CREATIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING IN MOBILEENVIRONMENTS:ICT SUPPORTED CREATIVITY IN THE LANGO PROJECTDr. Alan Bruce, ULS IrelandD...
OverviewLANGO – project designed to explore opportunitiesoffered by new advanced information andcommunication technologie...
LANGOLanguage On The Go: e-Calendar to Encourage Language LearningProject No 519242-LLP-1-2011-1-BG-KA2-KA2MPTarget users...
Challenges of second language acquisition• Modern research on challenges and issues around second languageacquisition focu...
LANGO: Language On the Go• Innovative e-learning tool to teach learnersBulgarian, Maltese, Greek and Russian• ICT assisted...
Specific aims of LANGO• Enable A1 learners gradually to reach higher levels of targetlanguage• Introduce and practice freq...
Informing Issues• Intercultural learning is integral part of language learning andneeds greater attention.• European migra...
Strategic aims• Provide immediate benefits to adult learners who wantto further their competence in learning less widelyus...
RationaleAddresses initial language learningFocuses on what people typically need or want to say in initialcommunication...
Learning principles1) functional-notional: learning to recognizecommunicative functions and express conceptsand ideas rela...
LANGO approachLanguage learning activities delivered in acalendar format: each daily lesson associatedwith a particular d...
Lesson Structure1. Introduction – listening and recording of dialogue, short textor language patterns2. Daily activity: ma...
Learning content• The learning content for each of the four target languages is dividedbetween generic topics common to A1...
Types of learning activitiesVariety of entertaining learning activities designed to motivate thelearner to practice langua...
www.lango.eu
Splash Screen: user sees for 5-10 seconds before going to the homescreen. This shows the language that the user has downlo...
Language Screen: This is the main menu that leads the user to the 365 learning days ofthe year. The user enters at a certa...
Dimensions: Community• Change• Inclusion• Institutional legacies (such as formal schooling)• Migration• Narratives of the ...
DIMENSIONS: learning• Reflective learning• Ease of access• Relevance• Applicability• Flexibility• Attractive learning arch...
Dimensions: Personal• Engagement• Link to daily life/activities• Purpose• Functionality• Worth and value• Motivation• Vali...
Contactwww.lango.euDr. Alan Bruceabruce@ulsystems.comDr. Hedva Vitalhvital@marathon-group.net
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The LANGO project is funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Program. It creates a mobile language learning tool in four lesser taught languages in Europe: Maltese, Greek, Bulgarian, Russian. It uses a calendar based course of short daily lessons - 365, one per day of the year. partners in the project come from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta and Ireland.

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  • All lessons are structured in the same way and include audio introductions, one activity per day from a choice of activities in the template (e.g. matching, multiple choice, etc.) and a daily wordsearch game.
  • LANGO - mobile language learning project (EDEN Conference, Oslo, June 2013)

