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World Languages Club

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Note: Enrollment in this club is limited. Registration will close once the maximum club size is reached.

Open to: Students in grades 2 and up

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the language is needed, but proficiency is not required.

Challenge Level: Elementary to High School

Club Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Club Length: 12 weeks


Club Description


Welcome to the club! CTY’s World Languages Club is an opportunity for students interested in exploring another language—Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, or English as a second language—to come together and learn in a community setting.

Through forum discussion and live sessions using assigned words related to each week's theme, students will expand their vocabulary, become more fluent and accurate when speaking their target language, and learn to demonstrate culturally appropriate body language and tone while speaking. This club has synchronous virtual club meetings, and participation is highly encouraged. Club meeting times will be scheduled at the start of the club.

Note: Students can choose to sign up for total immersion or English-led options upon registration.

A few notes about CTY World Languages Club:
This is not meant to replace or be considered a core piece of any course that CTY offers. While curricular content will be introduced, it is not at the quantity of a course, the focus is on giving students a chance to interact as a group rather than individual time working with a club advisor.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the club as an ongoing asset for all club students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and club advisors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their club. Student contributions (forum posts, solutions, etc.) may remain after the student completes their enrollment. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations with future students.

Materials Needed

A headset with microphone is required.

List of Topics

  1. Food
  2. Animals
  3. Home and Family
  4. School
  5. Transportation and Travel
  6. Places in the city
  7. Jobs
  8. Hobbies
  9. Weather and time
  10. Health and Body
  11. Music and Art
  12. World Famous Landmarks

Synchronous Session

The club advisor will ask students to sign-up for scheduled meeting dates/times at the start of the club. Attendance is strongly encouraged but not required.

Time Required

As the club is meant to be a supplement as opposed to a fully-fledged course, there is little time set aside as required outside of the synchronous sessions.

Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

Most club lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.