Teaching materials "Teach-Share"

Here you will find ready-to-use materials that teachers around the world used in school for the European Day of Languages. You might need to adapt them to fit your needs (e.g. change language). We would be happy to add your ideas/ materials/ adaptation of existing documents here!

For ideas on what can be done on the European Day of Languages please see the "examples of school activities" below.

Celebrating the European Day of Languages
English, Greek
2
HOURS

10-11 y

Through a series of language activities within the context of the EDL, primary school students become aware of the importance of (autonomous) foreign language learning, as well as of their 'European' self.

  EDL Posters.pptx

 EDL lesson plan and a worksheet (English)

© Irene Voidakou/English Teacher,1rst Primary School of Markopoulo
BBC iWonder guide
English vs Welsh: which language is balderdash?
½
HOUR

all ages

The guide looks at loanwords and borrowings in English. Some of these loanwords have come from distant lands and ancient tongues (Latin, Greek, Hindi, French, German etc), but others have been introduced into the language from sources much closer to home – Wales, for example. Who’d have thought that words like balderdash, cardigan, gull, bard and car are all originally Welsh words?

English speakers are often criticised for being notoriously bad at learning other languages. But have centuries of borrowing and assimilating words from different languages and cultures ensured a smoother path to learning other tongues? In fact, could knowing English actually help you become a linguistic genius?

Link to the BBC iWonder guide

© by the BBC
Animal sounds in different languages
material in various languages
½
HOUR

8-14 y

A fun way of showing how different/similar languages are. Various examples of the onomatopoeia of animal sounds in different languages. Each card is written in a different language that students can try to recognize.

 All cards as pdf (material in English, French, German, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, target languages: all)

 Ideas for working with the cards

 One page sheet to be filled with sounds

© by the European Centre for Modern Languages
Group quiz on language facts
English, German
½
HOUR

10-14 y

Students get shown 10 questions on language facts. The ones who get most answers right will win (a little prize). It is an activity where students will move freely around class.

 Description (English)

 Powerpoint presentation (German)

 Powerpoint presentation (English)

© by the European Centre for Modern Languages
Dober dias! Buenos dan! Sprachliche und kulturelle Vielfalt entdecken und feiern. Praxisvorschläge für Sprachenworkshops und Sprachenaktionen für die Grundschule und die Sekundarstufe I.
German
1
HOUR

8-14 y

ÖSZ, ed. KIESEL neu, Heft 1. ISBN 978-3-85031-16
Graz: ÖSZ, 2012 
Zusätzlich zur Tätigkeit als Koordinationsstelle des Europäischen Tages der Sprachen in Österreich war das ÖSZ in den letzten Jahren immer wieder selbst aktiv und hat unter anderem seit 2009 Sprachenworkshops unter dem Titel "Dober dias! Buenos dan! Mit vielen Sprachen leben und lernen" durchgeführt. Mit dieser Broschüre stellt das ÖSZ in Zusammenarbeit mit den Mehrsprachigkeitsexpertinnen Katharina Lanzmaier-Ugri und Catherine Lewis diese Sprachenworkshops nun als Modell für Pädagog/innen zur Verfügung. Darüber hinaus werden fünf ausgewählte Sprachenveranstaltungen präsentiert, die von Schulen am und um den Europäischen Tag der Sprachen durchgeführt wurden und auf spannende und kreative Weise das Thema "Sprachenlernen und Mehrsprachigkeit" aufgreifen. 

 http://www.oesz.at/.../KIESELneu_Heft1_web.pdf (German)

© by the ÖSZ
Idioms of the world
all languages
1
HOUR

14-18 y

Compare idioms used in different languages. Based on an English idiom several examples are shown on how the same is said in various other languages including Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish and Welsh. Feel free to send us an interesting version of these idioms in any other language. Send to information(at)ecml.at.

 Idioms of the world (various languages, headline in English)

© by the European Centre for Modern Languages
Change ta langue!
material in English, target language French
1.5
HOURS

10-14 y

An interactive powerpoint presentation showing facts on languages and inviting students to participate. It includes several videos from youtube.

 Presentation (material in English, target language French)

© by Mme Berangere LESAGE-KO, M Christoph Pollmann

Examples of school activities

These are some samples of school activities that where done in schools for the European Day of Languages! You should get some ideas on what you could do.

Older students prepare English (or any other language) lessons for younger students
all languages, description in English
4
HOUR

6-16 y

During the first two periods Year 8 students prepare and organize short English lessons of 15 minutes each for Year 1 students. There are 12 work stations in all. They not onlyplan and teach the lessons, they also take over parts of theorganization and timekeeping and emcee the opening and closing ceremonies. After the two periods of preparation Year 8 students pick up Year 1 students from their classrooms and the fun begins.

 Description (English)

© Elisabeth Bauer, GIBS, Graz, Austria
District Language Day - valuing all languages spoken in a city district
English, German
3
HOURS

6-14 y

„I can speak Armenian!“ „I can speak Hungarian!“ „ I can speak Russian!“ Primary school children of the third district of Vienna exchange languages. For some of them it is a new experience. All of a sudden their first language, ignored so far, is appreciated. The „Landstraßer Sprachentag“ made it possible.

 Description (English)

 Flyer (German)

 Plan of activities (German, but please have a look - you can see what the structure is like)

© Commission on Integration of the third district of Vienna Eva Lachkovics, author of books for adolescents: Michael Schmid, African storyteller: Dr. Espérance Bulayumi



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