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  • 1. SpeakAppsOral production and interaction in a foreign language through online ICT toolsVery often formal second or foreign language acquisition settings do not provideenough room for everyone in the classroom to practice the language. If the learning isdone through an online course, speaking is mostly put aside in favour of writing,reading and listening. SpeakApps aims to fill this gap by providing ICT-based servicesand pedagogies to practice oral competencies online: speaking production andinteraction in the CEFR. Thus offering a way for all foreign language learners andteachers to practice and evaluate speaking skills at a distance or beyond the physicalclassroom. The activities and tools provided in SpeakApps will be designed to be usedboth within face-to-face courses and as the main speaking activities for online courses.SpeakApps will provide a holistic solution for improving speaking skills in foreignlanguages. As such, the website of the project will be divided in three sections: 1) thelearning activities and materials, 2) the learning tools: audioconferencing,videoconferencing, and a synchronous tasks management tool and 3) a ready-to-useplatform for teachers who want their students to use these activities, materials and toolsbut do not have or wish to set up the required technological infrastructure and support.SpeakApps and all its contents will be available in six languages: Catalan, Dutch,English, Irish, Polish and Swedish.We will be running pilot studies in the UOC from September 2011 to November 2012.If you are interested in participating or in hearing more about the project please send anemail to speakapps@uoc.edu, and/or keep an eye on our website where we will post thelatest news on the project.http://www.speakapps.orgThis project is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme, KA2 Languages 2010.PartnersUniversitat Oberta de Catalunya, SpainUniversity of Groningen,The NetherlandsDublin City University, IrelandUniversity of Jyväskylä, FinlandJagiellonian University in Krakow, Polandcontact person: Christine Appel mappel@uoc.edu

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