Archive for December, 2013

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PORTUGUESE TOOLS TEAM DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES AT JORNADA DO DEPARTAMENTO DE LINGUISTICA E LITERATURAS

December 12, 2013

On the 25th of November the TOOLS project was presented to the teaching staff and students of the Department of Linguistics and Literatures. The emphasis was set on the Tools consortium, on the objectives, on the social networks and on the results. Newsletters were offered to participants, encouraging them to register online in order to receive the newsletter on a regular basis.

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The presentation was made using the IPad and on the Prezi online system. You can access the full  online Prezi presentation at: http://goo.gl/CnT7H4
The results were given particular place on this dissemination activity. It was given a brief overview of Clilstore, wordlink and multidict.

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The manuals and guides were also given the floor, displaying the Portuguese version of each of this guidebook. As the eBook had  just been made available there was also a demonstration of the eBook PT version on this dissemination activity.

Finally, four units were chosen in order to demonstrate how the Clilstore online system operates: Knee ligament anatomy (English – A2), A warm embrace that saves lives (English – B1), Tuésmais forte (Portuguese – A2) and Monteringaf et britiskelstik (Danish – A1). The participants, both teachers and students, were very interested in using the units presented, and others available on  Clilstore. They highlighted has strong key points: the fact that is free, the fact that is online, the easiness to work with, the online dictionaries.

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Clilstore and the TOOLS project introduced to ECML network

December 11, 2013

20131206_094627 European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML), a department within the Council’s Directorate General IV- Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport-, is implementing a project “Language for work”, one objective of which is to create a network of language professionals working in the field of developing skills of migrant workers, and other teachers related to teaching professional language at different educational levels. The network held a meeting on the 5-6th of December, 2013 in Graz, Austria, at the headquarters of the ECML. The network was established last December and this was its second meeting. Language teachers, from state and private sector gathered to share their experience and methodologies of teaching professional language and to learn from each other. The agenda had foreseen time for network members to present the results of their work, including, projects, outcomes of research and other activities. Or simply to provide practitioners’ view on the issue.

Rasa Zygmantaite, a member of Tools project team, who is also a member of the Language for Work network, participated in the meeting and presented Clilstore and the Tools project. 11The time, allocated for the presentation didn’t allow the teachers from the network to register and immediately create their own units during the workshop, however, all the 35 CDs with audio files on how to create your own unit in English (+ Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Lithuanian and Portuguese), that were offered for the workshop participants, were distributed in less than five minutes! The participants of the network showed great interest in the tool, especially its ability to work with other languages than those, using the Latin alphabet, i.e. with all characters of UTF8, which is very important when you work with migrant workers from different parts of the world. The ECML network “Language for work” is finalizing its website, and the participants’ task during one of the workshops was to discuss the functionality of the website in order to make it as attractive and user friendly as possible and really used by language teaching professionals from the European Union and non-EU countries. Members of the network will be able to share their findings and methodological material in the “Library” section of the website.  And not only that- we can link our project to this network to facilitate the access of the finding of the Tools and other http://www.languages.dk projects for the big family of language teachers.
More information: www.ecml.at