TALIS (Teaching and Acquisition of Solidarity and Intercultural Competences through Languages and Literature) is a project of educational, intercultural and solidarity innovation coordinated by Dr. María Alcantud Díaz, professor at the Universitat de València, at the Department of Language and Literature Education of the Faculty of Education to be precise, and is comprised in the ELCIS investigation group led by Dr. Josep Ballester.
TALIS is an innovative initiative of intercultural education for the global community. Its perspective is interdisciplinary (with members from different fields like Philology, Pedagogy, Educational Sciences, cooperation, etc.), inter-university (comprised by the University de Valencia, the Polytechnic University of Valencia,the Queen Mary University of London and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and intersectorial (as it gathers not only academic institutions, but also third sector organizations like Ayuda en Acción, Voces and Proyecto Solidario, as well as private companies).
TALIS was born as a response to the lack of expert technical advice and university collaboration with different social agents, such as ONGDs, on educational matters based on the AICLE/CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) model. That is, the lack of didactic materials, including both language learning and contents involving solidarity, global community and interculturality in an integrated way, which is essential for the development of a fairer world, more egalitarian and more social-aware.
Thus, investigation in this field proves to be absolutely essential, as we need to have a theoretical framework for the development of intercultural competences and a methodology which can lead to the implementation of adequate strategies for its didactic usage. Furthermore, due to the fields of expertise of the professors involved in the project, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL, AICLE in its Spanish equivalent) is given a special attention. We consider that CLIL allows us to incorporate an axiological approach comprising education for global development or the classical teaching of ethical values to this teaching-learning of languages. In that direction, TALIS has carried and keeps on carrying out interdisciplinary investigations which can lead us to wide but realist development frameworks.
Both the presentation of numerous contributions to congresses and its members’ publications, represent the interest that is raised by the field of Language and Literature Education (DLL in Spanish) and other related fields on specific didactics and pedagogy.
Therefore, we can say with certainty that this project has the following main objectives:
-To investigate the possibilities of creative writing workshops for the development of intercultural competences.
-To analyse the different tools AICLE-CLIL offers in order to include the education for the global community.
-To encourage the teaching and learning of languages and the culture in which those languages are enclosed.
-To develop and to implement educative tools based, mainly, on multilingual-intercultural tales without excluding other possibilities, especially in the creative field.
In order to achieve these objectives, we have tried, on the one hand, to direct the academic work of the professors involved in the project towards the research and the promotion of research and training on these matters. We are talking about scientific production, but also about the work in the classroom at every educative level TALIS has contact with, from pre-school education to university.
We have also created a human resources network: the faculty, the university student-body, former university students, volunteers from ONGD and any interested individuals or collectives, in any country of the world which organizes, takes part on, coordinates, etc. actions inside the project. These actions will be described below.
In short, TALIS is a project which pursues the transference of research in the development of intercultural competences, in general, and in AICLE-CLIL, in particular, to every level of the educative community, as well as to different social agents, in order to reach a common purpose: to use languages as a bridge to the creation of an increasingly intercultural and respectful world towards human rights; a world in which every community can contribute without losing their identity.
The core strength of this project is based in methodological and pedagogic aspects capable of including a great number of teachers, students and any other person interested in getting involved, as in the process, a lot of online and printed didactic materials are created to favour self-learning, the perfection of languages and a rising awareness in educational matters, and in this way, achieving a sense of global community, solidarity, interculturality, peace, environmental consciousness, sustainable consumption of resources and human rights (including gender and inter-community equality).
Among the secondary objectives of this project, we can find the:
- CREATION of a platform for the coordination of different actions in favour of progress through art and culture. We expect to use mainly tales and languages (multilingualism) as an essential tool to work on intercultural, civic and solidary competences.
- PRODUCTION of a collection of tales reflecting a great number of cultures through their stories and using languages as a link between them.
- CREATION of a cultural fund administered by the VOCES foundation in collaboration with the University of Valencia through Dr. María Alcantud, in order to provide the project with sustainability.
- CREATION of didactic-multilingual materials destined to the education of ethical values, so that they can actually be included in every subject.
- PRODUCTION of didactic units, related to each tale, in which not only the language, but also aspects on the education for a global community, can be implemented.
- IMPLEMENTATION of innovative methodologies, in order to produce positive attitudes towards progress through TIC resources.
- DEVELOPMENT of intercultural and solidary competences among instructors. A language is much more than a linguistic code; learning this is learning the culture around it.
- TO USE the teaching of literature to develop intercultural competences.
- TO PROMOTE education so as to achieve peace, the development through art and culture (literature, music, art, and audio-visual production), solidarity and volunteering among the university community and other social agents as part of their training on the education for a global community.
- TO ADVISE, on the educative field, social organizations such as VOCES, Ayuda en Acción, Proyecto Solidario or any other association interested in getting involved in the project.
- TO MAKE students and other collectives of the university community AWARE of poverty and the UN Millenium Development Goals, in order to contribute on the creation of a more critic and solidary community.
- TO PROMOTE creativity as a tool for the education of ethical values and to create cultural materials related to the education for progress which can contribute to develop committed communities.
- TO PROMOTE teamwork between the University, ONGDs and other social agents.
Our approach guidelines are:
*Projects directed to the education for a global community (contact between Northern and Southern communities).
*Stays at other universities for teachers and students.
*Workshops and training.