My favourite European country's t-shirt says hello to you
In an integrated global education and geography lesson, pupils in grades 6-7 had to choose their favourite European country. They had to collect interesting facts about it, to know its neighbours, the size of its population, its most important cultural sites and a few words in the local language. They also had to bring a T-shirt, which they had to turn into a country's promotional T-shirt later in the lesson by drawing a flag on it and a few words in the local language. Then present your chosen country and explain your choice and translate the words. The T-shirts were displayed in the corridors of the school as an exhibition.
Geography and English for middle school students
Maximum number of students: 30
• Internet or any other information source for preparing presentation;
• Maps, or google maps for understanding the location;
• A projector or smartboard to make the presentation in class;
• T-shirts with paints for drawing the country's flag and writing the words.
• Talking about Europe political geography during geography lessons
• Talking about Europe cultural differences during global education lessons
• Choosing the countries that will be presented and making the presentation
• Getting t-shirts and panting them with flags, symbols and words from selected country
• Making an exhibition
• Developing information search and selection skills;
• Increase vocabulary while doing presentation not only in English but in language of selected country;
• Developing public speaking skills;
• Geography knowledge;
• Art skills;
• Sense of being a part of exhibition and knowing that it will be seen by school community makes them more involved.
• A fully fledged project (with presentations) takes more than one lesson
• not all students want their work to be publicly displayed and become part of an exhibition (fear of criticism).
• With a large number of pupils in the class, the countries the children want to learn about, whether they are their favourite tourist destinations or for historical reasons, i.e. Italy, Greece or Spain, are quickly picked out, and a contest ensues to choose them.
Areas of improvement:
• We can turn a presentation field trip into an orienteering competition, where the cultural objects become the checkpoints where the information you learn is necessary to win;
• We can adjust the tasks to include different teachers e.g.:
With the help of theatre teachers, we can prepare a short play;
A history teacher could be used to highlight a historical period or the importance of a cultural object in the history of a city/country;
A Geography teacher could target presentations to emphasize the location, building materials, purpose of the object, etc.