About Heuropa!

What is Heuropa! Who is it for?

Heuropa! helps children from bilingual families to learn their second native language using a games based approach. In addition Heuropa! presents learning materials in online courses aimed at three different age groups from pre-school to young adults. And parents and teachers can set up their own courses for their children using the materials. The interactive language learning games, elaborate illustrations and imaginative stories and situations encourage learning, speaking and the retelling of stories.

Heuropa! is imaginative, free of violence and is games based. As a result, learning a language at an early age becomes a pleasant, relaxed and successful experience.

Heuropa! is supported by an international team of well-known experts from research, teaching and the media. Heuropa! has been developed with the support of the European Union.

What are the principles underlying Heuropa!?

We aim to make the learning of the language an entertaining and rewarding experience, allowing young people to participate in the language activities of their own accord. This is an important precondition for early and successful language learning. Thus we focus on:

  • games based rewards and motivation
  • numerous pictures packed with exciting details, and short stories that stimulate the imagination and speaking
  • a great amount of language input – with a focus on listening materials for the younger learners, and on reading for the older ones - offering a wide range of possibilities of discovering word formation rules and language structures.

We would be pleased to make the materials available for regular teaching (in Saturday schools). Thus Heuropa! offers worksheets that deal with the familiar everyday situations and figures used in the games.

Fundamental principles

Based on a needs analysis we have been able to determine those capabilities that need special attention, how parents can support their children in the language learning process, and which materials and practice exercises are preferable.

summary of the survey results

analysis of the results and their integration within the discussion concerning early bilinguality and multilinguality (in German)

The main focus in the selecting of the topics and the orientation for the individual age groups has been in accordance with current framework teaching syllabi for Polish foreign schools as well as for the „Czech School Without Borders“.

All the language games are minutely annotated on this basis, and they can be selected based on the topic, the ability, the respective language objective in the language (eg. greeting s.o., writing a postcard etc.) as well as the special language features.

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