World Languages Fair

Working in collaboration with KU's Area Studies Centers and KU International Affairs, and in partnership with the Foreign Language Association of Missouri, the Kansas World Language Association and the Kansas Department of Education, the Open Language Resource Center will host an annual World Languages Fair starting in Fall 2019,  The event will bring middle- and high-school students to campus for a day focused on exploring world languages and cultures. Sessions will include mini-lessons in a range of languages, presentations on target cultures, and discussions of how intercultural competence can enhance different fields of study.  During an extended lunch period there will also be information booths where students can learn more about language-related scholarships, study abroad opportunities, and internationally-focused student organizations. The event is free for all participants.  All registered attendees will receive a free lunch and the opportunity to win a free t-shirt and other prizes.  Schools are responsible for their own transportation costs to the event. Individual students, including those being home-schooled, are also invited to contact the Open Language Resource Center at to inquire about participation.

The first annual World Languages Fair will be held on the KU Lawrence campus on Saturday, October 19th, 2019. While there are plans to expand participation in the coming years, we were only able accommodate 300-350 students for the 2019 event and have chosen schools to ensure some degree of geographical balance.  Additional information, including the specific sessions that will be offered during the event, will be sent out to registered schools in early September.  Updates will also be provided here as they become available.

2019 World Languages Fair Schedule At-a-Glance

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

4070 Wescoe Hall

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Welcome Session
110 Budig Hall

10:20 AM – 10:50 AM

Session 1
Fourth floor of Wescoe Hall

11:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Session 2
Fourth floor of Wescoe Hall

11:40 PM – 1:10 PM

Lunch & Information Fair
Wescoe Hall

1:20 PM – 1:50 PM

Session 3
Fourth floor of Wescoe Hall

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Session 4
Fourth floor of Wescoe Hall

2:40 PM – 3:10 PM

Evaluations and T-shirts
Fourth floor of Wescoe Hall

3:25 PM – 3:45 PM

Closing Session and Raffle
110 Budig Hall