I have a list of 20 activities that you can choose from below. Most of them will encourage your children to use one or more of the 4 skills that are important to learning a foreign language. Others will expose your child to the cultures of the various countries that speak the language that they’re studying.
I hope that you find something here that will spice up your foreign language curriculum and put a little cha-cha in your homeschool!
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20 Foreign Language Learning Activities
- Play online games. Look for online foreign language games your children can play.
- Watch movies in the foreign language. Find a favorite movie that has been dubbed in the language your children are studying.
- Look for videos on YouTube. You can often find fun songs, chants, or tutorials for learning other languages.
- Sing songs or speak chants. Songs and rhymes are fun tools for learning.
- Play simple card or board games. Pick games like Uno or Battleship that have simple spoken language and try to use the foreign language as much as you can while playing.
- Play outdoor games. Red Light, Green Light is one example of an outdoor game that can reinforce foreign language vocabulary.
- Play games specifically created to help your children learn the language. Sites like Currclick, TeachersPayTeachers, Teachers Notebook, and Educents often have inexpensive printable games like mine for learning foreign languages.
- Do cultural activities like ethnic dances. It’s fun to dive into the culture of another country.
- Do crafts. You can usually find crafts online that are associated with another culture.
- Listen to music. Ethnic music can be very enjoyable to listen to.
- Cook ethnic foods. You can usually find tasty recipes online for ethnic foods.
- Go to an ethnic restaurant. Your children may be able to get a little practice speaking the language at an ethnic restaurant.
- Put on a simple play in the language. This is an excellent way to get your children speaking the language.
- Play Charades using foreign vocabulary as the topic. Pick vocabulary words or phrases that can be acted out.
- Play Pictionary using vocabulary. Choose words or phrases that can be drawn.
- Have a party. An ethnic party like a fiesta can be lots of fun to put together.
- Celebrate a holiday associated with the country. Many countries have their own unique holidays that aren’t celebrated in this country.
- Create questions or assignments based on your children’s interests. Do you have a child who likes superheros or dinosaurs? Incorporate their names into the assignments.
- Do word puzzles in the foreign language. Look for sites that have printable word searches or crossword puzzles using foreign language vocabulary words. If you’re teaching your child Spanish, I have a free word search and crossword puzzle you can use.
- Host a Festival of Nations in your homeschool co-op. Children can create presentations, dress up, put on ethnic dances, or make ethnic food for the event.
- Visit another country. This is the ultimate fun way to study a language.
By the way, I have a free Spanish Draw My Picture Game that you can use in your homeschool. It can easily be tweaked to fit another language if your children aren’t learning Spanish.