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Students Learn the Language of Sports

Falls Church High students learn new languages while playing soccer.

With some help from teachers, about 50 students at participated in a World Languages Soccer World Cup. 

The school’s World Languages department, with assistance from Jennifer Cory, Jonathan Shev and Joel Harrop, wanted to provide an opportunity for students to become engaged in a multi-cultural learning experience that would enable some of the class lessons to come to life. Participating students had to currently be enrolled in a world language class. 

They could then register to play on a team that representing the respective language. 

Teams representing Japanese, French, Latin, Spanish and German participated in the soccer event. 

Students learned appropriate cultural behavior at sporting events for their language, commonalities between the countries, and sports rituals native to countries with their language. 

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