Thursday, August 21, 2014

Update 20 August 2014 - International Languages Week 17-23 August 2014

Hi all, it’s week five!

International Languages Week takes place between Sunday, 17 August and Saturday, 23 August 2014. This special week provides an opportunity to showcase and promote languages and cultures in your school and communities.

New resources, examples, and ideas for celebrating International Language Week in your school or centre are now available at NZC Online. Make sure you check them out.

What can your school do to celebrate International Languages Week?

  • Use the following question as a discussion starter with your class – "does the world look different in other languages?"
  • Connect with community groups and families to find out what languages are spoken in your school community.
  • Invite family members with a second language into the school as guest speakers, to read first language books, or practice conversations with students.
  • Learn more than greetings – can you share a news event in another language? Run an assembly in another language?
  • Make a video like this one to promote International Languages Week.
  • Develop a resource written in an international language to welcome new migrants and inform them about your local area.
  • Connect with another class in a country that speaks an international language – The Mixxer is a free educational site designed to connect language learners around the world.
  • Can you use Google Translate to help you record a message?
  • Can you connect with another class around the world - maybe through quadblog or skype in the classroom?
  • Consider ways in which you could build learning languages into the rest of your school year.

Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo,
te tuakiri tangata.
Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako.

Your voice and my voice are expressions of identity.
May our descendants live on and our hopes be fulfilled.

We would love to hear from you and your school are doing to recognise and celebrate this week.

Have you had an opportunity to check out this week’s showcased author, Ella West? Do you or your learners have a favourite NZ author or illustrator that you would like showcased on our site? We would love to hear from you.

Anne’s Literacy Links and Look ups…

NZLA conference Surfing the Literacy Wave
Tauranga, 28 September – 1 October 2014

Ngā mihi nui
Anne Kenneally
Literacy Online Facilitator
CORE Education

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