Alternative Ways to learn a (second) language
This toolkit consists of experiential and creative informal learning tools brought together in 6 Stepping Stones that are primarily intended to enhance and stimulate pleasure in learning (fun), increasing self-confidence and communicating. This creates the conditions for further learning (e.g. a language).
- Having fun
- Increasing self-confidence
- Daring to communicate (and to make mistakes).
Choose your Stepping Stone
We believe that the 6 Stepping Stones are the ideal mix to provide a lesson that takes into account the group process and dynamics, the participants’ different learning styles and especially non-traditional learning tools.
Combining exercises from these six parts provides a basis for a lesson or a series of lessons, but the stones can perfectly be used separately and interchangeably in a language program.
How does it work?
This alternative and innovative toolkit enables you, as instructor, to create tailor-made lessons for adults who have difficulty in learning a language using formal learning tools. However, the informal tools in this toolkit are also great fun and suitable for everyone else who wants to learn a language.
You can combine exercises from each Stepping Stone to create a tailor-made lesson, course or series of lessons according to your own insight and experience. Feel free to adapt exercises or to combine these with your own exercises. Besides the central part of the toolkit, the Stepping Stones, we have also by way of example developed a series of lessons for 6 themes.
What is ‘Alternative’ in this toolkit:
- This toolkit is based on 8 neuroscientific principles.
- These 8 neuroscientific principles are the base for the creation of 6 Stepping Stones.
- Every Stepping Stone consists of many experiential and creative exercises, in which working with the mind, the body the heart and the senses are strongly connected.
- By using and combining exercises from each Stepping Stone, all different learning styles are covered.
- No book is used and the tables and chairs are often put aside.
Our international partners
This toolkit has been developed by Arbeit und Leben NRW (Germany), Elan Interculturel (France), GO! onderwijs van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Belgium), Storytelling Centre (The Netherlands) and De Talentenschool (The Netherlands).
The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
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