World Language Showcase


World Language Showcase 2020 has unfortunately been cancelled due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Please make plans to join us next year on March 24, 2021.

Connecting the world with languages

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 for World Language Showcase 2021 begins here online in November 2020.

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

Register your school


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

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.

Note: Students interested in taking the placement exam are now required to create a TrueNorth user account.

Guest speakers

Clif Smart

President of Missouri State University

Matt Morrow

President and CEO of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce