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!
Consistency with the European policies in the field of language learning