Technologically Enhanced Primary Language LearningMMU: MFL team
Project detailsProject title: Technologically Enhanced Language Learning PedagogyComenius Multilateral ProjectsRef: 134244-2007-UK-COMENIUS-CMPwww.tellp.org
Personnel Gee Macrory, Project ManagerJos Luis Ortega, Universidad de GranadaLucette Chrtien, Universit de Poitiers TDA support Jo Clark, Stretford High School
Background to project TDA: Collaborative technologies in languages initiative (CTLI)International project: six primary schools, three initial teaching training (ITT) institutions and local authorities and regional governments in England, France and Spain working together using a shared curriculum to develop and improve the teaching and learning of languages.
The Six Schools Project2 schools in each of Trafford (Greater Manchester), Granada and NiortLinked by video-conferencing and a learning platformShared CLIL-focussed curriculum
Shared curriculum examples Our schoolsWhere is our school?Who is in my class?School subjectsTimetable routinesOur way of lifeLocality
Technologically enhanced activities Video-conferences: whole class presentations; partner-partner exchanges; question- answer sessions; information gap activities (eg completing a blank map)Learning platform: www.6schools.eu
Video footage of VC What is your immediate reaction?To what extent do you think that this pedagogic approach can develop the childrens intercultural understanding?How might this pedagogic approach make a contribution to a cross-curricular or CLIL approach to language teaching?How might it help to make teachers feel more European in outlook?
Childrens viewsAll 3 countriesVery positive about cultural knowledgeIncreased confidenceTeacher learningAwareness of language learning you absolutely have to see them you have to speak a traditional kind of Englishit must be funny when we pronounce a word wrong
Want to have conversations not a play Its ok to get it wrong We learn new words from each otherThe more we use it, the easier it getsEars pricked up so you have to learn moreReally want to be able to choose what to do
Tutor observations of VC in 6 schools
Issues of language use (which language, which skill, linguistic progression, etc)Classroom organisation and management issuesDevelopment of intercultural awareness
Development of project: effective pedagogyPossible characteristicsreal time + authentic regular + frequent learner communication content-led, rather than language led purposeful communication autonomous learning(not teacher led) autonomous communication communication strategies (eg repair) pronunciation aim of being understood parallels between teacher/learner (teacher as learner and learner as teacher)metacognitive and metalinguistic awareness & understanding children as teachers - cooperative language learning teacher not as expert clear articulation of: use of L1/L2, initiating/responding etc (progression)What are the potential problems and issues?
Learning Platform www.6schools.eu Email facilityResources How best to use?
Teacher traineesCore focus group of the 3 universities project is teacher traineesTrainees:acquire skills of planning effective video-conferencing sessions between international classesgain familiarity with primary pedagogy in the partner countriesengage in joint planning (home and abroad)carry our focussed observation of impact of use of technology on childrens learning
Trainee activitiesPreparation/introduction at home universityVC in home school and/or on placement abroad observing and assisting Interviewing children and staff involvedPreparing class for VC
Trainee perceptions so farSchool linksTechnology CLIL
Future of project:Evaluation of emerging pedagogyClose analysis/comparison of trainees perceptions in the 3 countries + develop research into French-Spanish linkInvolvement of trainees as active contributors to the projectIncrease independence in VC sessions trainees in leadUse of related technologies: digi bluesDevelop LP pedagogy