The IEARN projects as a modern resource in ELT
The main goal of teaching English at school is to develop communicative competence: the ability to use the language correctly and appropriately to accomplish communication goals. What is the way to achieve this goal? From my point of view, the IEARN projects are one of the ways. While participating in them we learn to communicate and produce meaningful and real communication. All the IEARN projects are based on teaching communicative skills at all levels. Besides, they teach children to act and get knowledge. As Bernard Shaw said, the best way to get knowledge is through activity and these projects allow students to experience it. Nowadays they have become an irreplaceable means in teaching English as they provide students with an opportunity to use authentic materials, to communicate with real people, answer their questions and express their own ideas – that is to create real communication to achieve the main goal of teaching English.
As is known the IEARN – International Educational and Resource Network is a non-profit organization that works in more than 130 countries. It includes 15000 schools, 30000 teachers and 2000000 students. The IEARN suggests interactive curriculum-based projects in which students aged 5-20 are creating, researching, sharing opinions, and becoming global citizens. Every day a million students are involved in collaborative work in the projects. Students and educators communicate and collaborate in over 200 forums through texts, images, videos, sound and real-time media, all on a multi-lingual and visual platform. The IEARN enables the youth to learn with, rather than simply about, the world. As Dr. Ed Gragert, the visionary Executive Director of IEARN said, "IEARN is a community of educators, students and other individuals who share the vision that 1) education can be enhanced when students interact globally on issues that are of interest and passion; and 2) generations of global citizens who understand that the problems the planet is facing are human-made and can be resolved when people work together..." Read more
You can learn more on the IEARN website: www.iearn.org