About Edunion UK
Since the founding of our company at the business incubation centre at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK in 2013, our company’s mission has been to develop a curriculum that will help better prepare students for life in the future. We believe it is crucial that we place less emphasis on remembering facts that already in today’s world can be simply retrieved in less than a second by putting the question to a search engine. Instead we must focus on developing well rounded students who have the confidence to try new things and not be afraid of making mistakes. By encouraging creativity and giving students the communication skills to collaborate with others effectively we believe that we can help the students of today tackle the challenges of tomorrow.
In order to help prepare students for the future our team of education specialists from the UK have developed a trans-disciplinary curriculum called English Play - Play English (EPPE) which combines drama education with English language learning. We believe this style of education has the potential to vastly improve communication skills, language fluency, confidence, creativity, cooperation, and can give students the opportunity to learn through experience rather than theory.
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We decided to test our curriculum by setting up student exchange programs between schools in China and the UK. As the world becomes more inter-connected we believe it is essential that people around the world are able to communicate effectively and have a mutual understanding of each other’s viewpoints. The student exchange platform gave us a fantastic opportunity to test the benefits of the EPPE curriculum within the confines of an international classroom.
We discovered that the EPPE curriculum quickly helped students to become more comfortable with each other as they engaged in a variety of collaborative and fun activities. Students were very engaged and motivated to take part in lessons as they felt valued within the classroom, with each student taking on different characters as part of the preparation for a drama performance. Through practicing for this drama performance students naturally become more fluent with their language skills and become more confident to communicate in a second language. As students were encouraged to be risk takers and try innovative solutions to problems we found they became much more creative and willing to share their original and unique ideas with the rest of the class.
Through this experience we came to the realization that drama education is the perfect vessel to help students develop their English language abilities. We believe that the combination of English language learning and Drama education can not only help students to achieve their potential in terms of their English language development, we believe it can help students achieve their potential across all areas of their studies and set them up for success in the future.
The EPPE curriculum is currently being used by some of the top primary schools in Beijing, such as Beida Fuxiao and No.3 Zhong Guan Cun Primary School among others. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our school users and as such we are continually striving to update and add more content to our EPPE curriculum in the hope that it can be beneficial to even more educators and students from around the world.
We understand that education is not about teaching facts, but rather it is about equipping students with the knowledge, skills and habits that they need in order to become life-long learners. Going forward we aim to continue fostering outstanding relationships between schools in China and the UK, and we hope to expand our network further to also include schools from other countries. We are dedicated to facilitating long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships between schools and educators in a wide range of countries.
We are looking forward to working together with you as educators to deliver a better future for the next generation.
Edunion Director of Education