“In the great outdoors, learning English is more than words;
it’s a bridge to a world of knowledge”
Two weeks ago, in Jump Association, we had the pleasure of having teachers from France, Finland, and Estonia who attended and joined two courses:
- OUTDOOR EDUCATION – To Improve Pupils’ Participation And Prevent School Drop-Out
- JOYFUL ENGLISH Course – Basic English or upgrade English language course for teachers and educators
How do we combine them?
Outdoor education is a powerful tool that promotes experiential learning and personal growth while fostering a deep appreciation for the environment. The benefits of outdoor education are numerous, and one often overlooked aspect is its compatibility with English study. Integrating the study of English in outdoor education programs not only enhances language skills but also cultivates a holistic understanding of nature, culture, and self.
During the week we have explored the significance of outdoor education and how it complements the study of English.
The first session was about giving teachers a specific framework for the theory of Outdoor Education. In the following days, through several activities, we tried to be engaged in real-life conversations and develop the ability to articulate our thoughts effectively. Vocabulary and language usage naturally expand as people encounter new environments and interact with their peers, teachers, and guides.
The second session was outdoors, where we encouraged a profound connection with nature. When participants explore Soverato, they can have the opportunity to describe and compare not only their native environment with the new one around them but also their feelings.
The ability to express ideas, listen actively, and give and receive constructive feedback is invaluable in both outdoor and academic contexts.
Effective communication is a vital life skill. In an outdoor education setting, participants worked in teams, engaged in group discussions, and practiced problem-solving. The activities proposed required strong communication skills, which were enhanced through language study.
Integrating English studies with outdoor education provided participants with a rich source of creative inspiration. Being inspired by the environment around them, they created different dreamcatchers with natural elements, trying to connect the traditional Indian legend with their own culture.
Encouraging creativity through language expression allowed participants to see the world through different lenses and develop their unique voices. Also being in contact with people from diverse backgrounds lets them open doors to understanding different cultures and different ways of thinking.
This cultural exposure helped our participants become more globally aware and empathetic individuals.
Integrating the study of English into outdoor education is a powerful and holistic approach to learning. It enhances language skills, connects people to the natural world, builds communication abilities, fosters creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and encourages environmental stewardship.
We aim to develop a well-rounded perspective on the world, connecting language and life experiences in a way that benefits not only their academic pursuits but also their personal growth and appreciation for the environment. Outdoor education and the study of English can go hand in hand, providing a rich and rewarding educational experience.
Author: Roberta Muratore, JUMP Trainer