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Exhibition Piece: Representing the number of languages that are taught and spoken at Impington Village College is this OHP. It was used by teachers to introduce new vocabulary and reinforce structures in a visual and entertaining way, for example “what’s through the key hole?”

By Louise Fenner, former Faculty Leader, Languages; IVC

'Through the Keyhole', 'Blurred Images', 'Kim's Game' and 'Jumbled Magic'........just a few of the language learning games anyone educated in the 80s, 90s or early noughties might recall with some fondness.

As a Languages teacher, one of the more challenging aspects in planning a lesson was not necessarily a tricky grammatical point, but rather crucial questions like 'How do I visually depict a stick man in a bakery as opposed to a pharmacy?', 'How do I best store my OHPs and file them?', 'Which pens are delible or indelible?'.

The advent of data projectors, PowerPoint and other “whizzy” technology has, in no doubt, made our lives easier, but secretly we all miss the physicality and simplicity of a jumbled mass of pictures and the lack of twelve different passwords to log in to the computer!

Did you know?  A staggering 49 languages are spoken by students at IVC.

Arabic

Azeri

Bengali

Bulgarian

Catalan

Chinese/Cantonese

Chinese/Mandarin

Czech

Danish

Dutch/Flemish

Ebira

English

Estonian

Filipino

Finnish

French

German

Greek

Gujurati

Hindi

Hungarian

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Krio

Lithuanian

Luo

Malayalam

Pashto

Persian/Farsi

Polish

Portuguese

Romanian

Russian

Serbian/Croatian

Shona

Slovak

Slovenian

Spanish

Swedish

Tagalog

Tamil

Telugu

Temne

Thai

Turkish

Urdu

Vietnamese

Yoruba

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