Today I want to encourage you all that teaching anything, but especially a world language, is an act of courage and bravery. It takes a lot of nerve to stand in front of a group of students of any age, and speak in a different language. It's challenging enough to engage students in their native language, right? In fact, it takes a lot of courage to be a language learner yourself in the first place. Why?
Obviously, each of you values and believes in this process of becoming multi-lingual but unfortunately, not all of our students, parents and colleagues have the same value. I encourage you to be an advocate for language learning at every chance you get. Lead With Languages is a great website to help with advocacy. Share this video with students, parents or admins when they ask, "Why languages?"
I also had the opportunity to spend time with some of our international teachers, both new and returning. I am impressed with your courage and strength of spirit to come here and adjust to our students and our culture, to risk being misunderstood by students or parents or co-workers, and yet to persevere. You bring a great wealth of language, culture and experience to Lexington One, and we thank you for that.
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)