Speaking a foreign language is great, but writing in a foreign language really helps to drive home the grammar and vocabulary of that language. Annotating texts is a great way to reinforce foreign language learning. This link provides five different ideas for text annotation and how you can implement the task into your lessons.
Instead of answering the question of why students should learn a new language, just pop this infographic up on your wall and point to it. Or just use it to refresh your memory of all the reasons learning a new language is important.
This is a resource that I share with anyone--teacher, student, home school mom, or life-long learner--who is wanting to learn or teach a foreign language. I enjoy just poking around this whole website to learn about new techniques, different cultures, or just to hear about other teachers' experiences in the foreign language classroom.
Immersion schools are the best option to really dig into a foreign language, but not everyone needs (or wants) a full immersion experience. This discussion about how to bring some of the benefits of an immersion school into the foreign language classroom is super helpful and provides ideas that you can implement right away.
Learning a new language is hard. It takes a lot of focus and discipline, but it isn't impossible. People who speak multiple languages for a living are probably pretty knowledgeable about the learning process, so here's a list of tips from precisely those kinds of knowledgeable folks.
Let's not forget about American Sign Language! Though most people wouldn't consider it a "foreign" language, it still fits the bill. It's also a great option for anyone looking to develop fine motor skills in a primary level or special needs classroom.
This is an interesting technique for the classroom, and this blog post provides a first-person description of how it helped one Spanish teacher's students grasp difficult concepts easier and faster by allowing them to use their own desk as a multi-functional tool.
English is an international language and is being used across the globe, and this makes a lot of people believe that English speakers don't need to learn any other language. This just isn't the case, and this article provides just one argument for why we should all learn new languages.