Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group Newsletter no. 5 - July 2015 - Page 81

Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2015 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------“Stories in a Photo” – Collaborative creative writing in eTwinning projects by Ana-Maria Ghioc “Stories in a Photo” – http://twinspace.etwinning.net/6647 – is the joint initiative of the Romanian team from “Grigore Moisil” National College which I coordinated and the Turkish team from Türk Telekom Nurettin Topçu Sosyal Bilimler Lisesi, coordinated by my colleague, Özgür Ergin. The springboard for the project lay in the fact that our students are avid photographers, their accounts on social networks bursting with selfies and other photos. However, they do not show the same enthusiasm in our writing classes, their most frequent complaints being that they lack creativity or imagination, that they cannot advance past the first two lines of a story, or – worse – that they have no story to tell. To trick them into writing or better said to unlock their writing potential we resorted to their own photos and turned them into writing prompts for the activities in the project. In addition, to lower their anxiety and encourage active participation, we organized them in groups, both national and mixed-nationality, throughout the preparatory activities and the main activities of the project, our rationale being that peer collaboration would spark mutual inspiration and lead to language improvement. The two main activities of the project consisted in writing stories starting from the footage provided by the partner team from the other country. The national teams were further divided into groups of four