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Celebrating the Diversity of European Languages

26 September 2019
Celebrating the Diversity of European Languages

Hello! Bonjour! Willkommen! ¡Hola! Ciao! Cześć!

Every year, the 26th of September marks the European Day of Languages, and our pupils will be spending the day improving their foreign vocabulary. The teaching of a foreign language is already part of our curriculum, but this day gives us the opportunity to introduce other languages to students.

At Forest & Sandridge School, on European Day of Languages, we celebrate International Day of Languages, which broadens the event's remit. Today, all classes will be off-timetable, with children spending the day celebrating and learning about a selected country and its language and culture. Each class has chosen a country, from the youngest children in Seedlings up to year 6. The children and staff will be dressed in either traditional dress or the colours of the national flag.

This year, we have focused on involving families as much as possible, celebrating the languages spoken within the school and the cultures that make up our school community. As such, the different countries we are celebrating include:

  • France
  • Australia
  • Kenya
  • China
  • Wales
  • Poland
  • Ghana
  • Mexico
  • Russia
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Holland
  • Iceland

The activities taking place today include playing new sports and traditional games, learning languages, tasting different food, singing songs, and telling stories. Particular highlights include:

  • Seedlings pupils cooking pancakes and sampling French food.
  • Year 4 children making pizzas.
  • Year 3 pupils listening to Mexican music.

We are delighted to have a number of parents joining us as guests during the day to share their culture with the children and enrich their learning.

Mrs Lewis, Languages Coordinator, said: "This event is a fantastic opportunity for our children to become immersed in a language and culture that they haven't previously been exposed to, broadening and enriching their world view."

There are many opportunities for people in the UK to study or work abroad, but a lack of language competence often deters them from making the move. There are many valuable and unforgettable experiences to be had by spending time in different European countries, and we believe that language should not be a barrier.

Set up by the Council of Europe, the European Day of Languages has three general objectives:

  1. Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learned in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding.
  2. Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered.
  3. Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, professional needs, purposes of mobility, or pleasure and exchanges.

By marking the day at Forest & Sandridge C.E. Primary School, we hope to broaden the horizons of our pupils. Being equipped with the ability to speak another language opens doors to lucrative jobs, exquisite culture, and mouth-watering food.

Thank you for reading! Merci pour la lecture! Danke fürs Lesen! ¡Gracias por leer! Grazie per aver letto! Dziękuję za przeczytanie!

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