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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

SpeakApps 2 Kicks Off in Barcelona!

SPKAPPS_KickOff_BcnSpeakApps 2 was launched in Barcelona during the month of November. SpeakApps 2 is funded under the European Lifelong Learning Programme, Accompanying Measures and is aimed at developing the oral language skills of all European citizens. This phase of the SpeakApps project will include five more languages; Croatian, German, Romani, French and Spanish. Resources will also be continued to be developed in Catalan, Dutch, English, Irish, Polish and Swedish.

SpeakApps 2 welcomes its associate partners to the SpeakApps community and is excited to be working with them. The SpeakApps … Continue Reading

SpeakApps in 6 minutes

On 13 June, SpeakApps was one of the projects featured at Spin UOC, an event aimed to promote the transference of UOC’s knowledge and expertise into its surrounding environment. Due to UOC’s involvement in the project — together with the universities of Groningen, Jyväskylä, Dublin City and Jagiellonian ― and the successful results achieved, the organizers invited SpeakApps to be part of the event. Check the video of the presentation below, which follows the Pecha Kucha style to explain briefly what is SpeakApps and what services it may offer. Enjoy it!

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The SpeakApps project in numbers

The SpeakApps project reached to its end within the Lifelong Programme frame. It has been two years of hard work with many challenges on the way but, it’s been worth it!! To this point, we are proud to assert that Speak Apps is:

  • 3 online tools in 6 european languages.
  • 1 working environment.
  • 1 growing repository of tasks for practicing a foreign language.
  • Over 30 teacher training sessions.
  • More than 60 pilot experiences for testing SpeakApps tools with real students.
  • 20 institutions that support the project.
  • A huge community that interact through the @SpeakApps twitter account (almost 200 followers), the … Continue Reading

Open Educational Resources

The SpeakApps project has started an Open Educational Resources (OER) repository, where teachers will be able to find a growing amount of activities and experiences to be carried out in their classrooms. Moreover, and since the repository is build in a wiki environment, users will be able to actively contribute to the project by modifying and adapting activities to their needs. For doing so, all you need is to sign into OER through our Moodle platform, which is open to anyone by creating a free account.

When entering 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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Europejski Dzień Języków w Polsce. Celebrating EDL in Poland

Videochat tool graphics24 września 2012 w ramach Europejskiego Dnia Języków odbyła się w Warszawie międzynarodowa konferencja zatytułowana “Nowe technologie i media społecznościowe w edukacji językowej“. Podczas sesji plenarnej wystąpił m.in. dr Waldemar Martyniuk, profesor Hanna Komorowska czy dr Magdalena Szpotowicz. W drugiej części konferencji obrady toczyły się w pięciu równoległych grupach dyskusyjnych:

  1. Rozwijanie warsztatu nauczyciela w zakresie wykorzystywania narzędzi online w pracy z uczniem.
  2. Wykorzystywanie narzędzi elektronicznych w nauczaniu i uczeniu się języków obcych.
  3. Media społecznościowe w edukacji językowej.
  4. Technologie cyfrowe w kształceniu i praktyce zawodowej tłumaczy pisemnych i ustnych.
  5. Jak uczyć – wspólnie czy … Continue Reading

Online training for Dutch teachers worldwide

Videochat tool graphicsThe online training for teachers of Dutch (FL / SL) is about to be concluded. In this training, teachers of Dutch learn how to use the SpeakApps tools themselves and how to create tasks for students who can practice their oral skills online. This course started in October and ends at the beginning of November.

In the last six months, SpeakApps has been presented at different conferences in the Netherlands and Belgium. The last presentation was at the conference of the International Association of Dutch Studies (IVNNL) in Antwerp.

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Redesigning a Swedish for specific purposes course

Traditionally, an oral presentation has played a significant role as part of a language course, perhaps because of its dual role in integrating learning with assessment. In fact, it is often one third of a course that students spend on listening to one another’s presentations. This may be due to the fact that presentation skills have been considered to be important elements for use in demonstrating student expertise as well as student ability in commenting on peer presentations.

In this particular context, the course in question is a six-week course in Swedish. The course is … Continue Reading

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