Languages - It's linguistic party time

10th September 2010 at 01:00

Europe will celebrate its linguistic diversity this month by showing people how important languages are and what fun they can be to learn.

The European Day of Languages, on September 26, was set up by the Council of Europe and first celebrated in 2001. It has grown every year and now has 45 countries involved.

Last year, Kilmarnock Academy pupils and teachers celebrated by donning fancy dress and decorating their assembly hall with the brightly-coloured flags of European nations. Pupils then danced to French and Spanish music, sang songs in foreign languages and tried out some of the moves of le Tecktonik - a French street dance.

At break and lunchtime, French delicacies were sold, including crepes, croissants and pains au chocolat.

Schools looking for ideas about how to get involved can visit the European Day of Languages section of Scotland's national centre for languages website:

www.strath.ac.ukscilt.

Scottish CILT staff are also hoping to celebrate with schools on the day. For information, email Mandy Reeman-Clark: E mandy.reeman- clark@strath.ac.uk.

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