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!

Sincerely,

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

Parent Info Session – Language Acquisition

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in 1st Grade, 1st Grade SAL, 2nd Grade, 2nd-3rd Grade Advanced SAL, 2nd-3rd Grade Beginner SAL, 2nd-3rd Grade Intermediate SAL, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 4th-5th Grade Advanced SAL, 4th-5th Grade Beginner SAL, 4th-5th Grade Intermediate SAL, 5th Grade, Administration, Elementary School, ES EAL, ES Principal, Head of School, Kindergarten, Kindergarten SAL, Nursery, PreK, SAL

languages_for-geopointeThis morning we had the opportunity present our latest parent info session on the topic of language acquisition.  It was excited to see a strong turnout of families representing many different grades and nationalities.  We want say an extra special thank you to everyone who set aside the time to be with us this morning.

For individuals who were unable to attend, we have included a link to the presentation slides.  Additionally, we have also embedded a video in this post that was created by a fellow international school.  The video highlights the importance of supporting the continued development of the “mother tongue” for students who attend international schools where the primary language of instruction is not their first language.

As always, our goal at BFIS is to honor the unique qualities of every child and implement research-based instructional strategies to maximize every student’s potential.  We hope you will find this information helpful and we look forward to continuing to support your children in their language journey!

Language Acquisition at BFIS Presentation Slides

Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Identity Through Peace

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

Peace WorldFebruary’s Social & Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) theme in the elementary school is Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Identity.  This is an opportunity for us to embrace our community’s diverse cultures and languages.  Each year, we recognize this UNESCO event with a very special project.

To promote awareness and recognition of the diversity of languages in our community, this year we invited elementary school students to write a bilingual metaphor or simile describing what Peace means to them. Students wrote metaphors or similes in both English and their first language.  Four students per grade were selected to share their project at our ES assembly this morning.  All of the submitted entries will be published in the ES Library.

In addition, we created a multilingual video that we shared at the assembly.

To view the assembly presentation and video, follow this link:

Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Identity Through Peace at BFIS

Thanks to all of the students, families, and staff members for helping make this celebration so special!

Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Identity

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

IMLD

“The world’s nearly 7,000 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 Cultural and Linguistic Identity.  This is an opportunity for us to embrace our community’s diverse cultures and languages.  International Mother Language Day is February 21st. We will recognize this UNESCO event with a special project organized by the EAL Team. Students will have the opportunity to write a bilingual metaphor or simile depicting their vision of World Peace. 

To promote awareness and recognition of the diversity of languages in our community, we are inviting students to write a bilingual metaphor or simile describing what Peace means to them. The metaphor or simile should be written in both English and your child’s first language. All of the submitted entries will be published in the ES Library. One student per grade will be selected to share their metaphor or simile at our ES assembly on Friday, February 27th.

In order to participate, children must follow the attached guidelines.  Entries MUST be submitted to homeroom teachers on Tuesday, February 24th.

In addition, we have created a multilingual video that will be shown during the assembly and posted on the BFIS Blogs. Please note that your child may not appear in the video if they were absent from or late to school the day of the filming, or if the school does not have permission for your child to be filmed.

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

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy Semana Blanca!

Amy Truex, K/1 EAL Specialist                       

Keelin Swalve, 2/3 EAL Specialist

Julie Rainer, 4/5 EAL Specialist

Kathleen Watt, 4/5 EAL Specialist

Instructions for Bilingual Metaphor or Simile