The European Day of Languages (EDL) aims to celebrate linguistic diversity by showing people across Europe how important languages are and what fun can be had learning them. The European Day of Languages is 26 September. It was set up by the Council of Europe and was first celebrated in 2001. It’s getting bigger every year, with 45 countries now involved. Schools across Scotland will be celebrating the European Day of Languages 2010 in Septmber. This is a snapshot of what’s happening.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Douglas Academy, Milngavie

Douglas Academy write...

We do celebrate the event as a school so you might be interested in what we do.

S1 do a poster competition entitled "Why is is important to learn another language". We also get the S6 pupils who are doing community involvement to make up menus and displays for the school canteen in Italian, French and Spanish and we decorate the social space with flags of all different countries. The canteen staff put on a special "European" menu and we run a "spot the song" competition at lunchtime; the sixth years do a radio programme and included in their play list for that week are songs with foreign words in the title. The pupils listen out for them, write them down on the entry form and at the end of the week we do a prize draw to find the winners. Every member of staff who speaks a language other than English, writes the date on the board in that language and we do some "special" lessons in modern languages too.

Sciennes Primary School, Edinburgh

Sciennes Primary write...

Our three P6 classes are undertaking a study of Europe - two P6 and one P7 studying French; one P6 and one P7 studying German. We do intend to hold a Eurovision Song Contest and party to round off the topic.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Colquhoun Park Primary School, Bearsden

Colquhoun Park Primary write...

Global Citizenship / International education / Sustainabilty/ and the teaching of a foreign language are totally merged within the school's everyday approaches to teaching and learning. The teacher who officially leads on International Education has an exciting programme for EDL 2010 which includes sourcing and delivering short taster courses on a different language every month.

Tobermory High School

Tobermory High School will be celebrating on September 23rd with:

  • Badges for staff saying what languages they speak
  • Language breakfast for S1 lead by S5 language classes and bilingual learners, and hopefully members of the local community
  • Language videos on a plasma screen in main hall
  • S5/6 language classes have plans for a Chinese lunch at a local Chinese restaurant
A picture of pupil's great craftsmanship and last year's badges is on their website:

Friday, 27 August 2010

European Day of Languages 2010

How will you be celebrating EDL this year? We want to hear how schools across Scotland will be celebrating, so if you want to publicise your event on this blog, or arrange for a member of Scottish CILT staff to attend your event, please contact us by email.

We have examples on our website of how schools have celebrated in the past.

Visit the EDL pages of our website for more information on EDL 2010.