Title of the Project
eJournal: Deutsch macht Spass - Jugendliche in Europa
e-Journal was a cooperation project in which 6th formers from St-Lodewijkscollege (Brugge, BE), Menntaskolinn a Akureyri (IS) and Vihdin lukio (FI) jointly created a digital newspaper. All pupils are studying German. The aim of the project was to raise their competences and skills in this language and to enhance the intercultural dialogue among them. The theme of the project was "Jugendliche in Europa"; the youngsters explored each other's living world via articles, films, live online sessions etc.
THE INITIATIVE PROMOTER’S PERSPECTIVE
The motivation to start the eJournal-project came from the project coordinator after participating in a course in Lapland ("the midnight sun course" eJournalism 2.0 - Educational Collaboration Across Borders Using Web based Tools (http://ejournal.eduprojects.net/lapcom2/) and there she learned how to use an eJournal. The motivation was totally personal.
Assist students of German to learn the language by using the eJournal method.
The pedagogical approach was that the students worked on the eJournal once a week for a whole school year: they wrote texts, made pictures and videos and at the end of the project they communicated with the other partners live via a tool embedded in the eJournal.
eJournals available yearly and the pupils are very enthousiastic every year
Activities following the award of the European Language Label
The teacher that initiated the project has been doing the same project for 4 consecutive years after the prize.
THE NELLIP NETWORK’S PERSPECTIVE
Consistency with European Policies in the field of Language Learning
This project supports innovation in the learning and teaching of foreign languages and awareness towards multilingualism
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Posted by Arhip Cristian (Romania)
Message: I find the idea very rewarding for both students and teachers. Through the ejournal, the students practised not only German but they definitely experienced the cultural background of their partners, learned new skills from the Web2.0 inventory and gained an international voice to sound their problems, challenges, hobbies, share issues with peers all over Europe and earn the respect of the international team of teachers.
The idea is transferable to any language and it could be developed among networks of teachers and communities of students.
The fact that the coordinator could keep up the good work for 4 years after the end of the project shows the fact that after the first journal was created both the students and the teachers involved, found the process and the result satisfying enough to continue to do this without special funding , just for the sake of the result and of their international communication. This is a very solid evidence about the sustainability of the idea.