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Thursday, August 13 • 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Loving Languages

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I am a primary school teacher in Doncaster, England as well as British Council Ambassador for education and I would like to talk about a project that has started in July 2014. I have been coordinating an etwinning project which was set up to celebrate languages from within my school to across the globe. The basic concept, was for students from across Europe to post simple video introductions of themselves before counting from 0 - 10 in whatever languages they speak in. Nothing more than a simple 30 - 60 second clip to allow students to have a voice in explaining who they are without putting them under pressure. Presently, we have 75 partner schools and a large collection of videos with pupils of all ages from Armenia to Ireland, Greece to Spain sharing a vast range of languages. Arabic, Amazigh, Urdu, Czech and many other languages being heard and applauded instead of derided and shunned which can happen all too frequently in some areas. With the help of these schools and their pupils we have exchanged some incredibly positive videos that show children talking in 1, 2 or 3 different languages and making other people step back and instead of labelling them as being different, praise them for being talented. Understandably, our pupils want to listen to, learn from and collaborate with these friends because they want to find out more, understand more and know more. This project has enabled us to bring down barriers and open up some eyes and minds and I would like to share how we have done that, but I would also to ask for your help in spreading the message even further so that instead of 75 partner schools, we have 175 partner schools and hundreds of languages represented and celebrated.


Patrick Carroll

Shaw Wood Academy

Thursday August 13, 2015 1:00pm - 1:25pm EDT
Lamont Forum Room - 3rd Floor 11 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA