Following on from the successful Multilingual Picnic in Canberra in December last year, the first ever Melbourne Language Picnic attracted families associated with the following languages: Arabic, Chollo, Croatian, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Swedish and Vietnamese.
While not everyone was able to come on the day, there was plenty of feedback and interest in supporting this kind of event in the future.
The presence of a Japanese exchange student provided an opportunity for the children with Japanese LOTEs to try out their skills, and prompted a similar exchange for those with Italian LOTE. A highlight of the day was some basic formalized language activity, and it was a joy to observe the enthusiasm with which all the children joined in.
Alessandro, one of the video stars below, gave us this spontaneous vote of approval: ‘The language picnic is cool!’
Some linguistic potential who could be persuaded to pose for a photo
Language bites in