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Welcome to Week 15 !
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What About Sports?
If you are from Europe, then you have most likely been doing what my family has been doing this past week: watching the European football (soccer) championship! We rarely watch sports but when a European (or world) football/soccer event arrives, we become wild with excitement!
The fascinating thing about sports is how emotional people can get about it. Just today, while watching France play against England, my husband and I got into an emotional discussion about whether the French player purposely shoved the England player or not (and whether a yellow card should have been given). Up until that point we hadn’t been cheering for any team in particular, yet we quickly found ourselves standing our ground and arguing our case.
After about 5 minutes of heated debate, my husband and I suddenly stopped our argument and burst out laughing. How could something so silly turn us into bickering fools so quickly?
Tapping into this emotion is fantastic when it comes to language learning. We need that kind of spark and attention to keep us focused and motivated and interested. We may even use sports itself as our motivator: Maybe we will read up on the results of each game? Or, better yet, we might even watch the games broadcast in our target language!
Children too can become infatuated with certain sports and may do whatever it takes to learn everything they can about teams and game statistics (even if it is in the target language). My husband went online this past week and printed out some little booklets for our kids in German so that they can keep track of the games and players. Our kids were overjoyed! Things like this are also fantastic ways for children to learn more about geography, languages and politics!
If you and/or your children are interested in a specific sport (or team) use it for your language learning! It will make it all the more enjoyable!
This Week’s Activity
- Individuals: Are you interested in a particular sport? Or maybe you have a particular hobby (crafts, model airplanes, yoga, playing a musical instrument)? Whatever it may be, see what you can find online about your interest in your target language. Start by figuring out what your interest is called in the target language and then do a search. It can be extremely motivating to read websites/magazines in our target language which focus on our interests!
- Parents: Get your children interested in geography while working on their target language! During the World Cup 2010 we created a fun geography activity that you can do with your children. Download the activity and do it with your children – but focus on whatever you’d like: the European football championship that is going on right now or just as a fun activity to learn more about geography in general. The idea is to get your children talking (in the target language) about different countries, continents and more. Note: Not everyone calls the continents the same. In the activity, you are welcome to define the different continents however you see fit.
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