Language Celebration Week

Language Celebration Week

October 4th 2017

From Friday 22 to Thursday 28 September the Emmanuel community welcomed once again the school’s annual Language Celebration Week, hosted by the MFL team.
On Friday 22 September, Miss Walker went with a group of excited Year 9 linguists to the University of Nottingham’s European Day of Languages celebration, with other schools from the local area. Students took part in an exciting timetable to activities during the morning, including a university campus treasure hunt, a session in the Language Laboratories and two taster language sessions, including Portuguese, Mandarin and Russian. The students hugely enjoyed themselves and won the treasure hunt!

Georgia (9.01) said, “The activity I most enjoyed was Mandarin because I learned how to say lots of useful phrases. I also enjoyed learning Russian, given that I learned how to spell my name using the Cyrillic alphabet!”

Rahul-Jai (9.05) said, “The final activity we did was a Portuguese language taster session where we learned about the culture, food and music of Portugal. We also learned some key words and greetings. This was a really good day and I would recommend it to everyone!”

On Monday 25 September, Emmanuel invited some students from Bluecoat Wollaton to join us for the day as we hosted a VIP visitor. Mr W (full name not to be disclosed for security reasons!) came to Emmanuel from GCHQ, the government’s intelligence agency. Mr W spoke to students in Years 8 and 9 about how he uses languages in his job, the opportunities presented and other careers which may use languages. Our students had lots of questions about his line of work and the government’s intelligence agenda.

In the afternoon, a group of students from both schools also had the opportunity to get involved in some language taster lessons of Russian and Persian, taught by Mr W and Mr Trodd from Bluecoat Wollaton. All students had a great time in the sessions and learned lots of new words and phrases.

Monday also saw the very successful and well attended launch of the Key Stage 3 Globetrotters lunchtime club run by the Humanities and MFL teams. We were joined by our EAL ambassadors who shared language skills from home languages with other students from Emmanuel and Bluecoat. Students taught Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Italian, to name but a few of the languages, and the atmosphere in the room was warm, purposeful and welcoming.

The rest of the week hosted Emmanuel’s Annual International Film Festival, with films in Spanish and Mandarin. This was well attended from on all three days and students enjoyed watching a film in another language. Students also competed to complete the International Greetings Badge Competition, with lucky winners receiving a certificate in Acts of Worship this week.

Miss Walker and the MFL team would like to thank all the students and teachers who took part in the different events during the week for their positivity celebrating the linguistic and cultural diversity of our school community.