OPEN LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Project co-financed by the Erasmus+ School programme, Key Action 2 strategic partnership for innovation.

Open Learning Experience

OPEN LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Non-formal education strategies to support schools with a resource manual aimed at helping young migrants in dealing with linguistic and cultural shock with the school system.

CONTEXT

The project was born as a direct response to a very sensitive need: due to the new migration flows, many schools are overcrowded and require tools and resources in order to respond to the demands implicated in the new assets of the classrooms. Migrant students of first and second generation are in need of finding ways of adaptation to the new culture without losing their own cultural identity and this need cannot be tackled exclusively through the process of learning the hosting language. Teachers and educators have analyzed this issue within the school environment, met with representatives of different organisations and decided to see how a joint project could lead to the creation of new materials,  preparing teachers to support their migrant students in the acquisition of linguistic, social and civic competences and introducing them to the concept and practice of “family learning” expanding the impact of the action also to the families and the whole local community.

FOCUS

The main goal of the project is to increase the quality of language teaching for foreigners in school,  improving learning opportunities for migrant children through activities that develop at the same time their linguistic, social and intercultural skills.


OBJECTIVES

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To equip teachers with specific knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to implement language teaching for foreigners through holistic and experiential learning in the classroom;
  • To exchange experiences and cross-sectoral perspectives combining formal and non-formal education in order to improve the integration of young migrants in the classroom;
  • To introduce a system of recognition of linguistic, social and intercultural learning based on the methodology of gamification;
  • To introduce, as a transversal content to develop in the classroom, the concept of "family learning", a way of involving parents in the learning process aimed at the improvement of the self-esteem, social and intercultural skills of the students, closely working with them on the universal values we share;
  • To create a handbook for educators with transferable activities to the context of schools with large numbers of migrants students aimed at combining language learning and development of intercultural and social competences;

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

The international consortium of partners is formed by organisations active in the field of learning through international mobility (CAZALLA INTERCULTURAL Spain, REPLAY NETWORK Italy, PRAXIS EUROPE United Kingdom), schools (SOUTH & CITY COLLEGE BIRMINGHAM United Kingdom) and local municipalities (AYUNTAMIENTO DE LORCA Spain), which are all providing in their local realities different activities and services targeting young and adult migrants.

DURATION

30 Months

(01/09/2017 - 29/02/2020)