Registrations are now being accepted for the popular World Language and Culture Program (WLCP) at the University of Wyoming this semester. A total of 18 nonformal world language and culture sessions are available free via Zoom.
The WLCP is a volunteer and service-learning program that offers free world language and culture sessions to members of the UW community and to those interested throughout the state.
Informal sessions in American culture and English conversation; Arabic, Armenian, Egyptian, French, German, Hebrew, Israeli, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Sinhala, Sri Lankan, Spanish, Sudanese, Turkish and Uzbek — along with aspects of culture — begin Monday, Sept. 13, and end Saturday, Dec. 11.
Classes will be offered virtually throughout the day and early evening, generally once a week. To view the schedule or to register for a class, go to www.uwyo.edu/wlcp/index.html. The schedule also can be found on Facebook.
The WLCP was developed in 2013 by Dilnoza Khasilova, a UW graduate who earned her doctoral degree in literacy studies, and is a current Global Engagement Fellow in UW’s Global Engagement Office, and supported by Amy Roberts, an associate professor in the UW College of Education. The program was launched in 2014 with the help of both UW’s local and international communities, including UW’s graduate students, faculty, staff and undergraduate exchange students who volunteered to teach their target languages and cultures.
“Due to the increase in Delta variant cases and COVID-19 restrictions and policies, we will start offering our classes via Zoom again this semester. We want to stay safe and healthy,” Khasilova says. “Going virtual in 2020 allowed us to be inclusive and offer our service to the entire state of Wyoming, and some learners even are joining our classes from different states and countries.”
The WLCP provides opportunities to build a community of learners; develop cross-cultural understandings; service learning and teaching; volunteerism; engagement; internationalization; and language and culture exposure. The volunteer WLCP facilitators and instructors include both local and international students; faculty and staff; UW members who travel overseas or speak a world language; alumni; exchange students; visiting scholars; and both local and international community members.
The Associated Students of UW; the UW College of Education; the Global Engagement Office (International Students and Scholars, Education Abroad); and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages collaborate with the WLCP, assisting with scheduling the classrooms, recruiting volunteers and supporting cultural events on campus to celebrate world languages and cultures.