14-18 November is the British Council’s International Education Week. IEW promotes the benefits of international learning and cultural exchange to a huge community of teachers and school leaders in the UK and all over the world.
This year the theme is ‘Make Time for Languages’ – Speak to the Future is delighted to support this excellent and exciting initiative from the British Council!
Schools can simply download and use the following resources to celebrate languages in the classroom and inspire pupils to make time for languages:
1) For an overview, see the main IEW page: https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/international-education-week
2) Join the IEW homework challenge! 20 tasks on language and culture for students to try individually or in groups. Can anyone, or a class, do them all?
3) Tips for teachers: how to make more time for languages and international work in your school. Have you tried all of these ideas?
4) Students often ask: where can languages take me?
Here are 4 sets of interviews with inspiring people whose language skills have given them unique opportunities in life:
Why Should I Learn A Language? Part 1 of 4:
With: Jonathan Dunn – British Consul-General in Rio de Janeiro; Martyn Heather, Head of Education at the Premier League; Carolyn Davidson, British Ambassador to Honduras.
Why Should I Learn A Language? Part 2 of 4:
With: The Head of Languages at GCHQ; Rosie Goldsmith, BBC & freelance arts & current affairs journalist; Julia Higgins, scientist.
Why Should I Learn A Language? Part 3 of 4:
With: Alex Rawlings, language teacher, blogger & polyglot; Lucy Ash, BBC broadcast journalist.
Why Should I Learn A Language? Part 4 of 4:
With: Steve Eadon, Double Club coordinator at Arsenal FC; Lizzie Fane, founder of ThirdYearAbroad.com
Finally: the British Council has thousands of schools in its Schools Online network and your school can sign up too (for free) for a huge range of opportunities to increase their international dimension - click here for information on Schools Online.
We wish all participating schools a fantastic International Education Week 2016 and we hope as many colleagues as possible will Make Time for Languages next week, and beyond!