International Mother Tongue Day

Tomorrow, 21st February, is International Mother Tongue Day, a day which is supported by the United Nations and has been celebrated every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity, and multilingualism.

The day encourages people to maintain their own mother language and learn additional languages.

To mark the day in your classroom, why not ask your pupils with a mother tongue other than English, to share their favourite rhyme or poem with the rest of the class?

Piotr, one of our talented developers here at EducationCityPiotr, one of’s expert developers, originates from Poland, and has shared one of his children’s favourites, “The Boar”, with us below. Feel free to cut and paste it into the Teleprompter Topic Tool for all your pupils to see and follow.


Dzik jest dziki, dzik jest zły,

Dzik ma bardzo ostre kły.

Kto spotyka w lesie dzika,

Ten na drzewo szybko zmyka.

(A brief translation is: BOAR – A boar is wild, a boar is nasty, His tusks are sharp but a bit rusty. Whenever you hear: “beware of the hog”, You better just run off!)

The Teleprompter Tool is available in the following years and regions:

  • England: Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6+, 7
  • Scotland: First **, Second *, Second **, Second ***
  • Wales: Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
  • N. Ireland: P3, P5, P6, P7 

Happy International Mother Tongue Day! We’d love to know how you’re marking the occasion, so do let us know!