Bringing the Olympics in your language sessions Harwich Primary Language Conference Friday 23 June 2008 QUIZ How much do you know about the Olympics? 1. When did women participate in the Olympics for the first time? A. From the beginning B. 1840 C. 1900 D. 1932 2. How many National Olympic Committees are there? A. 153 B. 205 C. 254 D. 300 3&4. Where did the last summer games take place and which year? A. Athens A. 2006 B. Atlanta B. 2005 C. Barcelona C. 2004 D. Sidney D. 2003 5&6. Where did the last winter games take place and which year? A. Salt Lake City A. 2006 B. Torino B. 2005 C. Lillehammer C. 2004 D. Vancoover D. 2003 7. Name the official language(s) of the Olympic games A. Spanish B. German C. French D. English 8. Name the colours of the Olympic rings. 9. Can you put them in the correct order (from left to right)? 1. When did women participate in the Olympics for the first time? Answer: C – 1900 2. How many National Olympic Committees are there? Answer: C – 205 3&4. Where did the last summer games take place and which year? Answer (3): Answer (4): A – Athens C – 2004 5&6. Where did the last winter games take place and which year? Answer (5): Answer (6): B – Torino D – 2006 7. Name the official language(s) of the Olympic games Answer: C – French & D – English 8&9. Name the colour of the Olympic rings in the correct order Answer: Blue Yellow Black green Red Multilingual activities The Olympics in the past (1) Using a world map, Mark countries which have hosted the summer and winter Olympics. Add speech bubbles with hello or/and welcome in the country’s own language. Mark the route from one venue to the next and calculate the mileage for each leg of the journey. Discuss if venues are spread equitably across the 5 continents. The Olympics in the past (2) Each group focuses on one country which has recently hosted the Olympics Find out in the home language: Name of country, capital city & continent Flag and its colour Phrases to welcome athletes and visitors Other countries which speak the same language Find out in English: Symbols that represent this country How to travel to the Olympic stadium The buildings which are still there Cross-curricular projects Mini- Olympics in school (not necessarily Olympic sports!) China Day – sport, language and culture Summer holiday project competition on Olympics International day – different classes produce displays on different countries. Food, music, typical sports …. (NB European Day of Languages: 26 September) Cross-curricular projects Use Digiblue cameras to make group films presenting information about the Beijing Olympics Plan a virtual trip to the Beijing Olympics. Plan the journey, buying tickets for events, arranging accommodation, learning some Chinese phrases, finding out about Chinese food and about the city you’ll be staying in. Organise your Olympic day Each group/class represents a country. Before the game, they could make: A flag An emblem to represent their team They could learn: Names of famous sportsmen Phrases to encourage teammates During the game, Each hymn is played when relevant Each team is encouraged in their own language Link with the Intercultural Understanding Strand Which objectives from the I.U. strand were covered by these activities? How could other objectives be explored in the context of the Olympics? Activities in one foreign language Focus on one language Importance of language skills Simple conversation in different languages (BBC website) Different classes learn to say hallo in different languages (each year group takes one continent?) Olympic rings (colours) Countries and flags (colours) Countries and languages Focus on one language Sports – likes and dislikes, (inc “I like watching …) Numbers – Olympic records, times, distances etc Facts about sports personalities (name, age, height etc) Interview an athlete Medals Craft activity – make a medal Focus on simple language: e.g. colours Link colours to: the Olympic circles the Chinese mascottes for the 2008 games the flags of different countries taking part the colours of each of the teams Sample activities: Guess the flag Which country is missing? Information for athletes What they need to pack in their suitcase. The most appropriate diet for their sports – where they can eat in London. The most appropriate daily routine – where they can go in London. In an Olympic venue Make a detailed map of this Olympic venue, labelling the different areas. Make up a menu of refreshments available in the venue. Give directions to reach this venue from an airport/ the town centre Make a poster to advertise this venue Further information Useful websites: Official website of the Olympic Movement http://www.olympic.org Beijing 2008 http://en.beijing2008.cn/ Canadian Olympic School programme http://olympicschool.ca On your mark http://onyourmarks.london2012.com/ British Olympic Association http://www.olympics.org.uk/ Plenary How would you organise activities focused on the Olympics? How could you use the Olympics to revisit topic areas and language skills your pupils are already familiar with?
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