Steam education and foreign language learning in Europe (SELFIE)
ERASMUS+KA2. Strategic Partnership School Education
Ileana M. Greca Dufranc
Universidad de Burgos
- International Trilingual School of Warsaw (Polonia/Poland)
- Centro de Formación del Profesorado E Innovación Educativa de Burgos (España/Spain)
- UNIVERSITA TA MALTA (Malta)
- SENIOR EUROPA SOCIEDAD LIMITADA (España/Spain)
- UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA (España/Spain)
36 months (01/09/2020 -31/08/2023)
The EU actively promotes language learning and linguistic diversity across Europe as well as innovative approaches aimed at enhancing the linguistic competencies of European citizens, being the bilingual education increasingly implemented at the different levels of schools in Europe. In particular, the Content and integrated language learning (CLIL) emerged as an educational approach for teaching a subject through the medium of a non-native language.
In the case of STEAM (a paradigm which merges the STEM and the Arts as a whole providing highly valuable opportunities to explore creativity and develop social interaction related skills), the Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) and Engineering Design Process in Science Education (EDP) are tackled jointly the bilingual approach and the inclusive perspective. In this context, the SeLFiE project born with the ultimate aim of facilitating the acquisition of a second language (English, Spanish or French in the first stage) through STEAM topics and active pedagogies.
The main objective is to improve the bilingual Primary teachers´ competencies and their trainers; moreover, to improve the science teaching and foreign language competence of Primary children. The integration of the CLIL, IBSE and EDP in Primary Education will be analysed in order to define a bilingual teacher profile, training and supporting in-service and pre-service teachers in the new methodologies and models developed for learning a second language through STEAM topics.
The radically innovative potential of SeLFiE is its ability to integrate the Scientific language – which is simpler and easier to understand than the literary language, and rich in liferelated and practical lexicon – and the CLIL framework in ages between 4 and 12. It also gives continuity along the whole compulsory education maintaining the consistency of the learning and teaching processes. SeLFiE develops of a joint methodology for CLIL and science education, being that a field to explore needed for further implementation and revision.