Clilstore trials at UlsterMay 2, 2012
“It’s excellent, give us more!”, that was the overwhelming response from Year 1 and Year 2 students of Irish at the University of Ulster following a recent trial of Clilstore. The units created for the purpose of this trial: http://alturl.com/w6bao & http://alturl.com/s5jjh were based on sample materials from the new Third Level Syllabus for Irish (see http://www.teagascnagaeilge.ie) which is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The trial was conducted within Ulster’s Multimedia Language Lab and each student had the benefit of using the materials on their own networked pc. The students were impressed by the ease of use of the software, the way it helped them to get to grips with new vocabulary using the dictionary interface and the twin-panel, single-screen format. When asked how they thought the software could be improved the students mostly felt that nothing needed to be changed, however, a few glitches relating to new tabs opening while switching between dictionaries and a non-responsive dictionary were brought to light.
This feedback has been most gratifying for the project team and has given us a useful insight into where we need to concentrate our efforts in the short term i.e. producing more units which reflect the learner level and content needs of our students. Needless to say, any constructive criticism received from the students will be acted upon, and issues such as the size of the font in the exercises have already been dealt with.
Click here to see the responses from our Yr 1 Irish students http://db.tt/NIe1V0SJ
Click here to see the responses from our Yr 2 Irish students http://db.tt/98Lxjyte
Click here to view an electronic version of our Clilstore Evaluation of Outputs form http://alturl.com/wq32w