In your school – In your community
To promote and advocate for language learning
Discover Languages is the national campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of language learning understanding of cultures. Visit the Discover Languages website for the latest in helping Americans discover the world!
Discover Languages – At your School!
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.