ClipFlair Foreign Language Learning through Intera..
ClipFlair Foreign Language Learning through Interactive Revoicing and Captioning of Clips
Start date: Dec 1, 2011,
Using audiovisual material in the foreign language classroom is a common resource for teachers since it introduces variety, provides exposure to non verbal cultural elements and, most importantly, presents linguistic and cultural aspects of communication in their context. However, teachers using this resource face the difficulty of finding active tasks that would engage learners and discourage passive viewing. One way of working with AV material in a productive and motivating way is to ask learners to revoice (e.g. dub) or caption (e.g. subtitle) a video clip (film scene, documentary, news piece, animation, song etc). ClipFlair will develop exercises and activities, framed in lesson plans, which will enable FL learners to practice all four skills: writing, speaking, listening and reading. The project’s main outputs include: -A web platform through which the users will be able to create, upload and access the revoicing and captioning activities. It will also support social-networking, offering Web 2.0 features (blogs, wikis, tags) that will enable users to share their work, form groups, cooperate, interact and rate activities -A library of resources containing over 300 activities for all CEFR levels of the 15 languages targeted, accompanied by corresponding lesson plans and relevant metadata -Guidelines for activity creation and evaluation criteria -An online community of over 1.500 learners, teachers and activity authors. The versatility of the platform (online access, no demand for software installation or advanced computer skills) along with its flexibility (in-class, distance or self-learning) and the highly motivating type of activity (interaction between text and video) are expected to reach a wide audience beyond the project target groups (university, adult and secondary education teachers and learners). The social networking orientation of the application, given the example of other popular social networking sites, will act as a powerful promotional element.
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