Indiana University Bloomington

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Widen Your World: Learn a Foreign Language

The IU World Language Festival is Indiana's largest event devoted to language and culture study. With live language and culture lessons, musical performances, arts and crafts, exhibitions and more, this free and open event is sure to be fun for the whole family.

WLF aims to increase the number of children in the foundation of the this figure and also attract more high school students who are willing to achieve the goal of the second layer or even higher layers by choosing to come to Indiana University due to its outstanding teaching and learning resources for world languages.

WLF is dedicated to helping to prepare you to engage and thrive in the 21st century global economy. Designed to encourgae K-12 students to study wolrd languages, this event introduces them to the endless language opportunities offered at IU Bloomington. Through active engagement in activities and presentations, our language faculty and associate instructors are determined to inspire language study.

Presenters include faculty experts, graduate associate instructors and students coming from more than 30 different languages and countries each year. The WLF is another way for them to share their expertise and love for languages and cultures.

The following figure is from “The Language Enterprise: Languages for All?" Final Report by Abbot, Brecht, Davidon, etal., 2014.

Graph of Language Acquisition and relationship to success in the workplace

This vision of the future of language in the U.S. encompasses 100% of children in the education system, with:

  • 100% of learners in U.S. education system with exposure to international perspectives, culture and/or language, in order to inform life-long decisions about work and learning and to support language and international efforts broadly in society;
  • Additional 30% with basic language skills, in order to work, for example, in the service industry and to travel freely;
  • Additional 15% with global professional skills in order to practice at a high level internationally; and,
  • Additional 5% with expert skills, in order to perform necessary research and design and implement language education and training.
From: Language Policy