Celebrating World Languages at Prairieview
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages has designated February as “Discover World Languages Month.” Prairieview (PV) Spanish teachers Kerisa Baedke, Christine McCormick and Loni O’Grady have collaborated with German teacher Kate Falvey to create a Discovery Day activity for students to participate in every Friday in the month of February. After each celebratory session, students will be asked to reflect upon their experiences. “We look forward to these Fridays and are excited to observe our students as they experience growth in their learning through these enrichment activities,” the PV language teachers commented.
On February 6, PV hosted a world languages fair where students, parents and staff set up booths to inform attendees of their culture. Each booth had a craft, language lesson, song, dance or other cultural element that helped celebrate the languages and customs, not necessarily aligning with German- or Spanish-speaking countries, that presenters brought from home to share.
On February 13, there was a dancing day where students learned modern dances, as well as traditional dances from German- and Spanish-speaking cultures. In order to emphasize the cross-cultural learning opportunity, all of the language students learned these dances together. O’Grady and Krishna Yerramsetty, who dance with Salsa Des Moines, taught dances from the Spanish culture while Falvey introduced students to a German dance. German II student Nolan Roethler enjoyed the dancing day. “It was awesome- definitely the best moment of my dance career so far,” he said.
On February 27, guest speakers taught students about two languages other than the one they are learning at PV. In order to branch out from German and Spanish, teachers invited parents into the classrooms to teach students about additional languages and cultures.
On February 27, guest speakers will come and teach students about two languages other than the one they are learning at PV. In order to branch out from German and Spanish, teachers invited parents into the classrooms to teach students about additional languages and cultures.