Bilingual Immersion at the Museum

by Jordan Parry

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, ShareLingo teamed up with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Colorado Rockies to bring you an unforgettable event.

ShareLingo at the Museum

ShareLingo at the Museum

3 ShareLingo team members JUMPING FOR JOY at the museum

3 ShareLingo team members JUMPING FOR JOY at the museum

We celebrated Mother’s Day (Día de la Madre) by inviting about 200 local English- and Spanish-speakers to join us at the museum for a bilingual immersion-style scavenger hunt with funky hats, cool prizes, friends (new and old), and tons of incredible learning opportunities.

A team getting started on the scavenger hunt.

A team getting started on the scavenger hunt.

In attendance, we had dozens of men and women of all ages, along with their children, participating in a perfect activity for a rainy Saturday.

Participants formed teams (according to the color of their fedoras) and tackled the scavenger hunt, which we provided in English and Spanish (along with museum maps in the participants’ target language).  Teams chose their own team name and team leader, and raced to find all of the museum’s hidden gems by working together in English and Spanish.

Marking off found items

Marking off found items on the hunt

How many hidden clues can you find?

How many hidden clues can you find?

Participants uploaded photos to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #iShareLingo.  (#iShareLingo because…)

#iShareLingo!

#iShareLingo!

#iShareLingo!

#iShareLingo!

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#iShareLingo!

#iShareLingo!

#iShareLingo!

#iShareLingo!

At the end of the morning, we gave out prizes to:

  • the team that finished the scavenger hunt first (Los Salvajes! Congratulations!)
  • participants who posted photos with the hashtag #iShareLingo
  • all the moms in attendance (it was Mother’s Day, after all!)
  • winners of a raffle
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Father-son Rockies game? I think so!

Prizes included a full scholarship for an entire ShareLingo level (10 sessions), tickets to Colorado Rockies games this summer, goodie bags filled with chocolate (because of the museum’s Chocolate-themed exhibit, finishing May 8), and a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory.

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A huge thank-you to everyone who came to this historic event, as well as to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Colorado Rockies.  It is because of you all that we are able to have such awesome experiences and opportunities!

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Can’t wait to see what cool events are coming next for ShareLingo? Get in touch with us at info@sharelingo.org if you have any suggestions!

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About ShareLingo
The ShareLingo concept is really simple. Instead of learning from a white board or a computer, we help English learners meet Spanish learners for face-to-face practice together. A bilingual facilitator uses our method and materials to keep things moving so you are never bored. We have language learning solutions for individuals, businesses, non-profits, and schools. Learn more at www.sharelingo.org.

James Archer

James Archer is the founders of The ShareLingo Project - a Social Enterprise that connects English and Spanish speakers for face-to-face practice. This model breaks down both linguistic and cultural barriers for individuals, businesses, and non-profits.