In Finland: Task gave a good opportunity to practice presentation skills in front of the camera. Also students had to read the English recipe and translate it into your own language. That developes your food vocabulary. Speaking in front of the camera also developes your oral English skills. Because students were aged between 9-12 years, naturally younger students had more narrow vocabulary than older ones. Younger students needed some help from the parents. In this task it was lots of fun and you could spend quality time with your family and relatives, so it gave you opportunity to develop your social skills. The final prize came when you could taste exotic foreign food.
In Finland: The digital game was a very useful and motivating tool to learn cultures of these 7 different countries. There were several geografic, cultural and language tasks, where pupils had to work together, searched information and even updated their knowledge of English, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Welsh (Cymraeg?) and Greece languages.
In Finland: This activity was carried out by students aged 11-12 years old. Students of this age have not necessarily visited any monuments or know much about them. This activity did spark interest in our city and in other countries and their cities as well. Students also practiced writing in English and translating
In Finland: To offer comics is a good way to motivate students to read as comics are often favorite way of reading. Here is the comic we wrote together with students from Wales and Poland. The students from Wales started our comic and the Polish students continued it. Then it was our turn to finish the comic. The first part, the story of the red dragon and the white dragon, is an old story that explains how Wales got its flag which is called ‘Y Ddraig Goch‘ (The Red Dragon).
In Finland: In our school we have reading club for all the classes.
The 1st-3rd graders
Each class on the first, second and third grades has three groups based on the reading skills of the pupils. The books vary in different groups, too, because of the different level of difficulty of the books. In the reading club lessons there are three teachers, one in every group. In groups of the lower grades, pupils read the books only at school. Then they discuss about the books in the groups. They can also for example paint or draw something about the plot.
The 4th-6th graders
There are four groups and four different books in each class, but usually only one (classroom teacher) or two teachers in the reading club. The books vary in different groups, too, because pupils choose the books after the teacher has made a little prensentation of each book. The pupils write the reading diary and discuss about the story.
In our school we have made some kind of pattern of questions that fits to every book even if the plot varies. It is important to reflect and analyze the story you have read.
The reading club developes the mechanical and understanding skills of reading, inriches the vocabulary, improves the ability of express oneself and teaches to enjoy the world of imagination of the books.
In Finland: Students in the fifth grade took part in this activity. They communicated in English with same age students and they improved their conversational skills. They talked about their interests and hobbies, the similarities and differences in their school life, learning environment and in life all together.
This helped them broaden their cultural horizons and realize that they have more in common than they have differences. They exchanged information in real time such as weather conditions and they showed their favorite books and their classrooms. Each Skype conference was a unique educational experience for the students because they had to step out the comfort of English class and use their skills in a real life circumstance.
Reading comprehension test in Hietakumpu elementary school