In 2020, for the European Day of Languages (26th September every year), I recycled an old (classic) idea in one of my schools: each class chose a European country and did some research on it. Then each child got given a piece of bunting (triangular card) where, depending on their age, they either drew a flag, wrote a word or a phrase (for instance “my name is”) in the language of that country etc. Finally in each class or the school hall, the bunting got displayed. They used the “Languages take you further” booklet as a reference: click here to download it, it is a great one!
If you want to keep things simple, here is what the class teachers and I are doing:
- 5-7 year olds: click here for EDL-quiz-KS1 2021 which asks the children to draw lines between certain countries and the language(s) spoken there; then click here for a blank map of Europe that they can fill in by using EDoL 2021 presentation
- 7-11 year olds: click here for EDL quiz KS2 2021 which asks the children to research certain countries and the language(s) spoken there (click here for the answers to the languages column: EDL quiz KS2 2021 lang answers); it also asks for their flags. Then click here for a blank map of Europe that they can fill in by using EDoL 2021 presentation (the answers to the flags are there too).
Oh and we are hoping to take part in this year’s ALL NE (open to the whole in the UK) European Day of Languages competition! Click here for more details: European_Day_of_Languages_Competition_2021.docx – closing date 6th October.
Below are extra useful links I have come across and liked:
- Click here for a cool interactive map! You can put in a word in English and it shows you what that word is in other languages around Europe, so you can see which are similar to each other!
- This year there are lots of great ideas on this Europa page (click here), as shared by the Association for Language Learning!
- Click here for the official languages of European countries on a map
- Click here for an online quick on European flags
What is YOUR favourite European Day of Languages activity? Please do share it in the comments so others see your amazing ideas too!