Guest Bloggers: GHS WL Team
GHS has had some busy days during the past month and “Oh, the places you’ll go!” by Dr. Seuss comes to our minds when we think about it. There were lots of meaningful activities going on in all classes and it seems like “travel” was the word of the month, whether virtually or physically.
The French classes virtually travelled through the francophone countries using tools like Storymaps and Google Expeditions, but also by interacting with the two ambassadors from USC Thinking Globally, that they welcomed as guest speakers.
The students also travelled to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport for a tour of the facility where they got to see planes land and take off right next to them on the runway, and talked about possible careers in aviation, thus making connections with the importance of learning at least one more language. Then they tasted authentic French food at Crêpes and Croissants, in Columbia SC.
The German classes had a blast at Lowcountry German Day, organized by the College of Charleston and shared the experience with the “Frenchies” by also welcoming the two ambassadors from USC Thinking Globally Ambassadors, as guest speakers. On the fieldtrip to College of Charleston, the German students got to hear from college graduates how the language has helped them in their careers and/or get into grad school. They also got to interact with other students across the state in German. It so was exciting seeing our WL students using their non-native languages!
The Spanish classes travelled to the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet in Columbia and watched a show designed to not only entertain, but to enlighten, giving students a different perspective on the Hispanic culture. Students also used their food ordering skills for lunch at the Mexican restaurant San Jose. In addition to students going to the Flamenco Ballet, students who stayed behind explored the dances of other Spanish-speaking countries via Internet.
With the holiday season coming up, GHS can only wish for more culturally rich times, like the months of November and December were!
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)