10.2.2A-FSEPON-PI-2017-122 From the Local to the Global. Think, choose, act and speak.YEAR 2018 - 2019
The Istituto Comprensivo includes 4 kindergartens, 6 primary schools and 2 lower secondary schools. It stands in a hilly area of the Low Montferrat with flourishing agricultural holdings. Its activities focus on students’ participation to the growth of the territory, contributing to the development of the economy, production and tourism while protecting the local landscape, history and environment.
30 students enrolled in their second and third year of lower secondary school – scuola secondaria di primo grado – “F. Carretto” participated in the project. The activities were carried out by an external expert, an internal tutor and several professionals working in the area.
The NOP is organized in 8 modules. The name of the module currently being examined is: THE GLOBAL VILLAGE.
Lessons were carried out in English and focused on the climate, geography, the environment and local traditions; some of them were about the history and purpose of the European Union.
The students expressed their creativity through leaflets on Montegrosso and newspaper articles equipped with drawings.
Cooperation with local stakeholders was strengthened, particularly with municipalities and Unioni collinari (hillside communities), pro loco associations (which promote the territory), the UNESCO group of promotion, Avis, the Green and Red Cross, the civil protection and all the local charities.
Enabling students to get in touch with different local and “global” organizations while pursuing several aims: education to citizenship and social harmony, strengthening basic skills when expressing one’s opinions and debating, improving knowledge and competence in a foreign language, building self-confidence, self-control and self-esteem.
The choice of teaching methods was innovative for the area, which has experienced a significant increase in the presence of immigrants and new tourist flows. The newly found multicultural character of the region required sharing experiences, working in cooperation with local institutions and communities, involving municipalities in the activities, working with local volunteering associations, building on the sense of community.
Students’ participation and attendance to the activities proved the positive outcome of the project. The students always showed great enthusiasm and participated to the activities willingly, which had positive repercussions on their language skills in English and on their participation to community life.