A record number of more than 300 high school students, including 30 from Ellensburg High School, will learn about other languages and cultures during Central Washington University’s 13th annual World Languages Day on Friday. The student total is more than double that of last year.
The event will tun from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on campus.
During the day, the students, their teachers and school staff members will participate in workshops led by CWU faculty and staff, students and Ellensburg community members pertaining to different languages and varied cultures.
The overall goal is to encourage the students to develop an interest in, and sensitivity to, different societies from around the globe, according to a news release from the school.
They will also interact with CWU international students, including those from the Pacific Rim, Latin America and the Middle East. Other CWU students, enrolled in University English as a Second Language and the Asia University America Program, also will assist.
CWU is helping fund the transportation and registration costs of students from the Brewster, Oroville, Quincy and Tonasket school districts, which are associated with the university’s federal GEAR UP (or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) program. The $11.7 million grant also provides services to students in the Chelan, Highland, Manson, Omak and Wenatchee School districts.
Source: Daily Record-News