The language of art - Lithuanian team activities

S.Rudelis G.Jonauskas



The idea of the project “The language of art” is to reveal and understand our cultural values, cultural similarities and differences. The project will involve 8-14 year-old pupils. The project’s main objectives – to deepen English language and IT skills, learn to communicate and collaborate in an international team and gain self-confidence in spite of ethnic differences. Students will exchange the information collected about their country’s cultural heritage, they will also organize an exhibition of national costumes presented in the photos and drawings. Participants will make e-books, leaflets, dictionaries presenting ethnic traditions, customs and traditional dishes. The project will intertwine traditions, festivals, history, dance, music of the country, foreign languages and citizenship. All students will create a blog and a website, they communicate using MSN and e-mail. Each partner school will have a place in their schools to display the material related to the project. During the study visits will be attended the lessons and meetings introducing the culture and traditions. The feedback will be given about all the meetings and activities in other countries.
Students of each partner school with their teachers’ help will prepare the folk fairy tale in their mother tongue. The play will include the native land’s traditions, traditional song and dance. The participants will issue a single DVD, titrated in English, will publish e-book on the customs and traditions, and a glossary in English and partners native languages. The project will develop students’ competences to communicate in their mother tongue, in foreign languages, their digital literacy and cultural awareness.
Europe’s cultural wealth is based on diversity. It is in our common heritage and our unity is based. One of the main objectives of the school is to develop the man who is responsible for its people, its cultural face and the integration into the global culture. But unfortunately, today’s students, particularly teenagers have been broken away from their cultural and historical knowledge as the most popular leisure activities today is using a computer or watching TV shows that focuses on the entertaining. Fostering ethnic schools program is carried out, although perhaps not as enthusiastic as we would like. For this problem we decided to implement our international project on ethnic traditions and customs. We believe that being interested in ethnic culture, customs, history is very important and desirable as a leisure activity for all ages, in order to preserve our ethnic cultural traditions, and fostering their dissemination. Contact with literature, dance, song if it is sufficiently bright to deep personality development of children, to expand knowledge of the world the opportunity to participate in events that are unavailable on your experience and observations. It is necessary from generation to generation, from mouth to mouth transfer the traditions and folk crafts, display their natural vitality. Interest in ethnic culture rich source of children’s cultural heritage, and therefore provides a comprehensive development. Nation art reflects man’s daily living. Only a working and creating person can remain a patriot of his people, a strong, unique and resistant to the effects of show business.