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Dynamic start of 2014

on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 23:42

EUROCALL Review article
Invited by the editor of the EUROCALL Review I finally got round to writing the extended version of  the paper presented at the EuroCALL 2013 conference: Koenraad, A.L.M. (2013b). Expert Views on How Language Education May Develop in the Next 20 Years and What CALL Could Contribute. In L. Bradley & S. Thouësny (Eds.), 20 Years of EUROCALL: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future. Proceedings of the 2013 EUROCALL Conference, Évora, Portugal (pp. 141-148). Dublin/Voillans: ©
It will be available in EuroCALL Review Volume 21, no 2, soon now I guess. I also published a version of this audio-enhanced article. It is available online on this site or, alternatively can be downloaded as PDF here.

MachinEVO workshop

 I subscribed to the MachinEVO workshop on Machinima creation for Modern Language Education and attended the first meeting but had to drop soon after as I could not cope considering all the activities that needed my attendion in these first two months.



EUROVERSITY network meeting
The second and final meeting of this EU network project took place in Rome beginning of Februari. One of the major decisions within the Exploitation WP taken was to start an Association so that current and future partners could continue sharing experiences and updating the key project results, such as the guidelines on how to start teaching in 3D virtual worlds. 

BTW individuals and organisations interested in joining the network can alreday do so here

Among other things we also planned a first series of Webinars on project activities & results. See the agenda of events here

Unfortunately the weather was not quite as expected: rainy and rather cold, but the few hours left for visiting were well spent. And of course we did not miss the Trevi Fountain.



EU project CAMELOT kick-off The first f2f meeting of the EU project CAMELOT took place at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston, UK. 

CAMELOT stands for Machinima Empowers Live Online language Teaching and learning” and is a 2-year EU funded project for language educators to learn how to use, adapt and create videos (machinima) in virtual worlds.
(Dec 2013-Nov 2015).

We worked out the specific features of the various results defined in the WorkPackage descriptions, allocated tasks and made a detailed  planning for the first 3 months. I also presented EUROVERSITY to the partners 


IWB workshop in Luxemburg

TELLConsult was invited by the Ministry of Education to run a two-day IWB workshop at rather short notice for a group of teachers at  their National Institute of Languages. I enjoyed the two intensive days as the teachers were engaged and very creative and productive. Als spent at Luxemburg capital and found out about the remarkable history of this town by doing a most interesting citywalk.

Summercourses 2014 campaign
Before we could start advertising we had to write final versions of course descriptions (four this year!) and redesign the back office systems to allow (pre-registration) and automated response messages.

Once that was in place we started campaigning late in January. So using a range of social media we are spreading the news that we are organising EU fundable summercourses for professionals in Language and Vocational Education in collaboration with the EU projects NIFLAR, iTILT and SmartVET & partners and refer to our current courses and registration page. for more information on:

Course #1 'Using Interactive Whiteboards in Vocational Education'(Valencia, week 28, 2014).

Course #2 'Preparing to be a trainer/coach to promote the effective use of Interactive Whiteboards in Vocational Education'(Valencia, week 28, 2014).

Course #3 'Modern Language Methodologies & Technologies to promote Intercultural Communication & Telecollaboration'(Valencia, week 29, 2014).

Course #4 'Using Interactive Whiteboards in Language Education’(Valencia, week 29, 2014).

Jürgen Wagner invited me to run a free webinar (on 27 Feb) to provide more information about the EU projects involved and  these related courses. .
The webinar is part of a series for teaching training organised by Jürgen Wagner of the Landesinstitut für Pädagogik und Medien, Saarbrücken (Germany).


Aims of the project are to innovate traditional teaching methods, which nowadays are still too focused on rote learning, through an effective use of digital technologies: IWB applications combined with concept/mind maps and other HIL tools (High Interaction Learning). This project regards the application of these technologies applied for the development of the European Key competences (Recommendation 2006), such as digital competences, foreign languages, entrepreneurship, math and scientific subjects, and learning to learn.