A DECCA Project participating teacher, Carola Castellano Ortega, at a conference organised by the Teachers of English Association (TEA). In her workshop she explained to her colleagues what DECCA Project was about and the activities carried out so far so as to encourage other English teachers to use art as a means of developing their students’ communicative competence in English.
Teaching staff at the EOI Las Palmas de GC listening to some DECCA Project participating teachers talking about the development of the project and the advantages of using art on a regular basis in their lessons.
At the beginning of this academic year 2017-2018, most teachers at our language school (EOI Telde) showed interest in incorporating art in their lessons in order to boost their students’ communicative competence in a foreign language and awaken their critical thinking through art. Therefore, they will attend a 10-hour course held in our school led by the DECCA project coordinator in Telde and a French teacher.
It is going to be a great opportunity for us to put into practice some of the activities in the DECCA Resource Book as well as create new activities following the DECCA spirit.
The two Spanish partners (EOI Las Palmas de GC and EOI Telde) are devoted to teaching foreign languages to adults.
We have included courses for specific purposes based on art aimed at primary and secondary educationteachers as part of the courses available in our schools.
Our DECCA courses have been running in our schools since 2016. DECCA is not only developing lingusitic competence among our students but also inviting learners to know our cultural heritage through our local museums and artists.
Looking forward to 2018 to join the celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. We intend to be involved in this fantastic initiative, being DECCA a project that brings communities together through art and language learning regardless students’ cultural background.
Through Decca project we also raise awareness about Europe’s rich cultural heritage and the importance of respecting and protecting it. We make our students love and understand art with activities that focus on language learning, art and creativity from the point of view of three different European countries.
Being DECCA an innovative and breakthrough project, the use of IT in our activities has proved successful as it provides students a motivating and a new approach to art and language learning.
After a one-week blended mobility in Bielefeld, the Spanish students were asked to show through a painting how much they had learnt about art. Also, they would depict their feelings or emotions regarding what that week had meant to them. Then, all the works were displayed at a school exhibition together with a QR code with the artists’ biography and an explanatory video attached to the painting through Augmented Reality.
This experience within this DECCA project was shared at this IT conference in Las Palmas de GC.
An enriching afternoon exchanging experiences and spreading good practice with other teachers in a conference held by the Education Inspectorate in Telde, being interdisplinary activities in the classroom the cross-cutting topic of the talks.