About the project

Concrete aims

The main objective of the project “Being Young and Alive in Europe” will be a play written and performed by the pupils of the participating schools. Using this play, the students can get an insight into the daily life of their fellow students from these schools. It is meant to show the 12-19 year-old students, who are in an important stage of their own personal development, that their daily problems concerning first love, conflicts with parents, friendship and cliques are quite similar in other countries, and that despite all cultural differences, they have much the same interests and problems. At the same time, the play can help the students to develop an understanding towards each other, as working on a drama performance requires them to work very closely with each other.

While writing and perfoming the play, the students can also get to know cultural differences on an easy level, making them curious about the daily life of the other students and the cultural differences and similarities of European countries, and making them curious about Europe itself.

Improving self-confidence and self-esteem by writing and acting a play is also an aim of the project as well as getting the students interested in drama.

The language of the project will be English which is taught in all of the participating schools. Using English in familiar situations will make the language more attractive to the students and will improve their skills. Improving the student’s skills in their command of English as a foreign language will be the other main objective of the project. The students will also include some elements from their own languages in their respective versions of the play, thus presenting the other students with their language and creating interest in other European languages in general.

The educational quality of the participating schools will benefit in many ways from this project, which allows students to apply their English knowledge in everyday situations, meet students from foreign countries when performing the play, and attend classes connected to this drama project at their respective schools.

Internet sites and chatrooms will be created in order to allow the students to stay in close contact throughout the whole project via modern media. The connections established by this will hopefully survive the project to form a European school network. Creating the sites and working with the internet in cooperation with the school’s computer classes will improve the students’ competence using modern media. This will also provide an opportunity to interest male and female students in subjects they often shy away from, as boys often do from drama work and girls often do from computer classes.

An additional goal of this Comenius-project is that the students exchange, discuss and present information about the cultural variety, habits, geography and history of the other countries.

Impact

Besides the impact mentioned in the concrete aims section , we expect that students, teachers and parents of our school will think more about Europe and what it means to them. With the help of the project we also hope to introduce alternative methods of teaching and learning into the daily school routine. In addition we hope to strengthen and enlarge the network with and of our cooperation partners in the business world and the cultural sector.

Evaluation of progress and impact

The progress of the project will be documented by presenting the results in their different stages on the websites created by the participating schools for these plays, which will also allow for comments. Thus a general public in the schools will be addressed.

In addition, the students and teachers of all schools as well as other interested people will have the opportunity to influence the project. Regular e-mail communication between the teachers will ensure the progress, and at the end of each year an evaluation form will be filled in by all students. The results of these will then be analyzed in the final performance meeting week to be implemented into next year’s planning.

Dissemination and use of results, experience and end products

The plays as the  final project products will be performed in front of an audience on a theatre festival attended by all participating schools near the end of each school year. This festival will be advertised in the local media (newspaper, radio, TV) as well as on the internet to make it accessable to the public outside schools.

The performances and following discussions will be recorded and be made available to everyone interested via DVD or internet. There the participants will also be given a chance to comment on their experiences with the project.

In addition to this, local and regional teacher training courses and publications in teachers’ association’s periodicals could serve as an incentive.

Role and tasks of all institutions involved

OHG Göttingen will be coordinating the project. This leading role will only be in the field of coordination. As for the contents all schools will cooperate on eye-level. All participating schools will be required to include the project into their curricula as regular classes. Each school has to monitor the students’ activities in writing the play, building the set and preparing the props. Each school has to choose one teacher responsible for the project at their school.

Communication and cooperation

In turns each school will have to take on the role as host and organizer for different events within the project.

The cooperation of these teachers will continously take place via e-mail and the annual meetings as well as the performance meetings.

The Internet as a means of communication will be of major importance for the project. Each school is supposed to create a website and chatrooms, which will allow the exchange of ideas or suggestions on the current plays or the project itself, and the communication between teachers and students. This will allow easy planning of the respective steps of the project and the performance meetings, and will allow to display the progress of the project.

As a final result, the plays will be recorded and put on the internet as well as on a DVD to be available for the general public.

Active involvement of pupils and/or staff

Right from the start, the students will be involved in the planning and evaluation of the project, working as independently as possible. They will specify the  idea for the play with regard to the topic of the respective year, write the first scene together and scetch the characters. Afterwards, the students will write and perform the main part of the play at their schools and make the decisions about the cast, building of the set, and creation of the costumes. The teachers will only support these steps, which will finally lead to the students writing the final scene together, informing the public about it and planning the performance meeting.

Also – merely supported by the teachers – the students will be required to create the websites and chatrooms on their own, using them finally for evaluating and commenting on the project’s progress. At the end of each year, an evaluation form concerning the project and the progress made in language skills will be filled in by all students. The results will be taken into account for the planning of the following year.

Integration into the curriculum and/or ongoing activities

The theatre project „Being young and Alive in Europe“ will be part of the curricula of the participating schools. Students will get marks for attending the drama classes working on this project. Furthermore the project will be part of the regular foreign language education as it offers an opportunity to deal with intercultural studies as required by the subject’s standards.

There are schools which do not have such a curricular activity as drama, so other subjects like art, music, technology will be actively involved in programming and producing the project.

In addition, this project will offer the opportunity for the subjects drama, arts, foreign language, computer studies and politics to work together.

Intercultural dialogue

Working together for two years on the plays about (love)relationships and peer groups can help to promote intercultural education and to reduce racism and xenophobic tendencies, as the students will see similarities in their life situations across the cultural and national borders.

Students with special needs will be involved in the project by creating and writing scenario as well as the production of promoting material.

By creating a project homepage and DVD female and male students alike will have the opportunity to improve their computer and modern media skills.

Through the Comenius project students disadvantaged socio-economically get the opportunity to visit and come to know countries and people they otherwise could not afford to visit.

Promoting early language learning, multilingual comprehension and/or Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

Through the writing and acting of a theater play the CLIL request is promoted and guaranteed.

Promoting the participation of socio-economic disadvantaged students

Through the Comenius project students disadvantaged socio-economically get the opportunity to visit and come to know countries and people they otherwise could not afford to visit.

Equal access of boys and girls

The connection of the fields theater and new media will provide an opportunity to interest male and female students in subjects they often shy away from, as boys often do from drama work and girls often do from computer classes.

By creating a project homepage and DVD female and male students alike will have the opportunity to improve their computer and modern media skills.

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