Language Explorers is a new Language Awareness Programme for primary schools designed to promote an interest in languages from an early age and to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the classroom and in the community.
The activities are strongly linked to key elements of the curriculum and they are presented in 3 to 6 lessons. The lessons form a “crash course” in linguistics, in which children discover the origins of words, they recognise sounds of familiar and unfamiliar languages, they learn new words from many different languages, as well as reaching a deeper understanding of the languages they use in school and at home.
The key resource in this project are the children themselves, who are great language learners and are very sensitive to the nuances of accents, dialects and differences between languages. Through interactive games, story telling and story writing, children step into a world of languages that makes them aware of their own language abilities and encourages them to learn more about their heritage and about the people who surround them.
The programme was first piloted in Canal Way Educate Together.