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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 a part of our curriculum, but this day gives us the opportunity to introduce other languages to students.
Each class has been assigned a different European country that they will research and create fact files about on the day. The countries that have been chosen include: Finland, Norway, Croatia, France, and Sweden. During the day, we will hold a session where children can taste cheeses from around Europe before completing a quiz about them. The fantastic day will end with a joint assembly, where classes will share their learning from the day, including speaking some of the different languages.
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. It’s important that we value the contribution that Europe and its languages make to our society.”
It has never been easier to study abroad or work in a different European country, but a lack of language competence often deters people 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:
- Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learned in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding.
- Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered.
- Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, professional needs, purposes of mobility, or pleasure and exchanges.
Being equipped with the ability to speak another language opens doors to lucrative jobs, exquisite culture, and mouth-watering food, and by marking the day at Tregoze Primary School, we hope to broaden the horizons of our pupils.
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