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Waldorf Education

Date of Publication

website available on 31/07/2021

Target Group


Domain Area

Teacher Education

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language


Language of Instruction


CEFR level


Type of Material

Guiding resources (online course/book)

Linguistic Features


Critical Thinking


The present online source is a website created by a school in Maribor (Slovenia) specialized in Waldorf education. Students can get acquainted with Waldorf education in general, the philosophy behind it and the school itself while they can also read different texts with vocabulary items and technical terms related to the relevant topic, e.g. after-school programmes, the curriculum, food, special events, rules and regulations, etc. Also, there are many images available on the website which can be used for motivating exercises and activities as well. In addition, the design of the website may be appealing to both students and teachers as well, as it is easy to navigate.

Case study

The material can be tested in classroom context. Students are asked to do the activities recommended in the guidelines section below. After this, they can be tested on their knowledge about Waldorf education or the vocabulary related to the topic to check the efficiency of the online resource and the related tasks. Also, a questionnaire can be designed so that the students participating in the project can give feedback on the source and the activities: Did they consider them useful, interesting and motivating? Do they think that they suit their needs? Do they have any ideas or suggestions for improvement?


Lead-in activity/warmer: Eliciting information on learners’ knowledge of Slovenian vocabulary in connection with schools, education, school activities, etc. This may encourage students to use Slovenian. The teacher can present and explain the most important terms in the texts.
The texts on the website can be used as reading exercises. The teacher can divide the class in smaller groups whose task is to read a given section (e.g. after-school activities, or the school library) and then illustrate the main points on a poster. The groups present their posters to each other, which gives the students the opportunity to develop their speaking skills. Afterwards, the students may share their feelings and opinions about the topic in an open discussion. The last activity is more suitable for learners at B2+ level.
Alternatively, the teacher may use the photos in the gallery as prompts thus giving the students the opportunity to describe what they can see or express their ideas.


Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students


Added value
The provided tangible improvements


Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills


Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning


Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries


Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning


Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need


Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student


Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student


The present teaching source satisfies the needs of students specialized in Teacher Education, as it includes factual background information about Waldorf pedagogy and contains the relevant professional vocabulary. The topic itself and the images in the gallery can be motivating for students to read and speak in Slovenian. Teachers can print out some texts and make some changes to adapt them to the needs of students below B2. Assessment can be aimed at the vocabulary, the topic itself (i.e. what students have learnt about Waldorf pedagogy) or their oral performance in the open discussion. Lecturers can use this source easily and it can be accessed and downloaded without difficulty.
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