On 26th September, people all over Europe will celebrate its linguistic diversity with the European Day of Languages.
An initiative of the Council of Europe, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001, in all the 47 member states. As well as celebrating the fact that Europe is home to approximately 225 indigenous languages, the day is intended to promote plurilingualism, with the belief that this improves intercultural understanding.
The majority of the world’s population is speaks at least two languages and it is believed that bilingualism and plurilingualism are good for the brain! However, here in the UK we are still somewhat behind many of our European cousins in terms of language acquisition.
The European Day of Languages could be a fantastic opportunity to encourage students at your school to take more of an interest in languages. Why not celebrate the day with a language-themed quiz? Alternatively, you could arrange an assembly where students perform a song, poem or mini-play in a foreign language. Perhaps older students could put together a language lesson for the Year 7s?
Another great way to promote enthusiasm for languages is to arrange a school language trip. Students really benefit from the experience of immersing themselves in their target language and using it to communicate with locals. A school language trip also demonstrates to students how learning a language can open the door to a world of discovery!
We offer a range of tailor-made school language trips, all designed to meet specific learning objectives. If you would like to introduce your students to the country where your target language is spoken, allowing them to discover the culture with an exciting variety of cultural activities alongside the opportunity for sightseeing and practising the language with the locals, then our Language Culture Tours are ideal for you.
Alternatively, for groups who are preparing in earnest for exams, why not try one of our Language Study Tours? These include lessons at a specialist language school followed combined with cultural activities designed to provide students with the opportunity to put their language skills into practice. In most locations, we can also arrange host family accommodation, to complete the immersive experience.
Finally, our Language Work Experience is ideal for students preparing to take their A-Levels. They spend one week working at a local business, where they will need to use the language to communicate with their colleagues and customers. Although this can be nerve-wracking at the beginning, your students will be surprised by how well they cope, boosting their language skills and confidence at the same time! Again, we can often arrange host family accommodation for groups taking this type of tour.
For further information on our school language trips, please contact our team of experienced Language Tour Specialists, who will be very pleased to help.