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									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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