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Mobile Versions of the SpeakApps Tools

We are pleased to announce the beginning of the pilot phase of mobile-compatible versions of the Langblog and Tandem tools. Our Moodle platform has also been upgraded to a version which is designed to work on mobile devices. At the moment, this means that Langblog, Tandem and our Moodle classrooms should work inside browsers on mobile devices. Browser-independent apps for different mobile devices are also in development and should be available in the near future.

Please note that these mobile versions are in the pilot phase and are in constant development. We welcome your collaboration in this effort and invite comments … Continue Reading

SpeakApps in León (Spain)

SpeakappsOn 12-14 February 2014, the INTENT project organised an international conference named “Telecollaboration in University Foreign Language Education” at the University of León (Spain). On this occasion, educators, researchers, mobility coordinators and university management gathered to report on online intercultural exchange projects in universities around the globe.

SpeakApps, now in its dissemination phase, was one of the projects featured in the strand “European projects supporting TC”. The SpeakApps tools and tasks, originally developed for use in distance and blended … Continue Reading

Work in pairs, learn in Tandem

tandem_logoIn order to improve oral skills in foreign language students, SpeakApps is developing a set of tools for online working and practicing. One of these tools is Tandem, a content management system that allows doing synchronous oral tasks in pairs.

Sometimes, online students are not willing to interact since there is not always a reason for doing so.  However, Tandem gives them that reason to talk and interact, since they both need to work together to reach a specific goal. Another advantage of the tool is that teachers do not need to be there, and students can … Continue Reading