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Winners: European Award for Innovation and Creativity in Lifelong Learning 2009

Let the pools website serve as a portal to your results. From the website you also have access to Copyleft symbol copyleft language teaching materials and methods manuals that you may include in your own projects.

The pools partnership recommends you to become a member of / join:

You may now become a member of the POOLS team; like all materials in the POOLS website the membership is free. Enrol as a POOLS member e-mail ka@sde.dk

Tools

 

 

TOOLS has developed a free online service / tool, which enables language teachers from LdV, Erasmus, and Grundtvig sectors to create multimedia webpages for language learning with all words automatically linked to online dictionaries in +100 languages.

The advantage of a fully online tool is that it works from all existing and future operating systems it also enables creation of language learning multimedia webpages from and to mobile devices like tablets (e.g. iPads).

The resulting webpages support all characters (UTF8) so it can be usefor languages like Lithuanian and Arabic.

The project teams have demonstrated the system strengths and made exemplary language learning materials for Arabic, Danish, Gaelic (Irish), Gaelic (Scottish), Lithuanian, Portuguese, and Spanish

Go to the TOOLS main page

TOOLS is a social media friendly project, you are warmly invited to make suggestions and give feedback: Facebook , Linkedin , Twitter , and our Blog


Students: Find language videos at your level on various topics, with transcripts where every word is linked to a choice of online dictionaries in your own language

Teachers: Create, store and organise multimedia wordlinked learning units for use by students


Link (mostly) any webpage automatically word-by-word to online dictionaries in a choice of languages


Find and switch easily between online dictionaries in many languages

 

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Clil4U

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The Clil4U project will assist implementation of CLIL in primary schools and in vocational colleges through:
- 6 promotional videos showing CLIL used in classes
- 48 ready to use CLIL scenarios complete with instructions and materials
- Online collection of materials and commented links to resources
- Advisory materials to be used for including parents of primary school children in the CLIL process.

To prepare content and language teachers for implementation of CLIL the project will:
- Develop a teacher course on application of CLIL
- Develop online language courses for content teachers (to ensure the needed language level)
- Offer the content teachers a placement test and certification of language level according to CEF.

Go to the Clil4U website

Clil4U is a social media friendly project, you are warmly invited to make suggestions and give feedback:
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Methods

Methods

Methods is a TOI (transfer of innovation) project based on the original BP-BLTM and later the Pools-m projects, which selected five communicative language teaching methods suitable for VET teachers and their students, especially those preparing for or in the midst of work placement in other countries. For each method the project developed sets of materials and instructions for exemplary lessons.

To help the training of the less experienced teachers the use of the methods and materials are demonstrated through instructional video recordings of exemplary lessons.

The main outputs to be translated, adapted and transferred during the Methods project period are:
-A video library with subtitled commented recordings of the five methods used in real classes.
-A manual with five method descriptions, instructions and ready to copy and use materials
-An International Work Placement Guide
-This website.

The project will transfer the BP-BLTM and pools-m results toFrance (Guadeloupe), Malta, and Slovenia by adapting and translating the guide, the methods manuals, the ready to use in classes materials, and the subtitles for the project videos. Back to Top

Go to the Methods website

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Pools-3

Pools-3

Pools-3 (Producing Open Online Learning Systems -3) has been approved for an EU grant in the period 2013-2015. POOLS-3 is coordinated by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO), the teams come from Belgium, Catalunya, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Éire, and Scotland. EfVET has been chosen as dissemination partner with access to thousands of vocational colleges across Europe.

Pools-3 is a Transfer of Innovation (TOI) project which will exploit the results from the "original" pools project and pools-2, which developed materials for language teaching and learning as well as teacher training courses.

Pools-3 will transfer the core outputs of pools and pools-2 to three new languages: Catalan, Czech, and Irish

The Pools-3 project target group is teachers of the LWUTL (Less Widely Used and Taught Languages) in technical colleges. Due to the limited range of ICT materials for these languages the teachers often have to develop materials themselves if they want to exploit the many advantages of eLearning.

The final products are:


1. Pools of online Copyleft symbol copyleft materials to be used during in-service teacher training courses and in teaching.
2. Flexible competence based language teacher course modules on ICT methodologies and development of ICT based teaching resources.
3. A DVD with step by step instructions and examples on how to create multimedia online material.
4. A course book (downloadable .pdf file) with description of language teaching eLearning materials and methodologies

Go to the Pools-3 website

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Pools-t

pools-t

 

 

 

Pools-t (Producing Open Online Learning System - Tools) was approved for an EU grant in the period 2008-2010. POOLS-T was coordinated by "Syddansk Erhvervsskole Odense-Vejle", the development teams came from Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands,  Scotland, and Switzerland.

