Monday 26th September was the Annual European Day of Languages at Lochinver. This is a day of cultural and linguistic celebration that has taken place across Europe for the past ten years. The main theme of the day was Speak to Me and staff and students were encouraged to share their linguistic and cultural knowledge across the school.
All staff wore ‘I speak’ badges throughout the day that displayed the languages they spoke or in which they knew a smattering of words and phrases. The boys were hugely interested in this and were asking staff all day which languages they spoke, where they learnt them and what easy phrases they could learn. It also encouraged some interesting Franglais conversations amongst staff! At the same time, staff also introduced an element of language learning into their subject areas for the day. In Art, Year 6 boys wrote their names in different alphabets, boys in Science lessons learnt parts of the body in Irish and communicated in Dutch, boys in Drama experimented with the theme of body language as a means of communication when there is no common tongue and in Music, an alphabet of Italian musical terms was created.
Other activities across the school included a languages quiz (the winners of which will be announced on Friday) and a competition to see how many languages could be spoken in one day at Lochinver. The boys were in and out of the Modern Foreign Languages corridor all day registering the languages they had heard. These ranged from European Languages and Asian Languages to Middle Eastern languages and local African dialects. In total 34 languages were heard at some point; 15 of which were heard in the Year 3 Assembly. We will see if we can beat this record next year!
The discussions that took place throughout the day between staff and students really summed up the theme of ‘Speak to Me’ and we all learnt something new about one another. It was a fantastically interesting day and I look forward to the 26th September next year!
Mr. C. Neville
Head of MFL