There are over 40 languages spoken in the school and Language of the Month was introduced to help the children to learn a little about and share each other’s languages.
As well as displays the initiative includes online audio visual resources and specially designed simple games.
I think the initiative is fantastic and it will give a real sense of validation and respect to children and their families for whom English is not their first language.
Online Resources and Downloads
The school hasn’t stopped there though. They’ve made all these resources freely available via their web site. You can hear children speaking simple words in their own languages, download the activity booklet which has suggestions for over a 100 games and other pdf files to help you put up your own language of the month displays.
I’m going to use it myself to try to master a few simple words from languages I might encounter amongst my students next year. How about you?