Welcome to a new school year which will bring all of us new opportunities to deepen into our knowledge about the teaching-learning process of English as a foreign language.
One of the aims of the seminars I will be developing in Getxo will be to increase sensitivity towards language diversity in the classroom and to provide teachers with resources so as to make students actively engaged in this challenging aim. This is why I have decided to write my first entry on this blog on an event which will sure help all of us to create the proper atmosphere to value language and cultural diversity among our students. I am referring to the European Day of Languages, which on the initiative of the Council of Europe,
, has been celebrated every year since
2001 on September 26th. Strasbourg
How can teachers and students get involved in some way in the European Day of Languages?
FOR TEACHERS of languages or, indeed, of other subjects the Day offers multiple possibilities: the opportunity to learn about other cultures, traditions and languages which are not normally presented in the classroom; the opportunity to promote the pupils creative talents by putting on sketches illustrating the languages that they can speak, set up language cafes, highlight all the languages spoken in the school…
Don’t forget to check out the material available for download.
STUDENTS will learn more about language diversity by taking part in these fun online activities
I hope you will participate because the EDL website is now available in 25 languages so you will find everything you need for your linguistically diverse classes. If you want to promote your event, you can tell your local newspaper or join the Facebook group on this. Please, don't forget to mention the address of the EDL website
Before meeting all of you in October, let me finish by thanking all of you for the interest you are showing in the seminars and in the different training events I am organizing around English language teaching.