In Secondary World Languages, students have an opportunity to expand their language studies to new horizons, sometimes even learning languages other than those they studied in Primary. Our World Languages teachers strive to provide students with the most immersive experience possible within the classroom, from the moment students enter the door and all throughout the lesson. This might include target-language classroom vocabulary, popular music, interactive activities, role play and competitive games. These methods aim to ensure that the language learning is memorable and enjoyable.
For example, students studying German were treated to an end-of-year celebration with authentic German cakes, Schwarzwälderkirschtorte and Sachertorte. This celebration was only one way that the “German Experience” was brought into the classroom. Students also expressed that throughout their year in the classroom, they have not only learned about German culture, but have also had an opportunity to really experience it. They explained that this was accomplished through engaging lessons in which they were interacting with the language and culture firsthand, including traditions and customs. Such an experience helps students to further grow and expand upon their language skills. Providing this immersive experience would not be possible without our World Languages teachers’ enthusiasm and passion for sharing the ‘world’ of the language that they teach.