Involving several languages and cultures in a warm up
- People need to have note paper and pens.
Types of participants: This is for groups of people who speak two or more languages.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): No specific skills required
1. Welcome the group.
2. Divide the group into groups of 6 or 8 people.
3. Ask them to introduce themselves (for example, their name, hobbies, current place of residence and anything else that might connect them to the program).
4. Ask each group to list the languages spoken by the members of their group. Someone should record this.
5. Ask them to create / write a story about the people in the group using at least one word from each of the languages spoken by their group members.
6. Ask each group to tell their story and as they do so someone points to the person(s) that the story is about and the language being used.
7. Do a short debrief.
8. Thank everyone.
Follow-Up Required: None
Usual or Expected Outcomes: This should be fun and cut across differences.
Potential pitfalls: one or two people who speak lots of languages and the rest one.
Source: Jon Jenkins
History of Development: This was created as an opening for a discussion between university students from Bremen, Germany and Groningen, The Netherlands.