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Language Development Through Digital Tools Project

In 2021, six partner organizations from Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Portugal, Czech Republic and
Romania set up a partnership that led to the project “Language Development through Digital
Tools”.

Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become an ordinary part of both our
social and learning experiences today and digital learning environments and tools enrich the
learning process. In the foreign language teaching process, new technologies and approaches
have been put into practice in order to enable effective and efficient learning in the process of
teaching 4 skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading) and two areas (grammar and
vocabulary) based on communication. One of these approaches is CLIL (Content and Language
Integrated Learning) training management. Academic English education (CLIL) (Content and
Language Integrated Learning) includes teaching the content of different disciplines, such as
for example: Mathematics, History, Geography, Science, Social Sciences, Citizenship, as well as
teaching a foreign language.

During the project preparation phase, the partners conducted the following SWOT analysis:
Strengths: Including trainers with digital competencies, effective communication between
institutions, applicability of the outputs to be obtained.

Weaknesses: The coordinator institution does not have Erasmus + experience, some teachers
do not speak foreign languages in interdisciplinary studies.

Opportunities: With the project, teachers who do not speak foreign languages learn foreign
languages, discover innovative learning methods by educators, increase their competence in
using a MOOC platform.

Threats: Technical problems.

Having all this in mind, the main objectives of our project are:
– to improve the competencies of our foreign language teachers with an interdisciplinary
approach in language development.
– to improve the foreign language development, digital skills and competencies of all
educators, students and all other people.
– to increase the efficiency of language teaching and learning by systematically supporting the
introduction of innovative methods such as bilingual teaching and the use of digital tools in our
institutions.
– to improve the cultural awareness of our teachers.
– to develop teachers’ professional competencies in CLIL education method and provide deep
learning

Project results:
MOOC PLATFORM IN LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
MOOC platforms are among the new technologies used in language education. A free MOOC
platform will be created where educators, students and parents will be able to participate in
foreign language education and improve their foreign language skills. This platform will include
videos, visuals, information, reports, surveys, tests and questions and our teachers need to
prepare a lesson plan to qualify for certification in the MOOC platform.

DIGITAL LESSON PLANS BOOK
Creating digital lesson plans is an important part in our project. With the digital lesson plans
book to be created, our teachers will be able to apply different activities in their lessons and
improve both the content learning and language competence in students. Sample lesson plans
and activities that everyone can easily access are important for other teachers. Thus, they will
see how the CLIL lesson plan is prepared and what should happen. In addition, they will have
lesson plans and activities that they can implement in their lessons.

Funding
Erasmus + Program (European Union)

Project Reference
2020-1-SE01-KA226-SCH-092570

Period
2021-06-01 to 2023-05-31

Duration
24 months

Partners
The project has 5 entities from 5 countries of the European Union as follows:

Learning for Integration ry – Finland
Yenisehir Anadolu Imam Hatip Lisesi – Turkey
ITC International TEFL Certificate – Czech Republic
Scoala Gimnaziala Gheorghe Magheru Caraca – Romania
Rödabergsskolanr – Sweden
Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT) – Portugal

Websites and Social Networks
Website: https://www.languagedtdt.eu/

Alliance for multilingual and multicultural competences for teachers

The European context is extremely significant, with three alphabets and 24 official languages, and some 60 other languages spoken in particular regions or by specific groups. Current (initial and in-service) teacher training practices often do not correspond at all, or only partially, to the plurilingual and intercultural approach. Generally, they remain enclosed in monolingual traditions; only very rarely are the boundaries between disciplines (in the case of both languages and other subjects) overstepped.

The project “LINGO+” intends to bridge the gap between schools and teaching in multilingual and multicultural settings creating a set of tools and teaching materials addressed to teachers of foreign languages, as they are on the front line in teaching one or more languages; teachers of other subjects that would like to teach in other languages; students of all ages, even if we believe our tools will be especially (but not only) implemented by high-schools.

The main objectives of this project are facilitating the acquisition of linguistic and intercultural abilities; promoting coordination of lessons, with a view to greater coherence and synergy between the learning of foreign, regional, minority and classical languages, the language(s) of schooling, and also the language dimension of all subjects; supporting teachers to acquire the principals of multilingualism and intercultural awareness and learn how to incorporate them in their daily routine; developing both dimensions of language (linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic knowledge, skills and existential competences) and cultural (knowledge, skills and existential competencies relevant to social groups who speak a given language and their cultures) competencies; develop multilingualism competencies emphasizing their social role in terms of employability, social relations and tolerance towards other cultures.

The results of the project will be: A Methodological Guide for a role-model bilingual and plurilingual education for teachers with a repository of the best bilingual and plurilingual existing teaching practices; the development of educational tools and designed game-based and project-based activities that could be used in a classroom; the development of a platform with video courses for teachers combining classes about bilingualism and plurilingualism together with cultural intelligence, intercultural communication, and multicultural education providing teachers with knowledge, skills and existential competencies relevant to an understanding of other cultures and cultural diversity, prompting reflective and critical thinking about one’s own culture; the development of an online self-assessment questionnaire, with pre-recorded recommendations, an online tutorial explaining how to use the repository, video courses and developed tools and games.

Funding
Erasmus + Program (European Union)

Project Reference
2020-1-UK01-KA201-079026

Period
15/10/2020 to 14/10/2022

Duration
24 months

Researchers

  • Professor Ana Cunha (Principal Investigator)
  • Professor Anabela Mateus

Partners
The project brings together 6 entities from 5 European Union countries listed below

  • Amolingua Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Euphoria Net Srl (Italy)
  • Krystal Microsoft Academy Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Istanbul Avrupa Arastirmalari Dernegi (Turkey)
  • Budapesti Metropolitan Egyetem (Spain)
  • Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Portugal)

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