Words, Beats and Moves
Okan (Onthaalklas voor anderstalige nieuwkomers) offers foreign students a one-year, focused study of the Dutch language through an intense training of the 4 key language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. These studies enable students to smooth the transition into secondary education.)Music The OKAN-classes consist of refugees, migrants and expats-a very diverse group. Common is that they live in a new country and that they want to learn a new language. During the music workshops language is an important tool. Simple raps and hip hop beats stimulate language development. Through a variety of musical exercises they learn to express themselves. Rap lyrics tell about their new experiences. For young people it is difficult to identify themselves with all the new in their lives. Music and rap brings them more in touch with themselves and with others. Also instrumental exercises encourage self-expression. To the end of the workshop series a small show is prepared for the broader school community. Theatre With older kids ( teenagers) who are still in the process of learning Dutch, we made an accent on a word as a main goal of both their working levels - OKAN program and Crea Thera program. By choosing one specific word as a main topic of creative experiment participants are encouraged to show through their performing art skills the personal meaning and importance of their chosen word.