators: Language in Motion Brochure for Teachers