Barry K. Allen, cap del Departament de llengües estrangeres, i Laia Cattini, Audrey van der Ent i Lucia Feldman, alumnes de 4t d'ESO
Under the project title “Together but different: cultural identities – European values – common challenges” IPSI has been working with Pius-Gymnasium School from Aachen (Germany) to develop a digitally based travelling exhibition. Students have gained a variety of insights into the cultural diversity of their countries, but also into the European Union’s (EU’s) set of values that unites them, thinking about the motto “United in diversity”. The aims of the project are to strengthen ties between students in different countries, highlight diversity within the Union and look at common goals and perspectives that unite us all.
In the week beginning the 15th of March, we took part in the final module of the ETwinning Erasmus+ project. It consisted in three different activities with which we got to know a European Heritage site (for example, the Fortress of Sagres in Portugal and the Palace of Coudenberg in Belgium, amongst others) and, in the end, the origins of the EU itself. We had three days to complete these tasks, and we had to do them with a German partner from a school in Aachen, a German city in the north of the country.
In the first activity, we had to get in touch with our partner and start making a padlet (an interactive digital poster) about our Heritage European Site together. It was a little bit difficult at first because we, the IPSI students, had been informed about what we were going to do, but the German students didn’t know what they had to do. Unfortunately, they were still in quarantine at home which made it a bit complicated. However, after solving some problems, we finally completed our first objectives.
The second day went better than the first, as we already knew how to do the different tasks and we had already met our partners. The last two days were more about researching the origins, firstly of our Heritage Site and then of the EU itself. We watched some videos and made notes. We also considered the challenges that the EU faces and the advantages and disadvantages of being a member. Finally, we had to interview our German partners, talking about these issues and more.
We enjoyed the project because we had a great time and we learned a lot. It was an opportunity to improve our English and, for some of us, our German too.
Here are some comments from participating students:
- Having the possibility to interact with someone from another country through the Heritage site project was a fantastic opportunity to practise my English and have a digital exchange of experiences with Aachen (Francisco Rosu, ESO4C)
- I really enjoyed the project, not just because of the academic part, but because I discovered lots of interesting things about my partner’s life, and it opened my mind” (Selene Fernández, ESO4D)
- Even though it was a hard task to try to talk to my partner, I think that it was a great opportunity to communicate with people from other countries and learn about them and their cultures. I also really liked learning about the EU heritage. Overall it was a really enjoyable experience! (Martí Franceschet, ESO4B)
- Despite all the problems, I enjoyed taking part in this project a lot and working with a partner from Aachen really helped me to interact with people from other countries. I also learnt a lot about our European Heritage in the EU (Biel Domènech, ESO4B)
- This project was an opportunity to improve my English and my knowledge about my European Heritage site. It was great to work with someone like my partner, we got on really well and told each other some interesting things about our countries. I would recommend this experience to everyone that’s interested in learning. (Sofia Franch, ESO4A).
What is the ETWINNING ERASMUS+ PROJECT about and what was our experience