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PopuLLar - Motivating secondary school students to learn languages with relevant media
Start date: Nov 1, 2011,

PopuLLar is an innovative project designed to harness music, the primary interest of secondary school students, in to their language learning. Music is a personal issue and utilizing it will motivate and engage the students in an area that is an important part of their lives.There is a huge need to motivate secondary school students, in particular, to learn languages, focus digital competencies and be creative. Teenagers are overwhelmingly engaged with music, 92% of 14-17 year olds own an MP3 player and they listen to an average of nearly 2.5 hours of music per day.PopuLLar is a project that is 'Owned' by the students, they work autonomously and collaboratively, teachers are guides to the project process.The project will ask students to write their own lyrics to songs of their choice. They will then translate their songs in to the target language they are learning, This will require adaptation to the music of the chosen song. The students will then record their song (audio or video) and share it with students all over Europe. The receiving students then have to comprehend the songs and translate into their native language and record their version for sharing. Students will be able to combine their love of music, with creativity, literacy, digital competencies, group collaboration and, most importantly, use LWULT languages. This project directly answers the priorities for transversal key competences - such as learning to learn, sense of initiative, social, civic and cultural competences.The project will create:• Guides, videos, examples for the teachers and students to be able to use the project• A replicability package, including a methodology guide, case studies and workshops so that teachers can use the project even after the end of funding• A community space were students productions (audio, video, transcripts) can be shared• A repository of examples of the use of music in language educationThere is no limit to the number of schools that can use
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