Students, educators gather for ‘World Languages Day’

Students, educators gather for ‘World Languages Day’

MARQUETTE — NMU wrapped up World Languages Week today with presentations from all across the globe.

During World Languages Day, planet chats were given from students who studied abroad in Argentina and France. Other presentations were given about career opportunities for language students. The whole week is designed to encourage students to study foreign languages, learn about other cultures, and recognize the benefits of learning a foreign language for a career.

“It’s something that’s completely accepted in other parts of the world,” said Assistant Professor of Spanish Amy Orf, “people start studying foreign languages really early. I’m not quite sure of the reluctance sometimes here in the U.S. for people to study foreign languages. It really does a lot to improve your thinking skills; to be able to think about something in a new way that you’ve never tried before and so I think that in itself is beneficial.”

World Languages Week may be over, but the importance of foreign language education will continue. NMU will be hosting their annual Spanish Day event on Tuesday.