At Wayside we believe it's important to show up and take a stand on issues that matter. And to us, advocating for language learning matters.

We invite you to join us as we speak up for languages by creating a community of teachers and learners who can make an impact on policies around access to language education. 

Here are 5 ways you can speak up for languages. 

So what should I say?

  • Languages are global and personal. Speak from the heart.
  • Tell us about your language journey, or the impact a world language had on your life. (Were you a reluctant language learner? Did a special teacher change how you felt about languages? Did you grow up speaking a different language?) 
  • Share stories from your classroom.
  • For more ideas, you can review the five recommendations of the American Languages Report.

Looking for some inspiration? Watch some example videos below!


Tips for recording your story:

  • Turn your phone horizontal
  • Have the camera close to you for visual impact and great audio
  • Make sure your scene has plenty of light
  • Try to avoid reading from a script
  • Keep it loose and share how you feel
  • Keep your audience riveted by sticking to the details
  • Avoid identifying information about specific individuals - use a substitute name when describing youth
  • Suggested length is 30 seconds - 3 minutes
  • Have fun!

Let's get started!