With water samples in handSteeped in the atmosphere of a camp on the Baltic coast, the students work on different tasks and experiments related to the Baltic Sea under the guidance of German-speaking workshop leaders. On the seashore, they unwrap their experiment kits and analyze water samples. Later, they make environmentally friendly paints from plants of the Baltic Sea, including seaweeds, then design and color special fabric bags which are exchanged among local people against plastic bags. Teenagers clean stretches of beach, play “The Baltic Mafia” role game and deliberate on better laws to protect the Baltic Sea. In a video workshop, they make their own videos to a German-language song about the Baltic Sea, featuring environmental problems of the Baltic Sea in the foreground: phosphates, ghost nets, plastics and waste.
Shared learning and commitment to the environmentHowever, the participants not only gain new knowledge of facts and language of the Baltic Sea. Along the way, they learn many technical terms and phrases (chunks), which are included in the instructions they get for the color-making, the filming of a music video, the use of experimental kits, etc. The specific features of the CLIL method incorporated in all these activities are especially effective for learning.
The camp will be stationed in a few other cities, so that students could gain insight into various problems of the Baltic Sea. Collective action, international meetings and strong environmental commitment bring the participants an unforgettable experience and memories, as well as numerous motivations for learning the German language!
DatesEnvironmental Camp 1:
September 21—26, 2013 — in Lithuania, Latvia
Environmental Camp 2: October 05—10, 2013 — in Estonia, Finland, Russia