ACT – Act Communicate & Transcend is a project that is in complete harmony with the European Council’s recommendation on a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning of languages issued in 2018 which states that «multilingual competence is at the heart of the vision of a European Education Area.» It answers Erasmus+ call to support art, cultural and education sectors in addressing challenges caused by COVID-19. The latest surveys on accomplishments of English language learners as well as a comparative analysis of languages in education and training across the EU have revealed that “most Member States face challenges in ensuring appropriate learning outcomes in the field of languages” as stated in the EU official document. This clearly indicates the necessity to bring a change into the curricula and provide an innovative tool that will be directed at improving English language speaking skills.
We believe that bringing drama-based activities into the classrooms across Europe will increase the level of students’ motivation, interest, engagement, and most importantly, facilitate their learning process as well as improve their speaking skills.
We have brought together 8 partners from 6 different countries and employed 12 ESL teachers to bring this project to life and carry it out for 24 months. Our multicultural and diverse cross-sectoral cooperation includes a theatre company, a directorate, a university, two NGOs, an adult education center, and a foreign language school.
The aims of our project are
to assist the progress of learning English as a foreign language, in particular speaking skills, by developing a speaking assessment rubric, a set of training materials, a drama-based activity book, and, finally, an e-learning platform which will unite all previously mentioned intellectual outputs and be made available for use both for teachers and their students even after the project is finalized, to develop new and innovative teaching methods and implement these directly into practice as well as professional development through project work.