Languages and moocs why is this a big challenge for language learning
Language competencies and intercultural skills will more than ever be a part of the key qualifications needed to successfully work and live in this new reality. The need for MOOCs related to language education has already paved the way for the creation of the first “open and massive” foreign language courses. Many researches have already shown that the web is a rich field in putting real communication to practice, and explore new forms to exercise one’s language comprehension and fluency. Specifically, web 2.0 is participatory, immediate, authentic and it engages the community. All these are key features in language learning process and make Web 2.0 a promising language learning environment.
References: Perifanou M. & Economides A. (2014). MOOCs for Language Learning: An effort to explore and evaluate the first practices. In Proceedings of the INTED2014 conference held in Valencia, Spain 8-12 March 2014. Full-text
Perifanou M. (2014). How to design and evaluate a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Language Learning.In Proceedings of the eLSE14 conference held in Buchurest, Romania, 24-25 April 2014.
We have created the MOILLE framework its basic elements that we should take under consideration in order to build a creative and interactive language learning environment
PEDAGOGY: Communication (peer-peer, student-teacher, open class community); Collaboration (CL) (group projects, forums etc.); Collective intelligence; Autonomy (Autonomous/Self-paced/SL Learning/Reflection); Engagement-Motivation; Playful/Game based learning; Number of instructors.
Exploring the LangMOOC pedagogy
Exploring the LangMOOC
Hands on session
Dr Maria Perifanou, ACP
George Bekiaridis, ACP
9.30 Arrive & Coffee
9.45 Welcome Mark Mitchell
9.50 Project Introduction George Bekiardis
10.10 Introduction to LANGMOOCs moodle platform Tord Mjosund Talmo
10.25 Workshop Introduction Alison May
10.30 Workshop (Inc coffee break)
12.30 Workshop feedback George Bekiardis
1.00 Evaluation Musarat Inayat
Need for MOOLCs
Language competencies & intercultural skills :
key qualifications for living and working in 21st century
Need for MOOCs related to language education
participatory, immediate, authentic, engages community
a promising language learning environment
Key factors for successful online language Learning
social interaction in the
building community 7
How to design an efficient Language Learning Environment for MOOLCs?
Are there many MOOLC initiatives that could provide a promising Massive Open
Interactive Language Learning Environment (MOILLE)?
Perifanou M. & Economides A. (2014). MOOCs for Language Learning: An effort to explore and evaluate the first
practices. In Proceedings of the INTED2014 conference held in Valencia, Spain 8-12 March 2014. Full-text
Perifanou M. (2014)How to design and evaluate a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Language Learning. In
Proceedings of the eLSE14 conference held in Buchurest, Romania, 24-25 April 2014.
Massive Open Interactive Language Learning
MOILLE FRAMEWORK - Massive Open Interactive
Language Learning Environment
& motivation Autonomy
LangMOOCs project 12
Q1. support (tech/pedagogically) different types of communication (peer-peer,
Q2. promote collaboration (CL) and collective intelligence (group projects, forums
Visit the study.langmooc.com
Step 1: Explore and identify the teaching methods
used in the LangMOOC pilot courses (20 min).
Step 2: Propose your ideal pedagogical scenario for
an interactive language learning environment. (20
Step 3: Identify the tools that will be used in
Moodle and for what purpose (at least 3 activities
in order to enhance one of the 4 basic skills –
reading/speaking/writing/listening) (40 min).
Step 4: Presentations & Discussion (10 min).
Hands on session: Exploring
LangMOOC pedagogical scenarios
Visualization of daily learning progress based on different language skills and progress report that presents
all activities and rates.
authentic interactive videos:
- test learners’ listening comprehension via simple knowledge checks ( a fill-
in-the-blank listening problem)
- possibility to learners to ask for their peers’ or their teacher’s feedback in
every step of the activity.
Authentic oral communication with native speakers via the
free voice over IP
phone program Skype (i.e. Mixxer platform).