A. Deschner

University of Education Karlsruhe (GERMANY)
CultureShake is a strategic partnership project in the Erasmus+ programme. The consortium consists of project partners from four European countries: Germany, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The main topics are inclusion, integration of refugees and digital learning. Covering these topics the project provides teaching material and tools for the secondary classroom. The underlying theory is based on EU reports and papers such as “Education and Training 2020”, the declaration on “Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education” by the EU ministers of education written in 2015 as a reaction to the terrorist attacks in France and Denmark. A follow up to this declaration is the the “Report on the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values” by Julie Ward.

This is resembled in the CultureShake objections which are the following:
• promote language development and ability to impart gained knowledge
• support pupil-centred learning
• stimulate an understanding for multilingual diversity and similarities
• embrace transculturality as an aspect of modern life
• develop transnational expertise.
• the use of modern technologies

On this basis the international project team designs teaching material and tools for the secondary class level. The content is Shakespeare and two of his plays: “A Midsummer Night´s Dream” and “The Tempest”. The transdisciplinary team develops the following products:
1. method guide for teachers: Shakespeare in the 21st-century classroom,
2. CUSHA online dictionary,
3. peer teaching material,
4. “Exchanging Culture Shakes”: a teacher manual for multilingual and transcultural school exchanges,
5. module for further teacher education.

On the project website the products will be available in 2019.