The World Cup in Spanish Language and Culture’s curriculum

Kate Bitonti, Chief Reporter

The World Cup, a famous international soccer competition between several countries, was a main topic in and out of school. The students taking Spanish Language and Culture had a unit in which they learned not only about the World Cup, but about Colombian soccer during the late 1900s as well. 

Ms. Moy, a Spanish teacher, taught this unit to her students this year, as well as the year before. 

“Especially this year, it’s very relevant because a lot of the students watch the World Cup,” said Moy.

With this unit, students are able to make a connection in class with something going on in the public eye. Being that the World Cup happens every 4 years, this year learning about the World Cup could be described as “live.” One would sometimes come into class discussing the results of the game that took place the night prior or stressing about the game that is taking place while they are sitting in Spanish class. This year in particular, students had the opportunity to gain an understanding and experience the World Cup simultaneously.

“I definitely saw an increase in participation [within the students] out of sheer interest and relevance,” said Moy.

A topic that interests many students provides an opportunity to participate more in lessons. Participation is important regarding education. With this increase, there are benefits for the students.

“I learned a lot about what the World Cup does for communities and for its countries,” said junior Luke Cecere.

The World Cup can be so much more than a series of games that some people like to watch. It can be educational. It allows for an understanding of one’s country regarding the effect the World Cup had and has on their people.

“It taught me how people can connect through sports,” said Luke C.

The World Cup promotes unity among people through the shared passion for their country and players. Students are taken on a journey in which they view the importance of the World Cup in different countries. They are taught about the way it sparks nationalism, pride of the people, and are given the opportunity to feel that pride as well. 

In this unit, students learned about the childhood and soccer career of Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina. Argentina won this past World Cup via a penalty shootout against France on December 18, 2022. This concluded the unit with the victory of a player thoroughly taught and discussed in class.

“I think it’s great for next year’s 11th graders to experience this lesson,” said junior Michael McQuaide.

Students who will take Spanish Language and Culture in the next couple of years will have the privilege of experiencing this unit as well. As the World Cup takes place every four years, it is hoped that one will enjoy it just the same regardless of whether or not the event is happening during the unit.🔳