The Erasmus+ funded “E.L.So.M.C.I” program is a 2 year pan-European initiative, starting in September 2020, that aims to develop an educational program on teaching English to people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and using English songs as a main tool for the teaching process. The project coordinator is Alzheimer Hellas (Greece) and the partners are Alzheimer Valencia (Spain), Anziani e Non Solo (Italy), Spominčica – Alzheimer Slovenia (Slovenia) and University Psychiatric Hospital Vrapče (Croatia). All the consortium comes from Mediterranean countries, with similar temperament and culture, in which the first language is not English, and for that reason English will be used as a tool for the participants’ memory and attention improvement. The methodology of this educational program is based on innovative teaching approaches such as “Communicative Language Teaching” and “Natural Approach and the method of “Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)”. These methods place great emphasis on verbal communication, creation of a positive environment in class, reduction of stress and encouragement of learners to learn step by step in a natural and pleasant way. The aims of the project are divided into the following objectives:
- Improvement of the people with MCI memorization ability through the use of songs.
- Help of the teaching process through songs.
- Reduction of stress and increase of positive emotions.
- Socialization of the people with MCI and creation of the sense that they belong in a group.
- Improvement of the people with MCI’ quality of life, since they will socialize and obtain useful knowledge, as well as their stress will be reduced.
- Prevention from Alzheimer’s disease.
- Familiarization with English Language through phrases that are related to communication and verbal expression.
- Exposure to British and American culture.
- Increase of people with MCI knowledge regarding vocabulary, grammar, syntax and other aspects of English language through a pleasant learning process.
You can find more information on the official website:
Makri Marina, Psychotherapist, Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
Magda Tsolaki, Neuropsychiatric Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Chair of Panhellenic Federation of Alzheimer’s Disease