The LanguageLine program, founded in 2018, is an international student-run program that virtually connects senior citzens (60+) who speak German or Russian to students learning that language. LanguageLine has already changed the lives of over 200 senior citizens and language students.
Soon after registering to participate in a meeting, you'll receive an email giving you several meeting options that you can choose from- this includes the link to your virtual meeting and the time.
Take advantage of the time you time you get during your meeting with your senior or student(s) to practice your language skills as much as possible and of course: enjoy it!
LanguageLine participants should do 2 things to make sure they're prepared: 1) Make sure you've got the correct time in the correct time zone (All of the times given to students and senior citizens are in EST), 2) Download the German or Russian question sheet linked in the Resources section below to use as questions for your meeting, Question sheets are used to facilitate and improve conversation, as well as provide quick translations!
No! Both senior citizens and students have no requirement to continue meetings after their first one, but are always welcomed back!
There are typically 1-3 students per senior in a meeting, as we cap the number of students at 3. However, some students feel more comfortable in a one-on-one environment, of which we're happy to make happen!
LanguageLine meetings cost no money for either party!
The only requirements are a stable microphone and internet connection!
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or using the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page!
LanguageLine is committed to providing a completely unique, unmatched, and, of course, free experience of communicating and learning to students and senior citizens during and long after the COVID-19 crisis. We mourn with those who do and those who don't participate in the program as humanity traverses a difficult time in its existence- yet celebrate the beautiful connections between generations that have been created because of it.
Andrew, the founder and current president of LanguageLine, began teaching himself German in 7th grade when he was 12 years old and realized there was a two-sided need that could be fulfilled between students and senior citizens. The LanguageLine program originally started as small meetings taking place in Andrew's city- Louisville, Kentucky- in 2017, where local German senior citizens would meet with high school students in offices or coffee shops to discuss various topics.
When the COVID-19 crisis hit, however, not only were in-person LanguageLine meetings not possible, but senior citizens and students were affected deeply around the world- socialization and education, with it. Andrew began reaching out to hundreds of teachers, students, and organizations across the world to connect German or Russian speaking senior citizens with students learning that language in school.
Find out how far LanguageLine has come below. We hope to continue providing incredible experiences for students and seniors for countless years to come!
'a language line meeting in 2018'
LanguageLine has been used as required curriculum at Yale and Vanderbilt, and has been recommended by professors to students at over 23 universities across the US, including Harvard, MIT, UChicago, Columbia, Michigan, and Emory.
Overall, LanguageLine has impacted over 200+ senior citizens and language students from over 7 countries around the world. LanguageLine has found support from German-American clubs across the US, including CaliforniaGermans, the largest German-based organization in California, as well as BAGSO and ServasGermany, two of the largest senior citizen organizations in Germany.
Andrew is an incoming freshman at Stanford University, who grew up in both Kentucky and South Africa Andrew has a burning passion for serving others as well as languages- speaking English, German, Russian, Italian, Afrikaans, and Dutch at varying levels! He hopes to change the world by providing unique value and by challenging the status quo of education.