George Lucas Educational Foundation

World Languages

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

  • Teaching Target Language Vocabulary With Micro Field Trips

    For both English learners and world language students, getting out of the classroom can make learning new words more engaging.
    Laurel Schwartz
  • 5 Ways to Boost Critical Thinking in World Language Classes

    One way to raise students’ engagement is to ask them to do more work—meaningful work with authentic materials from the target culture.
  • A Novel Approach to World Language Study

    To give students a deeper sense of the culture they study, a high school Latin teacher has them build a model of an aqueduct.
  • 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.
    Diane Gantenhammer
  • 4 Activities to Boost Target Language Vocabulary Acquisition

    To give his students repeated exposure to relevant vocabulary terms, the author relies on a tried-and-true tool: index cards.
  • 6 Top Tech Tools for World Language Classes

    See how to adapt popular apps to get students speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the target language.
  • 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.
  • Maintaining Students’ Motivation for Learning as the Year Goes On

    Neuroscience can suggest ways to keep students working toward their learning goals after their initial excitement wears off.
  • 5 Ways to Support Struggling Students in World Language Classes

    Students with academic challenges benefit from these simple strategies as they develop confidence using the target language.
  • The Benefits of Learning a Second Language

    It’s a myth that learning a new language interferes with a child’s development.
  • Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

    More than 30 exercises to keep your students engaged and learning.
  • Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

    Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.
  • 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.
  • The Power of Authentic Texts in World Language Instruction

    When students comment on social media posts in their target language, they develop greater comprehension and interact with native speakers.
  • Station Rotation in World Language Classes

    Setting up activities around the classroom is a popular way to get students collaborating—and it can be used to promote use of a target language.