They say a picture is worth 1000 words... We're taking that at face value. Through outreach art workshops in schools around the Netherlands (and eventually beyond), we seek to cultivate English literacy and language skills for second language learners.
We hope to address two issues: 1. The acquisition of English language skills for students who are learning it as a second language. 2. The incorporation of cultural education in schools. Although the Cultuureducatie met Kwaliteit program has impacted cultural education in the Netherlands, the impact is more significant for Dutch schools than for international or bilingual ones, possibly excluding migrants from benefiting from to the fullest extent.
We aim to incorporate more creative ways of English language skill acquisition in the classroom by providing arts and culture workshops for schools throughout the Netherlands. Teachers will be able to prepare for the workshop and follow-up afterward, continuing a more creative and less rigid second language acquisition program.
We plan to establish workshops that can be made use of regularly at various schools, on several different levels (preschool, primary, secondary). Initially, these workshops will be stand-alone activities, but we would like to establish guidelines and activities for teachers to prepare for the workshop and to follow-up after the workshop as well as provide activities online that teachers can use without the presence of the workshop.
The primary target group for our project is children learning English as a second (or third or fourth or fifth) language in preschool, primary, and secondary schools.
Our project is distinct from others in that it intrinsically ties together two essential skills for students: English language skills acquisition and arts and cultural education, promoting social mobility for all rather than a specific group benefiting more than another. This project is also special because it can be replicated in other countries throughout Europe with similar effects; however, since Amsterdam is so multicultural, it seems a fitting place to start.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
personnel costs 24000, travel costs 2000, office expenses 1000, web development expenses 3000