Celebrating Individual and Linguistic Identity

Written by Keelin Swalve. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, ES EAL, Kindergarten


IMLD2016The world’s nearly 6,000 languages are celebrated on International Mother Language Day, an event aimed at promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education.”

February’s Social & Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) theme in the Elementary School is Celebrating Individual and Linguistic Identity.  This is an opportunity for us to embrace our community’s diverse cultures and languages.  We will recognize this UNESCO event with this very special project over Semana Blanca.

Every language has words that do not exist in any other language. These words are so familiar to us in our first language, but they simply leave us speechless in another language.  These untranslatable words highlight the rich diversity of our linguistic and cultural identity. 

To promote awareness and recognition of the diversity of languages in our community, we are inviting students to create a poster depicting a word in their language that does not translate directly to English. The instructions for the poster can be accessed below.  All of the submitted entries will be published in the ES Library.  We will select students representing all of the languages spoken in Elementary to share their untranslatable word posters at our ES assembly on Monday, February 29th.

In order to participate, children must follow the guidelines. We have included some examples to help you!

 Entries MUST be submitted to homeroom teachers on Monday, February 22nd.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to email any one of us. 

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy Semana Blanca!


Amy Truex,  K/1 EAL Specialist, amyt@bfischool.org

Keelin Swalve,   2/3 EAL Specialist, keelins@bfischool.org

Cristina Amor, 4/5 EAL Specialist, cristinaa@bfischool.org

Identity Assembly 2016

Instructions for Untranslatable Word Poster

Untranslatable Word Template