Category Archives: knowledge about language

Building Spanish dictionary skills

“I am not a walking dictionary!” How many times have I replied with this phrase when asked ‘How do you say…. in Spanish/French/German/Polish? (yes, there were some who felt that the Language Coordinator meant that I was fluent in all languages…) Using a dictionary was one of the skills that I feel is really important […]

World Hello Day

Thank you to June da Silva for pointing this out via primarylanguages@mailtalk.ac.uk. November 21st is World Hello Day on which people are encouraged to greet 10 people to demonstrate the importance of personal communication in maintaining peace.   World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall […]

Languages all around you

Another little gem I found on the Consejería site last night was a resource aimed at language awareness. Entitled Languages all around you, it was developed by Consejería de Educación Consolato Generale d’Italia Edinburgo, Ufficio Scolastico Goethe-Institut Glasgow Institut Français d’Écosse This is a collection of activities showing how modern languages are part of everyday […]

AQA – Creative and motivational language learning in the primary classroom. Part 2

On Tuesday I was in sunny (yes, it was sunny!) Manchester, delivering my AQA course. Apart from the problems with the internet, I believe a good day was had by all – lunch was once more a highlight! Rather than repeat all the links, can I refer you to my last post where you will […]

I wish the English…..

I love this poster, shared with me on Twitter by @nwinton from the imaginatively named I love Typography blog in a post entitled Diacritical Challenge. The challenge is to a) name the font and b) identify the diacritical marks! I’ve got to say that I couldn’t name all of them but there are plenty of […]