Do you teach French or Spanish or Italian or Czech or…?

September 26th is European Day of Languages – a day to encourage people of all ages, from all walks of life to speak a different language. And, if they start young, they’ll soak it up like sponges!

What’s First?

You might want to spend some time teaching the children about Europe – the countries who are part of it, where those counties are, what their flags look like, what kind of foods and clothes are traditional and so on. We have some fabulous tools to help you do this, such as our Flags of Europe Stand, Puzzle Map of Europe and the labelled Control Maps that go with it.

Basic words

Once the children are familiar with the countries it might be nice to teach a few basic words and phrases from one of the countries you’ve introduced, such as: Hello, I love you and what is your name? You can use our great Moveable Alphabets (Special Offer 20% off) to get the children to guess how simple words might be spelt. Or you could ask the children if they’ve been to any of the countries on holiday. If they have, perhaps they could tell the class a story about the holiday – what they ate that was different for example, or bring in photographs to show to the rest of the group.

Classroom Decoration

Finally, it might be nice to dress up the classroom with flags of Europe bunting. You’ll need:

A4 size card

string

paints

brushes

mixing trays

clear adhesive tape

double-sided tape

Blu-Tack

You should:

• fold the A4 card in half and paint the chosen flag colours one side and leave to dry.

• paint the other side with the same flag or a different one and leave to dry

• secure the flags in half with a piece of double-sided tape leaving enough room at the fold to thread them onto the string

• thread the flags onto the string and slide across, continue until the string is full

• secure the string to the wall using Blu-Tack or clear adhesive tape.

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