Today at Nodehill was European Day of Languages and as you can see from the pictures below we really celebrated with style. Pupils and staff dressed up in traditional costumes and as in 2007 and 2006 we gave everyone the opportunity to sample foods from all over Europe
... for free!
During whole school assembly, I played a few video clips which promoted the benefits of language learning from Arsene Wenger, a goldfish and a cat, tested the pupils' language awareness with an EDL quiz from the TES Resource Bank and finished by playing them Yakko's Nations of the World which made them smile.
Adding a personal touch, I also included an excerpt from an audio recording I made yesterday with one of my form class, Calum who speaks very good Spanish because of his positive language learning experience at primary school, going to Spain on holiday and living there for a year.
His message to the pupils of Nodehill was possibily the most effective as it gave a real life example of successful language learning from someone they could totally relate to. Well done Calum.
You can download the interview in full here.
After assembly, I took a picture of those pupils who dressed up and here it is. How many nationalities can you spot?
Finally I'd like to thank my colleague Susan Peoples who helped doling out the food at lunchtime and for creating the wonderful display below. Happy European Day of Languages!