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a) Concrete objectives- Our key objective is linguistic. English will be the common language and, thus, our students will become aware of the need to know a foreign language in their attempt to communicate with students from other countries. Throughout the project, the students will come into contact with different elements of culture belonging to certain members of the European Union, so they will be able to see on their own the cultural diversity that surrounds them. One of the advantages of being a European citizen is the fact that one can travel freely in the member countries as tourist or to look for work possibilities. When doing this, one comes into contact with the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe. Our project offers the chance for students from six different countries to better understand this variety so that they acquire a sense of tolerance. This will be possible by working together in order to eliminate stereotypes and prejudice. We’ll also deal with prevention of xenophobia in order to celebrate cultural diversity and prevent xenophobic and discriminatory attitudes.
b) Subject and problems: The main problems we address is the need to try to preserve traditions and local specificity. We’ll deal with the issue of local identity in order to make it known throughout Europe. This will be our contribution in the attempt to save our values and keep it fo the generations to come.
c) Approach: In order to reach our objectives, both students and teachers will attend the visits, will have the opportunity to explore certain elements of local culture. Like this, they will get to know the local history of the area as well as their importance in the region. By using modern technology, our students will exchange information on certain topics. They will keep in touch through the internet for the visits; we’ll invite representatives of local culture, artisans, so that the teachers and students get to know minutely traditional skills from different regions in Europe. We’ll also make leaflets and presentations that will contain key information for the project.
European added value
By dealing with cultural and historical heritage, by coming into contact with values of each participant country, by learning from one another, the students will be able to learn the importance of intercultural tolerance in the present European context. They will be able to discover neighbor cultures but, in the same time, to promote their own. All these will be made possible by the use of modern technology and by active collaboration. Intercultural exchange will offer our students the chance to form a vision on what being a European citizen means, and, thus, they will be able to promote these elements in their own communities.
1. All participants will:
- Increase their self- esteem;
- Acquire new knowledge of several cultures in Europe;
- Develop increased sensitivity and tolerance towards other cultures in multicultural Europe;
2. Pupils will:
- Be given a new motivation to learn foreign languages;
- Improve their level of linguistic and technical skills;
- Create new working relationships with each other and with pupils from partner schools;
- Make new friendships;
- Improve their ability to look for, classify, talk;
- Will develop certain skills: initiative, dynamisM, creativity, respect for the work partner, consistency, curiosity, civism, responsibility towards European values.
3. Teachers will:
- Have a chance to discuss teaching methods and approaches within a broad European framework;
- Acquire wider knowledge of their methodological and didactic means through transnational cooperation;
- Improve their skill in cooperative working, not only in the international groups but also in their own schools through cross-curricular cooperation between subjects.
4. Participating institutions will:
- Be able to link normal theoretical classroom learning in several subject areas to practical work in presenting local and regional knowledge;
- Establish new international contacts for the future cooperation;
- Increase the competence of teachers in participating in international projects;
- Gain prestige.
Distribution of tasks
1. Each partner institution will make presentation sheets for each student
2. The students will be in charge with making leaflets, power-point presentations and brochures about the schools they attend, as well as about the region they live in; these will be made for printing and for publishing on the common website.
3. For each visit, the host school will suggest a theme or topic to be discussed in concordance with the project objectives.
4. The partner school in Romania will be in charge of designing the common website, where all the project products of our work together will be uploaded.
5. Each school will gather information and will organize them as presentations of their choice for each work visit.
6. For each work visit, the host school will organize certain field trips relevant for the topic chosen.
7. For each work visit, the host school will organize workshops, thematic exhibitions; following these, the students will be asked to make different products, such as essays, scrapbooks, reports etc.
Cooperation and communication
We have already formed an N.I.N.G. network where students and teachers have been invited. This network will be used to exchange information needed for the project. Here, both students and teachers will be able to get to know each other better, to learn about expectations of this project.
Communication will also be made through Yahoo Messenger. Students will exchange their Yahoo Messenger ID’s so they can communicate in their spare time. Like this, they can learn about their common hobbies, passions or school experience.
These ways of communication will be of great importance for the project, since our key objective is developing English language knowledge. They will be able to practice in both formal and informal circumstances.
The success of our project will be ensured by the active involvement of both teachers and students.
The teachers will be in charge of planning the activities and doing the formalities connected with the project. They will have an active role in organizing and managing the project and in stimulating the students, as well.
The success of the project will also depend on the students, too. The entire project and the activities we plan revolve around their interests, so that they will be engaged in all the steps we take. Our students will also come with suggestions of their own for certain activities. They will have the opportunity to make the products that will be presented to all the participants, and to make this project known to their communities. The materials they make will be presented in the schools they attend, so that they can show all their schoolmates the opportunities they have if they participate in a project.
Integration into ongoing activities
The theme of the project will be integrated into various subject areas in the curriculum, and therefore addresses total pupil development. Teachers of humanistic, scientific and technical subjects will work together to develop and integrate the project themes, with the aid of experts with specific skills. The project will bring together knowledge from several subject areas, such as English language, native language, multimedia and IT, regional education, literature, history, geography and religion.
A multicultural project is welcome in an educational system that promotes the historical and cultural exchange between European states. School curriculum across Europe is aimed to promote national values closely interlinked with the European ones. All this is in the spirit of European motto "United in diversity”. This will make it easier for all students to get familiar with the other countries in Europe, by getting to know their own culture and by interacting with others. Starting from local and regional level, and moving up to continental level, all students will be able to enrich their knowledge about the culture, traditions and history of their own country by correlating it to that of other counties, by finding similarities and differences, by enlarging his cultural horizon.
One off our main objectives is aimed at English language learning. Students are directed towards developing skills and becoming independent learners. They work in groups and collaborate to solve certain tasks. They are encouraged to express their opinions and to respect their partners in the activities they participate. This project gives them the opportunity to use English in real life situations and to create bridges between neighbor cultures.
When we agreed to start this project, we intended to plan it thoroughly. And a good organization also means constant evaluation. We intend to watch carefully if the objectives we’ve set are reached in our activities. This will be done in the form of pre- and post-activity quizzes. Our pre-activity quizzes will be intende to gather information about the quality of the work that will be done. Thus, we can cooperate to organize activities that will be of great interest to everyone. We’ll be able to anticipate possible problems that we may encounter, and, thus, we’ll be able to eliminate them. Our post-activity quizzes will mainly be concerned with the relevance and validity of our work, namely if the objectives we set were reached. This will also be intended to improve the following activities. The following aspects will be evaluated:
- Are deadline met?
- Are our activities in concordance with the themes we chose and with the aims of the project?
- Do our activities make our students independent learners? Do they develop their skills?
- Is there a real cooperation and cultural exchange?
- Are our activities relevant in the context of lifelong learning?
Dissemination and the use of results
We intend to make our project known on different levels:
- In each participating institution: we’ll create a Comenius classroom or a Comenius corner where we intend to exhibit products of our work. Thus the staff and students in each school can learn about the opportunities a Comenius project offers, and it could also stimulate them to start similar projects. Another way to disseminate our project in our schools will be writing certain articles in the school magazines and uploading these articles on the school websites, as well.
- In the local community: we want to invite the local press to our activities so that we can promote our project on a wider scale; we also want to make our project known in the teachers’; meetings we attend throughout the year.
- The leaflets will be distributed to other county schools;
- The project will be presented in educational and methodical circles;
- Leaflets and articles may be published in educational magazines of methodology (history or geography);
- The final project results (products)will be available to all those interested
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