Discover Languages




In your school – In your community

To promote and advocate for language learning

Discover Languages – At your School!

Student collaboration:

  • Pair high school students with elementary students to stimulate their interest in languages by teaching them songs, vocabulary, and other language opportunities.
  • High schools students make posters/videos promoting languages to show to 8th graders prior to high school registration.
  • Have upper-class high school students meet with freshmen to encourage them about continuing languages and offer assistance or tutoring.
  • Share information with parents about what their children are learning in their language classes: projects, presentations, portfolios, videos.

Articulation:

  • Host planning meetings with everyone who teaches languages and cultures in the district, including English and Social Studies teachers, and discuss the creation of a district-wide global literacy policy.
  • Make appointments with local and district administrators to share information about the importance and relevance of language study. Provide handouts or prepared “talking points”.

Outreach:

  • Create language clubs, culture clubs, exchange programs, language honor societies, community connections, and other opportunities to promote languages.
  • Make announcements in target languages for the entire school.
  • Take advantage of public relations opportunities.

Discover Languages – In your Community!

Culture Connections:

  • Collaborate with local service organizations to organize culture/language events and feature local language-learning opportunities.
  • Community Celebration of Languages fair, parade, poster contests, bazaar, etc.
  • Invite the public into the schools to observe or help present traditional festivities (Christmas Around the World, Celebrate Diversity Week, Día de los Muertos, etc.)
  • Dialog with community members interested in learning languages and offer community language classes.
  • Find out and publish how many and what languages are spoken in family’s homes throughout the district.

Business Connections:

  • Invite local businesses to talk about the importance of languages in their businesses.
  • Survey local businesses about their international dealings and publish the results in local papers.
  • Make use of business and education partnerships.

Local Media:

  • Contact local TV and radio stations to run interviews about school/community events.
  • Be visible; always contact local news with pictures and articles about things happening in the language classroom.