The joint classes in different subjects, which are implemented by pairs of teachers with students that study in different languages of instruction, continue to be organized through digital platforms and tools as a part of the curriculum. The students from the secondary school “Arseni Jovkov” in Skopje got accustomed to distant learning and kept hanging out with each other while learning new things and respecting their differences.
During the joint classes in the English language, the students together with their teachers discussed why they like the city of Skopje and published their opinions and photos on digital platforms. As a final product of this activity, the students collaborated with each other to make a short video about Skopje, inspired by their participation in the class.
Students participating in the joint classes in Sport and sports activities discovered more details connected to handball, volleyball and athletics. The young people discussed about their experience, the importance of these sports as well as the right ways to practice them.
„We were all together, we communicated with each other and it was good for all of us. We were making each other company,” says one of the students.
As a part of the German language classes, the teachers prepared a document, which served as a whiteboard and they filled it together with their students in their joint online classroom. That way the students learned more German words related to politics, education, and unemployment in Germany. Also, they solved a revision quiz and got involved in a discussion about the unemployment of young people with the aim of enriching their vocabulary and strengthening their skills for argumentative talk.
„Personally, I found everything interesting because generally, the German language is more complicated than the English language and our teachers managed to explain everything through fun games and we had a great collaboration,” adds a participant in the classes.
To enrich their analytical skills, during Practical classes, the students followed a joint presentation in different languages of instruction and together they solved tasks in the field of economics and accounting.
The students and their teachers succeeded in collaborating with each other through distance learning, improving the interethnic integration among students from different ethnic backgrounds and strengthening their civic and democratic values.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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