Live drama link-up transforms language lessons

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Many schools use ICT to build collaborative, international links, but Ricards Lodge High School for Girls has gone one step further by winning recognition from across the sector.

Key Stage 4 pupils at the school in South West London are collaborating with a Parisian college to rehearse two plays by Shakespeare and Moliere via a live web link up. The final performances will take place in London and Paris June 2010.

Rehearsals will take place simultaneously in both schools. However, they will be linked using a web-cam so that students can observe each other and develop their language skills.

Students from Ricards Lodge and College Colette Sartrouville will work on the project through a combination of after-school sessions and day-long workshops. Each student has a partner at the other school, with whom they work closely.

Web-cam enabled rehearsals will be taking place between November 2009 and May 2010.

The aims of the project include:

  • To explore a variety of cultures
  • To develop an awareness of European citizenship in the global market
  • To develop an awareness of literature from different cultures
  • To help students develop sustainable international friendships with their contemporaries

The ideas and expertise generated at Ricards Lodge have already been snapped up by schools in Poole, Liverpool, Lincolnshire, Lancashire and Ealing via a full Key case study online.

Fe McKerrell, lead curriculum and learning researcher at The Key - an independent national service that supports school leaders - said: “This project is highly innovative. It makes great use of technology to deliver a truly international experience for students."