- What is Language in Motion?
- Do I have to present by myself?
- Why take part in LiM?
- How does LiM benefit the Salem community?
- Who can join?
- When do we start?
- What is required?
- What topics can I present?
- How do I sign up?
- What if I still have questions?
Language in Motion (LiM) is a volunteer program where U.S. students (usually recently returned from study abroad), international students and language assistants can work with middle or high school teachers to prepare a short presentation about a country of origin or interest.[back to top]
You can work individually if you choose, or in teams of 2-3 to prepare a lesson approximately one hour in length. Ideally, we encourage pairs to include one study abroad and one international student/language assistant – both having lived in the same country on which their lesson will focus. This balance may not be possible in some circumstances, but please consider this if the situation allows.[back to top]
We hope that participating in LiM will help you reflect on your different cultural experiences and learn more from each other about the ways in which people from around the world live. It is a wonderful way for you to share your experiences abroad, and with a curious and interested audience. It is also an excellent way to interact with the local community and learn about the U.S. public school system. It can also be a very enlightening experience for the children you will teach, as many times they have little knowledge of the countries or cultures you may be representing.[back to top]
This program is a very special opportunity, not only for those working and studying at Willamette University, but also for the Salem community. Living in and experiencing a different culture gives you first-hand understanding of that location and its people. Use LiM as an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with those who might not know much about your particular region or culture. We encourage those of you who have studied or lived outside of the United States to share your knowledge of and respect for diverse cultures with people in your current community of Salem.[back to top]
This program is intended for international students, language assistants and students who have participated in a Willamette study abroad program. If you do not fit into this category, but feel that you can also offer a unique perspective of a different culture or language, please come see us in the Office of International Education. We are always open to suggestions and new ideas.[back to top]
We are corresponding with teachers in the Salem school district and will be receiving their schedules and availability soon. After you find a group (we can help you) or if you decide to work alone, we will connect you with a middle/high school teacher. There may also be a short training session for you if schedules allow – more information on this possible session will be available later.[back to top]
No teaching experience is needed to participate! All you need is enthusiasm for your country, the ability to work with others, and an interest in teaching or presenting to a classroom of middle/high school students.[back to top]
You will work with the elementary/middle/high school teacher to narrow the focus of your presentation. The teacher will help you prepare, and guide you throughout the process. Topics may include geography, language, history, food, music, dance, current events, and much more.[back to top]
You can contact the program coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the Office of International Education, Matthews Hall 112.[back to top]
If you have more questions or concerns, please contact the coordinator at email@example.com or come in to the office to learn more.[back to top]