Online Networking Platform for Language learning
Start date: Nov 1, 2010,
Within the context of developing a mother tongue + 2 other languages alongside other goals set out under the Education & Training work programme 2010, language and intercultural competencies are key skills for personal, social and economic effectiveness and fulfilment within the European context and citizenship. Improving education and training, the quality of the workforce and promoting language learning are key areas addressed by this project, in line with the following priorities:- Reinforcing the acquisition of competence in languages to improve intercultural dialogue in Europe;- Reinforcing language competencies relevant to the workplace in order to improve the integration of individuals in enterprise and enhance European competitiveness;- Developing and promoting methodologies to motivate language learners and to enhance their capacity for language learning, in particular, through information and communication technologies. The main output of this project is the development of an online networking platform for learning languages (general and vocational, formal and informal learning context). The platform allows interaction between learners from different countries who will work together to learn a new language via problem-solving challenges and tasks in an authentic and real time setting. The platform will be available in EN, NL, ES, DE, RO, PL.The platform will make use of a real context for developing a European dimension to learning, multilingualism, interaction, cooperation and collaborative working, learning language strategies, and experiencing different cultures via interactive social facilities. The platform is aimed at upper secondary learners and learners in vocational education and training who will also be the primary test users alongside teachers and trainers. It makes use of a new methodology for teaching and learning languages and, therefore, pedagogical guidelines will be developed to support initial and teacher training (staff and educators).
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