European Day of Languages
- The Year 8 assembly will be multilingual- Mandarin, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Polish, Malayalam, languages from East Timor, Irish and French.
- Orders in Exit 14 will be exclusively in Italian with some relaxing Italian Cafe music and Pavarotti lending some ambience. Buon Appetito!
- Lunch in the canteen will be full of international flavour with a delicious array of dishes from around the globe. Bon Appétit! There will be wonderful background music while you sample the international cuisine including “Let it go” from the film “Frozen” in 25 European languages, Indila-Dernière Danse and a variety of pop songs as Gaelige.
- There will be a Prayer Service in the Oratory at 1.10 p.m. It will be multilingual (French, Irish, Spanish, Polish, Lithuanian, Slovakian, Russian and Indian) and multicultural throughout. All are welcome. A very big thank you to the R.E. Department for making it possible. The choir’s beautiful rendition of “Esto les Digo” will be played during the Mass-thanks to the Music Department.
- The Art Department have produced wonderful displays in the front foyer linking in beautifully with the overall theme.
- The Science Department are highlighting some very thought provoking quotes from renowned scientists and inventors in their own language including Albert Einstein, Louis Pasteur and Leonardo Da Vinci.
- The Business Studies Department will be analysing the importance of the Euro and how Brexit has affected Sterling.
- The Careers Department are promoting some really interesting careers in languages.
- The English Department are studying Translations by Brian Friel. The playwright himself has said it is a play about language and only language. In the play, for the purposes of cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and rendered into English. In examining the effects of this operation on the lives of a small group Friel skilfully reveals the far-reaching personal and cultural effects of an action which is at first sight purely administrative. Few plays convey the importance of language as powerfully as this one. They are focussing also on some Seamus Heaney poems for National Poetry Day which will be coming up soon. Heaney was so well versed in languages – who could ever forget his final communiqué “Noli timere”?
- There is a lovely display in the library.
- Konstantin Stanislavski is to the fore in the Drama Department-he was widely recognised as an outstanding character actor and leading theatre director. His principal fame and influence however rests on his system of actor training, preparation and rehearsal technique. An Actor Prepares and Building a Character are the foundation for 20/21st century realistic acting on stage and screen. We will be watching that space for some wonderful acting as a result of all this study and Russian Linguistic skills developing of course!
- The History Department are continuing to benefit from their Comenius and Erasmus projects. They have been wonderful cultural and linguistic exchanges which have enriched the whole school. Muchas Gracias The History department must all be polyglots by now!
- The Irish Department have organized some wonderful céilí dancing for year 8s.
- The Geography Department will be playing the European Country Game in the junior school and putting their linguistic skills to good use.
- The Home Economics Department continue to produce some truly wonderful Haute Cuisine with a distinctly Mediterranean and international flavour and French culinary terms are always to the fore.
- The Maths department will be counting in various languages. Uno, dos, tres……….
- In Sociology there will be a focus on Ethnicity.
- In Psychology students realize that the learning of language involves the whole person: cognitive, emotional and creative.
- The PE department while promoting the traditional Gaelic games will be highlighting terms used in Camogie in Irish.
- The French Department are developing the Leading Linguists programme and Nour- Eddine will be preparing some delicious crêpes for the Year 13 students involved.
- Dr. Henry Joy McCracken-a past pupil and a professional astronomer who works in the Paris Observatory will be skyping the astronomy club in the near future and hopes to visit them in March. Ms Logan will be showing the Simpsons in French at the Key Stage 3 lunchtime film club- apparently Homer is completely fluent and his accent is wonderful!
- The Mandarin class have produced a beautiful display giving us an insight into both linguistic and cultural aspects of Mandarin. 我們愛中國
- The Media Studies Department will be showing ‘El laberinto del fauno’-a Spanish film- to Year12 students and beginning an indepth study of it. ¡ Mucha Suerte!
- The LLW Department are currently working on researching many different countries throughout the world and learning about their languages, traditions and cultures.
- No doubt the Politics Department have built up their linguistic skills while preparing for the Mock Council of the European Union.
- Engineering students have taken part in industrial visits to TEREX and Mallaghan Engineering and have gained an awareness of the worldwide nature of the companies and the opportunities to travel abroad and therefore how important linguistic skills could prove to be.
- The ICT and Technology Departments have contributed greatly to the overall smooth running of events and the ICT Department is promoting the use of interactive websites for language learners.
The Languages Departments would like to thank everyone for their hard work and effort – it is appreciated very much. Ms Louisa Gibson Manager NICILT(Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research) Q.U.B. will be joining us for the day. Bienvenue!
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