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Cultural Exchange

Cultural intelligence is a crucial skill in today's world.  As we are working and living in multicultural communities, acquiring a different set of perspectives, knowledge and skills is important in order to succeed in any area of life.  Therefore, gaining knowledge about other cultures is no longer optional!


Increasing our communication tools through sampling other languages is an easy way to increase cultural intelligence.  The world is full of languages! According to the Office of Foreign Language  Programs of the Modern Language Association, studying a second language can improve a students' skills and grades in math and English and can improve entrance exam scores -- SATs, ACTs, GREs, MCATs, and LSATs?  Also, more and more businesses and social service organizations work closely with companies, education institutions and non-governmental agencies in other countries. They need many different kinds of workers who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures. No matter what career you choose, if you've learned a second language, you'll have a real advantage.


Also, developing a repertoire of communication tools is essential for success in global commerce, social enterprise and greater community impact. Those with high cultural intelligence are attuned to the values, beliefs, attitudes, and body language of people from different cultures; and they use this knowledge to interact with empathy and understanding.

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The Cultural Exchange Langue Cafe (CELC)  is a gift founded upon Acts 2.  It provides an opportunity for people from every walk of life and culture to experience the rich culture of diverse people groups represented in our world through a celebration of “language.”  Within the Columbus Ohio MSA alone there is a representation of 109 foreign languages.   The CELC is intended to authentically enhance local bridges of peace and strengthen intercultural communication among families, parents, children, business and community leaders in cities, states and nations.  


At its core, the CELC byproduct is designed to increase appreciation for language as well as encourage students/youth and parents to enroll in language classes offered in schools.   Finally, it will enrich the relational and economic Impact of Cultural Intelligence in Community and Commerce.


Discover new worlds! Get an insider's view of another culture and a new view of your own. Studying a new language, reading other people's stories, and connecting with people in their own language can be a source of pleasure and surprise. 


Connect with other cultures. Learning about other cultures will help you expand your personal horizons and become a responsible citizen. Your ability to talk to others and gain knowledge beyond the world of English or your native language can contribute to your community and your country. 


Through this interactive cultural intelligence and exchange event various sectors of Central Ohio’s diverse community will increase intercultural communication. Guests can learn basics words in 4 to 5 foreign languages from a menu of 12 while rotating language stations. A Conversation Information Guide encompassing all the languages offered is gifted to each guest. We believe it will help you in your daily communication with other people in our diverse communities—at work, school or play and increase your appetite to sample more languages.  Remember, you are more likely to win the trust and friendship of people whose languages you know. Your ability to talk to others and gain knowledge beyond the world of English or your mother tongue can contribute to your family, community, career and our world.


The Menu of Languages (changes at each Cafe):  Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Japanese, Mandarin, Nepali,  Pilipino, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Vietnamese .


CELC Collaborators-Sponsors:   Joint-Heir Ministries; iPatchWorks Ministries, LLC; Goode Solutions Corp.; Paramount Advantage Health--Medicaid; Amercian Services And Protection, LLC; CPMM Services, Inc.; Two Birds One Stone Learning; Farhat Advanced Learning; and OSU Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

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