Languages: The Big Picture

It will help if, from the outset, you encourage your pupils to get into the mindset of being a Languages Investigator. You might prompt them with the following questions:

  • What does an investigator do? ( uncover / find out, collect information, sort information, analyse information, draw conclusions, problem solve, decision make, consider the choices/ options )

  • What skills does an investigator require?( patience, persistence, open-mindedness, creativity, good communication )

  • If you were a languages investigator what would you like to investigate about the worlds languages?

Pupils might wish to consider the following:

display of languages spoken by children at Radford Primary School

  • Why do we speak different languages?

  • Which are the most widely spoken languages?

  • Why are some languages more widely spoken than others?

  • Is it possible for a language to die?

  • Why are some languages more similar than others?

  • What would the world be like if people only spoke their mother tongue?

  • Why is it important to learn other languages?

  • How would we communicate if we could not speak?

© Nick Jones 2003-2008. Advisor for MFL Coventry LEA