October 2017 Back to news

Language detectives investigate at Gresham’s

Year 8 pupils from Beeston Hall, Langley Prep at Taverham Hall and Gresham’s Prep joined staff from Gresham’s Modern Foreign Languages department and Sixth Form helpers for its long-standing Language Detective Day.

The Language Detective Day is in its eighth year and remains as popular as ever. Pupils worked through a range of activities, which explored language-learning strategies from gesture and mime, memorisation strategies, using prior knowledge, word classes, phoneme and grapheme links and rhythm and intonation. High points of the day were Chinese Whispers with Dr Tsai and the now infamous ‘Noun, Verb, Adjective’ singalong with Mrs Mousley.

Later in the day, pupils were presented with a crime that they needed to solve. Visual and aural clues were given in a variety of languages, and all teams managed to use the language skills and strategies they had acquired during the day to successfully solve the mystery, which was a wonderful result.

A presentation ceremony was held where all pupils received medals, certificates and chocolate for their hard work and efforts.

We look forward to more language detective work next year!