Download our European Day of Languages resource

23rd September, 2015

September 26 marks the annual European Day of Languages, and we've got a great resource to help you introduce young learners to new languages and cultures.

There are over 6,000 languages spoken across the globe, and this annual celebration of that fact is a great time to promote the importance of language learning.

Film can enrich the young people's education in all manner of ways, but it's particularly useful when it comes to language learning. The opportunity to actually listen to a language being spoken by those natural to the tongue is often not possible in real life, and so foreign language films can be an invaluable tool to help pupils get to grips with the sound and sense of a language.

Download our European Day of Languages resource here

This resource contains a guide to seven films, which have been specially selected to be accessible to learners aged between 7-19. The guides include discussion questions and activity ideas to encourage learners to ask and answer questions about films that reflect diferent cultures and ways of life around the world. All of the films are available on DVD from our catalogue with an English subtitles option.

Some of the films featured include: The Unbeatables, an Argentinian animation in Spanish about a fierece rivalry between footballer and a foosballer; Wadjda, a Saudi Arabian film in Arabic that depicts a young girl rebelling against the restrictive rules of her society in creative ways; and Goodbye Lenin!, a German film that sees a young man having to convince his fragile mother that the Berlin wall never fell when she awakes from a long coma.

We've also got plenty of foreign language films screening across the U.K. as part of our Into Film Festival 2015, running from Nov 4-20.

Click here to see a list of all the foreign language films screening at Into Film Festival 2015

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