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World Languages and Cultures

GlobalFest Illinois 2020

Leap into Languages! 

February 29, 2020


We are looking forward to hosting GlobalFest Illinois! EIU first hosted it in March 2018, bringing over 200 students and teachers to our campus. 


What is GlobalFest Illinois?

A day for students to celebrate world languages and cultures! GlobalFest Illinois enjoys a history of more than 25 years. Immerse yourself in a language! Explore a culture! Celebrate our vibrant community of world language students! Connect to our global society!

Who can participate?

High school and middle school students, clubs and organizations, groups such as 4-H, Girl & Boy Scouts of America. All groups must pre-register and be accompanied by teachers or other adult chaperones.

What does GlobalFest Illinois offer?

World language immersion, cultural activities, games including trivia, and a Global Market. Students can choose between 30+ activities, which are different every year. Past sessions have included Norwegian for Beginners, German Mini-Story, Introduction to Urdu, Soccer in Swahili, Mayan Math, Origami Tutorials, and Georgian Dance!

Who are the presenters?

Teachers, university faculty, performers, native speakers, and student organizations. GlobalFest Illinois is aligned with the State of Illinois World Language and Common Core Educational Standards for teachers and students. Teachers also earn PD credit for leading a session!


Interested in details? 

Have a look at our 2018 GlobalFest Illinois program.

For our (new) 2020 format, schedule and application, see  GlobalFest Illinois

Check us out on facebook.


Cathryn Harshman, GlobalFest Illinois Chair 


EIU Liaisons for GlobalFest:

Christiane Eydt-Beebe (Chair, Dept of World Languages & Cultures)

Kristin Routt (Promotion and Internship Coordinator)

Vanesa Landrus (Session Coordinator)

Carlos Amaya

Irene Jacobsen

Blair Watson 









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