|Unfortunately, designing proved a
nightmare! So, the team decided to conduct another research in order to find
“something” which would convey somehow the message of the project.
The painting: The Threatened Swan by Jan
Asselyn was selected because according to the students’ study it is fully metaphorical.
The painting was scanned at first and both the title and the subtitle of the project were
added afterwards to attract viewers and readers. We all felt that part of John Lennon’s
lyrics from “IMAGINE” were necessary to be added.
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Jan Asselyn, Dutch Painter,
||The project looked very difficult
for the students at first. They did not trust themselves but it was not too hard to be
persuaded. Class C1 (advanced level) has got only five students. All five though, have
been very active and have been participating in environmental and health education
Students had difficulties at the
beginning because of the “heavy” new vocabulary (terminology). It was also hard to
teach themselves work both as a team and as individuals at the same time. They spent a lot
of time in the afternoons, meeting in one house (with the necessary Internet connection)
to surf and select the information they needed. The NGOs huge number was a great surprise
They discovered a lot, they practised English
(oral and written discourse) and new technologies. Newspaper research and the selection
they had to do was a challenge. They had to go through a newspaper’s sections, they made
several remarks and were very serious with the case study sheet task.
They said a lot! They expressed their agony, their
anger, their disappointment as well as their hope for a better world! They expressed their
hate towards wars and the fear since they have been reading that another one is being
planned (the Iraq case – chemical weapons).
Three of the five took part in a special event
which was organised in the school library for the Children’s Day, reciting poems and
reading articles from the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
They all said that the project was a different,
positive experience. The atmosphere in the class has changed. They talk much more than
before, they work much more than before and it looks like they enjoy it!