eTwinning Project „A Speech Which Can Reach”: The final debate!

25th May 2021, the day of the final international debate, had finally come. The 19 eTwinners from the classes 2B/sp and 2C/sp and their English teachers Prof. Pellegrini and Prof. Zingerle had been working hard for the preparation of this event together with their numerous eTwinning partners (in total 161 pupils, 11 teachers from 9 different schools from 7 different countries). The organisation of such a big event had been demanding and an enormous challenge that had required an intense collaboration of teachers and students alike on different channels of communication. This and the working on shared documents improved our digital skills considerably. Against all odds and despite the additional hurdle of the Corona pandemic and the teaching from remote, we finally did it!!! We did it with united forces in line with the European motto “united in diversity”.

Getting to know each other and the collaboration of teachers and students took place in different steps and ways (see entry “eTwinning: A Speech Which Can Reach – ein Europaprojekt im Lockdown). In subsequent steps, 40 “bunches of students” with pupils from different schools researched and discussed several topical issues that the students had proposed themselves in an initial stage. A selection of the 10 most voted issues had been assigned randomly to the bunches for further research and discussion.  

The products of the results which the students had elaborated on TwinSpace first and via other communication platforms and social media channels later, have continuously been documented and collected, e. g. in various Google documents and slides as well as in a collaborative e-book created with Book Creator and in videos recorded with Flipgrid.

Out of the 160 students, 30 volunteered as debaters for the final debate on Zoom. In small international teams they had to prepare their premises for or against on a topic of their choice. Each pupil was allotted three minutes for his/her speech. The debate was organized according to a pre-established debating model. All other participants listened to the speeches and supported their classmates or bunch partners both from home or in the classroom and evaluated the most convincing red or blue teams with a vote on Mentimeter from their mobile phones.

Active debaters, all excellent ambassadors of our school, were Sanja Sofia Spath (2B/sp), Maria Ausserer, Hena Musai, Maïmouna Seye Sokhna, Rebecca Paulisch (2C/sp).

The other participants in the project were: Stefania Carlotta Benzi, Katharina Ladurner, Kinga Zelska, Manuel Mair Agnelli, Jarek Giuranna, Constantin König Novak, Hannes Kaufmann (2B/sp) and Anna Bernhart, Sophie Elisabeth Stuppner, Fruzsina Bana, Lorena Pallucci, Elias Gögele (2C/sp).

The topics that our eTwinners had debated on in the course of the project were on free health care, on animal testing, on global warming, on the freedom of speech, on disinformation on the net, on the death penalty, on adoption by same-sex couples, on school uniforms and dress codes, on whether rich countries should help poorer countries and on whether war is ever justifiable.

 

We are very proud of all our participating students who did an excellent job both language and content wise. A noteworthy achievement since they were the youngest students in the project.

May the acquaintances made with the eTwinning partners turn into friendships and offline meetings one day.

Well done guys!

Your proud teachers

Prof. Claudia Pellegrini and Prof. Christine Zingerle