By teachers: Alejandro Jara and Elizabeth Ramirez.
We live in an ever-changing world which demands constant innovation, competitiveness and creativity at all levels of human activity. Language learning is not an exception. English students need to become accustomed to communicate in meaningful ways beyond the limitations of the sole study of grammatical rules.
The Benavente preparatory English faculty desire to enrich the language learning experience of students through the development of speaking projects which may happen within the classroom or presented in appropriate scenarios for the whole school to see and value. This occasion, the level 5 learners were asked to complete an activity which intends to promote group work, leadership, social skills and imagination. This, of course, in addition to the most obvious objective: the practice and corresponding enhancement of communicative skills in a foreign language.
The project above mentioned was topic based. In other words, scholars created a five-minute science fiction sketch to be formally presented and delivered in video format. It was also expected that sceneries and costumes were created through imagination rather than with the use of costly or already-made resources. As they were carrying out the project they had the opportunity to interact with their peers outside the classroom, exchange opinions and have fun while producing appropriate language outcomes.
Learning English has become a world mania. The American and entrepreneur Jay Walker said1, “English is the language of problem solving not because America is pushing it but because the world is pulling it”. By approaching to language teaching and learning from a practical perspective, the Benavente preparatory staff pretends to provide students with a communicative tool which eventually will enable them to communicate effectively in a global society. This way, they will have the necessary abilities in English language usage to meet the necessities of the present world.