George Lucas Educational Foundation

World Languages

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in world languages.

  • Lesson Plans

    Using Twitter in World Language Classes

    Three ways to use tweets to introduce students to real uses of language in a context they’re likely already familiar with.
  • Literacy

    Starting a Heritage Language Book Club

    A book club can help students who mainly use English but speak another language at home gain valuable literacy skills in the home language.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Student-Centered World Language Classrooms

    A district has overhauled instruction by focusing on project-based learning and communicative proficiency rather than grammar.
  • English-Language Learners

    12 Fun Speaking Games for Language Learners

    Every teacher has faced the struggle of encouraging students to speak. Here's a list of a fun activities to get your students to talking.
  • World Languages

    The Benefits of Learning a Second Language

    It’s a myth that learning a new language interferes with a child’s development.
  • English-Language Learners

    Do’s & Don’ts for Teaching English-Language Learners

    In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, blogger Larry Ferlazzo looks at a few basic ways to reach students who are learning English as well as the subject at hand.
  • Global Education

    Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

    More than 30 exercises to keep your students engaged and learning.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

    Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.
  • Global Education

    In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking

    Language classes often don't focus on the aspect of learning a language that intrigues students most -- speaking it. We should get students talking more.
  • Student Engagement

    Engaging Novice World Language Learners

    Using target language videos, news articles, music, and more can spark engagement even with students who are just getting started.
  • Mobile Learning

    Twelve Ideas for Teaching With QR Codes

    Blogger and PBL specialist Andrew Miller offers an array of creative suggestions for using Quick Response codes in the classroom.
  • Communication Skills

    Socratic Seminars in World Language Classes

    Six tips for using the powerful discussion model with students who are still acquiring the target language.
  • Diversity

    Fostering Relationships in the Classroom

    Blogger Larry Ferlazzo and fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, in another excerpt from their book "The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide," share six fun ways to help students develop positive, trusting and enriching classroom relationships.
  • New Teachers

    Using Project-Based Learning to Teach World Languages

    World Languages community discussion group facilitator Don Doehla uses project-based learning to teach foreign language and meet state standards. He supplies three lessons as examples.
  • Game-Based Learning

    Gamifying Your World Language Classes

    Online quiz programs weren’t designed for world language classes, so we have five tips for keeping students focused on the target language.