Sunday, 6 September 2015

Touch Down Languages

International sporting events provide us all with great opportunities to explore the wider World of languages and culture.
Here is a simple idea that I think UKS2 will enjoy qith the sounds and scripts of languages spoken by some of the players from the different teams!

Give out to the children cards.One card per child with the name of a country participating in the Rugby World Cup 2015.

There are 20 particpating countries and all the team information is here on the offical website:

Rugby World Cup Teams 2015

The "Touch Down "Game allows you to investigate with the children the culture and the language of the countries particpating.

  • All the children play at one time and it is just a case of the children holding their cards in the air, listening or observing and if they think that the item or the sound file is from the country and/or its culture just "touching down" with their card andlowering the card and placing it on the table.
  • Ask all the children to lower their cards and then ask those who "touched down" to offer the name of the country on the card they touched down with .Which chidlren guessed the country correctly? 
  • Now you are ready for the next "touch down"
Here are some useful sound files for the game:

Afrikaans phrases and sound files

Here is the sound recording of the tale of Peter Rabbit in  Scottish Peter O Kinnen

What about this Italian You Tube clip of a childrens song?

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