THE INITIATIVE PROMOTER’S PERSPECTIVE
The project involved nine schools across Europe. Starting in 2009, students from 12 to 18 years old at Ostrava's Gymnáyium Hladnov a Jazyková škola created a course for their school called "Pride and Prejudice: Overcoming Stereotypes" in which they fought stereotypes through presentations, films, online questionnaires, sketches and creating dictionaries - all in English.
The students broke the prejudices and stereotypes they sometimes had thanks to the meetings, four visits to four countries, where they had to work in multinational groups on a given task.
This project had students learning to use English as a means of communication, which meant they managed to get rid of the fear of making mistakes. Coming from a different background, the participants expressed their feelings and suggestions in different ways and had to learn to tolerate each other.
To help students develop language skills through work in multinational groups;
To fight prejudice and overcome stereotypes resulting from different cultures and backgrounds.
The first year of the project focused on national stereotypes, whether positive or negative. Students worked on many materials, including dictionaries, films, sketches, etc. The second year focused on stereotypes associated with employment again dealing with a number of materials such as brochures, filmed jokes, etc.
Creation of didactic materials that can be applied either to a separate workshop, or that can serve as a support material for teaching English.
THE NELLIP NETWORK’S PERSPECTIVE
The project is in consistency with the current policies in the field of language learning because it is directed towards promoting new approaches to language teaching and learning as well as enhancement of the quality of language teaching.
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