Bilingual Homeschooling: World Cup Language Learning!

by Corey · 11 comments

Author’s Note: I’m excited to say that Sarah at Bringing Up Baby Bilingual chose this post as part of the July Blogging Carnival on Bilingualism!  I’m so very honored to be a part of this fabulous group of bilingual bloggers!  Please check out their entries – you will be inspired from head to toe by their amazing stories, tips and wisdom!  Sign up to join us next month!

And now get your children inspired with these World Cup language learning tips…

As I write this the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 is but a mere 1 day, 20 hours and 3 minutes away (according to, at least).

I’ll admit it, I’m not a consistent soccer (er, football) fan.  The United States is a latecomer in the whole field of soccer (pun intended) and although it was my preferred sport in school, as I was a fast runner back then, the opportunities to cheer for a “real” team in a packed stadium were few and far between (if at all).

My husband is also not the most consistent soccer fan, despite the fact that he is a born-and-raised German.  Shhh, don’t tell anyone as I’d not want to rat him out among his cool, soccer-loving, beer-drinking German buddies.  (The truth is, he’d prefer to watch a good game of tennis.)  However, when the World Cup starts to ramp up, we both turn into total and complete soccer fans.

Use the World Cup in Your Bilingual Homeschooling Lessons

With the combination of countries, flags, languages, and cultures there are more homeschooling opportunities than a parent can count!  You could easily find ways to incorporate in math and statistics.  No worries, you don’t have to be a bilingual homeschooler 100% of the time to have fun with the following activities and ideas.  Just adapt them into your language based on your child’s interests and you are off.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole June 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Hi Corey, Love this post! We don’t follow international soccer much either but we do plan to watch the World Cup and we’ll definitely check out your suggestions for learning more about South Africa and the other countries participating. Thanks!


2 Corey June 9, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Yes, being that it is in South Africa really adds a whole new element which I’m really excited about. Such a great excuse to learn even more about the country and people. Thank you for your post and comment here if you have some more suggestions and ideas. There have been some great ones on the Facebok page. So fun!


3 Susan M June 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm

These are great ideas and great links! Thanks for sharing them.



4 Corey June 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Thank you for your comment, Susan! It is nice to know that people might be benefiting from them. My kids and I have been having a good time referring to them while the World Cup is on. So fun to learn the flags, in particular. 😉


5 sefa June 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Thanks for a great article & great suggestions re: teaching opportunities. Being a non-native french speaker & a die-hard soccer fan, watching “le coupe du monde” with my toddler has forced me to learn all the football terminology in french, so that I can give her a blow-by-blow account of the matches.


6 Corey June 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Sefa, that is fabulous! I love it when our children’s multilingualism improves our multilingualism! The absolute best of both worlds. I also love it when my kids teach me terms in German. I have to ask them a lot when it comes to Fussball and they so enjoy being the experts.


7 Corey June 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm

By the way, I love your blog! Can I add it to this site’s links? Always fabulous to find blogs in another language that focus on raising bilingual children! Fabulous!


8 sefa June 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Thanks for the kind words about my blog. You may absolutely add it to this site’s links! It would have been so much easier to do the blog in English, but it forces me to maintain my written French and keep up with the evolution of the language – all very useful for “living” the language with my daughter versus “teaching” it.


9 Zoe @ Playing by the book July 2, 2010 at 12:47 am

Hi Corey, Although I suspect “our” team (the Dutch) will go out today (against Brazil), this is a great resource. And one which could be easily adapted for eg the olympics. Our response to the world cup was to seek out picture books based in South Africa –
I didn’t find any books feature bi/multilingualism, although of course it is common in SA.


10 Gustavo Zampella December 16, 2011 at 2:50 am

Thank you for some other wonderful article. The place else could anyone get that kind of information in such an ideal approach of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m at the look for such info.


11 Andrew May 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

something cool about the south african anthem
it is the only anthem in the world which lyrics change throughout the song . it starts off in one language and continues on to about 4-5 different ones!


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