You never know where you’ll come across an idea to enliven the Languages classroom. I found this one in the wake of 11 September 2001 when travelling in America. Simplicity itself, a pencil flag is made from a piece of paper, decorated, folded and glued around a pencil.
It is the sentiment, expressed in words and pictures that makes a pencil flag significant to an occasion. On the Pencil Flags web page www.pencilflag.com you can find the story behind the idea plus several examples of print-ready pencil flags which recognise Christmas and Easter and express birthday and get well wishes.
So why not a pencil flag for significant occasions in the languages program, for example Hari Kemerdekaan, Golden Week, Bastille Day or Languages Week? Given the basic idea and a range of suitable expressions, students will be able to create their own designs, making the activity much more personal and educative. Making a flag to commemorate a national day is also an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of history and culture.
Depending on the age and ability level of your students, either
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Have fun! And if you have tried this idea, please tell us about the occasion, the language items used on flags and how your students reacted.
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