The Learning through Languages Research Symposium is a unique opportunity for high school students across North Carolina to conduct and present research in their language of study. In teams of 2-3, students will write a research paper on a topic related to one of four regional research tracks. They will then present their research to UNC and Duke faculty and language instructor judges in their target language on December 13, 2017 at UNC Chapel Hill.

Eligible students include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish students, including heritage speakers, at Level III or higher.

Students will conduct and present research on contemporary issues in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East and North Africa. Students can choose any track they prefer. For example, a Japanese language team can study Contemporary Europe.

The objectives of the Learning through Languages Symposium are for high school students to:

  • Learn about a topic of significance to a world region in which the target language is spoken.
  • Engage in cooperative learning with a team.
  • Produce informational writing aimed at a particular audience.
  • Utilize public speaking and presentation skills in the target language.

This program is designed to promote student learning in the areas of research methodology, technology literacy, and critical thinking and to encourage the learning of new academic vocabulary. Prizes will be awarded. There is no cost to participating in this symposium. Funding is available for travel and sub costs.

Team applications will be available in the fall 2018.

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Sponsored by the African Studies Center, Carolina Asia Center, Center for European Studies, Center for Global Initiatives, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin America and Caribbean Studies.