Alarmingly high numbers of students have never read an entire book in their lives, while others state that they only read out of obligation, but less than a book per year. Therefore, teaching English as a foreign language through stories can be a challenge as much as it can prove a source of endless inspiration and entertainment.
Our target group includes students of the ages 13-18 with basic English skills (minimum A2 level) from our schools. We chose this age group as they are old enough to read in English and young enough to still show enthusiasm for it. Therefore, we are addressing a number of approximately 400 students (the others, who do not have a working command of English, but are in the same age group will be involved in artistic activities, cultural activities or activities which involve their mother tongue. The project also addresses teachers of English from our schools who will update their teaching methods and exchange experiences and practices with their peers, thus contributing to the creation of a professional network of English teachers. 110 students and 32 teachers will participate in the 4 exchanges we have planned, participants who will be selected from the target groups.
1.to develop students’ taste for reading and motivate them; (minimum 50% of target group)
2.to develop students’ creativity and language skills; (minimum 80% of the target group)
3.to develop students’ critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability; (min. 60% target group)
4.to develop understanding of their own culture in connection with other European cultures; (minimum 70%)
5.to promote European values and develop cohesion among European citizens.
6.to exchange teaching methods and improve the material bases of the English teachers.
7.to produce sustainable teaching materials and share them with foreign language teachers in our countries and others.
We have planned 4 exchanges:
- C1- November 2018 – Turkey : For teachers to start on the project and the topic
- C2 – February 2019 – Italy: Developing literary and interpretative skills through stories.
- C3 – May 2019 – Bulgaria: Teaching reading and critical thinking skills through stories.
- C4 – November 2019 – Romania: Teaching writing skills and creativity through stories.
- C5 – April 2020 – Poland: Teaching speaking skills through stories.
Developing self-confidence in the use of English. The exchanges will comprise topic-related seminars and workshops, cultural activities, attending lessons.
Project management implies planning, organisation, implemetation, monitoring, evaluation and dissemination of results. In the planning stage – we identified the needs and established the aims and objectives of the project. In the organisation stage, we will elaborate dissemination and evaluation plans, action plans, timeline of events, distribution of tasks and resources. In the implementation stage, we will organise the selection, preparation and participation in exchanges. We will produce the final results of the project. The dissemination plan is created to share the results and activities within our partnership and beyond it, so as to impact the target groups, the institutions, local/regional/national/European target audiences. The evaluation is done at every stage of the project and its results will be included in the impact study.
Students are expected to become more motivated, improve their language skills and intercultural competence; they will become more self-confident in their ability to use English, improve their literary competence, their reading, speaking, writing skills as well as their interpretive, critical thinking skills and creativity. •Teachers as well will become more motivated, improve their leadership, team work, presentation skills, improve their material base, develop language, communication skills, interpersonal and intercultural competence. •Schools become more visible in their community, develop their human resources. Tangible results include: Compendium of literary theory for secondary school students; Collection of story-related activities and lesson plans for secondary school students; Curriculum for optional class “TESS – Teaching English Skills through Stories”.