Skip to main content

The European Schools Project

The European Schools Project (ESP) has been running for several years with the aim of helping schools throughout Europe, and other countries, to collaborate on learning projects using e-mail and, often, foreign languages. More than 300 schools in 25 countries take part.

Among the 24 UK schools involved in the project, a disproportionate number are in Kent, thanks to an arrangement with the University at Canterbury to allow schools to use the Joint Academic Network (JANET) for e-mail. David Marchant, the UK co-ordinator, explained what the project had brought to his school, Homewood in Tenterden: "On March 9 I got an e-mail from a Finnish school and they wanted information about how much a house is, the price of a pair of shoes, a new car, what doctors charge, a kilogram of beef and so on for a statistics exercise they were doing. So I printed a questionnaire, gave it to most classes, we used the computer room for two weeks, and we sent back, electronically, 82 files. These were Year 9 children. They learned word processing, they were doing research, they were learning things without realising it."

The information from Amsterdam is written in Euro-jargon, but the principles are straightforward enough. It has coined the word "teletrips" to mean collaborative distance learning projects designed by teachers, with a strong curriculum element which students from several countries can take part in together using e-mail or Internet connections.

The easiest way to get information about it is electronically from the University of Amsterdam.

Log in or register for FREE to continue reading.

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you