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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

OER overview

The SpeakApps Open Educational Resources (OER) repository counts with over 200 activities to encourage oral practice among foreign language students. Resources are available for any of the SpeakApps languages, and since the repository is collaboratively built, comments and feedback are welcome.
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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.

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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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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

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

Duais Buaite ag taighdeoir ar thionscadal SpeakApps. SpeakApps Researcher gets Award

Bronnadh duais ar Cholm Ó Ciardubháin as an gcur chuige uathúil a bhíonn aige maidir le haiseolas a thabhairt do mhic léinn agus dá mhodhanna measúnaithe ar 15 Bealtaine ag Lá Teagaisc agus Foghlama DCU. Aithníonn Duais an Uachtaráin do Theagasc Ardchaighdeáin scoth na múinteoireachta i measc na foirne in DCU.

Mic léinn agus baill foirne a ainmníonn na hiarrthóirí don duais agus coiste ar a bhfuil an Painéal Comhairleach do Nuálaíocht Teagaisc agus measúnóir seachtrach ó institiúid tríú leibhéal eile a dhéanann cinneadh faoi na buaiteoirí.

Luaigh cuid de na mic léinn a … Continue Reading

Enthousiaste reacties op SpeakApps op BVNT2. SpeakApps present at BVNT2

SpeakApps was aanwezig op de tweejaarlijkse conferentie van de Beroepsvereniging voor docenten Nederlands als tweede taal, de BVNT2. De presentatie had de vorm van een proeverij, waarbij docenten kennis maakten met het project, het platform en de applicaties. Nadat de resultaten van de pilots van het afgelopen semester waren gepresenteerd, moesten de aanwezigen zelf taken bedenken voor de mondelinge productie en interactie online.

De taken kwamen duidelijk tegemoet aan de uitdagingen waar docenten in de verschillende onderwijscontexten zich mee geconfronteerd zien. Zo bedacht men taken voor LANGblog waarbij cursisten op een originele manier … Continue Reading

SpeakApps with the Catalan community of English teachers

apac_elt_conventionOne more year, the SpeakApps project was presented at the Catalan Association of English Teachers (APAC) ELT annual convention. Celebrated at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, the meeting took place from 23th to 25th of February and gathered together opinions, thoughts and reflections of nearly the whole regional community of English teachers. Under the headline SpeakApps: Resources and Applications for Developing Oral Skills Online, the UOC team was in charge of one of the several lectures included in this edition’s programme, and the project attracted the attention of a large audience.

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Hälsningar från Jyväskylä. Greetings From Jyväskylä

speakapps_finalndiaArbetet med projektet inleddes med att det presenterades för svensklärarna vid Språkcentret vid Jyväskylä universitet. Under början av höstterminen genomfördes sedan flera workshopar för svensklärarna, där man diskuterade idéer och uppgifter som kan användas med de olika verktygen.  Verktygen har också börjat testas av lärarna, och nu planeras pilotering med studenter. Jyväskylä och Dublin har tillsammans utvecklat modeller för hur SpeakApps ska fortleva när projektet har avslutats. Vid en konferens i Tammerfors i oktober presenterades projektet i korthet för svensklärare från språkcentrer på andra universitet i Finland. Vi ser fram emot att den första gruppen … Continue Reading