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Languages day

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by crumbs18, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. crumbs18

    crumbs18 New commenter


    I have been given the task of planning a whole school languages day in my primary school. I’d love to include different languages from around the world and was thinking of doing some general activities such as looking at numbers and greetings across various languages to compare them then focus on 2 different languages in each year group. Does anyone have any good ideas for sport and art activities I could use or have any top tips from their own experience of organising a day like this? I’ve had a look at the EDOL activities on here which are great but I’d like to include some languages outside of Europe too.
  2. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    I think you are being over ambitious in wanting to focus on 2 languages per year group.
    What languages do the teachers have some competence in?
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  3. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Easy to want to try to throw everything at it . I would avoid a scattergun approach as tempting as it may be ......You need to focus on the purpose of the day ? Drill down to a couple of specific objectives. Cultural activities can be enjoyable/informative . A member of staff once asked his Japanese wife to spend time with our students as part of a project - went really well though to be fair she was a natural and delightful - important to know in advance the ' quality' of anyone be you may invite into your setting ?
  4. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Are you a member of the "Languages in Primary Schools" Facebook group? The topic of language days is often discussed there and you'd find lots of helpful suggestions.
    crumbs18 likes this.
  5. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    I agree with other posters that you need to focus on the purpose of the day, and think what resources you have available to make this happen. Do any of the staff speak another language, or have a partner/friend who does (and might be willing to come in/help with advance preparation of an activity)? Do you have any children who speak another language, or parents/grandparents?
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  6. crumbs18

    crumbs18 New commenter

    Thank you for the advice. SLT want the main aim to be a celebration of the languages we have in school so I am keen to involve confident bilingual children to model language in the sessions as well as confident bilingual parents. I think I need to focus on one language per year group and plan sessions around cultural activities with anything spoken supported by video and found links
  7. crumbs18

    crumbs18 New commenter

    Posted too soon... video and sound links for non specialist teachers. It’s quite overwhelming with which languages to focus on but I will have to bear in mind the resources we have access to when planning the day. Thanks for your help.
  8. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    Have you asked local secondary school if they can bring in some pupils to lead activities?
  9. ashleysummer

    ashleysummer New commenter

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    ashleysummer New commenter

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