Voices Lost and Found: Stories of the Student Language Exchange

This semester, students at Brown are learning to greet someone in Malay, get directions in Dutch and barter in Tamil. These languages are not, however, listed in Brown’s course register. Malay, Dutch and Tamil are the latest of a growing list of languages that have been offered by the Student Language Exchange (SLE), a peer-based language learning community founded by Amelia Friedman.

Read the full story by Steph Yin on Swearer Sparks.

Amelia Friedman

Amelia Friedman

Amelia is the founder and executive director of the Student Language Exchange, an education nonprofit she founded while in college. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in May 2014. There, she helped teach a course on leading social ventures, served as a mentor to student entrepreneurs, and was selected as a C.V. Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellow. An active global education advocate, Amelia has written about language learning for Forbes, the Huffington Post and USA Today. Amelia has been invited to speak about social enterprise and the Student Language Exchange at the U.S. Capitol, SXSW, TEDx, and numerous academic conferences. She is currently a Halcyon Fellow living in Washington, D.C.

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