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Metropolis tales (visitor submit)

Metropolis tales (visitor submit)


When Dave advised me about this challenge, I believed it was an attention-grabbing manner for learners to search out out about different cultures. Over to Dave to let you know extra…

What’s the Enxaneta and why does it take unimaginable bravery to climb? How did a gaggle of peasants and merchants kill a dragon? And what occurred to the hermit and the witch?

The solutions to all these questions and lots of extra may be found within the tales of Barcelona, Brno and Break up (in that order above!). Welcome to Metropolis Tales, the place the historical past and tradition of three iconic European cities meets digital know-how, cognitive science and trendy educating methodology.

If you go to the ‘Tales’ web page of the Metropolis Tales web site you’ll be able to scroll by tales from the three cities, or search based on degree. Clicking on one which takes your fancy drops you proper into the beginning of the story. However this isn’t simply one other studying textual content. Every story is a DER – a Digital Escape Room – the place progress requires studying (or listening) to the textual content after which answering some questions. After getting answered all questions in anybody room accurately you’ll be able to transfer onto the subsequent room. You ‘escape’ whenever you clear the final room within the story.

A DER is an thrilling, attention-grabbing and interesting technique to collaborate and study. Know-how performs an vital position within the inventive engagement and motivation of scholars. Utilizing the progressive idea of Digital Escape Rooms encourages college students to take part in telling the story.

Partaking ideas from cognitive science, our DERs utilise the concepts of scaffolding, twin coding and means college students and academics can handle the cognitive load; all main to raised studying outcomes. (For extra on this subject, this can be a nice start line Cognitive science approaches within the classroom: a evaluation of the proof)

Language academics know that good tales are a tremendous studying software as they interact the viewers and problem them to consider and comprehend the data they’re introduced with. Moreover, tradition has all the time been an integral a part of language training. Our challenge makes use of tales from completely different cities and international locations, sending college students on a novel cultural journey by our interactive digital platform.

Significantly relating to studying and listening texts, courses all too typically transfer on the pace of the quickest college students, abandoning too many; or the slowest, resulting in boredom and disinterest. DERs enable college students to work at their very own tempo, get an actual understanding of the textual content and make certain they’ve the proper reply earlier than shifting on.

This distinctive useful resource works on any cellular gadget, may be accomplished individually, in small teams or projected for the entire class to see, giving the instructor real flexibility in utilizing the tales.

Our challenge was part of the Erasmus+ KA2 name for proposals themed round Creativity and Tradition. DERs we produced through the challenge inform tales from three iconic areas of Europe, specializing in the principle cities inside every of those: Break up represents Dalmatia and the gorgeous Adriatic coast; Moravia is true within the coronary heart of Europe with Brno as its cosmopolitan capital; Barcelona is the cultural centre of Catalunya. Uncover hidden secrets and techniques about these cities and areas by 18 distinctive tales written by our academics.

There’s a sturdy demand within the language educating business for assets which might be significant, motivational, trendy and progressive. The Metropolis Tales challenge allowed us to develop assets that meet this demand.

? There’s extra!

We didn’t simply create the Metropolis Tales, now we have additionally designed and made a Story Builder for you. This implies you and your college students can write, design and create your individual DERs! This might be a narrative out of your native metropolis, however it may be about something, any subject, any language. There’s a handbook to information you thru utilizing the Story Builder, or you’ll be able to simply dive in and take a look at it out.

We hope to see new tales from many various locations, permitting language college students to discover each language and tradition, and enhance their understanding of the world we share.

If you wish to know what’s the Enxaneta and why does it take unimaginable bravery to climb? Or how did a gaggle of peasants and merchants kill a dragon? And what occurred to the hermit and the witch? Simply click on on the hyperlinks to strive the story.

Have enjoyable studying 🙂


Dave Cleary is a DELTA certified English language instructor and instructor coach residing and dealing in Brno. He got here to the Czech Republic in the summertime of 2000 and has labored right here ever since. Dave’s first instructor coaching expertise was to his friends, and for greater than a decade he has written and delivered instructor coaching periods at each worldwide conferences and on native coaching programs. He’s now Director of Tasks and Innovation at ILC Worldwide Home Brno.