World Language Showcase

Connecting the World with Languages

Please join us at Missouri State University for the 5th Annual World Language Showcase on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Previous WLS poster winners

Help your students make that transition from high school to college by bringing them to interact with language faculty and college students studying in world languages. There will be contests, proficiency activities, guest speakers and LOTS of languages, all happening on the beautiful Missouri State campus in Springfield.


Registration begins online here on November 4, 2019.

Please register early. There is limited seating, and spaces will be reserved on a "first come, first served" basis.


Contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at or call 417-836-5122.

WLS students show off their prize and diorama.

Competitive Events

Non-Competitive Events

  • ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • The NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements are self-assessment checklists used by language learners to assess what they "can do" with language in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Ultimately, the goal for all language learners is to develop a functional use of another language for one's personal contexts and purposes. The Can-Do Statements serve two purposes to advance this goal: for programs, the statements provide learning targets for curriculum and unit design, serving as progress indicators; for language learners, the statements provide a way to chart their progress through incremental steps. The checklists are best used by learners and learning facilitators as part of an overall reflective learning process that includes:
      • setting goals
      • selecting strategies
      • self-assessing
      • providing evidence
      • reflecting before setting new goals
  • Placement Exam

    • This foreign language placement assessment is designed to ensure that university students who want to pursue language studies, are registered for the correct foreign language course. As part of the World Language Showcase day, you will be able to take this test to find out in which foreign language university course you will be placed. The exams are web-based, computerized multiple-choice questions, and take 30-60 minutes to complete. Your results will be issued immediately. You do not need to study for this exam — it is a placement test to determine your current language proficiency. The placement exam can be taken in Spanish, French, and German.
      Students interested in taking the placement exam are now required to create a TrueNorth user account.

Guest Speakers

Matt Morrow

President and CEO of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce