International Education Week

International Education Week

16 – 20 November

Our colleagues at the British Council are working with us to promote international learning activities during the week 16 – 20 November. We would like to work with schools to introduce a global dimension to learning across the school. Information about the programme’s highlights is shown below :

  1. Diwali

You may already have seen information about our Diwali celebrations https://internationaldurham.com/2020/10/08/diwali-celebrations/ These FREE online workshops will be accessed from Friday 13 November and include a virtual visit to a Hindu temple and interviews with local families, a Zoom Q and A session, a storytelling workshop and lively Bollywood dance lesson.

  1. Scholars into schools – International student volunteering programme

Working with Durham University, we are rolling out a programme of virtual visits to schools by some of the university’s international students who will share information about their home country, its culture and languages. For more information, email michele.thorns@durham.gov.uk

Other highlights are

  1. Languages for all: how do we get there? A solutions-focussed look at practical steps schools can take to transform MFL uptake and success. 

This webinar will be hosted by the British Council on Monday 16 November 2020 from 16.30–17.30 GMT on Microsoft Teams.This event will include the following presentations:

  1. Pedagogy in MFL at KS3 and KS4: ways forward for schools.
    Presented by Ian Bauckham, CEO of the Tenax Schools Trust and Chair of the Teaching Schools Council’s Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review.
  2. Successful primary-secondary transition: ways to give students the best possible start in Year 7.
    Presented by Suzanne O’Farrell, MFL Consultant, ASCL.
  3. Fresh approaches to bringing languages alive through cultural knowledge and international connections.
    Presented by Oliver Hopwood, Languages teacher.

Followed by Q&A and discussion.

https://www.britishcouncil.org/languages-all-webinar

  1. Welcome to the Arab World

British Council and Qatar Foundation International’s (QFI) Arabic Language and Culture programme is delighted to offer a second ‘Welcome to the Arab World’ webinar event for upper secondary pupils (Year 9 and above) from any school on Friday 20 November from 13.30-14.30.

This event will include sessions ‘An Introduction to Arabic language and cultures’ and a live performance and conversation by Syrian American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum. Now living in Los Angeles, California, Omar is also a designer, poet and peace activist whose work blends Arabic and English words and rhythms.

This event will be a Teams Live broadcast to schools. There will be time for questions from pupils to all the speakers. NB this session is designed for those with no previous knowledge of Arabic

To attend this event, please register by completing our online form

The most up to date programme for the British Council’s week is available here : https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/international-education-week#:~:text=International%20Education%20Week%20is%20back,celebrate%20international%20work%20in%20schools.

If your school would like to form a partnership with a school in another country or develop an international perspective to learning, please contact brian.stobie@durham.gov.uk

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