THE MALL GUIDEBOOK FOR LANGUAGE TRAINERS
Start date: Sep 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2017
We have recognized that there is not one specific way of learning, but rather there are different types of learners and teaching methods. Consequently, the curricula must be adapted to these different needs. Learning activities are no longer strictly related to face-to-face classroom situations, and we are beginning to accept that learning is a continuous process. It goes through many stages and can take place at many different scenarios.
Technology is changing the way our society operates. It offers us new opportunities and gives us access to sources we never could have imagined before. Unfortunately, our rigid education system is not flexible enough to apply all these free opportunities. Our education institutions and consequently, our trainers and teachers do not receive enough support and training to adapt their teaching plans to their learners’ needs. Missing skills, tight schedules and lack of time for training preparation are the main reasons for not experimenting with new teaching methods and strategies.
This project aims to combat these problems by creating a reference guide for language trainers that will support them in acquiring or improving their digital competencies. The guidebook will encourage them in to use ICT solutions in their teaching and will facilitate the implementation of Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) in their future classes.
The MALL Guidebook for Language Trainers will consist of:
- An online Catalogue compiling the most relevant digital learning tools, especially MALLs for SLA in partners’ countries
- A guideline for trainers covering the methodological and technical aspects of the tools compiled in the catalogue
- A toolbox with five examples of possible implementations of the tools for language teaching
- Testing of the implementations
- A toolbox with five new developed tools for language teaching using OERs
- Testing the developed tools
- A concluding interactive online guidebook made up of all previously developed outcomes and a new section for links for further development programs and funding opportunities for trainers
Although the project is targeted to SLA adult education trainers, it also covers the needs of language teachers and trainers, trainers in general, language learners and education institutions.
The project aims to promote linguistic diversity and second language acquisition. This project will not only create new language tools, but it's goal is the creation of various reference tools for trainers to inform, motivate and support them by implementing MALL applications in their teaching.
We expect a positive impact on trainers, learners and education institutions.
Trainers and teachers will develop new skills for creating more flexible learning pathways in relation to the learners’ needs and new digital expectancies. Their opportunities for professional development will also increase.
Learners will improve their attitude towards language teaching methods, increase their motivation for learning languages, and improve their abilities in foreign languages.
Learning providers will find support to enhance digital integration in teaching and training. They will be able to adopt innovative practices in education and effectively address students’ needs. Lastly, they will become aware of the interconnection between formal education, non – formal education and informal education.
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