European Commission - Lifelong Learning Programme
Grundtvig Learning Partnership Action - Agreement: n° 2010-1-IT2-GRU06-14018-1
Website address: www.languagesbysongs-eu
The idea of this project comes from the awareness that it is more and more important to promote plurilinguism in intercultural communication and the integration of all European citizens both in schools and in lifelong learning courses.
This project adds French and Spanish to a previous project – Languages and Integration through Singing – carried out from 2008-10 concerning Italian, Romanian and Russian. It is part of the activities by FENICE targeted on making foreign language learning easier.
In order to encourage innovation in education, to give suitable methodological and technological answers right for the target groups ( teachers of French and Spanish as L2 and their students – no matter the age- and people from various age groups learning French and Spanish as L2, but also people wishing to learn one of the two languages for work, tourism or immigration, the project wants to disseminate new ways to teach a foreign language, linking the use of songs (particularly useful to build up communicative skills in a foreign language and intercultural learning) to the use of karaoke and audio visual materials put in the web. This approach overcomes the problems caused by age and different types of learners.
The teaching materials, at CEFR A2 and B1 levels, require learners to have A1 linguistic competence and is based on the guidelines, elaborated in the previous project, which explain the methodological frame, the introduction to the method and give suggestions both on how to introduce the music approach when teaching a language and on how to write suitable exercises.
experimented to ensure suitability, relevance and effectiveness, the materials
will be put
one can already find the materials concerning
Italian, Romanian and Russian. The materials can be used everywhere in
In order to
disseminate this method throughout
To improve cooperation among institutions involved in adult education
To support teachers’ training
To spread the results by means of websites, conferences, national and transnational meetings also outside the partner countries
To acquaint institutions, organizations and authorities working in the field of teaching foreign languages with the validity of this approach and the usefulness of including it in curricula
To encourage on-line exchanges among teachers and experts from various countries
The main activities of this two-year project are:
Widening the trilingual site (Italian, Romanian and Russian) www.languagesbysongs.eu adding materials in the other two languages (French and Spanish)
For each language the site, which uses interactive techniques and technologies for the management of video and audio products, contains five sections:
a. General information on the project (objectives, activities, expected outcomes)
b. A Teachers’ Area containing 1) methodological procedures on the use of songs in the teaching/learning of a language and instructions on the use of the teaching materials and on the production of one’s own materials 2) a report on the results of the experimentation.
c. A Work Area to be used both by teachers and by autonomous learners containing sample songs with lyrics, video, karaoke and worksheets with exercises, activities and practical advice for language teachers. Teachers of French and Spanish, who do not belong to the partnership but are interested in collaborating to and developing this methodology, may send their materials to this section.
d. A section called “Who we are” containing information on the partners, the authors of the teaching materials and the teachers who experimented with them.
e. A Link Area containing links with to radio and TV channels and websites on the learning of the above mentioned languages, to websites on language teaching with the support of music and also texts for the learning of a language through songs.
Production of technological and learning contents
a. Introduction to the method and information on the formative and cognitive objectives
b. Elaboration of teaching materials with guidelines for the teachers, music themes, vocabulary, grammar contents, exercises to learn the language with karaoke, answer sheets to help learners verify and analyse their results.
c. Technical analysis of the linguistic input and definitions of technical requirements; development of software and graphic design.
Experimentation of materials in the partner countries:
· Choice of the most suitable institutions for the piloting phase (schools, centres for adult education)
· Evaluation of the results
· Revision of materials on the basis of the experimentation
A plan for the dissemination of the results so that the music approach combined to the use of the internet may be adopted by a great number of training institutions and schools; definition of a strategy for sustainability and the follow-up of the project after its end.
This project, still coordinated by FENICE, is carried out by a multinational
partnership including institutions from three countries:
Federazione Nazionale Insegnanti Centro di iniziativa per l’Europa – FENICE – Naples, Italy – a non-profit teacher association which supports any initiative favouring the integration of the intellectual resources of schools in the cultural growth of society, promotes and plans initiatives, training projects, refresher courses, the cultural improvement of teachers as well as research and experimentation in the teaching field, and takes part in the research and development of technologies aiming at making learning easier, education and vocational training more accessible thanks to the modern means of communication. Furthermore it publish a newspaper called «Scuol@Europa» sent to all the secondary schools of Italy and a newsletter sent out in three languages (IT, EN, FR) all over Europe to institutions and policy makers with information on its activities in transnational partnerships in European Projects (16 until now) with the aim to promote the products and the methods developed by transnational partnerships to a wider audience, and to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences.
· In addition to the above mentioned, the following institutions will act as ASSOCIATED PARTNERS and will have an active role in the project:
· ITIS "Galileo Ferraris" (Napoli - Italy): a State secondary technical school dealing with Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, provided of multimedia experts of ICT and technologies of management of sound and video (technical sound, video technician, web designer, web master, …) as well as of a laboratory equipped with necessary instrumentation for the accomplishment of the material sound and video.
The “Anastasia Popescu” School (
The “Stefan Luchian”