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World Language Night

November 14

This week at World Language Night, sixth grade students and families sampled foods from over 30 French- and Spanish-speaking countries while learning about the cultures. World Language Night originated as a way to motivate students to delve deeper into the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and has grown to include French-speaking countries as well. The project began in 2005 with Señor Catlett’s first group of sixth grade Spanish students and has continued every few years. Ultimately, the World Language project helps students embrace the cultural diversity of the countries they research by allowing them to make meaningful connections.

Students choose a Spanish- or French-speaking country, create display boards and prepare the national dish to share. Students research their selected country’s leader, form of government, date of independence, flags colors and symbols, natural resources, traditions, current problems, major historical events and top three tourist destinations. Students also research important historical figures or current popular artists, musicians, athletes, scientists and business leaders.

The project culminates with students preparing their countries’ national dish at World Language Night with Tapas. Food is such an important part of each culture, and there are many similarities among dishes. World Language Night encourages students to try new foods and broaden their palates. Thank you, parents, for your support and help with World Language Night!

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