Netherlands, Utrecht

Methodologies & Technologies to promote oral communication in Language Education (Utrecht session)

when 2 July 2012 - 6 July 2012
duration 1 week
fee EUR 950

The development of speaking skills is a challenging part of the curriculum in foreign language education. Recent technological developments that support spoken communication like voice-chat, video webconferencing and voice-enabled, virtual worlds can help address related pedagogical issues such as student numbers and lack of authentic contexts in the modern language classroom.
This course combines hands-on training and theoretical sessions to familiarize participants with a number of ICT-applications & related activities and methodologies for computer mediated oral proficiency development. The focus is not so much on the technological aspects, but rather on the teacher competences involved in designing and moderating activities using a selection of tools and web applications relevant for networked and task-based language learning. Participants are actively involved and supported to develop - individually or in small groups - language activities and collaborative projects for use in their (future)teaching practice.

Course leader

Ton Koenraad

Target group

Intended participants are (student) language teachers, teacher trainers and materials developers.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to promote participants' professionalism in the use of WEB 2.0 social software, including 3D virtual worlds and web videoconferencing, for the development of their students’ oral skills.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 950: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 750: Course + course materials


Teachers interested in either the Utrecht or the Valencia session of this course may apply for a Grundtvig/Comenius in-service training grant which covers all the expenses in connection with their participation in this course (course fee, housing, travel)

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