In recent years, a consensus has grown across the European Union that the acquisition of transversal skills – including foreign language and entrepreneurial skills – are key competences for the success of learners across the world of work and their personal life. The CRADLE teaching methodology for primary school teachers is the first to foster both of these skill sets simultaneously. It employs a cross-curricular, activity-based, pupil-centred, exploratory teaching and learning approach based on a linear four-step process inspired by Design Thinking with problem-solving and designing solutions in mind. The two core design features of CRADLE are that (1) it relies on primary school teachers who are not foreign language teachers, but are taught to use their existing foreign language knowledge; (2) it is applied to cross-curricular projects that fit the primary school curriculum.
Join us for this webinar to learn more about the CRADLE methodology and its findings:
Findings indicate that students
- Increased their motivation, interest and involvement in the lessons
- Increased their interest and attitudes for the foreign language
- Enhanced their fluency in speaking, vocabulary development, accurateness in speaking, ability to express, ability to answer questions, ability to understand instructions
- Developed their entrepreneurial skills, especially: self-efficacy, creativity, valuing ideas, taking initiative, planning and management, and working with others
- Gained more confidence.
Teachers found the lessons
- To be more fulfilling and enjoyable
- Strengthened their profiles by acquiring a new teaching methodology
- Enhanced their foreign language and entrepreneurial skills; and
- Showed great satisfaction with CRADLE.