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Yesterday, today, tomorrow


The aim of the project is that pupils aged 11-16 from different countries have the opportunity share their perceptions of the environmental challenges facing us because of the way we live. While the project is located within a modern languages department, there are great possibilities for collaboration with science or geography departments. The project will be focus firstly on the old and the new, then on the impact of our current lifestyle on the environment, and finally on the possibilities that the future holds for us. We hope all partners will produce digital photos to place on eLanguages, and also some language resources so that we can all learn new language and expressions from each other in the languages our pupils study. We also wish to use audio so that all pupils are heard and also to give pupils some real opportunities of hearing the languages they are studying spoken by fellow pupils in other countries. We will place photo stories with audio on eLanguages and also hope to create a short podcast in the form of a radio programme. A Word document is available on our project page containing links and notes on useful websites, some of which are multi-lingual.

Age range
11 - 16
eLanguages Team
Project stage
In progress
Last update
11 years ago
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Congratulation to you for connecting Present,Past and Future .Let me add some of the moments which I have caught while visiting different places.These photographs are of St Josephs convent school in which you can see the children demonstrating for some noble cause.

Secondly I am posting some of the unique photoes of the great desert Rajasthan which is in India where I have been in the month of March 10 .Enjoy the thrilling and captivating sights of  Jaisalmer ,Jodhpur ,and Jaipur.

Another sweet memories which I would like to share with you are the activities of JNV Moradabad .See how enthusiastically we perform our duties and celebrations.

Km Veena Rawat

Phase 1: Exploring our heritage

Pupils will take photos with digital cameras and mobile phones of buildings, and landscapes. They will also share any photos they have from places they have visited on holiday. We will view these on the whiteboard and identify useful language. These photos will be placed on our page on eLanguages and we would like partner schools to do the same. First podcast We will use Audacity (free, downloadable audio editing software) to record an mp3 file of each pupil saying in English what they value most in their heritage, based on the photos we have posted on eLanguages. If other schools do the same in their native languages we can all create a shared language resource to be used in school.

Phase 2: The new

In this phase, we will focus on today’s world. We will identify the things we use and do which make our world modern: for example, computers, cars, mobile phones, digital cameras, dishwashers etc. Pupils will use digital cameras and mobile phones to bring photos of these items to school. Next, we will work with some of the websites listed in the Word document posted to our page on eLanguages. In particular, we will use the EU sites listed to explore the impact of our modern lifestyle on the environment. These sites offer valuable content and many appealing activitieis and can be used on the whiteboard with the whole class and also by pupils at home or in the school’s computer rooms. Additionally, these sites are multi-lingual and provide a carbon calculator so that pupils can work out how their lifestyle impacts on the environment.

Phase 3: Creating and sharing a language resource

Pupils will work in groups to create key messages in English on the Do’s and Don’ts of daily life to illustrate how we can affect positively the future of our planet by changing the way we live. Our messages will be posted to eLanguages and we would like partners to do the same in their native language. This way, a useful resource bank of useful phrases and expressions will be created in different languages. We will also encourage pupils to write messages on eLanguages asking pupils in partner schools how to say certain things in relation to the theme of the project.

Final phase: Photo story and podcast

Pupils will work in groups using the photos from Phase 2 to create a photo story on themes associated with the project. They will work in the foreign language they are studying at school. They will be encouraged to work around the key messages developed in the previous phase and to explore the possibilities of both changing our lifestyles and failing to change our lifestyles. They will use Photostory3, free downloadable software from Microsoft, to insert photos and add an audio commentary with music. Groups will use the language resources created during the project and the multi-lingual sites to create the audio track for the photo stories in the foreign language they are studying. Finally, the class will work in groups to create up to 2 podcasts in the form of a radio programme of about 5 minutes duration. One podcast will be in English and the other in the foreign language they are studying. The podcasts wil be posted to eLanguages.

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