The students cooperate to write an e-magazine: they select some topical issues they'd like to investigate, interview their European partners to know their views on this topic, then organize the information collected and write their articles.
- Subjects: European Studies, Foreign Languages
- Languages: EN
- Pupil's age: 15 - 19
- Tools to be used: e-mail, Forum, MP3, Other software (Powerpoint, video, pictures and drawings), Web publishing
develop speaking, writing and reading skills in English; use English for genuine communication needs, to complete a concrete task (write... read moredevelop speaking, writing and reading skills in English; use English for genuine communication needs, to complete a concrete task (write a magazine dealing with topical issues); develop collaborative writing and proof-reading skills; develop critical thinking skills when selecting and organizing relevant information on the chosen topic; write different types of articles (interview, report, survey, essay, opinion,…) on various topics; use ICT collaborative tools for publishing, editing, commenting; communicate efficiently with both classmates and partners abroad; develop inter-cultural skills, share ideas and concerns with European partners, open up to Europe; bring to the surface the personal interests of the students.
- Work process:
1. The students get to know each other through an ice-breaking activity and learn how to use the Twinspace.
2. Create groups of... read more1. The students get to know each other through an ice-breaking activity and learn how to use the Twinspace.
2. Create groups of 2 or 3 students in each country.
3. In the school-library, the students of each partner country thumb through magazines to see how the articles are organized (categories, lay-out…) and understand what the objective is.
4. Then each group chooses the topic of their first article, according to their personal interests (possible categories: politics, society, art, culture, environment, history, technology, sports …)
5. The students brainstorm on the topic they have chosen and prepare a few questions for the partners on this topic. They send these first thoughts and their questions to the partners on the Twinspace.
6. When the partners receive this, a topic is assigned to each group and bi-national groups are thus created (according to their interests if possible); the partners answer the questions and discuss the topic: they record themselves on an MP3 file to be sent back to the partners (as in a interview). They can also send other relevant documents (photos, links, drawings, songs, etc.).
7. The partners listen to the MP3 file and look at the documents; they organise this information and start writing their article; in their article the students will deal with the selected topic from the point of view of the partners, and maybe compare it to their own point of view of the subject. They can also react to their partners’ views.
8. As the write their article, the students use the forum to get more information and more details if needed.
9. The groups type and illustrate their article and send it to the partners (on Twinspace), who can then react, suggest changes and improvements, add comments through the forum. The groups take this into account and revise their article if necessary.
10. All the articles are published in an e-magazine. The MP3 files can be added as extra material (podcasts).
The process can be repeated in a “second round” and “third round” so as to complete the magazine or publish a second / third issue.
Total duration of the project: 6 months (December 2010 - May 2011)
- Expected results: The articles are put together and published online in an e-magazine. The MP3 files can be added as podcasts.