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

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

Watch the YouTube awards ceremony from December 2021.

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.