Title Language Learning by Certified Live Online Teachers
Project Number A/05/B/F/LA-158.239
Project Type Language Competence (2000-2006)
Marketing Text LANCELOT aims to promote online language learning through the professional development of ‘live online language teaching’. This qualification will give the language teachers a competitive advantage in the market increasing both their employment opportunity and their mobility within the Union.
The EU as an organization operates in 20 official languages. The 2004 enlargement of the EU, which nearly doubled the number of official languages from 12 to 20, focused attention on the role of languages in the EU as never before. The Union actively encourages its citizens to learn other European languages, both for reasons of professional and personal mobility within its single market, and as a force for cross-cultural contacts and mutual understanding.
LANCELOT aims to promote online language learning through the professional development of ‘live online language teaching’. Live online language teaching is language tuition held in virtual classrooms via Internet, face-to-face with a teacher. This teaching approach offers European citizens, who are learning languages for private or professional reasons, the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their homes or offices without the loss of time incurred in cost-intensive travelling to a traditional classroom. Access to language tuition is facilitated and language learning by qualified online native speakers is enhanced through learner orientated, communicative and ‘live’ lessons.
The vocational training of the live online language teacher does not exist. A certification to document qualification as a live online language teacher does not exist. The LANCELOT project will establish this on a national and European level by doing the following:
identify and determine specifications for the live online language teacher
develop guides and online courses for the training of live online language teachers
develop and create a certificate for live online language teaching
This qualification will give the language teachers a competitive advantage in the market increasing both their employment opportunity and their mobility within the Union.
Furthermore language learners will acquire skills on how to use modern communication technology improving not only communication skills in speaking EU languages but media competence alike. This will improve the foundation of economic collaboration in Europe.
Worldwide, the demand for language learning by qualified language teachers is great and is met largely by native speakers. In the case of traditional language training, many teachers have to leave their home country and move abroad in order to reach their target group. Due to the nature of language learning (typically a few hours a week over longer periods of time), travel expenses increase the very cost of language lessons. Many motivated learners in remote areas may not be able to enjoy live language classes and/ or might never have a chance to learn with native speakers. If such lessons were conducted from home in virtual classrooms by means of the Internet, travel expenditure would be reduced and access to lessons with native speakers would be easier.
Whilst virtual classroom technology offers great opportunities in our mobile and networked business world, it is seldom used in reality in language learning. Pedagogical and technological skills as well as experience in the appropriate use of the medium are lacking. LANCELOT aims to fill this gap by developing professional standards and by providing training material in pedagogical and technological areas. The professional development of live online language teaching is an important area, and the new professional group of live online language teachers will be established and recognized through LANCELOT.
In LANCELOT, the specifications for the praxis of live online language teaching will be determined and developed within the project. These specifications will be implemented in form of guides/manuals in a hard copy and in CD form as well as a training concept for the training of live online languages teachers. Project outcomes are as follows:
a manual for the live online language teacher, detailing practical guidelines
a guide is for the trainer of live online language teachers detailing a train-the-trainer programme and providing guidelines on how to acquire skills necessary to teach languages in virtual classrooms (pedagogy/ methodology/ technology)
a certificate, documenting the qualification acquired through the train-the-trainer programme
This will be made available as a hard copy and in CD form as well as an online copy under the Creative-Comment-License agreement.
4)Specific Project goals
LANCELOT aims to explore the following:
Basis for live online language teaching
investigate traditional classroom pedagogy of language learning in virtual classroom environment
outline particularities of learning processes in live online language teaching
outline advantages and disadvantages of live online language teaching
describe technological skills specifically required for live online language teaching
define need for qualification of the live online language teacher
Train-the-trainer programme: Guide
explore interactive and collaborative training methods in order to develop the LANCELOT training method
define supervision process for the training of live online language teachers
define criteria for quality assessment of live online tools
Teaching methods: Manual
define specific methods for conducting live online language tuition
describe scenarios for the use of virtual classrooms in live online tuition
overview of available tools in live online language teaching
create a certificate documenting the qualification of the live online language teacher
LANCELOT directly targets trainers of live online teachers. LANCELOT provides professional development for language teachers who wish to teach languages online in a virtual classroom.
LANCELOT will also benefit language learners all over Europe, who wish to participate in effective and high quality language tuition independent of their or the teacher’s location. The benefits include: lessons with native speakers, lessons in minor languages, meeting students from all over Europe and acquiring media competence with modern communication technology.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Sectors Information and Communication
open and distance learning
program or curricula
material for open learning
Product information The products are Course handbooks and Teacher Handbooks in englilsh and german. The products are available as SCORM packages for moodle as well.