Concordia Language Villages Receives Grant
Jan 22, 2009
CARL-MARTIN NELSON, Concordia Language Villages,
director of Communications and Marketing
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES RECEIVES GRANT
Concordia Language Villages has received a grant from the European Commission to increase awareness of the European Union among residents in the Upper Midwest. The grant, worth about $68,000, will be used to host events in Minneapolis-St. Paul and to organize EU simulations with students who attend the Language Villages’ summer language immersion programs.
“Concordia Language Villages welcomes the opportunity to take a leadership role in highlighting the economic partnership that exists between EU and the U.S., particularly the ties that exist with the state of Minnesota,” says Concordia Language Village Executive Director Christine Schulze.
Concordia Language Villages plans to host events in the Twin Cities in conjunction with Europe Day in May. These will include a public celebration and activities at area schools with EU member state ambassadors or their designated representatives. In addition, the Villages will hold four events this summer that model the workings of the European Council and the EU’s role at the United Nations.
“In an era of globalization, it is critical that Americans understand the opportunities and ramifications of a politically and economically unified Europe,” says Patricia Thornton, Director of Summer Programs at Concordia Language Villages.
Concordia Language Villages, as part of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., is a recognized leader in global education offering 15 world language programs. The Concordia Language Villages attracts 11,000 participants annually from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Youth ages 7-18 and adults of all language experience levels can take advantage of on-site learning options ranging from a weekend to four
weeks. Concordia College students learn one or more of 10 world languages and more than half study abroad.