5 minutes — if it works well with your child, take as long as you want and repeat as often as you wish
role playing, using one language at a time
Languages of the original source
This activity can be used in any language.
The activity can be done
on a trip: on the way to work,
to school, during shopping, etc.
Aim of the activity
To help using language in unusual circumstances. To enjoy their own family
languages in a playful way and experience them as something special. Also
that the family languages are special and not everybody is able to speak
and understand them.
Preparation for the activity
None necessary – the activity is meant as an inspiration to use the family
languages in everyday activities. For the part and for the event where parents act as tourist guides it may be helpful to do a little research on some of the buildings
and streets you will pass in your town.
Only requirement: Parents must “convince” the children to become a “tourist”
during the trip.
Parents and children play at being tourists. During the trip they do not use
the national or majority language, but only their family languages.
1. Let the children lead a conversation about the buildings, street scenes all the familiar things they see every day, as if they saw them for the first time in their
2. Maybe they, or you speak like a tourist guide, as you know more? – Try
to “present” buildings or street scenes with their historical background, include
descriptive or unusual stories. Or maybe you just try to present buildings or scenes just in a funny way.
Significant benefit of the activity
To act like tourist or tourist guides and to describe scenes and builidings support the development of the narrative competence*.
Source of the activity
Multilingual Families Project