This two-year project, which was launched in October 2007, set out to improve the development of reading and writing skills among upper-secondary students. Ten partners from five different European countries took part, including schools and universities from Sweden, Cyprus, Finland, Italy and Lithuania. All schools involved gave both mother-tongue and English as a foreign language classes while all the universities offered teacher-training courses.
The objective of ALCUINE (Decoding active literacy for internally naturalised competence and understanding) was to draw on the experience of students at these institutions in an effort to develop a number of different teaching methods to motivate and help upper-secondary students study advanced literature.
The outcome of this project is a set of teachers’ guidelines which aim to encourage teachers to improve the quality of the education they provide in literature. In addition, a CD-ROM outlining new perspectives on teaching literacy skills has been produced.