This project aims to motivate learners, particularly in the critical phase of their lives, by creating materials that make language learning engaging and relevant. While the focus is on learning English as a second language, the project provides adaptable resources for teaching any language. Lesson plans incorporate grammar, vocabulary, and idioms within the context of cultural and historical stories, ensuring a comprehensive language learning experience. By examining different perspectives and understanding cultural differences and similarities, students develop critical thinking skills and a sense of European citizenship.
Our project has four main objectives. Firstly, we seek to enhance language proficiency by developing 40 comprehensive lesson packs for ESL teachers and an informative booklet with 60 (hi)stories. Additionally, we will provide online training and a DIY guide to support teachers in implementing these resources effectively.
Secondly, we aim to raise cultural awareness among young people, helping them understand their own and others’ cultural identities. Through lesson packs, teacher training, an interactive online map of shared (hi)stories, and materials encouraging personal exploration, we foster cultural understanding. We also plan to create a YouTube channel featuring testimonials and shared (hi)stories.
Thirdly, we prioritize the development of critical thinking skills in young learners. By examining (hi)stories from various perspectives, we enable students to think critically and navigate multicultural societies. The project incorporates story-based materials, an interactive map, videos, and additional resources that train students in critical thinking. Teacher training modules will guide educators on teaching critical thinking skills using stories and cultural heritage. Lastly, we aim to cultivate EU citizenship by helping students create their own EU identity and fostering a sense of connection with other EU citizens. Lesson activities encourage students to explore their identity and analyze its links and shared aspects with fellow EU citizens.
In comparison to existing materials, our project offers innovation by providing longer, content-rich texts focused on EU cultural awareness, heritage, and shared values. Activities go beyond linguistic competence to promote critical thinking and cultural exploration. We will empower teachers to create their own shared (hi)stories and provide templates for this purpose. Accompanying resources include an interactive map and videos. Moreover, we will offer training to teachers of various languages, ensuring the project’s adaptability beyond the ESL classroom. Our goal is to enrich English lessons for teenage students, fostering critical thinking skills, cultural understanding, and a deeper sense of EU citizenship.
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