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International Mother Language Day

Taking place on 21st February every year.

Promoting linguistic and cultural diversity.

Updated 4 months ago

This Day is observed every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was created by UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation) in order to promote the dissemination of mother tongues and a fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue. For further information, visit the UNESCO website, or the UN's International Mother Language Day web pages. If there are pupils in your class whose first language is not English, you might like to encourage them to read in their first language, as well as English. There are plenty of publishers who produce dual language resources. Why not try Mantra Lingua (www.mantralingua.com) or Milet (www.milet.com)? The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has a page with background information and teaching activities for International Mother Language Day.

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