Oratio mix questions intercultural dialogue at school, through the elaboration and expression of a common narrative by artistic practice
Oratio mix is a continuation of the European project Grow From Seeds (2018-2020), tackling intercultural education in 3rd cycle classes (project publications).
Oratio mix gives a new place to orality and public expression, which has become an educational priority. It is also opening to the whole school spectrum, from nursery school to high school. Lasting two years, this new experience combines the challenge of intercultural dialogue with that of eloquence.
In schools, the first social and cultural mechanisms on which pupils will build their values and behaviour are played out. It is also at school that children learn the alternative between expressing themselves through violence or eloquence.
Oratio mix thus proposes new methods for renewing intercultural dialogue at school. Interculturality is approached here through expression, with the aim not only of overcoming language barriers and differences but also of establishing interculturality as an added value.
This will be done through a pathway of artistic workshops, European exchanges, interviews, teacher training and events.
Together with their teachers and the artists associated with the project, the students will experiment with intercultural dialogue through artistic means of writing and representation.
Using a narrative thread that echoes in each culture, the students will collectively appropriate and reinterpret their own story and that of the Other, to finally create a common narrative and represent it.
Through this experience, they will learn to draw on their own creativity and to listen to that of the other. They will also practice speaking out to project their story of the world and create a common one: a foundation for a more inclusive and democratic society.
A pedagogical methodology that aims to improve the students’ ability to express themselves, in order to question the intercultural challenges of today’s Europe. A method adapted to the whole school spectrum, that will be tested in partner schools. It will then be published as free access PDF educational sheets and tutorial videos.
A collection of testimonies and interviews with people from different fields of expertise from the 4 partner countries. These video clips will constitute a mosaic of perspectives on intercultural education in Europe and on the role of eloquence in education. They will then be disseminated in the form of an awareness campaign.
A collaborative knowledge-sharing platform, which will contain feedback and testimonies from pupils and teachers who have benefited from the method. It will illustrate the method and its results, its appropriation by the classes. Il will also create a network of sharing and exchange between European teachers.
The project timeline
The 12 artistic and school partners are meeting online to start this project. It will last 2 years and will take place in 4 countries: Germany, France, Italy and Portugal.
La Transplanisphere designs educational sequences of 5 workshops. Enriched by the partners, they can be adapted to any school level.
The first tests of the Oratio Mix workshops are conducted by teacher and artist pairs in the classes of each country involved in the project.
Following the first tests, the method is adapted to guarantee its feasibility and quality. It is then validated by all the partners.
The teachers involved in the project receive training in Paris so that they can implement the method independently in their classes.
The teachers conduct the workshops on their own, in their respective classes. this, on the basis of the training and/or tools provided.
A group of students from the Sorbonne Nouvelle is conducting an evaluation of the impact of the method on students, teachers and class dynamics.
Conducted by students from Sorbonne Nouvelle, this investigation questions the state of intercultural education in Europe and the role of eloquence.
Partners meeting in Berlin to review together initial feedback and evaluation results. Tutorial videos are created.
Interclass exchanges between France-Germany and Italy-Portugal, who meet for a week to test the methods during intercultural encounters.
This collaborative platform for teachers brings together the results of the test phases, feedback and testimonials.
Training courses for educational teams are organized in the four countries so that they can implement the method.
Open access publication of methods (PDF and videos). Available in 5 languages for teachers from kindergarten to high school.
Local events in the partner countries and in Brussels are organized to promote the project and the methods, as well as a campaign on social networks.
The 12 partners
For the success of the Oratio Mix project, many European artistic and school partners have come together.
- In France: La Transplanisphère, the Albert Schweitzer high school, the Jean-Baptiste Corot middle school and Les Fougères (elementary and nursery school)
- In Portugal: Ex Quorum and the André Gouveia school group
- In Italy: Teatro Rigodon, the municipality of Rocca Sinibalda and the Costaggini high school (Rieti)
- In Germany: Kulturinitiative Förderband Berlin and the Neumark Grundschule
A group of students from the Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 is also involved in several aspects of the project.