Welcome to Explor-A-World Language and Culture Programs! We are excited for you to start exploring the world. To get off to a good start, check out our tips on preparing to teach.
Are you new to the language yourself?
Don’t worry! We offer a simple training guide to help you become familiar with the language vocabulary and gain the confidence to introduce it and practice it with your young language learners. Click here to learn how to practice a new language with Explor-A-World
Know what to expect!
Read over the whole lesson ahead of time so you have a sense of what kinds of activities are included. Does the lesson include active games that would work best in an open area to allow for movement? Will you work on arts and crafts at a table? Preparing for all the components will help the lesson flow smoothly.
Do you have everything you need?
Some lessons include flashcards or worksheets to accompany games and activities. Prepare or copy these ahead of time so that you are ready to demonstrate the games to the children. You can choose to print the included flashcards, or make your own on index cards based on the suggestions. Also, art activities will indicate what supplies (paper, scissors, crayons, etc.) are needed so you can gather these ahead of time.
Have fun and EXPLORE!
If you are teaching in a classroom, you may want to do some activities in a large group and some in a center-based rotation, with centers led by parent helpers or teacher aides. Smaller groups allow children to participate and communicate more frequently. Do several activities at a time, or spread them out over several days—whatever works best for you!
Share what you learn!
Connect your new world language knowledge with those around you! Create a newsletter to share language and culture facts with students’ parents, family and friends, showing them what you learned about new cultures. Host a neighborhood showcase event and share songs, skits and artwork with others.
There are lots of resources available to help you explore language further. Many are designed for adult learners, but several websites offer connections with student classrooms or homeschooling families. Click here for a list of websites that help you keep exploring!
Tips for teaching for specific levels and languages
To learn more about focusing your teaching techniques on different age levels and languages, visit this page.