School Radio Waves is an ambitious two-year project made up of five secondary and lower-secondary schools, from Spain, Poland, Portugal, Bulgaria and Hungary. We aim at helping students improve not only their linguistic and communicative competence in English, but also other transversal competences in a rather innovative way, through the use of the radio and the new technologies. The radio is in fact the main protagonist of our project. It is a powerful means of communication, and it will raise significant challenges for both teachers and pupils, but it will definitely enhance students’ creativity.
Students will mainly work in groups and will have to negotiate and assume different responsibilities, improving their ability to cooperate and take initiative. This way they will also strengthen their social relationships with peers, improving their self-confidence and becoming open-minded, critical, tolerant European citizens. Thanks to School Radio Waves students will practice to write and read news, to make interviews, to carry out surveys, to express their opinions and listen to others. It is necessary for them to value the benefits that working with students from different cultures can give us.
However, being a communication media, the radio also allows us to deal with many issues. Throughout these two years, School Radio Waves will focus on four main topics: “Teenagers’ Addictions”, “Ecology”, “Music and Arts” and “Europe and Beyond”. Working different activities related to these topics will, on the one hand, allow students to develop their various skills, and on the other hand, improve our pupils’ knowledge on these issues.
To sum up, we have created this project in order to find the new approaches in teaching practice which can re-new and re-form our everyday work and help students achieve their goals and strengthen their competences, which will hopefully promote some educational change in the life of our schools.