Valencia edition of NIFLAR summercourse 2012 well attended
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.
With a total of 28 international participants, mostly language teachers with practices in primary and secondary education, it was well attended.
The Valencia team consisted of the Utrecht University researcher Silvia Canto and British Council consultant, Graham Stanley, at work in the pics below. The latter contributed a workshop on asynchronous communication.
Other team members were Nick Zwart (3DLes) , who presented Chatterdale, a virtual language village and gave a training on using Open Simulator. Finally, as 'expert at a distance' Heike Philip (Let's talk online) presented on recent developments in online language learning and - as a follow-up - did an 'inworld' guided tour in Edunation Islands.
The partners involved are now considering the invitation by Utrecht Summer School to offer this successful course again in 2013.