On the 26th of September, we celebrate the European Day of Languages. Every year, millions of people in the Council’s member states and elsewhere organise or take part in activities to promote linguistic diversity.
On this day, we talk about the advantages of knowing more than one language. We discussed how it helps us to develop plurilingual skills and reinforce intercultural understanding. It also allows us to get to know and to embrace other cultures and points of view.
The Middle School students were actively engaged in discussions about “Why and how we learn a new language”, and also had fun participating in the House Language Competition, which was won by the red team: the Bears! Congratulations!
Frau Laura Seraffini
Keeping in mind the impact of positive emotions in learning, students are constantly involved in “hands on” activities which have the aim of making the topic meaningful by performing physical activities while having fun.
Grade 6 students are learning numbers. What better way to consolidate learning than having fun playing BINGO and getting some little prizes? The students were also asked to make a drawing out of a written text with the topic “WHAT CAN YOU SEE FROM THE WINDOW?”, thus learning how to get on top of a text using the dictionary.
Grade 7 students performed a DIALOGUE AT THE MARKET buying fruit and vegetables. Their performances were recorded and subsequently analysed by the students themselves focusing on pronunciation and on possible improvements. The Grade 7’s also made a poster describing their recent FIELD TRIP TO FLORENCE, thus consolidating the verbs in the past tense, means of transport, places to visit, weather and food.
Grade 8 students are working on a VIDEO PRESENTATION OF THE SCHOOL. Students are writing the script with data about the school and imaginable conversations with a visitor and will subsequently film all parts of the school presenting the building to a visitor.
Grade 7 and 8 students were also involved in the TRANSLATION PROJECT from German into English of the Christmas Calendar containing stories about how Christmas is celebrated all around the world.
Frau Laura Seraffini
Middle School German Teacher