Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Wings, Waves and Wheels: 13th Annual CT COLT Rhyme Celebration

Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Wings, Waves and Wheels: 13th Annual CT COLT Rhyme Celebration

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On Wednesday, March 3, 2004, West Woods Upper Elementary School of Farmington, CT hosted the 13th Annual CT COLT Rhyme Celebration at I.A.R. Middle School to a full house of 218 students from 27 Connecticut schools, 42 teachers and administrators, plus many, many parents and siblings. It was by all accounts, a big success for languages on the eve of 2005,Year of Languages. There were 13 languages represented: 5 that are taught in CT schools (Spanish, French, Japanese, German, and ESOL [English for Speakers of Other Languages]) and 8 heritage languages (Polish, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali). Students in preschool through sixth grade took part in the language extravaganza.

The thematic title for 2004 was "Wings, Waves and Wheels," and most of the rhymes chosen were related to planes, trains, buses, cars and boats. For example, there were quite a few variations of "The Wheels on the Bus Go 'Round and Round" in several different languages. The theme song was a trilingual version of an old Woody Guthrie favorite: "Riding in My Car." Rhymes about sailors on ships were also popular choices.

FLES teachers are very clever with props and we saw quite a few buses, trains and boats and cars on stage. West Woods students opened the event, dressed in sailor suits and berets, by presenting three songs in Spanish, French and English with the accompaniment of guitarists from the middle school. Four West Woods students, dressed in beautiful costumes from their countries, presented heritage languages from Asia for the conclusion of the program. All the heritage learners in the audience were invited on stage underneath the "magic carpet" for photographs to welcome in the Year of Languages.

A new format to the event was initiated this year. First, there was an informal time of eating ethnic cookies and placing student drawings on the thematic participatory mural. Photos were taken and delegations found their places. The formal program then began with each delegation presenting on stage.The whole audience watched every presentation so that everybody had a large audience to enjoy their efforts. …

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