Multicultural Experiences on MFL Day
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Year 8 pupils in the Girls’ Division have enjoyed a multicultural day of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) as part of their post-exam curriculum. The girls were given a taste of several different cultures that they may not have come into contact with before, and the activities worked really well to pique their interest.
In the Arts Centre, the girls had an incredible Salsa lesson with Señora Lazoya. They learned a variety of fun Salsa moves, with their teacher describing the actions in terms that were memorable and easy to understand – such as ‘catching a fly’ for a move that involved jumping and clapping in the air. The girls were able to perform dances together as a group and had a lot of fun with their introduction to Salsa.
The girls also had the opportunity to expand their language skill with introductory lessons to Russian and Italian. In the Russian lesson, led by Boys’ Division teacher Mr Lees, the girls found out some more about the language and the different alphabet, and completed several tasks to familiarise themselves with the new set of letters. In Italian, which was taught by Classics teacher Mr Challinor, the focus was on general conversation: the girls learned how to speak some useful phrases, including how to ask, ‘How are you?’ and the different possible responses. They were also able to practice their pronunciation as a group, and their conversation skills in pairs.
The final activity was based in the Food Technology rooms and involved some German baking! The girls tried their hands at creating waffles and Lebkuchen biscuits from scratch. While they worked, they were able to chat with the School’s German assistant and learn a few words, such as greetings, and also hear more about Germany’s culture and the treats they were baking. At the end of the session, the girls were able to try one another’s creations and really enjoyed the iced Lebkuchen and the waffles with icing sugar, Nutella or jam.
The MFL Day gave the girls an introduction into four languages and cultures that they might not have come across before. The activities inspired them to get involved and sparked an interest in perhaps studying languages in years to come.