Stamp out summer brain drain with these tips from Chicago teachers



  • Summer is a good time to further investigate the culture of the language your child studies at school. If your school doesn't offer world languages, seek out a summer language program at one of the many area language schools (Alliance Francaise, Language Stars, Multilingual Chicago, Italidea, Instituto Cervantes, etc.)
  • Prepare recipes from different countries or visit restaurants.
  • Rent some "foreign" films ( is a great Chicago resource) or watch your favorites from the United States with a different language track.
  • Visit ethnic museums in the city (Swedish-American Museum, Mexican Fine Arts Museum, etc.).
  • Go on a Web quest and make a scrapbook of different countries or regions where a language is spoken.

--Samantha Godden
World language teacher, Chicago Public School

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