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More than words

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Presentation by Lisa Stevens at The Language Show 2020. This session explores the notion that learning a language is about so much more than lists of words and grammar. Drawing from the speaker’s own observations and experiences as a lifelong language learner as well as a teacher and mother, we will consider the importance of context, culture, communication, celebration and connections in nurturing learners with an enduring passion for language(s).

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More than words

  1. 1. Join Lisa Stevens (@lisibo) at as she suggests that language learning is about
  2. 2. Westlife wisdom “It’s more than words And it’s more than what you say It’s the things you do.”
  3. 3. This session explores the notion that learning a language is about so much more than lists of words and grammar. Drawing from the speaker’s own observations and experiences as a lifelong language learner as well as a teacher and mother, we will consider the importance of context, culture, communication, celebration and connections in nurturing learners with an enduring passion for language(s).
  4. 4. Words are important
  5. 5. So is something to stick them together.
  6. 6. Auntie Susan
  7. 7. However, it takes more than bricks and mortar to make a wall.
  8. 8. What do you need?  Context  Communication  Culture  Celebration  Connections
  9. 9. Context “When you are eating with so-and-so, whose bowl do you fill first?”
  10. 10. Jack Herbert
  11. 11. Too much of a good thing…
  12. 12. Communication
  13. 13. "One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter." —James Earl Jones
  14. 14. ‘If in doubt, make it up!’
  15. 15. How do we deal with mistakes?
  16. 16. Are we teaching the words children want and/or need?
  17. 17. Not just words.
  18. 18. Hands of the World Makaton across countries and languages
  19. 19. Connections
  20. 20. Included looking at the beauty of words
  21. 21. Etymology
  22. 22. https://somethinelse.com/projects/something-rhymes-with-purple/
  23. 23. https://www.lightbulblanguages.co.uk/resources-language-links.htm
  24. 24. From LightBulbLanguages https://www.lightbulblanguages.co.uk/resources/ PrimarySpanish/days.pdf
  25. 25. CULUL CHUCLATI ROSAS CULUL SALMON CULUL ABU CULUL UBI NTSUNDU PINKI ORENJI NGWEVU MFUSA COKLAT MERAH MUDA ORANYE ABU ABU UNGU KHAVE RENGI PEMBE TURUNCU GRI MOR BRUN ROSA ORANSJE GRÅ LILLA KAPAMPANGAN XHOSA MALTESE INDONESIAN TURKISH NORWEGIAN
  26. 26. Celebration
  27. 27. LANGUAGES There are so many languages; I can't count there's so much. There's Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, African and Dutch. There are so many languages In this world But very few of them have I been told. There's Spanish and French I'm sure, And Dutch, Maori and many more. There are so many languages, every one is unique. There are so many languages about which we can all speak.
  28. 28. Be proud! Show off your ‘super power!’ And share it!
  29. 29. Culture
  30. 30. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/intercultural-studies-language-culture
  31. 31. Intercultural Projects 52
  32. 32. eTwinning https://www.britishcouncil.org/ etwinning It’s an amazing way of making links and finding out about others in a fun and safe way. 53
  33. 33. https://erasmusplusletsgocultural.blogspot.com/
  34. 34. Current affairs
  35. 35. "For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience." —Ingrid Bengis
  36. 36. "By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life." —Jean Baptiste Girard
  37. 37. My website – ¡Vámonos! lisibo.com Twitter - @lisibo Ltd Languages in Primary Schools (Facebook)

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