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Eating Abroad Together - Linking language and health
Start date: Nov 1, 2007,

The EAT project will focus on the acquisition of language and the exchange of culturalexperiences, using healthy eating as a vehicle, allowing cross curricular working. Itaddresses identified European needs to develop a multi-lingual society that willcontribute to making the EU the most competitive knowledge-based economy in theworld, and to tackle the increasing problem of obesity. In response to the EuropeanCommission's call for at least two foreign languages to be taught from an early age, theproject will be delivered in 20 committed Primary Schools via non-language specialisttrainee teachers and health professionals, across five European countries: Romania,Bulgaria, Italy, Netherlands and the UK. Each school will be paired with one otherEuropean school with a view to creating a wider long-term network. Pupils aged 9-11will participate, and families and local communities will be involved through workshops,with the emphasis on making language learning relevant, interesting and fun.Core objectives are to: promote language learning and linguistic diversity, usingpartners' networks and expanding them; improve the quality, attractiveness andaccessibility of language learning by developing and promoting methodologies that areinnovative and fun; develop materials for teaching language and cultural awareness;promote multilingual comprehension through effective dissemination activities.Project outputs include: a multilingual databank of language and cultural material; bilingualrecipe booklets researched, designed and developed by the pupils; games,puzzles, and language activities encouraging healthy eating; an interactive website, onlineblogs, pod casts and VLE; training and support packs. The project will end with atelevised/recorded "cook off" competition involving celebrity chefs cooking pupils'recipes.The impact of EAT in terms of the project's reach is estimated to be significant: inaddition to the 7000+ anticipated direct beneficiaries in schools, universities, andcommunity centres, etc. across Europe, there will be a strong multiplier effect throughpartner networks and a robust dissemination strategy, including the developinginteractive website.
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