"Any time educators get together ideas are exchanged," said Nancy Beale, chair of the World Languages Department. "it was very valuable."
Along with displaying colorful posters and signs Cardinal Gibbons celebrated National Foreign Language Week, March 6 -10, by having students recite the morning and afternoon prayer in a different language each day and hosting an open house for world language educators from area Catholic and Christian middle schools.
The goal of the national commemoration is to encourage the study of foreign languages and promote cultural awareness, said Nancy Beale, chair of the World Languages Department at Gibbons.
She said she incorporated the open house into the celebration, "to show our appreciation to the middle school educators and to let them know their students come well prepared to Cardinal Gibbons."
The open house began with the educators attending morning Mass in the school chapel, followed by breakfast in Plant Ops, and visits to all the second and third period language classes at Gibbons.
"Any time educators get together ideas are exchanged," Mrs. Beale said, adding, "it was very valuable."
Indeed, she noted, the educators recognized the need to develop "a smoother transition" from middle school to high school for language students, and will be meeting again soon "so we can do just that."
Jules Weber, a world language educator at The Franciscan School (TFS) added, "Looking forward to working together to strengthen our students and our middle school program at TSF."