The foreign languages taught at the partner schools more and more tend to stand back to the English language, as a large number of students as well as their parents are influenced by media, internet and pop culture into believing that English is the only language required besides their native tongue. L1 being the mother tongue and L2 almost always English, L3 very often is French, German or Spanish: the aim for this project is to motivate students to continue the study of L3 in upper secondary school and to reach a higher level of competence in the L3 of choice.
This project is about reinforcing the Other Languages, their students and teachers, through new collaboration between the languages in an international partnership with the support from research and shared practice.
In our aim we place our goal within the frameworks of the European Commission policy, “Europe 2020 strategy”, where the targets for Employment, Research and Development, Climate change and energy, Education, Poverty and social exclusion are all inter-connected and enhanced through improved education and “The UN Sustainable Development Goals”, more specifically its target 4 - Quality Education - “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.
Striving to develop the EU’s multilingualism goals, such as “for every European to speak 2 languages in addition to their mother tongue” and to prepare students for an active working life in a global and multilingual environment, the direction taken is to develop new contacts and partnerships over borders. Bringing together university teachers, teacher-training-school teachers with upper secondary school teachers to develop teaching methods in our different countries will create new networks, new projects, collaborations and future research.
Each nation has different prerequisites for language education, which often form different ideas about efficient learning and teaching methods. This transnational project will bring new blood to the development of ideas, as well as creating an authentic platform for students and teachers to develop learning activities beyond borders and language barriers.
It is of importance to meet both digitally and in real life to teach classes and cooperate with teachers and students from different countries in developing, testing and assessing teaching/learning methods.
To connect universities and teacher-training with upper secondary schools in the same project to develop teaching/learning methods is s a more in-depth approach, complementary to what our schools have experienced within international projects before and therefore we believe this project will create new networks, new projects, collaborations and future research.