SACC Students Explore Foreign Language
SACC Students Explore Foreign Languages
Posted on 10/23/2019
Collins foreign language club art

 This month, Collins and Messmore SACC are being highlighted for their foreign language activities.  Both schools incorporate languages from around the world into their before and after school SACC programs. The children really seem to enjoy showing off their new skills to teachers, friends and family.  In the past, Messmore has even incorporated American Sign Language into their foreign language club.

Collins SACC is promoting a Wednesday club called Foreign Language Art Club.  Students are currently coloring graffiti art pages with words and phrases in various foreign languages.  The goal of these activities is to explore their knowledge of foreign words and phrases through creative art medium.  Students began the year learning how to read, write and speak various greetings and emotions from multiple languages.  Mr. Steve, Collins SACC Site Supervisor plans to expand students foreign language vocabulary throughout the year by including additional art activities.

Messmore SACC is introducing German club this school year.  Each week students are introduced to a new themed lesson.  Students began the year learning German greetings.  Every morning and afternoon, Ms. Donna and Ms. Heidi greet the students with "Guten Morgen" or “Guten Tag” and they reply back the same.  Other lessons covered this year included polite phrases depicting good etiquette and manners, feelings and emotions, family members, as well as seasonal words and phrases.  Students are expected to incorporate the new vocabulary into their routines at SACC.  For instance,  students will use the German words, “bitte” and “danke”, instead of “please” and “thank you”. 

The SACC staff at Messmore and Collins recognize the importance of including diversity in their planning.  Exposure to foreign languages and culture is a great way to do this.  In particular, these introductions to foreign language can help nurture a child’s innate sense of curiosity, cultural sensitivity, empathy and tolerance of other individuals, as well as an appreciation of cultural diversity.  As the year progresses, students will expand their knowledge of vocabulary and explore the cultures of foreign lands where the languages they are learning are spoken. 

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