Holidays are a bridge into students’ cultures, local cultures, and global cultures. So, if the ultimate goal for teaching a World Language is to increase empathy and cultural competency, and to reduce bias, then exposing our students to a wide variety of holidays may invite their curiosity, appreciation, and respect.
All the presentations shared below have either been authored or proofread/reviewed by people who belong to the various cultures presented. Please make your own copy if you wish to edit them. I hope you and your students find these helpful!
I always remind myself:
- I am not necessarily the expert, but I strive to model curiosity, appreciation, and respect 🙂
- I do not put my students on the spot as representatives of their cultures unless they have specifically provided interest/consent to lead, co-present, or complement.
If you see any typo or if you know of trusted presentations for more holidays or for a different level, please contact me to have them added to this list.
|NOVICE LEARNERS||INTERMEDIATE LEARNERS|
(credit: Pav from fleavecmmed)
|Holi and Hola Mohalla|
(credit: Natasha Faroogh, Shah Singh Family, Veronique Sumbu, and Roopali Chaudhary)
|Kwanzaa (in progress)|
|Lunar New Year|
(credit: Khorshid Gharaee-Kermani
(credit: The Comprehensible Classroom)
Shana Tova handout
Posters French Spanish English
(credit: mundo de Pepita)