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The Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium is a unique way for North Carolina world language students to conduct and present preliminary research in their language of study. Eligible students include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish students, including heritage speakers. Participating students are encouraged to be at Level III or higher.

Congratulations to all of the teams participating in the seventh annual Learning through Languages symposium virtually.

An awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm Eastern Time to recognize the teams who participated in this year’s symposium. Please see the LTL 2021 Program of this year’s participating schools, teams, and paper topics.

Join the YouTube live awards ceremony.

2021 LTL Timeline
● Monday, September 20: Team application opens
● Friday, October 15: Application deadline
● Friday, October 22: Teams notified of acceptance and assigned world region track
● Wednesday, December 1: Written briefing and project visual due by 5:00 p.m.
● Wednesday, December 8: LTL Awards announced on YouTube Live at 4:00 p.m.
● Friday, December 10: Teams receive any written feedback from judges.

View the Program Guidelines, Judging Rubric, and Example Documents in the 2021 Participant Portal.

In the 2021 Symposium, student participants:

  • Create teams of 1-3 students
  • For the 2021 symposium, students will create a summative briefing on one of three optional topics, focusing on one world region. Topics are based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The three optional topics are:
    1. Good Health & Well-being (Goal 3)
    2. Quality Education (Goal 4)
    3. Climate Action (Goal 13)

    Teams will be assigned a world region to study but can choose one of the three outlined topics to research. The regional tracks are [1] Africa, [2] Asia, [3] (Western) Europe, [4] Latin America & the Caribbean, [5] the Middle East & North Africa, and [6] Russia and Eastern Europe

  • Create a digital project visual that illustrates key research findings (PowerPoint, webpage, or PDF infographic)
  • *Note, there are no oral presentations for the virtual symposium*
  • Submit their briefing and visual online to judges. Projects will be judged and scored, written feedback will be provided to student teams.
  • Enjoy a virtual awards presentation on YoutTube live, December 8, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

The objectives of LTL are for your students to:

  • Learn about a topic of significance to a world region.
  • Produce informational writing aimed at an academic audience.
  • Develop digital technology skills through the creation of a project visual.



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

Resources for the Sponsoring Teacher

  • CLAC Consortium: The Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) movement intends to make global competence a reality for students and to create alliances among educators to share practices and find ways to incorporate an international dimension in curricula, and, more generally, to achieve internationalization goals.
  • UNC Languages Across the Curriculum Program
  • Duke Cultures and Languges Across the Curriculum
  • APA Style Guide from the Online Writing Lab at Perdue: The APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing)

Interested in Learning More? Watch this LTL Video!


Student Projects



“Participating in Learning Through Languages has taught me so much. It has taught me how to research, how to make something interactive, how important it is to know what is going on in the world, how to cooperate, and so much more. It was so nice to be in a room filled with other students who have spent time learning another language, and who have as much of a passion as me, and my classmates, about language and other cultures.” – Student Participant

“The students loved the open atmosphere of the symposium. It was a great experience for them to interact with the judges and witness the impressive quality of work of other students across the state. They expressed that they would love to come back if given the opportunity again.” – Teacher Participant

“I am grateful that I had opportunity to showcase my language abilities and further my knowledge of Chinese through partaking in Learning Through Languages. It was encouraging to realize that there are other people, including college professors, who are just as passionate about my journey to learn Chinese as I am.” – Student Participant

For information about winning teams and photos from past symposia, please visit the LTL 2015LTL 2016, LTL 2017, LTL 2018, and LTL 2019 pages.