A Global Virtual Village for Languages and Art
In September 2018, the new European project ARTinLAN was launched. The project aims to create a number of innovative educational tools linking language and art education. These tools will then serve to promote the acquisition of foreign languages for school children. The project involves partners from Denmark, Turkey, Czech Republic, UK, Sweden, and Poland.
The project is based on the principles of EU language policy adopted in 2002. It also responds to the increasing number of immigrants in European countries, resulting in an increase in the number of multi-ethnic and multilingual children groups in elementary schools. Therefore, the importance of teaching languages increases, and not only of foreign languages but also of the official languages of host countries for children with the immigrant background.
The aim of the project is primarily to provide methodological assistance to art and language educators. The pedagogical tools developed within the project will be set up in such a way that children will maximally facilitate not only the acquisition of a foreign language but also the development of communication skills, the ability of mutual understanding, and motivation to study foreign languages.
The project is aimed at children aged 6-11 years in different educational contexts: pupils learning a foreign language in their own country, and pupils representing the first or second generation of immigrants, who learn their host country language.
The main planned outputs of the project include a set of activities that use different types of art (like dance, music, theater, or visual arts) to develop children’s language skills, including a methodological guide for teachers. Outcomes will also include case studies and examples of good practice in the use of art in teaching, which can inspire teachers to prepare their own curricula. All outputs will be available in English, Czech, Polish, Danish, Turkish, and Swedish. During the project implementation, the project team will organize workshops where they will explain to the teachers how to use the innovative tools correctly in the classrooms.
However, the most important and the most innovative output of the project will be “Global Virtual Village of ARTinLAN“, a virtual storage of children’s creative outputs. It will be a globally available online platform where teachers will be able to store and publish artistic artifacts that have arisen in their language teaching using ARTinLAN methods. The aim of this platform is primarily to inspire and motivate teachers to work with these learning methods. At the same time, it will serve as a virtual meeting place for schoolchildren from all over Europe who will therefore learn to better communicate with each other, and develop their intercultural competencies in a playful way.
At the end of the project, the ARTinLAN International Conference will be held, in which all the outputs and results of the project will be presented.
Municipality of Vejle (Denmark)
Çukurova University (Turkey)
PELICAN (Czech Republic)
Społeczna Akademia Nauk (Poland)