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Comenius-prosjekt i travel fase

2 lærere og 7 elever reiser til Frankrike  (15.okt t.o.m. 23.oktober) som det første steget i prosjektet.  Deretter, reiser vi til de 4 andre landene i løpet av 2012 og 2013, i tillegg til å være vertskap til de 5 landene tidlig i mars 2012.

2ST er klassen fra HVS som blir involvert i prosjektet

Her er linken til  Comenius blogg:  http://mind-the-gap.webnode.com/

Tyrkiske samarbeidsskolen sin webside: http://nazilliaol.meb.k12.tr/

 

Type of project: Multilateral Comenius Project

Name of the project: Mind the Gap

Participating countries: Norway, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Turkey

Duration of the project: August 2011 – July 2013

The goal of our project is to allow our 15-19 year old students to cross and bridge the cultural gaps they feel separate them from other European students by getting to know each other, their daily routines and their environments first.

We aim to make them communicate, find out about themselves, their everyday lives, their own cultural identity and other young Europeans’ cultural identities.

Before the visits, they will communicate both in English and in their native languages by means of sound tracks subtitled in English.We feel it's important they use their own native language and hear their partners' native language and at the same time make use of their skills at writing and reading English while preparing and watching their partners' presentations. Indeed languages are part of people's identities and shouldn't be forgotten; however they will in time realize that English is a means to overcome the language barrier.

During the visits, English will be the communication language for teachers and students.

The students will look into those issues through various activities and topics:

1. Activities: presentations, videos, and reporting of their findings by the use of various ICT media.

2. Topics:

• Getting to know each other and each other's environment.

• A teenager’s school year, day ,week and weekend

• Students/teachers relationships

• Meals: school meals-meal times-food

• Greetings

• Clothes

• Important moments of the year

• Television: my favourite shows

• Leisure time/activities

• Climate and seasons

• My phone, my computer and me

Moreover this project will also give the teachers the opportunity to compare, share and improve their pedagogical experiences and practices, by giving accounts about their own experience of school.

 

RATIONALE

Our past projects have made us realize that above all, when going abroad, our students are both interested in and scared by everyday things like: greetings, meal times, food ,school days etc…..and even though as teachers and adults, those issues don't always seem major to us ,we now know that they can be really scary and undermining to the point of stopping our students from taking part in Comenius projects and school trips. As a result, we feel it necessary to help them cross that gap and make them realize that even though differences can be frightening or even hindering at first they are always ultimately enriching which is why we want to work on this new project entitled “Mind the gap” a phrase commonly used in all European airports and stations;

In the past years, we have also realized that to work with students, you first have to make them feel involved in and be in charge of the project rather than ask them to do or make them do activities or research they haven't chosen or aren't even interested in in the first place; that’s why in the first steps of the project, we decided to ask them to identify the issues they are most interested in and curious about. Secondly we asked them to find and plan activities they would like to do with their partners during the visit in their respective country.

In turn we, teachers gave a feed back of these discussions to our partners and finally agreed on the subjects to be tackled.

Thanks to those activities, we hope and think that ultimately students will become aware that their similarities can help them to bridge the gap between their differences.

From a curricular point of view they will make use of and improve their skills in foreign languages and ICT and will also improve knowledge of their own culture by sharing it with others.

Furthermore thanks to our shared and past experiences we understand the necessity for European teachers to share their pedagogical experiences and practices, which is why we think it important they attend various classes during the visits.

The local coordinators will prepare schedules for the visiting teachers in agreement with them and the local teachers before hand. This will enable them to discuss teaching methods and ultimately to improve their own way of teaching.

That is why we have decided the visits would be between 7-10 days long so as to enable both teachers and students to get a real feel and experience of the way other European teachers, students and schools work. The duration of the visits will allow them to get to know each other better, give them time to bond, forget about their fears and share their partners' school and after school lives, which will in turn make the sharing of their investigations easier and more natural.

Most of our partner schools are located in remote or deprived areas where cultural activities and theatres are scarce so our students rarely have the chance to attend a theatre play, go to the cinema or visit exhibitions. Furthermore, due to financial difficulties a great number of our students have never been abroad. As a result, a lot of them find it difficult to even imagine they could study or live in another area;

This is why we feel this project should be an important asset for their educational future training, and life as it will enable them to meet other young Europeans, overcome their fears and prejudices, compare their experiences, and finally accept the idea that one day they may study, work and live in another European country. It will also help our schools (both staff and students) as well as our local communities to broaden their horizons.


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