European day of languages

European languages

Join the countries of Europe in celebrating the thousands of languages spoken worldwide on 26 September and take the opportunity to encourage students to speak languages other than their mother tongue. Try these resources to introduce new languages to your classroom.

Linguistic fun and games

Language Millionaire

  • Test students’ knowledge of languages spoken across the globe with this quiz based on a popular TV show.

Celebrity linguists

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

Colour-me languages

  • Colouring templates with greetings in lots of different languages – a creative introduction to the many different ways people say hello.

Languages of Europe

  • Introduce pupils to European greetings with this colourful booklet.

Proverbs poster

  • Decorate your classroom with this multilingual poster of inspirational quotes.

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

  • 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 in this fascinating presentation.

Language introductions

Nicked nouns

  • English isn’t that different to other languages – see how many words the English have borrowed from German in this worksheet on loan words.

How many Swedish sweets

  • Fill a jar with sweets and give students these colourful slips with Swedish numbers on to help them guess how many sweets are in the jar. Guesses must be made in Swedish.

Beginners Dutch

  • Introduce 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 week

  • 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 resources.

Pupils’ languages

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

Classroom resource collections