We want to learn what you find important for the development of our platforms.Take part in our survey.

The EU project CATAPULT, Computer Assisted Training and Platforms to Upskill LSP teachers (Project N°2018-1-FR01-KA204-048053) aims to continue developing its online platforms with a facility for language professionals and potential employers to connect (multilingual LinguaClick https://linguaclick.com/ ) and providing opportunities for professional contact with colleagues and customised professionalisation to freelance (LSP) language trainers across Europe and beyond (LinguaCop, https://linguacop.eu/ ).

With the survey ‘Designing LinguaClick & LinguaCoP’s future‘ we want to learn what you find important for the development of our platforms. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Catapult_Platforms

Your input will have a strong impact on the update of the platforms.
The survey will stay open until April 5.

Many thanks in advance!

IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG free online conference, Feb. 6

 

IATEFL LTSIG Research Book Conference

IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG would like to invite you to their online conference to explore the studies published in our recent book Digital Innovations and Research in Language Learning (2020).

The authors will present their studies, which explore the pedagogical potential and realities of learning technologies in a wide range of language education contexts, and they will address the developments or applications brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and the shift to remote teaching and learning.

Featuring presentations on topics such as virtual schooling, game-based learning, autonomy, inclusion, academic reading, student empowerment, CPD, and digital responsibility and ethics, this event will provide useful insights into the impact of digital learning in language education.

For full info and abstracts, please see the programme (all times mentioned are UK time).

10.00 Networking
10.30 Welcome
10.35 Sophia Mavridi: Fostering students’ digital responsibility, ethics and safety skills
11.00 Henno Kotze & Ceara McManus: Chasing engagement
11.25 Susana Galante: Virtual schooling for EFL
11.50 Angelos Konstantinidis, Bryan Kilvinski & Ivan Lombardi: Gamified Twitter
12.15 Graham Stanley & Alicia Artusi: Remote teaching
12.40 Sandra Morales & Gabriela Silva: Video journals
13.00 Break
13.30 Pete Sharma: Virtual reality
13.55 Eleni Nikiforou: Motivational videos
14.20 Celia Antoniou: Academic reading skills online
14.45 Wrap Up
15.00 Close

The event is free but you need to register. You can register for the event here.

Registration does not guarantee a place in the Zoom room. Access will be on a first come first served basis. The event will also be livestreamed on our Facebook Page.

We are really looking forward to seeing you there!

COUNCIL OF EUROPE: CEFR Companion Webinar series

SAVE THE DATE-COUNCIL OF EUROPE WEBINAR “ACTION-ORIENTED PLURLINGUAL MEDIATION IN COLLABORATIVE TASKS – 4 FEBRUARY 2021

During 2021 there will be eight webinars/online workshops. These will take place in the first week of the month, normally on the first Thursday, in the months of February, March, May, June, September, October, November and December. This webinar series is a follow up to the videoconference entitled “The CEFR Companion Volume: A Key Resource for Inclusive Plurilingual Education” held on 16 December 2020. The webinars are intended to help language professionals familiarize themselves with the  concepts elaborated in the Companion Volume and consider ways in which they may be integrated into teaching and learning practices. Some of the webinars will be presentations, whilst others will be workshops.

The first webinar entitled “Action-oriented plurilingual mediation in collaborative tasks” will take place on 4 February 2021 from 16.00 until 18.30 CET. It will be moderated by Brian North. This webinar will remind participants of the implications for classroom practice  of the concept of mediation, as outlined in the CEFR Companion Volume, before presenting for discussion examples of action-oriented tasks in which learners mediate texts and concepts, using different languages. It will be organised in a workshop form where participants will be presented to the concept and then work on “individual crosslinguistic activities” in sub-groups.

The webinar will be limited to 90 participants who will be selected on a first come first served basis. Please register here by 29 January 2021. We will send you an invitation including the link for the webinar and workshop materials after the registration is closed.

Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Attendance after the webinar.