    1. 1. CREATIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING IN MOBILEENVIRONMENTS:ICT SUPPORTED CREATIVITY IN THE LANGO PROJECTDr. Alan Bruce, ULS IrelandDr. Hedva Vital, Ha’kibbutzim College, IsraelEDEN ConferenceOslo, Norway12 June 2013
    2. 2. OverviewLANGO – project designed to explore opportunitiesoffered by new advanced information andcommunication technologies in encouragement ofadult learners of less widely used and taughtlanguages.Interactive language learning approaches combinedwith strong intercultural components: advancedtechnological tools motivate language learning andgive insights into culture, traditions and everydayhabits.
    3. 3. LANGOLanguage On The Go: e-Calendar to Encourage Language LearningProject No 519242-LLP-1-2011-1-BG-KA2-KA2MPTarget users: Adult language learners (18+) People participating in EU mobility for study andwork Immigrants Other people wishing to develop their language skillsin the target languages for personal reasons (culturalinterest, friends, business contacts, etc.)
    4. 4. Challenges of second language acquisition• Modern research on challenges and issues around second languageacquisition focus on developing awareness, competence and fluency• Role of ICT in building language competences, especially for learnersoutside formal education systems• Benefits of learning a language in informal settings• Process of communicative competence acquisition often given littleattention• New technologies give opportunities to develop modern learning toolsparticularly in learning less widely used languages.
    5. 5. LANGO: Language On the Go• Innovative e-learning tool to teach learnersBulgarian, Maltese, Greek and Russian• ICT assisted language learning• Language learning through a mobile phone
    6. 6. Specific aims of LANGO• Enable A1 learners gradually to reach higher levels of targetlanguage• Introduce and practice frequently used language patterns• Develop communicative skills: listening comprehension,spoken interaction, spoken production, basic reading skills• Motivation: easy language input through real lifecommunicative situations• Increase learner’s level of cultural awareness
    7. 7. Informing Issues• Intercultural learning is integral part of language learning andneeds greater attention.• European migration patterns increase the numbers required tolearn and speak another language.• Finding ways to overcome cultural differences,misunderstanding and disengagement is key component ofcommunicative competence.• LANGO integrates cultural knowledge with language learning todevelop mutual accommodation in multicultural societies.• Creates understanding, respect and dialogue.
    8. 8. Strategic aims• Provide immediate benefits to adult learners who wantto further their competence in learning less widelyused languages• Facilitate easy movement of citizens within EU highereducation for purposes of further study or employment• Promote multilingual and multicultural awarenessamong all user groups in the longer term.
    9. 9. RationaleAddresses initial language learningFocuses on what people typically need or want to say in initialcommunication stagesIntegrates technology for individualized and independent learning interms of pace, time and place (home, work, on the move, etc.)Provides access to authentic online learning materialUses applications which do not require advanced skills, providingbenefits for lower academic levelsSupports improvement of linguistic and digital competence at thesame time
    10. 10. Learning principles1) functional-notional: learning to recognizecommunicative functions and express conceptsand ideas related to these functions2) situational-topical principle: taking intoaccount topics and the user needs related to themost frequent everyday communicationsituations
    11. 11. LANGO approachLanguage learning activities delivered in acalendar format: each daily lesson associatedwith a particular day of the calendar.Learner needs to allocate only 10 minutes everyday of the year to maintain and build onlanguage skillsIntroductory part of each lesson and theinstructions are translated into English tosupport learners and increase comprehension.
    12. 12. Lesson Structure1. Introduction – listening and recording of dialogue, short textor language patterns2. Daily activity: matching, multiple choice, filling in blanks,etc.3. A wordsearch gameThe daily wordsearch game available via Facebook widgets
    13. 13. Learning content• The learning content for each of the four target languages is dividedbetween generic topics common to A1-A2 language curriculum (CEFR)and country specific culture topics.• The content is delivered inside a specifically designed template.• On the last day of the month users receive a short quiz to check howwell they have learnt the monthly content. This helps users to controltheir progress.• Additional materials to support the learner:a short grammar referencea talking dictionary
    14. 14. Types of learning activitiesVariety of entertaining learning activities designed to motivate thelearner to practice language patterns without getting bored:Multiple choice with text, sound or pictureMatching pairs (text or pictures)Ordering sequencesMedia triggersCategorizing different language areasListening to dialogue, recording oneself and listening to learner’s own recordingWordsearch games based on a sound trigger
    15. 15. www.lango.eu
    16. 16. Splash Screen: user sees for 5-10 seconds before going to the homescreen. This shows the language that the user has downloaded
    17. 17. Language Screen: This is the main menu that leads the user to the 365 learning days ofthe year. The user enters at a certain day of the year and follows the course from that dayon during an entire year.
    18. 18. Dimensions: Community• Change• Inclusion• Institutional legacies (such as formal schooling)• Migration• Narratives of the migrant voyage• Common connectivity
    19. 19. DIMENSIONS: learning• Reflective learning• Ease of access• Relevance• Applicability• Flexibility• Attractive learning architecture
    20. 20. Dimensions: Personal• Engagement• Link to daily life/activities• Purpose• Functionality• Worth and value• Motivation• Validation.
    21. 21. Contactwww.lango.euDr. Alan Bruceabruce@ulsystems.comDr. Hedva Vitalhvital@marathon-group.net

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