Project Summary

Start: 01-09-2018 – End: 31-08-2020

Project Reference: 2018-1-DE03-KA229-047457

EU Grant: 47298 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Action Type: School Exchange Partnerships

Topics:

Teaching and learning of foreign languages Cultural heritage/European Year of Cultural HeritageIntercultural/intergenerational education and (lifelong)learning


Our briefly considered project with the title „The Montaneous Region Erzgebirge connects Europe“ should
support the school exchange between two European grammar schools in Germany and Estonia. On the basis of
the working language English the project supports the linguistic and cultural dialogue between two different
regions in Europe.
Our aim is that the resulting digital presentations in English bring the German school community closer to the
Estonian region and vice versa.
In every participating school, 12 motivated and interested pupils between the ages of 15 and 17 take part in the
mobility. These pupils are observed by two or three teachers/ staff members of the German and Estonian school
respectively. Naturally, more pupils and teachers from each school will be included in the project to strengthen
our cooperation.
In order to realise input into the presentations at the end, there will be many trips and excursions running. With us
in Germany, they will visit typical mountain villages/ towns, situated in the Erzgebirge – such as Freiberg and
Schneeberg, to discover and experience the history of mining through numerous possibilities (museums, mines,
…).
Additionally, the pupils experience life in the host countries of their respective host families and therefore broaden
their intercultural horizons. The use of English as a lingua franca enables this form of accommodation to be an
authentic chance in which the students can use their academic language skills in many situations.
As mentioned previously, both the group excursions and days of teamworking at school should contribute to
reaching the set aims.
There will be digital presentations about the typicalities of the relevant/ corresponding regions, in which the
German and Estonian pupils live and learn. Similarities and differences of both regions should be highlighted.
Furthermore, we plan to work on a number of quiz questions until the end of the exchange week about the
corresponding regions. All results should have a lasting influence on the school community in both European
schools.
On a fairly long-term basis, we see the strengthening of the bilingual sector through the combination of theory and
practice, and secondly through maintaining contact with another European grammar school. We hope to see a
great increase in the pupils‘ motivation to learn languages in general, but particularly in learning English through
living and experiencing how English can work as a language in the world of work.

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