March 2, 2024

Fourth Annual World Language Day This Weekend

UMW Hand Percussion Club performs for World Language Day participants

On Saturday, March 24, University of Mary Washington’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages will give area high school students a chance to see what they offer through the Fourth Annual World Language Day, an annual outreach program dedicated to the appreciation and study of foreign languages.

On World Language Day, more than 100 high school students from across Virginia will spend a day at the university participating in competitions in foreign languages.

Marcel Rotter, founder of the event and associate professor of German, was inspired to start the event when he witnessed a day celebrating German language and culture at the University of Wisconsin.

“I thought that it seemed like something we should have here at Mary Washington, but I decided to include everyone by having all the major languages,” said Rotter.

With a whole day dedicated to languages, the event reinforces how important languages are at UMW and shows potential future students what the UMW foreign language department can offer them.

For more information about World Language Day, read the full press release from Wednesday, March 21.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.