BOONSBORO - Fourth-grade magnet students in Suzanne Sullivan's class at Boonsboro Elementary School are continuing to experience the sounds and tastes of a variety of countries from around the world, including Brazil, Egypt, Honduras, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, Lebanon and Armenia.
Recently, they learned about Italy.
"Buon giorno! Come sta? Come vi chiamate?" asked Maria Pohulchuk, a parent volunteer speaker.
With a few giggles, the students tried to answer with the correct responses. "Buono. Gratzie." The more they practiced and heard it, the easier it seemed.
Since December, students have had the option to sign up to attend two Language Luncheons.
"It is something a little extra I try to offer to my students as part of their World Languages and Global Communication curriculum," Sullivan said.
Parents volunteer as speakers to talk about their countries of origin, Sullivan said.
Thirteen students join each luncheon in the classroom and explore a country with a parent volunteer. Besides learning about the culture and language of a specific country, the students have a chance to taste traditional cuisine, such as black beans with rice from Brazil.