Tuesday, 26 September 2017

European Day of Languages/National Poetry Day

Commeunitchi ès Médias
Press release

Faithe d’eune pièrre trais coups – To make of a stone three blows
To kill three birds with one stone

This year, European Day of Languages (26th September) is just two days earlier than National Poetry Day.  To mark both occasions L’Office du Jèrriais is encouraging hundreds of the Island’s children to enjoy a Jèrriais poem written especially for them.  At the same time a brand-new website www.learnjerriais.org.je with details of classes available for children and adults and learning material will be launched.

All children in Year 4 in primary schools, together with those in Year 7 of selected secondary schools, will receive postcards bearing poems in Jèrriais (with English translations) on Freedom, the theme of National Poetry Day.  The poems, composed by Jèrriais teacher and poet Geraint Jennings, are available together with audio versions on the learnjerriais website, along with explanatory notes for teachers.

Anyone who is not a recipient of the poems and who would like copies can contact L’Office du Jèrriais, or alternatively visit the website at www.learnjerriais.org.je to download or listen to the words.  Why not liberate your Jèrriais tongue?

For immediate release.


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