Heritage should not only be seen as a topic suited for history, art or culture subjects but also as a captivating environment for competency-oriented education. AQUEDUCT - Acquiring Key Competences Through Heritage Education – is an international Comenius project aiming to improve the acquisition of key competences through heritage education and to build teacher capacity for competence oriented education in a heritage context.

AQUEDUCT involves four universities/teacher training programmes and five heritage providers from seven different countries. The confrontation of their individual visions has led to methods, guidelines and criteria for competency-based learning. Result: didactic material and a training course for teachers, initial teacher training students and teachers in primary and lower secondary education.

Unique international course for teachers in pre and primary education

Storytelling: a multifunctional didactic tool in the classroom
7-12 February 2021

Target Group
Pre and primary school teachers and staff (age group 4 – 12)

Summary
Storytelling in the Primary Classroom is a course about how to use oral storytelling and storytelling techniques in
primary education. It offers five days of presentations, workshops & performances.

Description of the Course
Storytelling in the Primary Classroom is a course about how to use oral storytelling and storytelling techniques in primary education. The course will be hosted and run in the beautiful Storytelling Castle Alden Biesen in Belgium, the home of the biggest international storytelling festival in Europe. It offers five days of presentations, workshops & performances.

Storytelling in the classroom is much more than telling stories in the classroom. Stories, storytelling and narrative teaching approaches are known to help improve children’s verbal and communication skills in the mother tongue
and/or in a foreign language. It also impacts imagination, creativity, social and civic competences, values, intercultural understanding, cultural awareness and expression. By offering subject content as a narrative, transformed into
images, one improves the quality of the transfer of this content. A school where education is partly offered through storytelling approaches will have a greater appeal on pupils’ motivation because of the open atmosphere, the
interactive and creative elements and the valuing of different cultures.

The main trainer at the course will be a professional storyteller, Michael Harvey. Guest speakers will add specific topics to the programme.

Unique international course for teachers in secondary education

Storytelling as a multifunctional didactic tool in the classroom
15-20 November 2020

Target Group :
Secondary school teachers and staff (age group 12 – 18)

Summary
Storytelling in the Secondary Classroom is a course about how to use oral storytelling and storytelling techniques in secondary education. It offers five days of presentations, workshops & performances.

Description of the Course 
Storytelling in the Secondary Classroom is a course about how to use oral storytelling and storytelling techniques in secondary education. The course will be hosted and run in the beautiful Storytelling Castle Alden Biesen in Belgium, the home of the biggest international storytelling festival in Europe. It offers five days of presentations, workshops & performances. Storytelling in the classroom is much more than telling stories in the classroom. Stories, storytelling and narrative teaching approaches are known to help improve student’s verbal and communication skills in the mother tongue and/or in a foreign language. It also impacts imagination, creativity, social and civic competences, values, intercultural understanding, cultural awareness and expression. By offering subject content as a narrative, transformed into images, one improves the quality of the transfer of this content. A school where education is partly offered through storytelling approaches will have a greater appeal on pupils’ motivation because of the open atmosphere, the interactive and creative elements and the valuing of different cultures. 

The main trainer at the course will be a professional storyteller, Nell Phoenix. Guest speakers will add specific topics to the programme.

TALES

Alden Biesen coordinates the TALES project (Tales And Learning in European Schools). TALES aims to develop new methods and didactic material for using tales and storytelling techniques in the learning process at school.

Having pupils use tales and storytelling techniques is a unique way of stimulating their creativity and developing their social, emotional and artistic skills. For teachers, tales and storytelling techniques are key didactic instruments because introducing content in the form of tales and narratives makes for a more efficient transfer of knowledge.

PROMOTE: Promoting and Validating Key Competences in Mobility and Traineeships in Europe

Alden Biesen is a partner in PROMOTE, an Erasmus+ KA2 Knowledge Alliance project. It aims at promoting and validating social, personal and key competences such as entrepreneurship, civic competences and learning to learn in student (international) mobility and traineeships contexts.

Up to now only singular attempts have been made to assess these competences, to give evidence of their development in a learning activity, to connect them to existing certification systems and to offer a European wide validation approach.

PROMOTE will develop and pilot an approach to tackle this issue based on a long term partnership of academia, business and educational partners from all over Europe. The traineeships will involve students from 7 universities and will be carried out in businesses or enterprises in different EU member-states (students will have the opportunity to travel to other EU countries to do their placement). Each trainee has to plan, develop and assess his or her project, which is leading towards at least one of the key competences described above.

Well-proven evaluation approaches (6 LEVEL5 projects, EDUCCKATE) will be applied to assess and evidence competence development in different mobility learning environments and traineeships.

16 partners from 9 countries. Coordinator: Vilnius University (LT)

Castle Europe

Europe Castle

Come to Alden Biesen’s Castle Europe and submerge yourself in the European context. Alden Biesen stands for culture, training and education in a European dimension.

We offer a broad spectrum of activities within the framework of the European Union’s educational and cultural programmes.

Europe Castle: info days and seminars

Are you a teacher in adult education and are you interested in an international collaboration for yourself and your students? Alden Biesen offers information and support through study days, project monitoring days and a helpdesk.

English