"Dance on Words" aims at teaching refugees a new language in an accelerated and fun way. The language could be English or the language of the accepting country, the method is all the same.
The idea of the project is to create a new learning environment for bigger groups of people to learn a new language which can help them change their lives by means of the teaching method Suggestopedia - considered by UNESCO experts a "generally superior teaching method compared to traditional methods". Mastering the language will allow refugees to socialise and integrate more quickly and because the method is joyful (i.e. not tiring) it also helps them overcome trauma.
The effectiveness and joy of studying comes from applying the 50 years old teaching method called Suggestopedia created by the Bulgarian psychiatrist Georgi Lozanov.
The core of this teaching approach is the student. It begins by creating as safe emotional environment as possible, where learners are unconditionally supported and are, therefore, unafraid of taking chances. It presents learners with quick successions of highly stimulating and artistic activities that appeal to all the senses. The same knowledge, coming to learners through a variety of different channels, "mutually" reinforces itself.
The key to the idea is the training of a critical mass of trainers (teachers, social workers, etc.) To this end we want to create a simple online platform. Through the platform trainers can get fundamental training which introduces them to our teaching approach. On the platform we will share the theoretical modules as well as the lesson plans and development. The making of this platform will allow us to train a critical mass of trainers, who can then give a chance to refugees to learn a new language and start a new life.