“Acquiring healthy eating habits through multilingual activities”
"Healthy diet and multilingualism"
We tried to create interesting exercises related to a healthy diet of children around the world.Through a variety of audiovisual material we tried to capture the interest of children in healthy eating.Also,we applied more than 5 languages such as English, Korean, Russian, Italian and Arabic.
Team: The Food Team
Team membersAnna Maria Avgerou, Sofia Ioannidou, Kornaraki Chrysa, Evangelia Liaska, Aspasia Tsatsaroni
Members roles and background
Our team consists of 5 members who have equally contributed to our work, somebody gave the idea of the activities we created, somebody else implemented it using applications such as learning app and kahoot, but we all worked together with solidarity and perfect collaboration.
All members are students at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki who belong in two cohorts: those carrying out Bachelor studies at School of French Language and Literature, and those carrying out a Master’s degree at the Interdepartmental postgraduate studies program “Languages, Communication and Management of Educational Services in modern social, economic and technological environment »
Team mentor was Associate Professor Evangelia Mousouri, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Katerina Zourou hosted the event, provided general framework for Citizen Science and assisted with technical support on Slack.
Our final products are two digital games. The first one is a learning app activity, whose purpose is to make children fit the appearing healthy foods with their country of origin. The second one is a multilingual kahoot quiz, whose content is relevant to children's healthy diet, using at the same time lots of languages. The activities are suitable for use during a school lesson or any other educational process about healthy diet, if the teacher aims to make the lesson multilingual. The success of the activities could be measured not from the number of the correct answers, but from the children's excitement or their comments on the concrete experience, the answers they would give to a question like “What is your current opinion about foreign languages” and their will to be exposed to a “playful learning” education. But except for the children, the “activity owner” could benefit, too. Seeing their students not bored, coping with the lesson excitingly, will make them also feel happy and successful.
The topic which we are dealing with is the children's healthy diet. The main aim of our activities is to help children understand that having healthy eating habits is an important aspect in our lives. By including multilingualism, we make them understand that a healthy diet is not just a country's issue, it's a universal case and we are all concerned about it. To enhance this idea, we included many different languages, some of them with different alphabets and phonological characteristics, trying to cover as many parts of the world as possible. In this way, we hope we help children realise that although the countries' linguistic or cultural or other differences, we all face the same problems and have to adopt the same habits. Lastly, the positive element of these multilingual activities is that they provide interdisciplinary and cross-curricular studies, giving the chance to the students to learn about healthy diet via many different foreign languages.
Solution target group
After a discussion with our group, we decided that the activities we created will be addressed to the students of the last two grades of elementary school and the students of the first grade of junior high school. That’s why the activities are not complicated but they are based on images, sounds and multiple-choice questions in order to be funny and interesting for our participants.
Learning by playing will hopefully have a positive impact on children's psychology, as it is a teaching method that captures their interest and many times, it will lead them to loving the topic. So, they may take into account the importance of a healthy diet. Furthermore, the reason why we used so many languages and so different ones, is because we wanted to challenge children and get them in touch with different languages, hoping that in this way they will wonder how many languages there are, how many alphabets are being used, how can people speak in such a different way etc. They may also be enchanted by some language and express their interest in learning it.
Solution tweet textWhen healthy eating meets multilingualism, wonderful things happen! Get ready to have fun, learn about the eating habits of other children from different countries and learn how to eat properly through multilingual activities. Are you ready?
This innovation of multilingual activities offers many advantages to students because it creates strong bonds between INOS project, which is based on citizen science and the science of teaching, approaches various current issues through different languages, increases students' motivation to learn and finally provides a lot of information for new online resources.
We consider that our multilingual activities can be applied in different educational environments, because they refer to the last two grades of elementary school and the first grade of junior high school. Also, many educators can be inspired by these activities. For example, they can create a game on an interactive whiteboard. The multilingualism is an object which can be used in many subjects, as it is happening in many countries of the world.
It is now commonly accepted that we live in multinational societies and therefore we must find the appropriate methodology in order to administer and organize our education properly. For this reason, we believe that these multilingual activities are a good first contact of children with different languages and cultures.
Solution team work
Despite the conditions we face due to Covid-19, we were invited to take part in the competition and prepare for these activities. As it is obvious, all educational programs in our country are now carried out remotely. For this reason, we did not have the opportunity to meet each other face to face. Under these special circumstances, we organized these activities from the computer. We did not know each other and our communication was made via computer. More specifically, we used Skype and Slack to communicate. Although this process was quite difficult, we managed to cope with it successfully.
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