The project’s goal is to create international network amongst students, teachers and participating schools because of the international dimension of school education. Our main objective is to modernize the teaching methods in our schools as well as improve teacher and students linguistic and digital literacy, renovate our methodology for learning languages and create a partnership among European teachers and students sharing our outcomes on cultural heritage of our countries. We hope to achieve better cooperation between students combining peer-learning and ICT which may lead tobetter results for the students.
The acronym “HOME, Historic Origins in Modern Era” encodes three main motivations. First, according to our sectorial priority, we pretend to achieve an open education and innovative practices in digital era. Teaching and studying English should follow a natural way based on a modern context, beyond the classroom walls.
Thus, teachers will learn/improve using innovative learning methods (such as Project based learning – PBL, content and language integrated learning -CLIL), and also ICT. Regarding the pupils, school curriculum is mostly based on theory, which does not always meet the needs of our students’ everyday life. Thereby, a more practical approach could let them feel the joy of the activities, sharing real experiences among the partner schools, and improving their oral and written communication skills.
Second, the project is going to integrate peer learning-teaching activities about different features of the cultural heritage of every country members (Traditions, History, Food, Leisure…). Sharing experiences is for sure the best way of valuing our beautiful and historic surroundings which represent our cultural identity, obviously different from country to country but part of a unique and special community: Europe. Social and educational value of cultural heritage will not be enough if we don’t take into account its contribution to job creation, economic growth and social cohesion. Many of the students who are going to take part in the project do not have resources, and not even aspirations, to discover what the teenagers of many other countries think, enjoy or just share.
Participating in this experience would allow our students to open their minds in the future, it would make them believe in themselves and break down the barriers that they often self-impose.
And, finally, through the different training and exchange activities we aim to strengthen the profiles of the teaching profession. In order to build in our pupils Key Competences for long life learning, (Council Recomendation of 22 May 2018) we need to implement the students soft skills (teamwork, critical observation, problem solving, adaptability, presentation skills) thanks to peer to peer activities and workshops. This kind of non-formal learning must be achieved through active methodologies, such as Cooperative learning or PBL, and ICT.