DIALLS is an EC-funded project of nine countries working with schools to understand and develop how young people make sense of Europe and its differing cultures. The project includes a Cultural Literacy Learning Programme of lessons (the CLLP) to teach children dialogue and argumentation skills in order for them to better communicate with each other and understand each other’s perspectives.
The learning programme uses wordless short films and picturebooks to stimulate classroom discussions about social responsibility and living together in 21st century Europe, and students have also created artworks as creative expressions of their values and ideas in response to the texts. An important outcome of the project is a vast, open-access multilingual corpus of more than 100 discussions in pre-primary, primary and secondary classrooms. Read more about the project here.
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Who are we?
DIALLS is a three-year EC Horizon 2020 project. Led by the University of Cambridge, the project includes researchers and teachers from nine countries who each bring their own specialism to work together on DIALLS. We proudly include Israel as an associated country so that we think beyond geographical borders and consider issues of culture, heritage and identity as they extend more broadly beyond merely European concepts. We draw on cultural studies and civic education experts, teacher educators, psychologists and literacy specialists. Read more about our consortium here.
Learn more from DIALLS researchers themselves in the video below. Check out our other videos at DIALLS News, along with other updates about the project.
WATCH: DIALLS in Lithuanian Schools →
“It is not enough for the teacher to stand in front of the class and tell them how things should be. If the children get to experience [discussion of issues like protecting nature and combating stereotypes] firsthand…then they become more engaged.
If we want to build a wonderful, bright, and understanding society, we need to begin educating children from a young age.”
– Rasa Jurgeleviciene, primary school teacher, Lithuania