Signs Go North

Objective
Signs Go North will develop an innovative model to enhance cultural diversity and social inclusion. Through visual representations and 'digital storytelling', newly arrived refugees and immigrants will gain access to the local language and culture, as well as local people will be introduced to the cultures and languages of the newcomers.

Refugees and newly arrived immigrants will be presented with language and culture through the city's points of interest in the form of buildings, monuments and the like, through knowledge of everyday essential institutions such as shops, banks, pharmacies, etc. and the natural and urban landscape in terms of parks, lakes, sea, etc. The locals are presented to the language and culture of refugees and newcomers immigrants via digital storytelling. The storytelling and the knowledge of each other are created through workshops where the two groups are brought together. The material is collected in small photo language books and various digital material.

Activities
The project consists of the following activities:

  • Training in and further development of the "Signs in the City" method
  • Selection of linguistic and cultural elements in the city to be worked with and what to photograph
  • Development of material for book production based on the selected elements of the city
  • Description of learning methodology, formulation of policy recommendations to ensure inclusive learning activities
  • Developing digital stories from immigrants focusing on challenges they have met and how they are overcome
  • Development of digital book for language teaching. The book will contain five chapters with separate linguistic focus and in addition provide societal and cultural information. The five chapters are:
    1. Social relations - focus on names, family, greetings, weekdays and the course of the year
    2. Find your way - language to find your way, orientate yourself in the city, etc.
    3. Everyday needs – language related to everyday life with shopping, etc.
    4. Locations - language to explore museums, urban spaces and landscapes
    5. Atmosphere - language related to leisure activities, special local events, etc.
  • Final conference

Partnership
The project is carried out in collaboration between:

  • Hälsinglands Utbildningsförbund, Bollnas, Sweden (coordinator)
  • Inthecity Project Development, Zaandam, The Netherlands
  • JFdeK Ttd, Worthing, England
  • Coop. Association Pressure Line U.A., Rotterdam, Holland
  • Landsbyggdin life, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Fundatia Centrul Educational Spectrum, Miercurea Ciuc, Romania
  • VIFIN, Vejle, Denmark

Financing
The project is funded by the EU program Erasmus+. The project will run from 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2019.

More information
Contact Project Manager Anne Charlotte Petersen:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
See also: www.signsinthecity.net - where the method has already been described in relation to previous use.

 

Contact

  • Banegårdspladsen 6, 1. sal, 7100 Vejle
  • +45 7681 3880
  • 579 80 06 36 13 35
  • 29 18 99 00

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