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.

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