How To Celebrate English Language Day
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23 April may just seem like another day, but for English teachers and language lovers around the world, it is an opportunity to stop and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of the English language.
The date marks the United Nations’ English Language Day, one of six official observations which started in 2010 to highlight the official languages of the UN. In addition to English, these include Arabic (18 December), Chinese (20 April, French(20 March), Russian (6 June), and Spanish (23 April).
Why do we celebrate English Language Day on 23 April?
The reason 23 April was chosen as the day to celebrate the English language, is quite simply because this is the day believed to be William Shakespeare’s birthday and the anniversary of his death.
Yes, we know that he lived a long time ago, but he had a serious impact on the English language.
Did you know:
- Shakespeare was the first person to write approximately 1,700 words in print. These words were in common usage but were never written down. If Shakespeare hadn’t used them in his plays it’s likely they would have been forgotten.
- He coined at least 422 English words. We still use most of these words today, like gloomy, frugal and suspicious.
- He is credited as creating a number of phrases, as well as individual words. You might be familiar with these phrases, such as a wild goose chase, vanish into thin air, and the naked truth.
- He was well-known for giving us incredibly descriptive insults:
I am sick when I do look on thee.
More of your conversation would infect my brain.
Thou art as fat as butter.
Today, more than 1.75 billion people speak English all over the world. It is the official language in 75 countries. It is not only spoken as a first or second language, but more and more it is used as a lingua franca for speakers of different languages to communicate with each other.
How to celebrate English Language Day
There are loads of different activities you can do to celebrate English Language Day in the classroom. Here are a few ideas:
- Have a quiz. Create questions around the English language. Examples of questions are:
Name three countries that speak English as a first language.
Name five Shakespeare plays.
How many different ways can you say “hello” in English?
- Watch a film based on one of Shakespeare’s plays, or another famous English novelist such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen or Roald Dahl.
- Play a word game, like Scrabble or Hangman.
- Get your students to research fun facts about English and present them to the class.
- Host a book club. Students can bring an English book they are reading into class, describe it to the class and tell them if they’d recommend it. If they have finished reading their books, they can swap with each other.
- Make a list of words with silent letters like knock, lamb and raspberry.
- Explore the variations within the English language by finding one word unique to British, American, Canadian, South African and Australian English. Test your friends to see if they know what each word or phrase means and which country it comes from.
We hope you have a great English Language Day.
But why stop there?
If you love the English language, then you may want to develop and even celebrate this passion a little further by teaching it to others. Find out more about what teaching English as a Foreign Language involves here.
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- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.