Adventurous Journey Through Europe and Culture ( LS-HU-84)

About the topic

This learning scenario is for secondary schools teaching English as a foreign language and aims to lead students through the process of planning a holiday. It combines their previous studies in English and other professional subjects. It allows students to include and integrate their personal experiences using ICT tools, and at the same time to promote creativity and cooperation. The lesson also aims at putting the culture into focus during holidays through Europeana Collections and getting to know different European cities.

Students browsing the Europeana collections for holiday inspiration

During this learning scenario, students will enrich their vocabulary related to travelling, free time activities, kinds of accommodation. Their language and ICT skills will also develop through the activities. They will learn to compromise and persuade their peers by presenting their ideas. Moreover, students will also have a better understanding of the diversity of cultures.

Planning a holiday: activities

In this learning scenario students carry out the following activities:

  • revise and extend their vocabulary connected to the topic Holidays, using dotstorming and padlet;
  • discuss the steps and the necessary information for organising a holiday;
  • check their vocabulary in a kahoot game;
  • browse Europeana Collections to find something they would like to visit on their holiday;
  • receive a QR code leading them to a European city
  • plan a holiday with their peers on canva
  • present their plan/brochure to the class
  • invite and persuade others to join their holiday, give reasons
  • evaluate their own and the others’ holiday plan
  • check how well they have got to know the three European cities in a wordwall game
Students answering the kahoot quiz

Conclusion and follow up

Students could have a broad insight into the topic of Holidays by covering several other topics, carrying out a variety of activities and using different ICT tools. Europeana Collections directed them to the importance of culture on holidays. Besides that, browsing for information about the three European cities made them realise cultural differences. In that way, the students’ cultural awareness was raised.

To conclude, I believe the implementation of the learning scenario was successful. The trends and the 21st-century skills applied in it, along with the students’ feedback guarantee that it was also effective and enjoyable.

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