Once again this year we are celebrating the many different languages spoken by our students as part of the European Day of Languages, Tuesday 26 September 2017.
Across the whole school, a delicious selection of world-cuisine hot dishes will be served in the dining halls, while those who eat packed lunch are encouraged to bring in world-wide cuisine to ‘show and tell’ to their friends – the more diverse the better!
Throughout the day, students in the Pre-Prep, Prep and Upper Schools will be encouraged to find as many opportunities as they can to speak in any language of their choice, both European and non-European. Be it a greeting, saying please or thank you, or something else, all efforts will be rewarded with European flag tokens, to be redeemed for House points. Vocab posters to inspire and support will be on display so students can try out as many different languages as they like.
The European Day of Languages is celebrated across Europe every 26 September. Its aim is
- To promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe
- To increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding
- To encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school – bilingualism enhances the thinking process and makes the learning of additional languages easier.
This year we are launching EDL week in Monday assembly with a special film showcasing the Prep School’s language talents entitled ‘We are SW’ and rounding off the week in the Friday celebration assembly with a special collection of interviews with our Upper School foreign language speakers called ‘SW: our languages’.
We are greatly looking forward to celebrating the wonderfully diverse range of languages spoken at Sancton Wood!