|Scooped by Jess Chu|
This is very practical resource containing language resource packs with over 60 languages to choose from. Each pack contains language activities, maps and flashcards to provide students with a global perspective of the differences between languages spoken around the world.
A good way to utilize the resource pack is to have a class display on a big board because it makes it easy to swap the sheets for different languages. Teachers should pin on the board a world map and also bring in a globe to show students where the speakers of the language live. As Hurstville Public School is predominantly Chinese, the “Mandarin” pack will be very useful. The pack includes “first words” in A4 size, written in English and Mandarin and with pronunciation. These can be displayed on the board so that students become familiar with basic words. Images of the country can be put on the board to make it more colourful and allow children to reflect on cultures from around the world.
The website also has interactive video clips showing different children speaking their home languages (http://www.newburypark.redbridge.sch.uk/langofmonth/programs.html). The video clips provide information about who speaks the language and examples of first words, questions and answers, and numbers from 1-12. These can be shown in class to teach students that people in their neighbourhood and around the world speak different languages. Early stage 1 students will hear that words are made up of sequences and individual sounds and syllables. This is an excellent activity for helping children develop phonemic awareness and to hear the sounds of foreign languages.