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
Rent some "foreign" films (Facets.org 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