Students of English as a Foreign Language (B2+ level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) reuse historical still images of the Europe of the 60s and interviewees’ testimonials in an attempt to connect big history to local history.
Skills to develop
This learning scenario serves as an example of how 16-year old students, organised in groups, show that they know how to collect and evaluate historical still images available on Europeana and oral accounts by helping each other. At the end of the learning endeavour, the learners are able to organise images and texts in a database. My students summarised and commented on the most relevant ones, thus constructing learning paths for future learners.
The people who took part in the interviews and helped my students with this lesson are old people in the local environment who had witnessed or even participated in similar events as the ones presented in the still images selected. Using Adobe Spark’s timeline maker, my students created admirable online learning paths, based on the historical still images used and the information from the interviewees. Their effort to connect big history to local history was commendable.
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