Agenda & Speakers

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Kickoff and Welcome - 10:00 am

Love and Linguistics- 10:15 am

Kiara Brooks

Kiara Brooks is a theater and literature educator from Washington, D.C. Over the last eight years, she has worked to combine her passion for theater and performance with language teaching and learning, having taught and worked in Russia, Ukraine, and currently in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Kiara’s experience of working in the post-Soviet Sphere has given her a unique perspective on global affairs and the importance of language as it relates to identity, culture, and economic opportunities. In connection with her personal ties to the region and her genuine interest in Soviet history, Kiara is currently pursuing her MA in Russian at Middlebury College.

Learn Korean Your Way - 11:15 am

Adriana Rabe

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Adriana was born in Madagascar but raised in France. She speaks French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish. She also has basic language skills in French Sign Language. She is now self-studying Korean, Russian, and Polish. She loves connecting with various cultures by traveling, trying new food, and listening to music. In 2021, she has been appointed Honorary Reporter and K-Influencer to help KOCIS (Korean Culture and Information Service) promote Korean culture in France.

Panel Discussion: Re-Opening Our Lives to Language: Love, Career, and Travel - 12:30 pm

Tamkara Adun, Shaniyah Scott, Yemi D Gittens

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Tamkara Adun is the Founder of  Ọdúnìfẹ́ African language school. This is an online educational platform that connects learners of various African languages with qualified tutors based on the continent. The aim of the school is to promote the decolonization of language and reconnection to indigenous mother tongues by facilitating linguistic and cultural exchange across borders.

Shaniyah is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Linguistics with a minor in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. She speaks 5 languages (English, Spanish, French, ASL, and German) and is broadly self-taught in all of them. She has also worked as a language coach and language tutor in the past few years and has taught ASL for 4 years at a high school in her area.

Yemi has been a language teacher for 15 years, teaching French, Spanish, English, and Japanese. She’s also a language learner currently focused on Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Xhosa, and Haitian Creole (which is her 16th language). She aims to use a more natural approach focused on comprehensive input and sentence patterns both as a teacher and a learner.

Networking Session - 1:30 pm

Breakout Rooms

Language Learning While Having a Full time Job - 2:15 pm

Diena Sylla

I’m Diena, a french language lover also passionate by science (I’m a mechanical engineer)! Currently located in Switzerland, I was born in Germany, I’ve then lived in Guinea and followed my parents in France! I love to learn languages, travel and meet people from all over the world!

Here’s The Tea: Everything You Need To Know About Global Job Searches - 3:15 pm

Shahidah Foster

Shahidah Foster (aka Language Bae), is the creator of Black Girls Learn Languages, the first multi-platform digital community for Black women who are passionate about languages. The community is comprised of more than 8,000 members across various social media platforms including over 2,000 Black women in the private Facebook group. Shahidah is a native English speaker (Brooklynite), who has varying degrees of knowledge in German, French, Spanish, Turkish and Italian, with German being her strongest language. 

Both Shahidah and the platform have appeared in the media, including being featured in Travel Noire and mentioned in Black Enterprise. Today, Shahidah manages the platform from her home in Germany and juggles that with full-time work, is currently writing her master’s thesis for her International Management and Information Systems master’s program. 

Wrap Up & Group Selfie - 4:00