Many Languages One World: Kathy’s experience as the French Language group facilitator
I am honored to have been invited to participate in the Many Languages One World International Essay Contest & Global Youth Forum
With the goal of promoting multilingualism and the study of the official languages of the UN, this event was planned in commemoration of the beginning of the 70th anniversary year of the United Nations.
Over 1,400 essays were submitted, and 60 winners — 10 for each of the 6 official languages of the UN — were invited to participate in the conference and to present at the UN on selected principles of the United Nations Academic Impact in the General Assembly on June 27th.
Representing Fairleigh Dickinson University, I conducted the French language proficiency interviews of the essay finalists via Skype in early May and served as the Facilitator of the French Language group as they prepared their presentation at Adelphi University and accompanied the group to the UN.
After the presentations, we were invited to lunch in the Delegates Dining Room, where UN staff and diplomats joined us, sitting with us at tables designated for each of the languages and conversing and interacting with the students. Special thanks to the Ambassador and Permanent Observer from the Francophonie at the UN, Filippe Savadogo, the Ambassador from Benin, and the UN staff members who joined us for lunch. Our FDU Provost for Global Learning also joined us for lunch.
Their mission complete, the students looked forward to the weekend in the city, with a full schedule of supervised sightseeing and other activities.
The event was made even more meaningful by the recognition — both at Adelphi and at the UN — of the inspiration for the event from former FDU President J. Michael Adams, who passed away in 2012. Mrs. Susan Adams participated in the Forum and made an official presentation to ELS President Mark Harris at the conclusion of the presentations.
Many thanks to Adelphi University as our host, to ELS Educational Services and to the United Nations Academic Impact for their support and advocacy, to my co-facilitator Collin Savage, a Levermore Scholar at Adelphi, and — most of all — to the wonderful students from across the world who were winners in the MLOW International Essay Contest & Global Youth Forum — Yasmine, Ella, Sami, Pelumi, Ralph, Katharina, Victoriya, Damian, and Timothy.
Bravo! Felicitations, mes enfants! 🙂
You can view their presentations @ http://webtv.un.org/search/french-language-winners-global-youth-forum-on-multilingualism-many-languages-one-world/3647005954001?term=many languages one world&sort=date
Languages do matter!