European Quality Award

Nuria Batlle Irigoyen from IES Montserrat:

eu quality award“What we could say is most innovative in this project is its structure and
the way the students have worked and have developed their creativity”.

In 2007 the students of Ulenhofcollege, in Doetinchem, Holland and the students of IES Montserrat, in Barcelona, Spain, exchanged features of personal life and cultural heritage. This to learn from one another by communicating about their respective cultures. Comparing Dutch and Spanish/Catalan culture through group work and discovering what they share and what they do differently.

In this, the first year, teachers contributed with typical traditions from their home countries.

In 2008 the Catalan and the Dutch students created imaginative stories and tales. They learned from each other by communicating and working in groups by doing shared tasks. And here they had the opportunity to discover what they agree on and what they do differently. Writing 22 very imaginative stories, ranging from science fiction, fantasy, love story, historical event to real horror and thrilling adventure. Each story is based on a common structure and has been developed differently according to the specific way that the participants have chosen to build it. The contents of the project in both 2007 and 2008 are different but the procedures and the general aims are the same. We wanted the students to be well informed about the objectives of the project, the tools to be used, the tasks and assignments to be carried out and the pattern and order they should follow. Enhancing their ability to work collaboratively in international groups. But also to be autonomous, creative and having fun.

Our aims also included the improvement of the students’ skills in reading and writing English. Promoting respect and consideration.

In the second year, the teachers added an illustrated story of their own, created beforehand. A work constantly progressing. Teachers continued to work on their story as did the students.

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