Title POOLS-M (POOLS of communicative language teaching Methods)
Project Number POOLS-M LLP-LdV-ToI-2009/DK-902
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
POOLS-M adapts and transfers the results from a previous project BP-BLTM (2004-2006) to three new countries and languages (Italy, Lithuania, and Turkey.
The core outputs planned for POOLS-M are description and manuals for five language teaching methods, complete with ready to use in classes teaching materials for teaching Italian, Lithuanian and Turkish. Each method is demonstrated on video with subtitles in the three languages.
Recent research and improvements in language teaching methods have not been fully applied in VET in IT, LT, and TR especially not in the LWUTL (Less Widely Used and Taught Languages). This is found in the Eurydice Studies "Foreign Language Teaching in Schools in Europe" 2001) and in the European Language Learning Materials Survey" (December 2000).
In 2005 the Uteacher project showed that 45% of teachers in IT have little knowledge of language teaching methods using ICT. “ICT Development In Education In the Baltic Countries – 2005” found that ITC technologies are used ‘passively’ (writing texts), and not ‘actively’ (forming presentations, demonstrating simulations etc.).” In Turkey several studies has pointed out that teachers’ use of ICT for instructional purposes is insufficient (Martins, Steil, & Todesco, 2004; Askar & Usluel, 2003; Szabo & Suen, 1998; Proulx & Campbell, 1997)." ICT is widely integrated in the BP-BLTM methods so applying these will help improve the situations described above.
BP-BLTM selected five communicative language teaching methods suitable for VET teachers and their students, especially those preparing for or in the midst of work placement in other countries. For each method the project developed sets of materials and instructions for exemplary lessons.
To help the training of the less experienced teachers the use of the methods and materials are demonstrated through instructional video recordings of exemplary lessons.
The BP-BLTM main outputs to be translated, adapted and transferred are:
-A video library with subtitled commented recordings of the five methods used in real classes.
-A manual with five method descriptions, instructions and ready to copy and use materials
-An International Work Placement Guide
This project will transfer the BP-BLTM results to Italy, Lithuania, and Turkey by adapting and translating the guide, the methods manuals, the ready to use in classes materials, and the subtitles for the project videos.
After the first transfer partnership teachers will be coached in the five methods at workshops followed by peer review of their teaching in own classes to ensure best possible application of the methods. These teachers become “multipliers” and run similar workshops followed by peer review in order to exploit, evaluate, and further adapt the materials.
The project consortium comprises VET colleges from IT, LT, and TR all involved in language teaching and student work placement. The DK partner was the coordinator of the BP-BLTM project. Dissemination is planned with EfVET as dissemination partner (reaching VET teachers and policy makers), participation in VET and language teacher conferences, through quarterly newsletters, and the project website www.languages.dk/methods (which can document 20.000+ unique visitors).
Quality control will be supported by external quality assessment and based on milestones and deliveries reported four times per year by all partners.
"POOLS-M" will continue the work of the original BP-BLTM project and transfer the results to three new countries and languages: Lithuania, Italy, and Turkey. The existing material will be adapted and translated into the three new languages Italian, Lithuanian, and Turkish.
For each language teaching method (Computer assisted Language Learning in a task based context, Simulations, PhyEmoC , Task based Learning, and Tandem learning the project team will develop sets of materials and instructions for exemplary lessons.
To help the training of the less experienced teachers the use of the methods and materials are demonstrated through instructional video recordings of exemplary lessons with subtitles in Italian, Lithuanian, and Turkish.
The adapted materials will be tested in pilot courses across the three new project countries and improved where needed. The final outcomes will all be copyleft.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
open and distance learning
material for open learning
Descriptions of five language teaching methods:
-Computer assisted Language Learning in a task based context
-PhyEmoC (a Physical, Emotional, and Cultural approach)
-Task based Learning
A video library (DVD and online) with subtitles in Italian, Lithuanian, and Turkish with commented recordings of the methods used in classes.
A manual with method descriptions, instructions and ready to copy and use materials
A project website with all the above materials
A Course guide with course recommandations
A series of pilot courses in Italy, Lithuania, and Turkey
A student preparation guide for work placement