Title of the Project
The primary intention of this "Language Festival" is to give pupils a taste for learning languages, and to motivate them to do so. This special day, which sees the whole school involved, is designed as an invitation to practice using a foreign language in various ways. It gives all pupils the opportunity to find out about other cultures, to take stock of their own knowledge and of the necessity to learn other languages in today's world. The project involves ALL secondary pupils, from the first form to the sixth form, as well as all the school's teachers and other employees. The languages involved include Chinese, Creole, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Polish, Spanish, Vietnamese and Walloon, as well as sign language. Pupils and teachers can select from a programme of about thirty 50-minute workshops, moving from one to the next. Pupils can thus participate in up to 6 workshops during the day. Workshop examples: - Participation of native speakers living in the Chimay area (Deidre Forgaty: "Welcome to Ireland" workshop, Ms Nhu Lien: Vietnamese workshop, Ms Zu: Chinese workshop) - Games in Dutch or English ("Spikit", "VO Challenge", "Chabadabada", "Trivial Pursuit", "Tout le monde veut prendre sa place", "Identik", "België" - Learning a bit of Polish with the help of Polish pupils, currently on an exchange visit to Belgium and from the grammar school in Pleszew, with which the school has had a Comenius exchange agreement for the past 10 years. - Using new information and communication technologies (NICT) - the "Inter’Ned" workshop - Meeting 5th and 6th-form pupils who have taken part in an Erasmus Junior (in the Czech Republic, Hungary or Italy) and who are willing to share their experiences and give others an insight into the languages they learned there. Results: This day helps pupils realise that learning languages is not only something done at school, but also takes place within the society in which they are growing up. They meet people who have emigrated from their home countries though have kept up their ties to their origins. A number of these have had very interesting experiences from a language perspective. Pupils also have the opportunity to discuss exchanges with organisations promoting inter-community exchanges. A festival opening pupils' eyes to the world!
Bulgarian, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Other
THE INITIATIVE PROMOTER’S PERSPECTIVE
This "party (made) of Languages" is primarily intended to give students a taste, the motivation to learn a foreign language. This special day mobilizing the whole school is an invitation to practice languages in many ways. It provides an opportunity for all students to learn about other cultures, to take on his own knowledge and the need to learn other languages in the world today.
The project mobilizes ALL learners, from the first to the sixth secondary (general - technical - professional) and all the teachers and staff of the school.
It gives all pupils the opportunity to find out about other cultures, to take stock of their own knowledge and of the necessity to learn other languages in today's world.
Relevant languages : German, English, Chinese, Creole , Spanish, French , Hungarian, Italian , sign language , Latin, Dutch, Polish , Czech , Vietnamese, Walloon ...
Students and teachers are divided into thirty workshops each scheduled over a period of 50 minutes , according to a rotating formula . Students can participate in up to 6 workshops during the day.
Examples of workshops :
- Participation of native speakers living in the Chimay region ( Deidre Forgaty : " Welcome to Ireland " workshop , Ms. Nhu Link : Vietnamese workshop , Ms. Zu : Chinese workshop)
- Games in Dutch or English (" Spikit ", " VO Challenge ", " Chabadabada ", " Trivial Pursuit " Everyone wants to take his place , "" Identik "," België "
- Discovery of Polish students through high school Pleszew in residence in Belgium , with which we carry over 10 years an exchange Comenius project.
- Use of New Technologies of Information and Communication (workshop " Inter'Ned ")
- Meeting with students in 5th or 6th who participated in a Junior Erasmus ( the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy ) who share their experiences and learn the languages they have learned.
Through the day, the students realize that language learning does not happen in schools, but also in the society in which they live. They meet partners who emigrated while keeping their origins, they meet partners who had very rewarding experiences a linguistic point of view, they discuss with organizations promoting exchanges between communities.
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Posted by Cintia Colibaba (Romania)
Message: Multiculturalism and multilinguism are very important issues in today\'s society. Students must be made aware, as young as possible, of their role in the modern world. The project aims at introducing young learners from a multitude of educational profiles to a great number of foreign languages and sign language. A very ambitious idea, the project is interesting to disseminate mainly because of the active workshops which can be custom-made for multitude end results.