KA2 Multilateral project (2013-2015)
Today is the video age, with many possibilities for integrating into learning. This is particularly relevant to language learning that is a multisensory process and video media has the potential to foster the communicative learning skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The mission of the VIDEOforALL is to provide innovative practices to teach/learn languages, including less widely used and taught languages (LWUTL), by integrating digital video as a basic tool for a more multidisciplinary and multiple literacy understanding of language teaching and learning in today’s world.
The project has just completed its first year and I’m pleased to coordinate an excellent team which includes two world leaders in using two main streams of video: hand-held cameras and screen-capture video in education.
PROJECT WEBSITE: http://videoforall.eu/
The Mosaic Art And Sound Ltd., United Kingdom
Czeck Republic, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania.
School students from primary to university level, adult learners, teachers, school authorities
The main aims of the project are:
- to promote language learning and linguistic diversity and enhance an inclusive approach towards languages and cultures
- To promote and reinforce the acquisition of less widely used and taught languages by creating video practices that are can be used in the teaching of any language
- to support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning
- to improve the quality and efficiency of education and training
- to enhance creativity and artistic approaches as well as innovation at all levels of education and training
More specifically, the objectives are to:
- build a comprehensive collection of video practices with examples of usage
- identify categories based on the functions of the practices to show the wide range of opportunities for using video in language learning
- to produce supporting materials for teachers to help them to promote and use video in language learning
- to develop a classification system which will help teachers to find suitable video resources according to their needs
- to create of a community space for users across Europe to exchange ideas and productions
- to create an In-Service Teacher Training Course to enable teachers to gain full use of the video practices as well as understanding the pedagogic value
Language proficiency is a critical skill for European citizens: languages are the fundamental glue behind the entire concept of European integration, while retaining the diversity of European societies and cultures.
Language education needs to be improved for teachers and students for motivation and effectiveness in the learning process. Methodologies implemented should consider both formal and informal learning situations to promote autonomous and long-life learning.
The use of digital media will help in achieving these goals and will include transferable skills for active learning, creativity and innovation, relevant to the authentic life of students.
There is a need to widen the type of texts we teach to include the new media our students are now so familiar with.
The content related works started with a deep review of the current state of the art on using video in language learning as well as understanding specific needs of the project target group in order to design and produce materials entirely adjusted to their needs.
These are the project milestones:
- Research on the use of video in language education·
- Creating the project practices repository
- Making the practices accessible
- Developing piloting materials
- Piloting the materials and piloting evaluation
- Creating the In-service teacher Training Course
- Designing and delivering workshops
The materials for the target group produced so far can be found on the project website: www.videoforall.eu. The project and its initial achieved results have been disseminated within the target groups in partner countries and a number of high profile and effective dissemination activities have been completed to start to create a Europe-wide awareness of the project as a prelude to the dissemination of project resources later on.
The main deliverables of the second part of the project are the materials for piloting, particularly pedagogic guide and teacher guide and the pilot testing in partner countries to ensure the highest quality and usability of the final product, with analysis of results. This will enable the project outputs to reach the best quality to achieve the outcomes and objectives of the project. Furthermore, the VIDEOforALL In-service teacher training course will be designed with the aim of enabling teachers to gain full use of the language practices of the project as well as an understanding of the overall pedagogic value and uses.
Additional dissemination campaigns are planned for the next months. These will comprise a top down, to authorities, academics, associations, European officers by direct email, conferences, workshops and bottom up directly to schools, teachers via social networks, webinar, conferences and workshops.