Learning about the culture, tradition, history and facts of English-speaking countries is an essential part of the curriculum of learning English as a foreign language every school year. Broadening their knowledge of Irish culture, history and tradition students gain important knowledge of the world around them, contrast it to their own cultural heritage and learn tolerance. Teaching students critical thinking skills is also an essential part of the curriculum (Civic education) and they can practice these skills by exploring different cultural stereotypes, more specifically stereotypes about Irish people.
This learning scenario has been developed during the English version of the “Europeana in your classroom: building 21st-century competences with digital cultural heritage” 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.
Authors: Ivana Hrastović Mandarić
Age of students: 13-14
Subject and topic: English as a foreign language, Civic education, Ireland, Stereotypes