The Visiting Alumni Lecture Series
The Visiting Alumni Lecture Series (VALS) fosters partnerships with successful Old Dominion University Alumni and currently enrolled students studying any of the twelve languages, including: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portugese, Russian, and Spanish. The VALS for foreing languages will highlight the real-life work experiences of Old Dominion University Alumni by providing a platform to discuss their expertise.
These Alumni visits will:
- generate interest in diverse career fields requiring foreign language skills, such as: teaching, translation, and business
- provide networking possibilities and potential internships
- provide and opportunity to meet native speakers from around the world visiting the Hampton Roads community
- give current students a chance to practice their language skills with native speakers
The Visiting Alumni Lecture Series (VALS) 2015 is expanding its scope by creating the innovative "Language in Motion - ODU" outreach program that promotes both current ODU study-abroad student "returnees" and ODU Alumni professionals teaching world languages in the Hampton Roads area. Language in Motion (LiM) is a cooperative effort to join experienced Alumni teachers with current ODU students in the elementary, middle school, high school and community college classrooms in order to promote world languages and cultures.