Languages of the World Day

Exemplifying the Wisconsin Idea, Languages of the World Day (formerly World Languages Day) is a signature precollege outreach program at UW-Madison that brings more than 500 Wisconsin high school students and their teachers from urban and rural school districts from around the state to campus for a college-for-a-day experience focused on languages and cultures. The program for Languages of the World Day includes 40+ breakout sessions on diverse languages, cultures, and artistic traditions led by approximately 60 UW-Madison faculty, staff and students. Languages of the World Day is highly valued by Wisconsin teachers and administrators as an important program for supporting local educational initiatives around the value of multilingualism, diversity and inclusion, as well as for sparking enthusiasm for and commitment to language and culture learning at the secondary level and beyond. It is an important outreach event for raising awareness among Wisconsin high school students and teachers of languages and world regions.

Languages of the World Day will take place on March 1, 2023 from 8:30am-2:00pm. 

Applications from Wisconsin high schools to participate in Languages of the World Day are now closed. If your school has already applied, you can expect to hear from Language Institute staff in mid-November updating you on your school’s application status. Please contact us at with any questions.

The Language Institute enthusiastically invites UW-Madison faculty, staff, and graduate students to offer 40-minute, interactive presentations geared towards a high school audience at Languages of the World Day (formerly World Languages Day) on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 in Union South.

The goal of Languages of the World Day is to inspire interest in diverse languages and cultures, past and present, from around the world. A presentation at this important outreach event is an opportunity to introduce Wisconsin high school students and teachers to the language(s) you teach or research, and to encourage further exploration and study. Languages of the World Day sessions can be demonstration language lessons, presentations on a cultural topic, student or other panels (e.g., focused on study abroad or careers), or introductions to performing arts. Successful Languages of the World Day sessions are fun, interactive, and engaging for a high school student audience. To provide guidance to presenters on proposal submissions, including examples of past successful presentations, we have put together a handout for you to review prior to submitting your proposal.

Presenters can choose from one of four time slots on Wednesday, March 1, 2023:

  • 9:20-10:00am
  • 10:10-10:50am
  • 11:40am-12:20pm
  • 12:30-1:10pm

When submitting a proposal, you will be asked for a presentation title, description, and presenter information, as well as your availability on Wednesday, March 1, and your space and equipment needs.

Interested in presenting at Languages of the World Day, but want to talk through ideas with someone before submitting a proposal? Contact Lydia Odegard, Language Directions Specialist at the Language Institute, or Jana Martin, Associate Director at the Language Institute, at

Deadline to submit proposals: Wednesday, December 14, 2022



“World Languages Day was a fantastic opportunity for my students. I’m so glad that we were able to attend. All of the sessions were great and my students came back very enthused for the study of world languages and cultures.”

–participating Wisconsin teacher

“My students loved it, and it was so eye-opening and motivating for them.”

–participating Wisconsin teacher

“I loved the variety of topics. Students enjoyed learning about languages and cultures they would never have thought of…I appreciated having a few teacher-focused sessions and I found them very informative and thought-provoking.”

–participating Wisconsin teacher