World Languages & Cultures

January - February 2021

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Mission & Commitment

To empower students to become contributing members of their global community through successful communication in a second language and understanding of the target culture.

LOTE Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team has the responsibility and the commitment to help in the process of identifying areas of need and provide ideas and solutions. As part of their role, they will be providing Mini-PD sessions and coaching. The Team, in collaboration with additional LOTE Teachers, will be developing our World Languages Curricula to a new level.
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Great Things Are Happening in Our LOTE Classrooms!

Share your good new, special activities, professional achievements and highlights with. us. Your success story is a valuable learning tool to the rest of the team. Send your videos or pictures with a short description. You may also share some resources. Let's do Community! Let's inspire others!

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Interactive Learning: Gimkit in the ASL Classroom

School: Grand Prairie High School

Classroom: Ms. Hanna Steeber - ASL Classes

Subject: ASL Vocabulary Review / Game


Gimkit with Hanna Steeber SD 480p

¡Vamos a Viajar a Guatemala!

School: Truman Middle School

Classroom: Mrs. Ana Centeno, Spanish I & II Classes

Subject: ¡Vamos a Viajar a Guatemala!

Purpose: The students will be able to know, culture and ways of life in Guatemala from a person who has traveled frequently to this South American country.

Presenter/Guest Speaker: Mrs. Debbi Smelser, Truman Middle School Special Education Assistant. Mrs. Smelser goes yearly to Guatemala to volunteer for an orphanage called: "Casa Bernabé." The students had a real-life experience knowing how beautiful and resilient its people are regardless of the volcanoes eruptions that the country have endured for more than a decade. Mrs. Smelser showed some Guatemalan hand-made artifacts & clothes. She showed pictures and pointed the location of Casa Bernabé with Google Earth.

What did our students learn? They never knew how poor the country is and that how an orphanage has helped so many children. They also learned that the education, in Guatemala, is the country's most valuable resource. More needs to be done; so that the country can thrive and get out of poverty.

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Asian New Year 2021:“Chúc Mừng Năm Mới”

School: Travis World Languages Academy

Classroom: Mrs. Lienhoa Nguyen, Pre-K to 5th grade Vietnamese Classes

Subject: The Chinese New Year is celebrated by over 2 billion people around the world, and students love learning about it!

Travis' students learned about and celebrated the Vietnamese New Year. They Explored different Holidays around the World and discovered that in Vietnam, there is a holiday so special it takes three days to celebrate! This holiday is called Tet Nguyen (pronounced nwen) Dan, or Tet for short.

Tet is the Vietnamese New Year. Tet begins during the full moon prior to spring planting, sometime in January or February. Like any special events, much preparation takes place. With so much to do, work and school grind to a halt as families prepare for tho most joyous time of the year. Although the holiday officially lasts three days, many people enjoy at least seven days break from their normal schedule. The New Year's moon, or Tet moon, reminds people to be honest and good.

Mrs. Nguyen decorated her classroom and the hallway with colorful lanterns, lights and a Vietnamese Photo Prop Backdrop! Her students had a great time learning about this wonderful culture!

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Vietnamese New Year 2021: Special Concert

Enjoy this colorful and beautiful cultural expression!

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Featured Resource: NEARPOD

Nearpod helps educators make any lesson interactive whether in the classroom or virtual. The concept is simple. A teacher can create interactive presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Collaborate Boards, and more.

Explore Nearpod's award-winning K-12 interactive lessons, videos, and formative assessments. Built for distance learning, hybrid, and school-based settings.


District Professional Development Day

Monday, March 15th, 8am

This is an online event.

Very soon you will be receiving additional details. Stay tuned!
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"A Million Dreams" in ASL

"While an inclusive culture certainly encompasses a commitment to workplace diversity, it is not limited simply too basic representation; it indicates a climate in which respect, equity and positive."

a million dreams // the greatest showman || asl
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