The second webinar entitled ”Digital agency in social practice and language education: the CEFR Companion volume and online interaction” will take place on 4 March 2021 from 16.00 until 18.30 CET. It will be moderated by Bernd Rüschoff. This webinar will focus on the link between real-world contexts and language education, and the contribution that the CEFR Companion Volume and its descriptors make to designing environments in which learners can exercise their agency in situated, social practice. Registration for this webinar will be available after the first webinar.

Background

Twenty years after the publication of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment, best known worldwide as the CEFR, the Council of Europe proudly announced in April 2020 the publication of the final edition of the CEFR Companion volume (www.coe.int/lang-cefr).

The CEFR Companion volume is the product of over six years of conceptual reflection and empirical validation in a multi-phase international collaborative project. The Companion Volume:

–      completes and clarifies the CEFR descriptive model by defining and further expanding constructs,

–      extends and completes the CEFR set of descriptors, and

–      broadens the conceptualisation of language education.

In the past 30 years, since the beginning of the development of the CEFR, societies have become more complex, characterised by an escalating movement of people and goods and an increasing number of migrants and refugees. In this changing socio-political landscape, the role of languages needs to be reconsidered. Far from being necessary for transactional communication only, languages are pivotal for mutual understanding, intercultural dialogue, and access to knowledge. Education is faced with new challenges such as valuing and fostering linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom, promoting inclusiveness, reconsidering the role of the languages of schooling, distance learning and developing “21st century skills”. At the core of these challenges are languages. Everything happens through languages and languages are everywhere.

The CEFR Companion Volume therefore further elaborates a number of innovative concepts that were introduced to language education in the CEFR. These include the action-oriented approach, mediation, plurilingual and pluricultural competence, online interaction and, in general, the way the CEFR and its descriptors can be used to align planning – at the curriculum and class level – teaching, and assessment.

Using H5P Content Types on WordPress or in your C/LMS: Drag and Drop and Interactive Book

In case you are using WordPress you can also create interactive content by adding the H5P plugin to your WordPress site. See e.g. Catapult partner TELLConsult’s website for an implementation on a WordPress site trialling the Drag & Drop content type using text from a locally developed, small corpus on LSP teaching & learning: a paragraph of CATAPULT MOOC participant Nergiz Kern’s publication ‘Benefits of technology use in ESP’

For an impression of the functionality of the H5P content type ‘ Interactive Book’ see the online version of  the ‘Benefits of technology use in ESP’ article used as preparation for a TELLConsult workshop on collaborative web-based reading here using the Interactive Book functionality (standard available on Drupal CMS based websites)

For more info on the H5P tools see this blog posted earlier  EdTech, Authoring tools: H5P – LinguaCoP 

TiLT forthcoming webinar series in 2021

Passing on Joe Dale’s message on the EUROCALL Facebook group (and elsewhere)
announcing the forthcoming TiLT webinar sessions:
Hi everyone and Happy New Year,
We kick off our TiLT webinar series in 2021, with two Show and Tell sessions on Saturday 9th January and 16th January at 15.30-17.30 GMT (following ALL London’s January Event)
Here are details for our first ‘show and tell’:
Saturday 9th January
• Esmeralda Salgado – Learning Apps + Deck Toys
• Adeline Moston- Learning Apps + Embedding in Microsoft OneNote
• Julia Morris- How to generate automatic retrieval quizzes and games with Excel and Flippity.
• Jérome Nogues: Wakelet, editing shortcuts for Google and Microsoft
Saturday 16th January (hosted as part of our January Event.)
This will include presentations from:
• Jane Basnett – Carousel Learning
• Natasha Witham – Spiral
• Rachel Grice with Sabine Pichout – Blooket
• Ester Borin – Breakout rooms
On 13th January at 20.00 GMT, I’m delighted to have Alasdair Harris from
All-in join me to host a masterclass in Online Language Learning. The session will focus on their unique, self-marking pupil workbooks and reducing teacher prep.
I am also available to support individual departments, districts, multi academy trusts and associations on remote teaching ideas. Here are 18 example sessions which I can adapt to individual needs. Send me a message on Messenger for more details.
Best wishes
Joe
Also see his Example sessions for remote teaching webinars here
And find the link to the archive of the TILT recordings also in the CATAPULT inventory here