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EU Grants for language teachers

on Sat, 12/22/2012 - 18:55

 

The Universities of Antwerp, Coimbra and their partners in the EU projects iTILT and NIFLAR are offering EU-funded summercourses in 2013 targeted at teachers of modern languages on:

a) effective use of Interactive Whiteboards 

and

b) ICT & WEB 2.0 applications to promote oral competences, 

respectively.

TELLConsult, co-initiator and partner in both projects, is organising these courses in collaboration with the University of Aveiro and the Technical University of Valencia.

Find more information on the course descriptions at the EU Comenius/Grundtvig Training database, the related

TELLConsult hosted SMARTVET project meeting in Utrecht

on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:56

As partner in the EU project SMARTVET on Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) in (Irish) vocational Education TELLConsult hosted the project's 3rd meeting in Utrecht.

On the basis of supplied information on its interesting architecture, IWB abundance and my personal former work location, the Faculty of Education of Hogechool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (8.000 students) at the Utrecht Campus was selected as preferred meeting place. 

 

All partners from UK, Ireland and Italy were present. Progress and results were reviewed and further steps planned.

TELLConsult invited to join advisory panel for EU project on games & language learning

on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 22:05

As member of the advisory panel of the European (Lifelong Learning Programme) project GOBL (Games Online for Basic Language learning, 2012-2014) ) I recently attended a f2f meeting at the Kortrijk location of Leuven University to discuss one of the project's first deliverables: the needs analysis report.

As a follow-up Frederik Cornillie, hosting the Kortrijk session, Skype-interviewed me to discuss additional issues and summarize my main comments.

The GOBL project is an initiative of partners at Radboud University Nijmegen, KU Leuven Kulak, Newcastle University and the Council for

Valencia edition of NIFLAR summercourse 2012 well attended

on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:19

TELLConsult chaired the Comenius course sessions on MFL speaking competences & Technology. 

The course, one of the results of the EU project NIFLAR, is a 5-day, international course on methodologies for new technologies in computer assisted language learning (CALL). It is an initiative of a partnership consisting of Utrecht University in collaboration with Valencia University, TELLConsult and the Utrecht Summer School. It had two editions, one in Utrecht in July (see report here

and one in Valencia in Spain inOctober 2012 


Find the course description here, at the Comenius/Gruntvig page

Graham Davies remembered at EUROCALL 2012 conference

on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 13:44

Attended the 2012 EUROCALL conference late August, in Gothenburg, Sweden.  

Representing TELLConsult as partner in a number of current and previous EU projects (iTILT, EUROVERSITY, NIFLAR) I did some project dissemination activities and promotion work for current (NIFLAR) and future (iTILT) Comenius courses I am coordinating.
 
More info about the 2012 courses on MFL speaking competences & Technology here.
 
Not having submitted a paper myself this time I could also concentrate better on the sessions I selected (see my #eurocall tweets here). Among them, of course,  the presentations on

Some places available for EU-sponsored course on MFL speaking competences & Technology

on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:22

The interest in the international course ‘Methodologies and Technologies to promote oral communication in Language Education ' warrants another run in 2012. This time the event will take place in Valencia, Spain, the second week of October (week 42). Check this page for details, download the day-to-day program and/ or register here
Pre-booked rooms and/or recommendations for suitable Hotel accomodation of 50 Euro p/d and less will be made available to course applicants.

 
This 5-day course, one of the exploitation activities of the EU project 'NIFLAR' (Networked Interaction in Foreign

Great evaluation results for Utrecht summer course on MFL speaking competences & Technology

on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:23

The Utrecht session of the Comenius course on MFL speaking competences & Technology took place in in the first week of July. 


The course, one of the results of the EU project NIFLAR, is a 5-day, international course on methodologies for new technologies in computer assisted language learning (CALL). It is an initiative of a partnership consisting of Utrecht University in collaboration with Valencia University, TELLConsult and the Utrecht Summer School.
TELLConsult was invited to chair both the Utrecht and the Valencia session, taking place In October 2012 in Spain.


With 15 international

EU projects iTILT and SMARTVET proposed joint presentation at Educa Berlin

on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 09:53

Being involved  in four EU projects dealing with interactive classroom technologies in various capacities (full, subcontracted and dissemination partner) TELLConsult took the iniitiative to try and join forces to contribute collectively to the Educa Online 2012 conference.

Despite time constraints the iTILT and SMARTVET projects managed to co-author and submit a workshop proposal on the deadline, June 1. Find the abstract below.

 

Abstract pre-conference workshop
 
Although the use of interactive whiteboards (IWB) is becoming increasingly commonplace in mainstream education in many of

Draft version of needs analysis report re IWB training presented at SMARTVET project meeting

on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 19:21

Community College Norwich (CCN) in the UK hosted the second project meeting of the SMART_VET project.
Progress was reviewed and part of that agenda concerned the scrutiny of the draft report of the needs analysis carried out by TELLConsult. See the brief draft summary below. A final version will be available soon after partner and focus group feedback has been processed.
We also defined the agenda for the next period, including the next meeting, this time in Utrecht, Holland: so my turn to host the session.

To round off our visit we were shown around the CCN premises where several

Analysis of questionnaire data for SMART_VET project started

on Sun, 04/01/2012 - 00:34
One of the objectives in the EU project  'Supporting Continuous Professional Development of VET teachers in the use of Interactive Whiteboards' (SMART_VET, 2011-2013) is to undertake needs analysis of VET teachers as input for the development of IWB training materials. 
 
 
TELLConsult was subcontracted to carry out this research. To this end an online questionnaire was developed earlier this year. 
 
Reaching what we expect to be a representative response result (n= 200) we closed the questionnaire on March 20. An extension of the data collection period with 14 days was needed to get to

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