The Digital Children’s Folksongs for Language and Cultural Learning (Folk DC) project is a European Union project designed to motivate young language learners to engage with language learning through using Folk songs, and activities around the songs, in 10 European languages (Czech, Swedish, English, Finnish, Romani, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish). The project will be producing a complete package the Autonomous Teacher Training Tool kit (ATTT) so that schools all over Europe can take part to the project.
The project culminates in a simultaneous, live concert in 5 countries, streamed over the Internet to audiences all over Europe. School choirs will sing folk songs in non-native languages that will be streamed to the other concert venues and also made available to an Internet audience.
Schools can take part in this project by:
- Using the ATTT (Autonomous Teacher Training Tool) which will be available soon on the resources page of the website
- Sending feedback
- Recording and/or videos of their children’s choirs. The ATTT contains all instructions to perform the language/culture/music activities as well as technical tutorials to enable teachers to video and/or record and upload their products on the website
- Suggesting their own language, culture, music activities
- Sending folk songs in their language – see the project Wiki
- Watching the live concert (at the venue or online)
You can ask more information about how you can take part here.
The project will introduce an understanding of the number, richness and culture of other languages at the earliest possible age when children start to learn a foreign language and begin to understand the meaning of additional languages. It will engage children in fascinating and engaging activities that will resonate in to the future and answer the need for materials that can directly engage and motivate children to enjoy their learning.
The target groups of students for the project are in their first year of learning a foreign language where the diversity and need should be reinforced at a level that young students can appreciate.
The project partners can be found on the Partner page.
The project is funded by the European Union Lifelong Learning programme that aims to promote the learning of languages, culture and literacy across Europe.