Celebrating International Language Day

IMG_1339On Wednesday, the English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes in elementary school gave an assembly to talk about International Language Day.  For many of the students it was the first time they had ever spoken in front of a large crowd. They explained that it is important to be proud of where you come from and feel good about being able to speak other languages.

This assembly was an opportunity for the students who are in the beginning stages of learning English to show their linguistic talents and share them with the audience.  First they introduced themselves in their mother-tongue and ask audience members to stand up if they too spoke their language. In total, 11 languages were heard on the stage.  The students then taught the audience how to say “Let’s be friends” in their own language. They also had fun saying tongue twisters written by Ms. Bentley’s students.

Next, we looked at quotes that were shared by the students’ families. It was very interesting to discover that even though we come from different countries we share similar values. The assembly ended with the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in 11 different languages.  Afterwards the students felt very happy because they succeeded in taking the risk of speaking in front of a large crowd and were rewarded with lots of compliments from teachers and friends. This assembly showcased St. John’s greatest resource which is of course, our international students.  We are truly a very rich school!

 Written collaboratively with 5th/4th grade EAL students and Ms. Dawson