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World Languages

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

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  • Using Social Media to Boost Students’ Understanding of World Languages

    Tweets and other social media posts give students a rich context for engaging with concepts in the target language.
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  • An Inductive Model for Teaching World Languages

    Teachers can create lessons that engage students as active learners to improve their understanding of how languages work.
  • A group of high school students gathered at a table in a circle, doing a language game together

    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.
  • Using Cheers and Claps to Motivate World Language Students

    Students can build a sense of community and practice language skills by coming up with claps and cheers related to the course content.
  • Designing Meaningful Assessments in World Language Classes

    Tests in the target language should gauge reading and listening comprehension as well as writing and conversational skills.
  • Incorporating Infographics in World Language Classes

    Visuals combined with short blurbs in the target language make infographics a valuable tool for both beginners and more advanced students.
  • 5 Reasons to Use TV Commercials in World Language Classes

    Using commercials with storylines in the target language is a fun way to immerse students in the culture they’re studying.
  • Using Music in World Language Classes

    Listening to songs in the target language is an enjoyable way for students to improve their comprehension skills.
  • A Key Skill for World Language Learners

    The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages regard presentation communication skills as being essential. Here’s how to meet those standards with engaging activities.
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    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.
  • The Benefits of Learning a Second Language

    It’s a myth that learning a new language interferes with a child’s development.
  • How to Bring Traditional Games to World Language Classes

    Play is a popular student engagement strategy, and traditional games boost world language learning via an authentic cultural experience.
  • Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

    More than 30 exercises to keep your students engaged and learning.
  • 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.
  • A Model for Teaching World Languages in a Hybrid Classroom

    With some students in the room and some at home, how can teachers continue to focus on building speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the target language?

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