Language Week 2013: Poetry & Power

We had a fabulous week celebrating “The Power of Language” around the campus of LIS from February 5th-8th. From teaching primary students to participating in the Language Run, secondary school students have thought about the Power of Language everyday this week.

The library got in on the game by hosting a Poetry Coffee House on Wednesday and the Power Reading Hour on Friday.  Students brought pieces to share; some written by themselves, some written by others.

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During these sessions, we also shared videos that demonstrated “The Power of Language” in action.  From Kid President to Hiwot Adilow, students and teachers were impressed by the power of language.

One video we didn’t have time to finish watching was The Danger of a Single Story, a TED talk by Chimamanda Adichie. You can watch this powerful talk about language, literacy and the danger of having only a single story.

Finally, we wound up the week with the Language Week assembly, where students were presented with a video about Language Diversity at LIS.  This video was the result of a partnership between Ms. Katy, Ms. Chloe and several LIS students.

What was your favorite part of Language Week?


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