World Languages

The Heart of World Language Teaching: Supporting Personal Communication and Intercultural Connections in the World Language Classroom

English             I love you

Afrikaans         Ek het jou lief

Bulgarian         Obicham te

Cheyenne        Ne mohotatse

Czech              Miluji te

Dutch               Ik hou van jou

Farsi                 Doset daram

Hmong            Kuv hlub koj

Polish               Kocham Ciebie

Tagalog           Mahal kita 

Tasks that promote intercultural competence build student ability to communicate appropriately in a variety of situations. The following sample was presented by Dr. Ali Moeller and Dr. Kristen Nugent in “Building Intercultural Competence in the Language Classroom”.

  1. Brainstorm of known and unknown: Activate prior knowledge by brainstorming words and ideas in relation to the topic. Use this as ongoing reference point.
  2. Provide relevant data to the topic. Students should create their own comments and questions.
  3. Review prior knowledge document. Discuss comments, questions. Create a list of discoveries and discuss.

More examples can be found at:

Moeller, Aleidine Kramer and Nugent, Kristen, “Building intercultural competence in the language classroom” (2014). Faculty Publications: Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. 161. or Deardorff, D.K., & Deardorff, D.L. (2000). Diversity awareness and training: Tools for cultural awareness. Presentation made at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

Charlamos: The Heart in Language Teaching

Personal communication and intercultural connections in the world language classroom are often the attractions to world language learning. Think about the reasons that students want to learn a language: the annual world language soccer game, to communicate with a friend’s family, or to be able to read the YouTube comments to their favorite channel. Supporting intercultural connections breathes life, adventure, and immediacy into language.

Stephanie Call, World Language Specialist ♦ 402-471-4331 ♦

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Spring Professional Development

World Language Proficiency Spring Workshop 2019, ESU 16 Special Services Center, North Platte World Language teachers K-16 Tina Hargaden, the founder of the World Language Proficiency Project will lead a one-day workshop focusing on proficiency and assessment. Participants will learn how to teach for proficiency, guiding students to interact in the language, and using it to communicate about real ideas from day one of class. Teachers will learn how to build literacy with meaningful texts and reading extension activities. They will learn foundational skills to speak comprehensibly to students - even beginners. Register at:

Summer Travel Opportunities and Professional Development

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Engaging Educators Workshops (World Language Session)
February 18

6th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language
University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley
February 21-23

Nebraska Literacy Association Conference (World Language sessions)
February 21-22

Teaching & Learning Symposium
February 22

Nebraska’s Mexican American Legacy
Elkhorn Valley Museum
March 2

Central States Conference on Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference
Columbus, Ohio
March 14-16

World Language Week March 31-April 6


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