Sunday, 27 September 2015

European Day of Languages 2015

For this year's European Languages Day my colleagues and I prepared some interesting interactive quizzes, tongue twisters, associations and other language games. Traditionally, we celebrated this day with the representatives of other primary schools from our town and nearby villages.

We started our celebration with a short film showing different quotes about the importance of learning foreign languages, as well as mother tongue. It was followed by a fun activity called 'Getting to know you' in which two volunteers from each team tried to find their 'fellow countrymen' just by using gestures, without speaking. The teams then checked their knowledge of the languages spoken in Europe in the quiz about the alphabets, word origin, family of languages and language in general. We continued with the listening game called 'Look who's singing' and the teams were asked to guess the language they heard in the songs performed by the former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest. Then, in the association game called 'European Record Breakers' the participants and the audience found out a few interesting things about the European countries which broke records in different areas, while in the 'ABC game' they were required to order the given English words starting with the letter T as they appear in the dictionary. The 'Translation Workshop' was a real challenge because the teams translated messages by using the Braille Alphabet. The programme ended with another fun game - the students read tongue twisters in Serbian, Italian, German and English.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Fun activities

One of the 2-3-minute activities for practising word order, just right for the beginning or the end of the lesson, includes group work. I shared it with my students the first time I saw them after our summer holidays.

I asked them to organise groups of four. Each person said a random letter and then, as a group, they made a sentence with the words starting with the given letter. 

Here are a few interesting sentences my Year 8 students came up with:
JCAZ: Jump carefully around zebras. (Julijan, Bojana and Branislava VIII4)
KERB: Katy eats red bananas. (Kosana, Andrea, Tijana and Ivana VIII4)
SMND: Summer memories never die. (Dunja, Ivana, Miroslava and Emilija VIII4)
ETIA: Every tiger is amazing. (Elena, Tijana, Ivana and Anja VIII2)