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European Day of Languages 2018

Mother Tongues’ very first celebration of the European Day of Languages has been a fantastic multilingual marathon… or langua-thon, with 9 days of events which involved more than 500 people of all ages.

We started on Culture Night – 21st September – with a multilingual reading of The Hare and the Tortoise, one of the best known Aesop’s fables, at the Gutter Bookshop. We told the story in Swedish, German, Irish, Greek, Italian, French, Maltese and Russian. Children loved listening to the sounds of new languages and our storytellers had a great time!

On 22nd September two Native Scientist workshops took place in Trinity College Dublin. In these workshops, 5 Italian speaking scientists and 5 Spanish speaking scientists spoke to more than 50 children about their research and engaged them in fun experiments and games. Children learned about the brain, about cells and DNA, about the oldest rocks in the world, and much more, but more importantly, they learned about science through the medium of their mother tongue.

The highlight of the week was the European Language Label Awards! Language Explorers received the European Language Label from Minister Richard Bruton, and this recognition has given us great energy to start the programme in new schools from next week!

The LexIcon Library in Dun Laoghaire was the home of many of the activities that took place around the European Day of Languages. On Monday 24th September two classes visited the library for Language Explorers workshops. Children learned about Irish Sign Language, about the many languages spoken in Africa and they played games based on similarities between languages. On Tuesday 25th and Thursday 24th Claudia Kunkel ran two multilingual storytelling sessions in collaboration with Erika Piazzoli, Aga Pedrak and Juliette Saumande (pictured here). The library also hosted a talk on raising bilingual children, which was attended by mums, dads, and grandparents who shared a common goal: supporting their family’s multilingualism with a positive attitude and great determination!

Francesca also visited Clones Library for two Language Explorers school workshops, and she shared her knowledge of Irish Sign Language and Italian in exchange for some Gaelige and Lithuanian. Everyone had lovely stories to share, and we discovered that the Italian and the Irish words for LAMP are similar in Italian, Spanish, Russian and Irish!

The week ended with our bimonthly Language Adventures reading project, which saw Italian speaking families sharing stories and reading books in Italian at Dolphin’s Barn library in Dublin 8.

 

This week has given us great energy to continue with our activities and to keep spreading the message that multilingualism is a great asset for our society! We hope you enjoyed our events too, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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European Day of Languages 2018

Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans are represented in the Council of Europe’s 47 member states and all are encouraged to discover more languages at any age, as part of or alongside their studies. This stems from the Council of Europe’s conviction that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent. Therefore, the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe.

At the Council of Europe’s initiative, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September.
Mother Tongues will mark European Day of Languages with a week-long celebration of multilingualism, with events in Dún Laoghaire, Clones, Lucan, Dublin and Brussels.

Monday 24th September
How many languages are spoken in your classroom? Can you pronounce the longest Lithuanian word? Why do Italian, Romanian and Spanish speakers use the same words to say house? Is it true that Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique? Take part in this interactive session based on games and quizzes to learn about sounds, words and fun facts about the languages of the world!
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Tuesday 25th September
EuropeLanguage Explorers has been awarded the European Award for Languages! On 25th September Leargas will be hosting a day-long celebration of European Day of Languages. Keep an eye on our social media for more info on the day!
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Come and listen to a story in one, two, many languages, and sing your favourite childhood lullabies!
In this storytelling session, we’ll take your child through a rich journey of sound, movement and imagery, listening to award-winning children stories performed in several languages. The language of story is universal and young children instinctively follow narrative through gesture, intonation and visual cues from the illustrations. After reading the stories, our storytellers will engage the children in play-based activities to re-live and extend the narrative, learn new words and make connections with different languages, meanings and sounds.
Wednesday 26th September
How many languages are spoken in your classroom? Can you pronounce the longest Lithuanian word? Why do Italian, Romanian and Spanish speakers use the same words to say house? Is it true that Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique? Take part in this interactive session based on games and quizzes to learn about sounds, words and fun facts about the languages of the world!
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Wednesday 26th September
In this workshop, students will explore a world of languages using activities from the newly published Language Explorers Activity Book.
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Wednesday 26th September
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Why do some bilingual children prefer one language over the other? Is it true that bilingual children start speaking late? How can I help my child to develop two languages at the same time? How long will it take for my child to learn the school language? Is it too late to start speaking my mother tongue to my child? These and other questions will be addressed in this informative talk for parents who are raising bilingual or multilingual children. Parents will learn about bilingual language development and about some of the most common strategies to support their child’s linguistic development throughout childhood.  
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Thursday 27th September
EuropeMother Tongues’s founder Francesca La Morgia will take part in the conference on Multilingual Education and Cultural Expression, organised by the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture in Brussels. La Morgia will join the roundtable on Strategies and successful practices for language teaching and learning in multilingual countries and the Panel exchange on learning three languages in school.
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Thursday 27th September  
Come and listen to a story in one, two, many languages, and sing your favourite childhood lullabies!
In this storytelling session, we’ll take your child through a rich journey of sound, movement and imagery, listening to award-winning children stories performed in several languages. The language of story is universal and young children instinctively follow narrative through gesture, intonation and visual cues from the illustrations. After reading the stories, our storytellers will engage the children in play-based activities to re-live and extend the narrative, learn new words and make connections with different languages, meanings and sounds.
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Friday 28th September
On Researchers’ Night young Language Explorers visiting Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork will be entertained with fun languages games based on the Language Explorers Activity Book.