June 28 - LS6 Webinar: Empowering future language learners: Formal and informal language learning through social media
Pierre-Antoine Ullmo, P.A.U. Education, Barcelona, Spain
Stylianos Mystakidis, University of Patras, Greece
Pere Arcas, Catalan TV, Barcelona, Spain
Laia Canals, P.A.U. Education, Barcelona, Spain
Nina Timmer, P.A.U.Education, Barcelona, Spain
Join us for the special live debate (videostreaming webinar)
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"The EUROCALL Review" is a biannual online magazine published by the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL), a network of language teaching professionals.
Edited by EUROCALL's President, Ana Gimeno, member of the Department of Applied Linguistics, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), the publication includes regular section offering information about Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) issues, upcoming events, special interest groups (SIGs), on-going projects, recommended websites, reports and good practice examples in language learning, among other subjects.
EUROCALL aims to:
- promote the use of foreign languages within Europe
- provide a European focus for the promulgation of innovative research, development and practice relating to the use of technologies for language learning
- enhance the quality, dissemination and efficiency of CALL materials
- support Special Interest Groups
The Language Centre of the University of Cambridge offers a range of Open Courseware (OCW) learning resources under the Creative Commons Licence.
Most of the OCW resources offered by the Language Centre were initially developed for the courses run as part of the Cambridge University Language Programme (CULP). The materials were designed for use in a blended learning environment combining ICT-based learning with face-to-face learning in the classroom.
The resources can be used for self-study, but for their most effective use they will benefit from a learning environment with some face-to-face contact.
Basic and intermediate Chinese, basic German and Russian essentials are currently available in the OCW language platform.
The 6th edition of the “ICT for Language Learning” Conference will take place in Florence, Italy, on 14–15 November 2013.
The objective of the ICT for Language Learning conference is to promote sharing good practices and transnational cooperation in the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to Language Learning and Teaching. Experts in the field of language teaching and learning are invited to submit an abstract of a paper, which should be written in English (max 500 words) and sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 24 June 2013. All the papers presented during the conference will be published on an ISBN publication.
The siLang project aims at enhancing language competence in the workplace leading to increased productivity in the context of virtual and physical mobility that is the norm in today’s open business environment.
The siLang approach differs from typical language learning practices. It embraces the cultural richness of European languages by focusing on effective communication rather than having all individuals use a particular language in a particular way. siLang objectives are achieved through situated learning and game-based approaches exposing professionals to typical uses of a lingua franca by both native and non-native speakers in diverse cultural environments. Learning scenarios draw upon typical business communication and integrate so-called transfer effects in pronunciation, syntax, and expression selection as well as culturally influenced communication norms.
The siLang consortium consists of the University of Thessaly (Greece), HiST Contract Research (Norway), the Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly (Greece), Universita degli studi Guglielmo Marconi (Italy), Tallinn University (Estonia), and the European Welding Federation (Portugal).
For more details, please visit the project's website.
eCuisine - A model for interactive elearning to enhance vocational conversation and arouse intercultural awareness
Selected specialities from the Austrian cuisine plus culinary “highlights” from the partner countries are described and integrated into an interactive learning program as well as into app prototypes. By this the access to mobile devices as used in gastronomy and catering is facilitated. Target groups for these apps are service staff, educational institutions and creators of menu cards
Increasing mobility is a characteristic feature of today’s world with effects for both, tourists and people working in tourism and hospitality industry. In a modern labour market facing the challenges and needs of mobility the mixture of language learning combined with the ability to make use of new media and technologies is one of the basics in tourism education.
Very often it is the quick/immediate response to “simple” questions, such as when ordering meals from a menu in a foreign country that initiates customer satisfaction and intercultural understanding. The project is therefore also intended to start intercultural curiosity. It will encourage those in the hotel-tourism sector to enhance the interest of students and their teachers in the dishes eaten in other countries.
The project emphasizes especially the following factors and points: reduce barriers to work mobility, increase international understanding and cooperation, a flexible delivery mode supporting modern learning requirements, an integrated approach to language and intercultural training, attractive and interactive e-learning materials supported by pictures to be produced and integrated by the users themselves to make their presentation individual.
Eurocall 2013 is now accepting submissions for this year's 20th anniversary conference. The deadline for papers is March 4th, 2013. The event, organized by the European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning, is open to anyone interested in e-learning and languages, will be held in Évora, Portugal, 11-14 September, 2013.
In September 2013, EUROCALL will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Come and join us in Évora and help us celebrate this great occasion! The conference will take place on the Main Building of the University, Colégio do Espírito Santo, and will be hosted by the School of Social Sciences.
Audio-Lingua offers an extensive library of mp3 recordings in a number of different languages. Visitors to the website can listen to everything from a tutorial on how to use Skype, in French, to how to make flapjack pancakes, in English.
Audio-Lingua is from the GEP (a Group of Pedagogical Experiments) of the Regional Centre of Pedagogical Documentation (C.R.D.P) in the Académie of Versailles. Mp3 resources can be listened to online, or downloaded, in order to practise oral language comprehension skills.