Pek, our tiny flea, gets his eTwinning backpack for the second time, ready to visit more countries this year.
Our students will give him life in a comic, sharing his curiosity to learn more about places and languages in Europe.
Creativity and learning in a funny way, is our guide in this project, where collaboration will finally lead to a real comic magazine, Pek 2.
Posted by: Emese Sebestyén
The Hungarian team joined the Pekkies because of PEK 1 which sparked our interest and when I showed it to my group of 16 advanced level English students, they all wanted to participate. Finally those who did not get a user name, were paired with those who had and this way they could also be involved.
The creative team had ideas for several cartoon strips and the greatest job was to select which was the best for PEK2. Also, they had to realize that many of the puns and jokes that they originally built in the story would not translate into other languages because of the cultural references: a good lesson for language learners regarding the hard job of a translator :)
We were always on the slower side of the Pekkies: Mirtill, our cartoonist was ill for a while, but finally she did a very good job and very lovely drwings. Then Botond, the tech expert had a long battle with the map of Europe, the scanner and Paint to slove the problem of disproportion which caused Hungary to be placed in an entirely different place, and finally I was an obstacle in the process loading the students with schoolwork, tasks other than PEK during their computer English class. Anna and Orsi would have been great at chatting had there been any student online when we were - this way they could chat with Maria and Marcos sometimes. Gergő was Jack-of-all-trades and helped a lot with the final proofing too. Odi, Eszter, Dani and the others did a creditable job translating and checking the work. A great obstacle was the extremely slow internet connection at our school, which sometimes made it impossible to even load the PEK pages.
Still, when the comic book was ready, you could see the happiness and pride on the students' faces, and even those felt PEK their own who were not actually on the team. The were holding the book like a precious gift, like a baby of their own and you could see the pride on their faces. Only for this, it was worth joining the Pekkies.
I want to thank you, Marcos and Maria for your extremely hard work, because as they say it in Hungarian, you had the lion's part in this project, and I want to congratulate you for it. You and your students, Marcos, have done a wonderful job turning all the raw material from all the participants into a great book!