10 IDEAS for the PRIMARY CLASSROOM
- Make a poster /brochure/ advert incorporating some target language (TL), to attract visitors to your school or town.
- Ask pupils / parents, whose mother-tongue is not English, to teach other pupils a few words in their native language.
- Language-taster sessions in a variety of languages. Don’t forget sign language! Ask teachers to take the register, pupils have a foreign name for the day and answer in a different language.
- Serve special breakfasts / snacks / lunches in the canteen. Pupils make menus labelling food in another language and then order in that language.
- Organise an assembly putting on songs / displays / dances/ poetry in other languages.
- Learn a traditional sport / dance / song / poem from another country.
- Play games like “Bingo” and “Simon Says” in a different language.
- Select excerpts from recognisable songs in different languages and guess which language they think the song is in.
- Learn adjectives/adverbs in other languages using “Mr. Men” characters, where the name of a particular ‘Mr Man’ is called out, e.g. Mr Slow, Mr Rush, Mr Bounce. Children then move around in the manner of that ‘Mr Man’.
- Make a video or animation on the i-pad of pupils saying hello in different languages.
Visit the European Centre for Modern Languages website for language-related facts, games and fun!
Why not watch the 'HELLO' video below by the European Centre for Modern Languages?
10 IDEAS for the POST-PRIMARY CLASSROOM
- Research a lesser-known EU language and make an interactive poster on it using Glogster.
- Make a mock European ID card or Facebook page in another language.
- Organise a Treasure Hunt around the school in a different language.
- Widespread use of other languages throughout the school for 1 week– pupils vote for the member of staff who makes the best attempt in another language.
- Use a recipe in target language to prepare a food dish at home or in the HE room.
- Make up 10 homework challenges such as- learn a tongue-twister, a poem, say your name and age, a short prayer- all in another language.
- With the help of a Language Assistant or new-comer pupils, pupils learn a traditional sport, dance, song, rap or poem from another country.
- Have a European quiz involving another school in your area. Questions on EU flags, capital cities, general knowledge etc. Take a look at our Opportunity Europe Euro Quiz archives here.
- Put on a special EDL assembly with contributions from teachers and pupils such as opening remarks, blessings, prayers, poems, hymns, songs or drama in another language.
- Go online and use BBC Quick Fix to learn basic phrases in different European languages.