Wow! You have all been so busy. Thank you for sharing the creative, and meaningful activities you are doing with your students. Today's post includes celebrations or competitions from four different schools. Those of you who want to start something to build student enthusiasm for languages and cultures at your school will get some ideas here, and those of you who are already doing incredible activities that I might not know about, please share them with me and the rest of our WL team.
Check out the winners of the Pelion Middle School International Week Art Competition!
The categories were:
1. Reflection of the quote, "The limits of my language, are the limits of my world."
2. Connection to culture
4. Overall winner
I was honored to serve as one of the judges for the competition, and found that it was difficult to choose an overall winner for each style of art (collage, 3-D, sketch and watercolor) since students showed such unique insight and creativity. Next year we'd love to extend the arts competition to the entire district...
You will also enjoy these pictures from World Language Night at Carolina Springs Middle. One of the school's biggest events each year, it has become a Spring tradition for students, teachers and parents to showcase the vastly diverse cultural heritage that students are learning about--whether it is through school, or through family ties. (Click here to see last year's celebration)
I was also pleased to receive an update from Amelia Groza at Gilbert High School about their WL Language day:
"At Gilbert High school, we decided to make May 5th a day to celebrate diversity. In each language, we all had our students learn about the importance of the day and what led up to it in history. Then we joined forces and played games together. We had pétanque, fútbol and hand-ball (not the usual, but a version of soccer played with hands) open to all languages, all day.
It was fun to watch the students play. If it weren't for the wind and cold... We had a blast and we've probably just started a new tradition at GHS."
And finally, WL teachers gave students a chance to make their mark on Lexington High by calling for designs that show Wildcat and World Language spirit! Students received the following challenge back in March:
"Update the LHS logo to feature World Languages, and your design may be chosen as a permanent addition to LHS! The winning design will be featured as a mural on F-hall, and win a prize! Acceptable designs must include the LHS logo and represent world languages."
From the designs that were submitted, you can see that students took that challenge to heart and came up with some very interesting ideas...
Thank you for going above and beyond to instill enthusiasm and excitement for World Languages.
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)