The lesson focuses on using onomatopoeia and drawing on the poem ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough as inspiration to write a bilingual poem in pairs. The poem describes the sounds, using onomatopoeia, in the home as they’re collected up by the sound collector.
The social advantages of understanding different languages, and therefore different perspectives, helps children to think more critically and to become a more empathetic and well-rounded individuals.
Including pupil’s home languages in the daily routine and visual landscape of your school is rewarding and it has a significant impact on children’s self expression, on the development of their identity and for making strong links between home and school.
With an ever-growing bilingual population, it is important to be aware of the benefits that bilingualism can bring. This can be helpful for parents, teachers and anyone responsible for advising and supporting those who raise and educate children who speak more than one language.
Bilingual children who develop a language at home that is different from that of the education setting have to learn to navigate between two languages and two cultures, and they need to adapt and respond to their environment.
Every family’s multilingual journey is unique, and there is no secret formula for success. However, there are some key conditions that can impact children’s linguistic development.
It is very common nowadays to walk around any city or large town in Ireland and hear many different languages. Main streets are populated with road signs in Irish and English and with shop fronts that signal the presence of ethnic food, with signs written in Chinese, Arabic and Polish.
Taking roles is a fun activity that uses children’s incredible imagination and creativity, while supporting their development of language and communication as well as problem-solving skills.
Establishing communication channels helps teachers to learn more about the children, their history and their home environment, but it also helps parents on learning more about what happens in school.
While in the past it was common practice to refrain children from speaking their mother tongue in school, compelling evidence has been showing the benefits of supporting children’s learning across languages and through the inclusion of their mother tongue.