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05/03/2019

Mother Language Week

Mother Language Week

During the week from 20th to 28th February we were celebrating the International Mother Language Day with a series of mother language courses led by our students.

The mother language or “mother tongue” is the language in which first words are spoken and thoughts expressed by an individual. Cognitively, the mother language is a crucial tool every child uses to understand the world. Culturally, the mother language is a fundamental expression of history and identity.

International Mother Language Day provides a chance to celebrate diversity, increase understanding and engage in dialogue. We have explored the diverse languages our students speak in our classrooms and found out that 28 languages are spoken at MG: Albanian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

The Mother Language Week Celebration started with the ‘Voćka poslije kiše’ recital that the MYP students performed in their mother tongues.

The celebration was continued by a series of the Student-Led Mother Language Courses where the MYP students – Arlind, Era & Vesa, Christina & Tonka, Yuyao and Francesco, Karel, Arho & Marton, Gauhar, Maciej, Radu, Kirill & Konstantin, Antonio, Leon & Jaša and Clemente taught their colleagues the basics of Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Hungarian, Kazakh, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian and Spanish. The MYP students also held the short presentation about their countries of origin to the students of the national programme and the students of the national programme taught the MYP students about the Croatian cultural heritage.

The students diligently prepared the language learning materials and stepped into the teacher’s shoes. They all were immensely helpful and patient while generously sharing their knowledge. We are all thankful to our students who put so much effort and enthusiasm in teaching us the basics of their mother language and in presenting the most interesting facts about the countries of origin.

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