WorldView: A Language Blog

WorldView is a place for leaders in the fields of language education, global citizenship, immersion learning, and other topics central to the Concordia Language Villages mission to address issues important to their fields.

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Speaking of Politics

Published: November 5, 2018

Global citizens must engage with the political, cultural and social issues that transcend borders in our 21st Century society. Tomorrow, U.S. citizens have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to act on their beliefs and to vote. In honor of the occasion, we highlight Dan Hamilton’s recent opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle on the legacy of German Chanellor Angela Merkel. Dan Karl Hamilton is the dean of Waldsee, the German Language Village.

Courageous Conversations: Returning to Helena and Britta

Published: October 16, 2018

In 2017, two Sjölunden counselors from opposite ends of the political spectrum wrote WorldView Blog’s most shared post ever. One year later, we reconnect with Helena and Britta to learn more about their friendship and courageous conversations across ideological divides.

Supporting Education in the Western Serengeti

Published: October 9, 2018

This week, the WorldView blog is proud to showcase Concordia Language Villages’ partnership with the Singita Grumeti Fund bringing English language immersion to students in Tanzania. Nicole Anderson, lead teacher, shares her experiences of teaching language and learning about conservation on the Serengeti.

Wishing You a Joyous Holiday Season Wherever You Are

Published: December 21, 2017

​The Concordia Language Villages team share fun holiday traditions from around the world.

How Do You Celebrate the Holidays Abroad?

Published: December 15, 2017

Sometimes the holidays find us far from home, perhaps even in another country where our traditions and celebrations are foreign to our neighbors and friends. In this touching piece, freelance writer Michael Nevadomski shares his experience celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas in Egypt.

The Amazing Adventures of Living Abroad as a Family

Published: October 24, 2017

Does the idea of travel or life abroad as a family sound a little daunting? Taking the leap to live in a new country with children is a powerful way to experience a culture and gain a new perspective on the world.

Listening into the Middle

Published: August 22, 2017

​Positive solutions to complex issues start with good conversations. But what is a “good” conversation, and how do we help them to happen? At Concordia Language Villages, a simulation called the World Café allows staff members to practice honesty, vulnerability, and respect as they discuss global issues.

What If the Other Side Isn’t Evil?

Published: August 15, 2017

In this political climate, it’s easy to become obsessed with pointing out all the flaws of the ‘other side.’ Yet Helena and Britta from Sjölunden explore what happens when two people with different political views try being friends instead.

Camp-to-Camp Exchange with Partners in Russia

Published: July 18, 2017

What would an English language immersion camp look like in Russia? Lara Ravitch and her team are on a mission to find out. Through an exchange with Forest Camp in Zadonsk, Russia, the staff of Lesnoe Ozero are working to improve the cultural experience for language immersion campers on both sides of the world.

A Handy Set of Rules for Wherever Life Leads You

Published: May 16, 2017

Maybe working in a foreign country isn’t so foreign. Jackie Jacqueline Mauer shares her universal rules that have carried her, thus far, from a small town in the Midwest to rural Central America.

Coffee Shops: the Neighborhood “Local”

Published: May 9, 2017

One of the best ways to learn language is engaging in informal, relaxed conversation with native speakers…a teaching technique employed in the Language Villages on a daily basis. This is great preparation for landing in a café in another part of the world. In this brief primer on traditional (and Westernizing) coffeehouse culture in Egypt, freelance journalist Michael Nevadomski explains coffee culture, Egyptian-style and his discovery of how the ahwa advanced his understanding of Arabic.

A Secret

Published: August 10, 2016

These shoes are important and say a lot to those who know what they are. What do you know about them?

I have a secret. It is encoded in my language. It is an expression of who I am. It is an expression of where I come from. It is my culture.

My culture is the keeper of my heritage and serves as a personal compass, guiding who I am and who I can become. It is my home.

Hello! My name is...

Published: May 26, 2016

What’s in a name? As Juliet would remind us, a rose by any other name – ‘rosa,’ ‘méiguī,’ ‘rouzu’ – would smell as sweet. As part of the first-day activities at Concordia Language Villages, villagers and staff alike choose a name typical of the culture(s), adding to the sense of having crossed a border into a distinct and special place. And the names that villagers and staff members choose are, often, sweeter for the opportunities to grow that come with those new names.

Culture Matters at Concordia Language Villages

Published: February 24, 2016

“Language” is our middle name, but the real point of what we do as teachers and counselors at the Villages is to make villagers aware of themselves and their cultures, and then help them begin to grow into global citizens who are capable of deep other-awareness. That happens through language and cultural immersion where language learning is the vehicle to explore new experiences, to expand your knowledge of the world, and to have fun.