Providing students with authentic language experiences boosts learning, engagement, and builds bridges of personal connection to other people and cultures. Last year, Westwood High school, home of SCFLTA's President-elect, Nadine Okoduwa Stewart, facilitated the following language enrichment activities.
Webinar with Dr. José Liens & Mrs. Irma Leal
Virtual Hang Outs with Native Speakers
Westwood High's Spanish faculty facilitates virtual hang outs for Honors students not currently enrolled in Spanish (but plan to continue studies in college) in order to practice with native speakers. These hang outs also give native speakers a chance to practice their English. Win-win!
Yearly, the faculty encourages Westwood High School's 11th -12th graders who are bilingual or who have studied at least one other language, to level-up and prove their proficiency in their languages. The State Department of Education provides this opportunity. Students can earn a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Seal of Biliteracy from the State of South Carolina.