As you would expect from a languages teacher, I try to integrate a European framework into my general studies classes. This year I will be running two projects under the aegis of the British Council eTwinning forum, for which I am an “ambassador”. The first is “Viking Heritage” and will consider the cultural heritage of the Vikings and their influence past and present on the U.K., Norway and Denmark. I am running this project in collaboration with a colleague from a school in Bergen, Norway: https://www.bergen.kommune.no/omkommunen/avdelinger/skoler/ytrebygda-skole
and also a school in Kerteminde, Denmark http://www.nymarksskolen.dk/
Work which is produced will be shared on a “wikispace”.
This worked well last year, when I undertook a project with a school in Trieste, Italy: http://liceopetrarcats.it/ which considered the cultural heritage of the city of Trieste and its influence on the work of Italo Svevo and James Joyce. Part of this work is summarised in a blog: http://professorzois.wordpress.com/
and it led to visits to Italy by the English class and to Winchester by the Italian class:
This year, because of the wealth of romanesque architecture in Winchester, Trieste, Muggia and Venice, I hope to repeat the collaboration and visits, but with the focus on architecture, rather than literature. We intend to visit Trieste, Muggia and Venice for 4 days during our February half-term break.
Each year the British Council organises a one day conference for 29 schools, who each send one teacher and two pupils to the “Mock Council of the European Union”:
Last year my class was lucky enough to be selected for this event, representing the views of Estonia on the topics of “The Arab Spring” and “The crisis in Europe’s economy”. This year we have been fortunate enough to be selected again and I shall invite two pupils to prepare the topics for debate over the coming weeks. We have just been informed that we will be representing the views of Lithuania on two topics:
– How can the EU use climate change measures to move to a green economy?
– How should the EU spend its money?
This should be an interesting event and we are able to contact the Lithuanian embassy in London to obtain details on how Lithuania views these two questions. The conference will be held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Thursday 22nd November.
The final collaborative venture in which I am involved is a study of intercultural relations and I intend to set up a project with a school in Romania to explore this next year.