Teach About US
Teach About US invites teachers and students interested in up-to-date teaching content about U.S. culture to participate in two award-winning projects. Check out “Going Green – Education for Sustainability”: The project will start its third year in the school year 2016/17. And since this is an election year in the U.S., we are again featuring the “U.S. Embassy School Election Project 2016.” While the “Election Project” ends with the U.S. Presidential elections in November 2016, “Going Green” will continue throughout the school year.
The platform is primarily geared towards the English as a foreign language and CLIL classrooms, but we also encourage social science teachers to use our materials on both sides of the Atlantic.
Start with the Election Project now and continue with Going Green in the second semester. Invite your U.S. or Germany based partner school to participate or start a partnership via our platform!
U.S. Embassy Election Project
The US Embassy Election project attracted over 1,500 participant students and their teachers from all parts of Germany in 2012. They adopted one U.S. state and became its virtual citizens, reviewed local and social media critically and evaluated the political debates in the weeks leading to the presidential elections. They predicted the election outcome in their state and, on the whole, these students' predictions were more accurate than many nationally broadcast polls. The project was awarded the renowned Hans-Eberhard-Piepho Prize for Ideas in Communicative Language Teaching in 2013.
Going Green—Education for Sustainability
Over 800 students and their teachers in Germany as well as partners in the U.S. participated in this pilot project in 2014. Participants enrolled on a shared learning platform and explored how sustainable development is targeted in both cultures, focusing on best practice examples and local case studies. Learners connected project contents to their own communities, reached out to local policy makers and businesses in an effort to design and initiate their own sustainability action plans. These project ideas were soon put into practice in schools and communities. Going Green - Education for Sustainability was awarded as Landmark in the Land of Ideas in the presitgious initiative Germany - Land of Ideas, supported by the German Federal Government and Deutsche Bank.
Teach About US Blog
A third component of this platform is the Teach About US Blog. Reflecting new publication and reading trends among our students, this blog is intended to allow for fresh, creative, yet sometimes unexpected insights into U.S. politics and culture specifically to our students. Our bloggers report on current events and developments in the U.S. Their blog posts and reports will accompany both school projects; their perspectives are unique in that they are authentic insights into the views and perceptions of your students' American peers.
With these features, Teach About US is not only a source of exciting and worthwhile teaching materials on English language and U.S. culture—it also offers a systematic introduction of educational technology and blended learning into your classrooms. We hope you enjoy browsing this platform, using teaching materials with your students or classmates, and interacting with learners and partners beyond classroom borders.