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A database of selected, reviewed, tested, assessed and validated e-learning based language teaching sources addressed to Higher education students for the learning of 18 different European languages.

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EXPLICS

Date of Publication

2009

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Bioscience
Business & Communication
Sustainability

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Italian

Language of Instruction

Italian

CEFR level

B1
B2
C1
C2

Type of Material

Activity/task
Audio
Picture/Graphics
Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)
Simulation
Video

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar
Pragmatics

Skills

Listening
Speaking
Critical Thinking
Writing
Reading
Mediation

Description

The aim of the EXPLICS project is to improve language competence of students by preparing models of best-practice in how to exploit Internet case study and simulation templates and by familiarising language teachers with these models. This is achieved by bringing together the different competence areas of the project partners. These specialisations include: task-oriented and problem-based learning and teaching; use of global simulations; use of case studies in language teaching; development of language level descriptors and methods of language testing, use of ICT for corpus analysis and concordance and the use of ICT for language testing. We will then develop interrelated activities for subject-specific language teaching.
The project will explore different means of using ICT to exploit Internet case study and simulation templates for language teaching and learning. As far as the Italian language is concerned, the teaching material is based on the use of subject-specific case studies and simulation projects at CEFR levels B and C, in relation to language teaching for students of agricultural & natural sciences and business & economics at higher education institutions.
The materials are organised in professional development modules and a handbook for language teachers and teacher trainers.
The EXPLICS project aims to positively impact on language training and because of this on the motivation of students to continue to learn foreign languages after completion of their studies in lifelong learning. It contributes to a higher language competence of students, particularly of students of agricultural & natural sciences and of business & economics.

Case study

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Guidelines

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Review

Category
Rate
Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students

5

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

5

Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills

5

Innovation
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning

5

Transferability
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries

5

Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning

5

Adaptability
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need

5

Usability
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Accessibility
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

4

Comments:
The holistic approach of this method is very efficient, thanks to simulation. Through the case study, the student(s) can experience the proposed situation, perceive the problem to be solved and find a solution to it. The assumption of others’ points of view is made easy, the learner can also develop a positive/empathic feeling towards people who have different opinions. The many and different materials provided are also useful for entering the target culture and spinning off critical thinking. Unfortunately, the resource needs to be updated as for the links to newspapers site; this implies that some authentic materials are not available anymore (e. g. La Cina è ormai vicina). Also the global simulations (group and classroom long activities) are interesting and well-constructed under the point of view of the contents, even if at least one task might sound a bit out of date (e. g. La Banca del tempo).
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