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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.

This year, each class in our school has been given a different European country to research and create a fact file about. These countries include Finland, Norway, Croatia, France, and Sweden. Pupils will then take part in an assembly at the end of the day, with all classes sharing what they have learned, including speaking some of the different languages. Our celebrations also include the children sampling an array of European cheeses and completing a quiz afterward.

Mrs Collins, International Coordinator, said: "These kinds of events are very important to make children aware that they are global citizens. The world seems to be getting smaller, and we have lots of children with English as an additional language within our school, so it's important that we value the contribution that Europe and it's languages make to our society."

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 Tregoze 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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