Pools CX

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Part One

TNAM Initiative / project description

Title

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Pools CX

Description

Description

POOLS CX is a Leonardo supported TOI (Transfer of Innovation) project based on the POOLS project (2005-2007).  The project translates and adapts the POOLS project core results:  Course Book on CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), Course Description, ready to use exemplary CALL units in the three new languages, and DIY (Do It Yourself) videos, with subtitles, that demonstrate how to produce CALL materials.

After adaptation of materials the project consortium produces digital videos (20 for each of the new partner languages). Each video is transcribed and graded to match students according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. These videos, together with the adapted materials, are used for piloting teacher courses on producing CALL materials followed by how to apply such CALL materials in classes.

Keywords / TAGS
Language learning, VET, manuals, teaching methods, piloting materials

Coordinator contact details

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giovanni@cscs.it
Giovanni Crisonà

Coordinator Country

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Denmark, Romania, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Belgium

Coordinator Region (NUTS code)

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ITA

Partners

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Language Teachers

Theme

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  • Language training

Target Groups

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  • Teachers
  • Trainers
  • Head teachers/principals/managers

Type

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  • Best practice
  • Methods for Training of Teachers/Staff

Sector

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  • Education

Educational sector

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  • Pre-primary
  • Primary
  • General secondary
  • Vocational/Technical secondary
  • Special education for disabled persons
  • Adult Education Provider
  • Organizations working migrants/minorities

Year

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2013
additional info if needed
The project was initially designed for VET, but the methodologies can be useful for more stakeholder

Language

Your Project language (ISO 639-2)
en
Languages you will look for
ita, tr, gr

Part Two

TNAM results

1. LLP project or related resource

Title
    POOLS-CX
Hyperlink
    http://www.poolscx.eu/
Comments/Description
    POOLS CX is a Leonardo supported TOI (Transfer of Innovation) project based on the POOLS project (2005-2007). The project translates and adapts the POOLS project core results: Course Book on CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), Course Description, ready to use exemplary CALL units in the three new languages, and DIY (Do It Yourself) videos, with subtitles, that demonstrate how to produce CALL materials.

    After adaptation of materials the project consortium produces digital videos (20 for each of the new partner languages). Each video is transcribed and graded to match students according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. These videos, together with the adapted materials, are used for piloting teacher courses on producing CALL materials followed by how to apply such CALL materials in classes.

2. LLP project or related resource

Title
    Pools-M
Hyperlink
    http://www.languages.dk
Comments/Description
    Methodologies for language learning

3. LLP project or related resource

Title
    Pools-T
Hyperlink
    http://www.languages.dk
Comments/Description
    Tools for CLIL teachers

4. LLP project or related resource

Title
    Pools-3
Hyperlink
    http://www.languages.dk
Comments/Description
    Language teaching materials and teacher courses

Part Three

CB4LLP Action Plan

Useful ideas

Following the pilot course and editing the materials, the courses are run by the Centres of Excellence in EL, IT, and TK as in-service teacher courses with the objectives to advocate and enable the use of CALL and through that to improve VET students’ outcomes: CALL applied in a task based context or as part of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning).

POOLS CX covers modern European languages including LWUTL (Less Widely Used and Taught Languages). The emphasis on communicative language teaching encourages language learning in vocational contexts.

Stakeholders

Teachers, trainers, students

Partnerships

The partnership has been designed to include one University, four VET schools, and one VET umbrella organisation. They all spread information about the project and materials.
Many teachers used the materials and participated to the trainings of trainers.

Other

All partners have good references and participated in other Pools projects. The tests and the trainings are to be effected in Turkey, Italy and Greece.

Solutions

The Steering Committee will monitor the activity and, upon the base of a performance analysis (quality and quantity), will then proceed to payments. Monitoring is constantly effected by each partner on his/her own expenditure and accomplished tasks; and general monitoring is also effected by the coordinator. The external evaluator is also in constant communication with the partnership.

General

POOLS CX adds value by adding three more languages. The transfer of innovation is not just a translation and adaptation exercise. After adapting the POOLS core outcomes (Course Book, Course Description, DIY videos, and CALL units), course participants from the EL, IT, and TK teams are coached in video recording and editing techniques, in software production, and in CALL methodologies suitable for CLIL and task based learning. The course participants then produce videos that can be used in multimedia applications for computer assisted language learning in EL, IT and TK.
Phase one: translation and adaptation of the manuals
Phase two: coaching partners in software production, subtitling, video recording and editing
Phase three: exploitation of products

Particular

Based upon the experience and expertise acquired by POOLS Center of Excellence in the University of Pitesti, the project aims at creating and developing Centers of Excellence in Italy, Greece, and Turkey. The transfer of innovation is also taking advantage of the expertise acquired in POOLS by the British, Danish, and Romanian partners. The project also wants to promote and exploit CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) in Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
Exploitation of the project outcomes starts with the first pilot course workshop and peer review, i.e. after the materials have been through the first adaptation and translation. In the first part of the project period most exploitation takes place in the partner institutions where VET teachers implement the adapted materials and test the acquired competencies from the pilot course workshop.
After the first workshop sequence and peer reviews, the exploitation takes the next steps and in-service courses following the same pattern are offered to teachers across Greece, Italy and Turkey. The project partnership also searches for other language projects and networks that may cluster with our efforts and benefit from the POOLS CX outcomes.

Internal

Emailing, skype, project meetings

External

Dissemination and exploitation

Educational Sector

Manuals, adaptable + all educational material produced during the lifetime of the project and even afterwards

Non educational

Brochures

Equipment

Computers, videocamera, mobile phones, editing software, software for subtitles

Systems for quality monitoring

Steering committee

Systems to document taken actions

All activities are documented:
– dissemination (list of signatures, pictures, etc.)
– workshops (list of signatures, pictures, etc.)
– use of the materials in class (list of signatures, feedback forms, pictures);
– exploitation (feedbacks from teachers implementing the methods and using the materials);
– report to the Romanian NA;
– visit from one Romanian NA representative to all the centers of excellence.

Part Four

CB4LLP Impact analysis

Useful ideas


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