A wonderful way to connect and collaborate with other classrooms from around the world.

The World Languages Challenge 

February is a month full of celebrations that honor diversity, inclusivity, and the vibrant history of cultures around the world. To embrace the spirit of unity, the Empatico team is hosting the World Languages Challenge for all students ages 5-18 years old! 

This initiative is open to language enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners exploring new languages to advanced learners looking to practice with native speakers!

How to Join the Fun! 

To participate in the World Languages Challenge, simply sign up and create a FREE account and then join this special community once you are inside the Empatico platform.

This unique space serves as a hub for global educator connections, language-focused activities, and cross-cultural conversations between classrooms.

Learn More!

Empatico will also host two kickoff webinars to announce the World Languages Challenge. Attendees will learn more about the challenge, get a sneak peak into the weekly themes, and have an opportunity to establish a connection with a partner classroom for the campaign. 
Register for the webinars using the links below! 

  • Option 1: February 1, 2024 at 1PM ET / 6PM GMT
  • Option 2: February 1, 2024 at 8PM ET / (2/2/24) 1AM GMT

February Celebrations 

The month of February offers a unique opportunity to recognize different cultures around the world through holidays such as: 

  • Black History Month (February) invites us to recognize and celebrate the achievements, contributions, and history of Black Americans. 
  • Carnival (February 9th – 17th) is a vibrant and joyful festival that showcases the history, culture, and traditions of countries like Brazil, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic through parades, dancing, and colorful costumes! 
  • Lunar New Year (February 10th) is a significant celebration for many communities worldwide, including China, South Korea, and Vietnam, and marks the beginning of the lunar calendar.  
  • Valentine’s Day (February 14th) strengthens relationships by encouraging us to express affection and gratitude to our loved ones. 
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17th) inspires us to perform small, random acts of kindness for others. 
  • Mother Language Day (February 21st) marks the importance of preserving and celebrating our native languages.

Language Activities

Throughout the World Languages Challenge, you and your students – whether they are beginners exploring new languages, or advanced learners seeking to practice with native speakers – will explore themes such as Greetings, Slang and idioms, Music, and Words from the heart. Each activity includes an in-class discussion that invites students to share about their native languages (or languages they are learning), as well as extension prompts that guide you and your students through live exchanges (virtual video calls) or sharing photos and videos with other classrooms.

The World Languages Challenge offers a unique opportunity for educators, whether they are introducing students to new languages or guiding advanced learners in practicing their language skills, to foster a shared love for languages and cultural diversity.

By joining the Empatico community, educators and their students can foster a shared love for languages and cultural diversity well beyond this challenge!