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World Languages

World Languages Day!

Central Washington University’s

World Languages Day

13th Annual World Languages Day Hosts Record Numbers

Over 300 high school students attended CWU’s 13th annual World Languages Day, held Friday, May 13, on the CWU campus. Participating students from Brewster, Ellensburg, Ephrata, Moses Lake, Quincy, Tonasket, and Yakima, enjoyed workshops led by CWU faculty, staff, and students. The students and Ellensburg community members enjoyed a variety of events to do with different languages and various cultures, all with the goal of encouraging an interest in, and sensitivity to, different societies from around the globe. The guests also interacted with CWU international students, including from the Pacific Rim, Latin America, and the Middle East, and experienced international music, dance, and cuisine. WLD’s guest speaker, Benjamin Rooney/Stürmer, graduated from CWU in 2005 with a degree in Computer Science and Japanese.  As a CWU WL student he studied abroad in Japan, then, upon graduation, went to Germany and lived for 10 years attending graduate school and working as a computer programmer.  He is now employed as a software engineer at PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) in the Tri-Cities.  In his speech, Stürmer remembered his time at CWU most positively, mentioning his participation as a student helper for one of the very first World Languages Day.   He also emphasized the importance of studying additional languages and cultures, and illustrated how such studies impact lives in several profound and satisfying ways.  Visiting students also had opportunities to meet with faculty from the World Languages Department as well as many current CWU students, all of whom participated and gave generously of their time performing, answering questions, and serving as guides.

Japanese Student showing High School Students how to write their name in Kanji.

The World Languages Department will be hosting its 14th annual World Languages Day on a Friday in April. The languages and culture clubs will be there to demonstrate their culture's traditions as well as teach students how to say certain phrases in a foreign language. All student are welcome to participate in this fun day!

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of World Languages at or (509) 963-1218.