International Education Week 2016
The British Council celebrates International Education Week every year, promoting the benefits of international learning and cultural exchange to a huge community of teachers and school leaders in the UK and all over the world. They believe that international learning, global communication and language learning is more important now than ever. That’s why this year’s IEW theme is ‘Make Time For Languages’.
Theme of the fortnight:
The ALL Language Zones contain our five language publications – Francophonie, Deutsch Lehren und Lernen, Vida Hispánica and Tuttitalia, plus new and specially selected archive content – an entirely interactive and interconnected archive on language teaching practice. They also contain networking and information areas for each language: for cultural information, discussion, news and updates.
This fortnight’s theme on our Language Zones is International Education – featured articles include: Linguistics in and beyond the languages classroom, How to get a cultural boost in the UK, Real-life resources, Events and festivals in the Spanish-speaking world, Festivals and fiestas in France and the French-speaking world, and Celebrations and festivals in Germany and the German-speaking world.
Useful ideas for you and your students could include:
British Council International Education Week is an opportunity to promote the importance of building an international dimension to the education of young people in the UK at all levels.
Tips from the British Council:
- Why should UK schools encourage pupils to
- Where languages can take you #1: Why should I learn a language? British Consul-General, Rio de Janeiro
- Where languages can take you #2: Why should I learn a language? Head of Languages, GCHQ
- Where languages can take you #3: Why should I learn a language? Language teacher, blogger and polyglot
- Where languages can take you #4: Double club languages coordinator at Arsenal FC
- How to make time for languages and the global dimension at your school
Ideas for your classroom:
#WhyNot: learn 10 words from a language you aren’t learning at school? Homework Challenge. Or if you’re feeling a bit more ambitious..! Let’s get talking – the @speak2future 1000 Words Challenge: http://fb.me/6UUxtfxX7 #WhyNot: list 10 countries you’d like to visit by the time you are 25 yrs old? Homework Challenge. You could create a personal map of your travels, tell someone about your favourite journey, or go on a journey from the comfort of your classroom with Streetview. #WhyNot: try a new food item from another country? Homework Challenge. You can even try making your own dishes: http://europeandigitalkitchen.com/?page_id=2940
- How classrooms look around the world: http://fb.me/4Cw1SeMVo
#WhyNot: speak to someone from another country? Homework Challenge. #ETwinning is the community for schools in Europe: for teachers to connect and develop collaborative projects: http://fb.me/2BfQSxRbv. #InspireaClass brings together year abroad students & secondary school pupils via the medium of vlogs: http://fb.me/7tdwdEMjS. #WhyNot: listen to and learn a song in another language? Homework Challenge. #WhyNot: find an app that allows you to practise another language? Homework Challenge. #WhyNot: change your social media app settings into another language for an hour? #WhyNot: watch a film or TV show in another language? Homework Challenge. #WhyNot: find a video of a celebrity speaking another language? Here’s some celebrity inspiration to encourage your students to learn a language…
#WhyNot: find out the nationalities of the players in your favourite sports team? Homework Challenge.
- Find out which of your teachers has travelled to the most countries / can speak the most languages? Homework Challenge.
#WhyNot: Look at a map of the world and find 3 new countries that you didn’t know existed? Homework Challenge. #WhyNot: Memorise ten country flags and capital cities? Homework Challenge. You can find quizzes & activity sheets on the Routes into Languages ‘I love languages…’ page. #WhyNot: Make a list of countries of the world starting with each letter of the alphabet: e.g. Argentina, Brazil,… Homework Challenge. #WhyNot: Look at the labels on your clothes & work out which item was made furthest away? Homework Challenge.
- Maps to change the way you think about the world – including: Where do people feel the most loved?… http://fb.me/2rfEQJnEf