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SpeakApps è arrivato in Italia!

Il progetto SpeakApps ha raggiunto anche le coste del sud d’Italia attraverso un workshop tenutosi il 22 ottobre nel “Liceo Linguistico Europeo” di Bitonto, un paese in provincia di Bari. I partecipanti, di tutte le età, includevano insegnanti di scuole elementari, medie e superiori, in prevalenza professori di spagnolo e inglese, ma non sono mancati insegnanti di sostegno per ragazzi disabili. Il workshop è stato sin dall’inizio molto interattivo. È iniziato con una sessione di brainstorming in cui si è riflettuto sull’insegnamento delle abilità orali nelle scuole e nelle università italiane partendo dall’esperienza degli stessi insegnanti coinvolti. … Continue Reading

Teacher Training Workshop in Cyprus

As part of the dissemination programme of the SpeakApps project, Jackie Robbins visited the University of Cyprus Language Centre this week to give two workshops to the enthusiastic foreign language teaching team there. In addition to teachers of English, teachers of Greek, Turkish, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian also attended. The participants took part in activities using the SpeakApps tools Langblog and Tandem, spent time considering task design for oral production and oral interaction tasks in these tools and how to incorporate them into their own teaching context. They also created tasks of their own in the … Continue Reading

SpeakApps EDL’12 celebration in 3 minutes

On 26 September SpeakApps organized an event to celebrate the European Day of Languages 2012. Our guest speaker was David Singleton, professor of Applied Linguistics at Trinity College, and his lecture was offered via streaming (shortly we will be offering it online too). The event continued with the experiences from teachers that have already used the SpeakApps tools and hands-on workshops to show how these tools work and what are they useful for.

You will get an idea of how the event went by having a look at the short video below.

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Find out about SpeakApps tools to celebrate the European Day of Languages!

On 26 September, the SpeakApps team invites you to take part in the event to celebrate European Day of Languages, which will be held simultaneously in five European cities: Barcelona (Spain), Dublin (Ireland), Groningen (Holland), Krakow (Poland) and Jyväskylä (Finland). Designed for foreign language teachers, SpeakApps is a multilingual European project which offers free tools and methodologies online to encourage language students to practice oral skills.

The common part of the event for all the cities is the opening speech that will be given by Continue Reading

Endinsa’t en les eines de SpeakApps per celebrar el Dia Europeu de les Llengües!

El proper 26 de setembre, l’Escola de Llengües i l’Àrea de Tecnologia Educativa de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) us conviden a participar en l’acte de SpeakApps per celebrar el Dia Europeu de les Llengües, un esdeveniment que se celebrarà simultàniament en cinc ciutats europees: Barcelona, Dublín (Irlanda), Groningen (Holanda), Cracòvia (Polònia) i Jyväskylä (Finlàndia). I és que SpeakApps és un projecte europeu i multilingüe dirigit al professorat de llengües que ofereix de forma gratuïta eines i metodologies en línia per promoure la producció oral entre els … Continue Reading

Towards sustainable pedagogical development

Society has undergone many changes in recent years, but according to Jacobs1 education has not been able to keep up. She posits that students feel like time travelling when entering schools, as schools have become distant from the world outside them. One of the reasons for this is probably that not many educational institutions have built a sustainable infrastructure for pedagogical development.

Another problematic issue is that new tools can be taken into use without any reconsideration of pedagogical practices. In this case, the potential of the tools may not be realized, and … Continue Reading

Personal and shared spaces of language learning

poster_SA_PlThe term open is somehow finding its way into educational contexts. In 2006, Lankshear and Knobel introduced two mindsets and stated that according to mindset 2, which is typical for the contemporary knowledge society, a space is perceived as open, continuous and fluid. Thus, the emergence of digital technologies and changing mindsets are also challenging language educators to rethink how to design for learning in an open world.

Openness was also a focal theme of the Eurocall CMC & Teacher Education SIGs Annual Workshop, held this year in Bologna, Italy. As part of … Continue Reading

Eurocall and the benefits of sharing in education

bolognaOn March 29th, the University of Bologna (Italy) will welcome the participants of a new edition of the Eurocall CMC & Teacher Education SIGs Annual Workshop. This year’s conference motto is Learning Through Sharing: Open Resources, Open Practices, Open Communication. Openness, and its adoption in language teaching and learning, will thus be the central discussion topic of the 2012 Eurocall.

Taking into account the open nature of SpeakApps, a few project members from UOC, RUG and JYU will be participating in this event by presenting the paper The SpeakApps Teacher Training Programme: a meta-design … Continue Reading