READING THE CITY- Using the city as a resource in teaching and learning (6-day/ 7-day course) Limassol

City is a living organism and a dynamic entity where cultures, traditions, languages and values coexist and interact. It has historical, social, political and environmental structures which affect the lives of citizens. Schools can help pupils develop ways of exploring and reading their city; understanding its structures and participating in its urban way of life. Pupils can feel the city and its pulse; read its atmosphere and create their own identity and the sense of belonging.

This 6-day course gives participants theoretical background how to explore the city and use it as a resource in teaching and learning, as well as practical guidelines to integrate activities and implement programmes across the areas of curriculum and school life. Discussions, site visits and group work will enrich sharing ideas and exchange of practice between participants. There is also the possibility to extend the course to 7-day.

The amount of 730 euro includes course fees, course materials, entrance to museums, tours and accommodation B&B (without accommodation the fees are 480 euro).

During the course, participants will:
- examine the city as a dynamic organism from historical, cultural and socio -political perspective
- learn how cosmopolitanism and diversity are expressed in urban environments
- examine the creation of European identity and citizenship
- get in touch with theoretical approaches and develop ways of exploring cities
- learn how to help pupils to think critically, creatively and reflectively; and to be active citizens
- get informed with practical guidelines and policies in planning tours in the city
- practice ways of using technology (cameras, mobiles, tablets) to collect data from the city
- discuss the use of collected data in a variety of activities across the areas of curriculum in conjunction with the school policy, pupils’ age and abilities
- visit sites, museums and monuments in Cypriot cities and plan activities/ programmes.

After confirming registration, participants will be informed about the details of the course (arrival, daily programme). Participants will be able to introduce themselves and bring a few examples of activities/ programmes regarding city exploration implemented by their school/ community.

WELCOME • Participants introduce themselves, participants’ examples of activities/ programmes regarding city exploration, course programme overview (day by day).
THEORY • City, a living organism and a dynamic entity; city through centuries; city development and planning; urbanism; social and cultural patterns that are expressed; city structures.
TOUR • Visit to Kourion archaeological site with ancient and Roman ruins to explore an ancient city.

THEORY • City's identity, cosmopolitanism and globalization. European cities and European identity. • Nicosia, the only divided capital in Europe, how two communities coexist.• Using the city as a resource in teaching and learning (objectives, role, benefits). Studying the city from many perspectives (historic, geographic, economic, political, social and cultural). Studying how cultures, traditions, languages and values coexist and interact. Creating our own identity, active citizenship, participating in urban life, sense of belonging.

TOUR TO NICOSIA • Visit to Leventis Museum to explore the development of Nicosia town through the centuries. Visit to Shakolas Tower Museum & Observatory to observe the city from 40m high , walk to traditional city center ‘Laiki Gitonia’. • Data collection for the group work.

THEORY • Using variety of teaching methods, techniques to focus students' attention, using technology (cameras, mobiles, tablets), planning activities, using the senses to feel the city, its pulse and atmosphere. • Identify opportunities in the curriculum to use cities. • Legal framework and school policy. • Discuss examples of Implementing school visits and organizing short or long activities to neighborhoods, city centers and squares; museums, galleries and monuments; factories, public and modern buildings etc.

TOURS IN THE CITY • Visits to Limassol Archaeological Museum, Municipal Garden, Municipal Gallery, Medieval Castle & Museum, Old Carob Mill. • Discovering aspects of Limassol's identity. • Data collection for the group work.

CLOSURE OF THE COURSE • Presentation of group works, review of the project, conclusions, certificates.

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