As teachers, we sometimes try to push our students to get to know more about a given culture, an artist or a film. We put a lot of effort into preparing something interesting for our lessons.
“You have to taste Culture to understand it”
Is there any easy and delightful way to make our students more absorbed in culture?
Well, I discovered a learning scenario prepared by Kristina Kaučić. It is trouble-free to be adapted in many different ways. I am a teacher of English and History, however, currently, I am also working as a librarian. This learning scenario was very good because I could think of many different ways of implementing it. However, for the first time, I implemented it during an English lesson which was a substitution for another teacher. Thus, the first thing I noticed was the fact that this scenario did not need a lot of preparation – perfect for substitutions.
I implemented Kristina’s scenario with students of the first class of our high school (14/15 years old). The group consists of 15 students. They are quite shy and afraid of speaking because they are in their first year of high school. Also, they have not used the Europeana portal before.
According to Kristina’s scenario I conducted two lessons. Both of them gave the students a lot of possibilities to speak during the introduction and also when describing paintings. As it was an English lesson, I was very happy to combine the use of Europeana Collections with the preparation of our students for their final oral exams. They had to describe a picture during the exam.
Attractive way of developing language skills
However, I noticed that describing a picture from the artistic perspective can give students a lot of options to notice plenty of details in the paintings or pictures. For this reason, I think this learning scenario could be implemented with more advanced students, working on more complicated paintings. Last but not the least, the learning scenario could also be implemented during Art classes, where students could work on a given artist and then talk about them and some characteristic features of their style.
“Feedback is a gift”
The students shared their views on the lessons and provided me with some very encouraging feedback. They liked the lessons and they were extremely surprised that they had just learned something which would be very important for their final exams.
If you want to start teaching with the Europeana Collections and if you are looking for something easy to adapt, this learning scenario is for you. I really advise anyone to try to implement it.
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In an interactive museum created by Kristina Kaučić
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The featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and belongs to the public domain.