Teaching English language is not just about learning grammar and vocabulary, which is the grammatical competence of the students. Learning a foreign language also involves mastering sociocultural factors connected with the European countries, where English is used.
This collaborative learning scenario promotes lifelong learning and mobile learning, during which students will have to carry out several activities. In order to do so, they will use the Europeana platform and finally they will create mind maps, charts or tables to present the new information about a European country.
This is an entertaining and engaging learning scenario where students work together and look for data using Europeana resources. As the well-known psychologist Jerome Bruner claimed, “Education must be not only a transmission of culture but also a provider of alternative views of the world and a strengthener of the will to explore them.”
This learning scenario has been developed during the English version of the “Europeana in your classroom: building 21st-century competences with digital cultural heritage (Rerun)” online course. The course aimed to improve teachers’ understanding of cultural heritage in order to efficiently integrate it into their lessons and practices. The courses can be accessed here.
Author: María García Baños
Age of Students: 13-14
Subject/ Topic: Music, English, History, Geography / European Culture