Languages’ day 2020

What an amazing Languages’ Day we had! There was a great buzz, and the level of engagement about different cultures, food, and languages was inspirational. Languages’ Day is truly a reflection of what we do daily at CIS: building bridges between cultures, celebrating languages, fostering tolerance and respect for others.

The day was packed with varied and engaging activities.

We started the day with a carousel of 6 activities led by the students. Our students became teachers for the morning sessions and were brilliant. We were all impressed by the quality of resources they prepared, ranging from PowerPoints, memory games, word search, games on mini whiteboards etc. The students were eager to learn about their friends’ languages and cultures, and were appreciative of their efforts. We managed to learn a bit of Portuguese, Farsi, Tamil, Chinese, Japanese and Turkish. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them again. Well done Iona, Sarah, Yektaa, Yagiz, Sithu and Valerie!

After our carousel, every student took part in a short recording where we demonstrated our linguistic talents. We cannot wait to share our video wit you of all the students saying “We love languages at CIS” in 15 different languages!! Click here to see video.

After break, we had an international movies competition where students took part in a carousel in their Houses. They watched 3 extracts of 3 movies in Arabic, Hindi and Indonesian. They had to try to understand what they watched and imagine a possible ending, They also had to write the subtitles of a chosen sequence. The subtitles proved to be a very amusing read!

It was finally time for lunch! First, we would like to thank our families for sending in those fabulous dishes to share. They were so varied and delicious. We had pakoras, couscous, pan fried halloumi, tortillas, Irish bread, scones, Victorian sponges, to name just a few. It was delicious and such a convivial lunch.

In the afternoon, students were split into House sub-groups in order to take part in another carousel of activities led by our talented staff.

Students enthusiastically tried ‘koekhappen’ and ‘touwtjespringen’ at the Dutch workshop with Mrs Hobbs! Many pieces of ginger cake, hanging from a string, were successfully eaten in record times, and all students got a proper work out trying the 10-meter skipping rope. Everyone gave each activity their very best!

In Mr Yiangou’s sessions, they had a short introduction to Greek history and its geographical position. They looked at famous ancient Greeks, for example, Plato to Archimedes and even modern-day famous Greeks. They learned how to introduce themselves in Greek and learned to count to 10. They all managed to introduce each other and then tried with a partner.

In what countries is Kiswahili the first language? How old is the language? What is the difference between a Kanga and a Kitenge? For what are they used? How do you wear one? These are just some of the questions tried and tested in the Mrs Pearce- Slade’s session on Kiswahili, in which drumming, and Tanzania dancing also played a part.

In Mr Baldwin’s session, the students learned about Catalan and its close cousin Valenciano. We talked about how it is spoken in parts of Spain, France and even Italy as well as being the official language of Andorra. We also learnt how to say hello (bon dia or hola) as well as how to say my name is…(soc el…. or soc la…) The students were struck by similarities with other Latin languages, especially Spanish, French and Portuguese. We also learned about Fallas, a Valencian spring festival that takes place in March and involves fireworks. Ens encanten els idiomes al CIS!

Students in Mr Dixon’s sessions were able to taste some delicious Spanish hams, chorizo, Manchego cheese or Spanish olives, as well as talk about how chorizo is made and the history of pork-eating over the centuries in Spain. Students also enjoyed playing a Spanish variant of the popular card game called UNO!

Finally, students learnt about Italian Carnival that is celebrated from the 15th to 25th February. They learnt about the origin of the word that means “remove meat”; about the different ways to celebrate it (long parades, carriages that often represent political satire, dances) and the famous Venetian masks, the most elaborate in the world. They also made and/or coloured their proper mask, listening to Carnival music.

We finished the day in the Hall to announce the winning House. Well done to Odysseus: winner of Languages Day 2020!!

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