Title Producing Open Online Learning Systems 2
Project Number 2009-1-ES1-LEO05-10336
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text POOLS2 is an essential tool for language teachers. All the products are copyleft
The project has promoted and exploited CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) in Cyprus, Malta, and Portugal.
The lack of exploitation of CALL in CY, MT, and PT was well documented in several reports, e.g. The EU commissioned report “The Impact of Information and Communications Technologies on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and on the Role of Teachers of Foreign Languages” (2002) p5: “the use and deployment of ICT in FLT and FLL is far from satisfactory, as ICT resources are traditionally reserved for ‘(computer) science’ subjects, and rarely assigned to arts subjects. A general lack of appropriate training of language teachers in meaningful uses of ICT tends to strengthen this trend”.
The project has addressed these needs by transferring the results from POOLS to CY, MT, and PT which were result in pools of online materials that can be used for developing language lesson contents utilizing the advantages of eLearning and enable teachers of the less taught languages to use ICT in their lessons.
POOLS focused on CALL and produced a course book, teacher courses, and DIY (Do It Yourself) videos on CALL materials development. To support CALL development POOLS produced sample CALL materials (for language students) and 180 videos with transcriptions in nine languages. The videos were used during teacher training courses as basis for developing exercises. POOLS continued as a grass root network and the number of videos has since the funded period been doubled:-)
The TOI has transfered the POOLS results by adapting and translating the core materials (course book, course manuals, and the DIY video subtitles), produced digital videos for use in CALL materials development in the three new languages, and run a sequence of teacher training courses on CALL.
The project consortium comprised VET colleges, universities, and organizations from BE, CY, DK, ES, MT, PT and UK all involved in language teaching. Dissemination was 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 (which can document 20.000+ unique visitors).
Quality control has been supported by external quality assessment and based on milestones and deliveries reported four times per year by all partners.
The project has translated and adapted the POOLS project core results: A course book on CALL (computer assisted language learning), course manual, ready to use exemplary CALL units in the three new languages, and do it yourself videos, with subtitles, that demonstrate how to produce CALL materials.
After adaptation of materials the project consortium has produced digital videos (20 for each of the new partner languages) these videos were together with the adapted materials were used for piloting a teacher course on producing CALL materials followed by how to apply such CALL materials in their classes.
Following the pilot course and editing the materials (as indicated by the course evaluation) the courses has run in CY, MT, and PT as in-service teacher courses in order to evaluate and produce the final output as wells as starting exploitation of the project outcomes with the objectives to advocate and enable the use of CALL and through that to improve students' outcomes:CALL applied in a task based context or as part of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) has proven suitability for teaching apprentices communication skills, need for such is documented in "The European Language Learning Materials Survey" (December 2000).
The need for courses on CALL production is documented in the ICC report (2003) "The Impact of New Information Technologies and Internet on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.." concludes: "There will be a shift from passive consumption of ready-made programmes to independent building of content, tailor made for specifics groups or individuals".
POOLS targets computer mediated teaching based on a pedagogic design, not just “drill and kill”. This supports improvement in quality and innovation (LEO-SpObj-b) and (LEO-OpObj-6)
The POOLS outcomes have been labelled innovative and best practice (results showcased at several national agency events and at the Thematic Group 3 workshop in Istanbul. The project outcomes were in UK awarded the European Label). The transfer of the outcomes to three new countries and languages support Operational Objectives. (LEO-OpObj-3)
POOLS-2 covers modern European languages including LWUTL, the emphasis on communicative language teaching encourages language learning in vocational contexts. (LEO-OpObj-5)
POOLS-2 addresses priority three of the call as we worked towards exploitation of CALL methods and production of materials through teacher courses. (LEO-TraInno-3).
Open and distance learning
Information and Communication
material for open learning
open and distance learning
Course book online
DIY video ready for compiling with subtitules