European day of languages

These language resources will allow you to join the countries of Europe in celebrating the thousands of languages spoken worldwide on 26th September. Take the opportunity to encourage students to speak languages other than their mother tongue and try these resources to introduce new languages to your classroom.

European Day of Languages

An insightful TES Connect interview with John Evans, the language officer for the European Commission in London.

Linguistic fun and games

Language Millionaire

This language activity based on the popular TV show will test students’ knowledge of languages spoken globally.

Celebrity linguists

Be inspired. Decorate your classroom with these quotes from celebrities about the value of learning a language.

Colour-me languages

These colouring templates provide a fun language activity and encourage students to say hello in lots of different ways.

Just say hi

Let students have a go at saying hello in some of the 300 languages on this list. Who can do the most?

Life in Europe

With football, food and the arts this quiz will test students’ awareness of European languages and culture.

Euro assembly

This assembly will get students excited about the European Day of Languages with this celebratory PowerPoint.

The origins of language

Follow the development of language from the Ancient Egyptians to the modern day with this fascinating presentation.

“Hello” bunting

Say “hello” in 53 languages with this colourful bunting to display in your classroom on the European Day of Languages.

Language introductions

Nicked nouns

English isn’t that different to other languages – see how many words the English have borrowed from German with this language worksheet.

How many Swedish sweets

Fill a jar with sweets and give students these colourful slips with Swedish numbers on; students then have to guess how many sweets are in the jar.

Beginners Dutch

This language resource introduces students to numbers, greetings and loan words in Dutch.

Czech classroom

Images of classroom objects with Czech translation and pronunciation. Introduce the vocabulary then hide the images around the classroom for a Czech treasure hunt.

My Arabic timetable

Teach students to write their timetable in Arabic with this PowerPoint introducing school subjects.

Mandarin names

Explain the simple meanings of Chinese names and get students practising Pinyin script with this collection of language resources.

Pupils’ languages

Listen to pupils from Newbury Park teach the basics of their mother tongues with this selection of over 50 videos.

Finnish fun

Introduce your students to a variety of games with this Finnish resource.