LearnBase

The aim of the project is to build a bridge between the latest research in second language learning and daily teaching practices concerning adult language learning (post-formal education; informal adult education; continued education). The project team will endeavour to transfer sound research results into daily teaching practices in order to attract more adults back to the language learning process that is often abruptly dropped. The project will combine the best from communicative classroom based teaching with an individual coaching process that meets individual participant’s needs and wants.

Individual courses will be designed that combine the following:

  • The good experiences German universities have had with coaching and self-learning courses.
  • Individual supervision and guidance in second language learning, which has been tested in Denmark and Spain.
  • An analysis of each student’s individual learning style and learning biography.
  • The inclusion of digital media in a database that delivers both didactic and authentic material. The database will enable the student to experience the selected language in a virtual environment, which will simulate immersion learning and allow each student to choose the subjects they consider relevant to them. The database will be developed as part of the project.
  • A platform that allows tracking of students’ individual progress which can feed into delivery of group activities.

These materials will then serve as a base for a teacher training programme consisting of different flexible courses with an initial online phase, a classroom based phase and a final online phase for reflection and quality assurance of the practical implementation. The complete learning programme will be developed for English, German and Spanish and will be regularly evaluated and optimised with regards to the content and effect, compared with the latest research. All tools and experiences from the project will be readily available on an open platform in order to provide individual access to language learning across Europe, accompanied by an innovative resource bank.

Project

Beginning date: 1/9/2015

End date: 30/11/2017

Funded by: Directorate-General for Education and Culture (E+ Key Action 2- Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - 2015)

Amount funded: 247,075€

Project Manager: Christoph Schepers Royal Danish Defense College (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Participating entities: Central pentru Formarea Continua in Limba Germana (Medias, Rumania); Dänsk Folkeoplysnings Samrad (Copenhagen, Denmark); Folkuniversitetet (Stockholm, Sweden); ICC Languages (Offenbach am Main, Germany);Royal Danish Defense College (Copenhagen, Denmark); Studieforbundet Folkuniversitetet (Oslo, Norway); Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain); Volkshochschule Wiesbaden e. V. (Wiesbaden, Germany)

GREIP members participating: Dr. Melinda Dooly (external advisor)

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