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The 2015 Learning through Languages Program: A High School Research Symposium


The Learning through Languages Research Symposium is a unique way for your students to conduct and present preliminary research their language of study. Eligible students include Spanish, French, or German students, including heritage speakers, at Level III or higher. Student participants will:

  • Create teams of 2-3 students
  • Choose either a “Contemporary Latin America” or “Contemporary Europe” research track
  • Write a 2-3 page research paper on a topic related to the track of their choice
  • Create a project visual to present to UNC and Duke language instructors at the Symposium in December
  • Present their research to UNC and Duke faculty and language instructor judges in the target language
  • Come to UNC for the symposium and network with UNC and Duke faculty, staff, students, and other high school language learners from throughout the state

Your students will:

Learn basic research methodology

Practice oral and written expression in  a practical setting

Participate in cooperative learning

Use creativity and 21st century skills

Engage in global studies

Interact with UNC-CH  and Duke faculty and language instructors

If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact:

Alexandra Holmgren (, Assistant Director, Center for European Studies

Emily Chavez (, Outreach Coordinator, Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke/UNC


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