Last week was World Language Week at Nipmuc! All Level 1 students (in all 3 language classes) created t-shirts decorated with information about a specific country. Specifically, they included the country’s name and outline on the back, decorated with the colors of the flag, and then designed a “license plate” containing an important date, creative “vanity” number, images and an appropriate slogan in the target language. Students wore their t-shirts to our “International Buffet” during last block on March 1st, when each student brought in a dish from their respective countries. During the buffet, students were ask to taste-test 5 different items and it seemed like everyone enjoyed trying something new! Hopefully, students will come away from the week with an appreciation for the diversity of culture that exists in our world as well as some in depth knowledge about one country in particular.
Additionally, students watched the classic movie “Man of La Mancha,” which is based on the longest running Broadway musical of the 1960s. The story is narrated by the figure of the author Miguel de Cervantes, as he recounts the adventures of Don Quijote, the famously idealistic knight who implores us to “dream the impossible dream.” Through watching the film, students are exposed to the ideas of chivalry, of “tilting at windmills” and the history of the Spanish Inquisition.