The project developed tools for the CLIL methodology (Content and Language Integrated Learning) as well as a guide on how to apply the tools in a CLIL context.

The tools convert texts and web pages to html pages where all words are hyperlinked to free online dictionaries covering many combinations of European languages. The application has support for audio, video and graphics to enrich / support the text content.

Two teachers working with materials development

Target groups: The project results and outputs are used by individual language learners, subject teachers using CLIL, and language teachers preparing online teaching materials.

Go to the pools-t main results and outcones

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Pools-2

Go to the pools-2 core outcomes

 

 

Pools-2 (Producing Open Online Learning Systems - 2) was approved for an EU grant in the period 2009-2011. POOLS-2 was coordinated by Confederación Española de Centros de Enseñanza (CECE), the teams came from Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, Portugal, Scotland, and Spain. EfVET was a dissemination partner with access to thousands of vocational colleges across Europe.

Pools-2 was a Transfer of Innovation (TOI) project which exploited the results from the "original" pools project, which developed materials for language teaching and learning as well as teacher training courses. Pools-2 transferred the core outputs of pools to three new languages: Greek, Maltese, and Portuguese

The POOLS-2 project target group is teachers of the LWUTL (Less Widely Used and Taught Languages) in technical colleges. Due to the limited range of ICT materials for these languages the teachers often have to develop materials themselves if they want to exploit the many advantages of eLearning.

The final products are:

1. Pools of online Copyleft symbol copyleft materials to be used during in-service teacher training courses and in teaching.
2. Flexible competence based language teacher course modules on ICT methodologies and development of ICT based teaching resources.
3. A DVD with step by step instructions and examples on how to create multimedia online material.
4. A course book (downloadable .pdf file) with description of language teaching eLearning materials and methodologies

Read more about the original pools project - aims, objectives, and results

The project brochure is available in English, Greek, Danish, Portuguese, Maltese, French, and Spanish

Join the pools-2 facebook group

Pools-2 has a dedicated webpage with the core outcomes of the project. Visit the page here: http://www.languages.dk/pools-2/

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Pools-m

Pools-m

 

 

Pools-m (Pools of language teaching methods) was an EU supported two years project, which started on December 1st 2009. The project transferred the result of a previous project BP-BLTM which portrayed five communicative language teaching methods in manuals and with instruction videos, for each method there are ready to use materials in Basque, Danish, Dutch, English, German, Romania, and Spanish.

Pools-m translated and adapted the existing materials into Italian, Lithuanian, and Portuguese as well as prepare new materials for the methods

The pools-m home page is http://www.languages.dk/methods or you can just click on "Teaching Methods" from the main navigation panel to the right.

Visit the pools-m blog
and Join the pools-m facebook group

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News

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April 2017

Please note that registration for EUROCALL 2017 conference is now open! For more information visit the EUROCALL 2017 website: http://www.eurocall2017.uk/registration/
For any queries regarding membership please contact the EUROCALL Secretary directly (t.patton@ulster.ac.uk).
For enquiries regarding conference registration please contact the 2017 Organising Team at eurocall2017@soton.ac.uk
The POOLS partners look forward to welcoming you to EUROCALL 2017 in Southampton!

Safety4El: The partners have started the work on developing multiple choice tests with astarting point in the British Electrotechnical Certification Scheme for use inCyprus, Denmark, Malta, and Spain. The first step of the work is to select questions that are valid accross Europe, and rewriting/adapting the questions so they match cross European regulations.The first versions of the questions are now available in Danish, English, Greek, Maltese, and Spanish. The access to and use of the materials is free for all. Try the CLILsupported lessons here in:

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February 2017

Clilstore www.multidict.net is now working again after a short break (February 19th)

You're invited to the 8th annual CO17 free 3-day online conference February 3-5, 2017 from 1 PM UTC to 10 PM UTC with badges and 2 certificates (free) http://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=97

You can access the webinars without having to sign up or sign in to the live online classes here by clicking on the W for WizIQ here https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=97&section=2. You may install the app on your smart phone or android/tablet and view the sessions there. But, make sure you access the live online classes via this area https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=97&section=2.

Your attendance will be tracked by Moodle, so you can receive a badge for attending each of the 27 sessions and qualify for a certificate of participation.

There are 27 presentations with 30 presenters from 18 countries.

Please share the live online event with your colleagues.

Have a wonderful CO17 experience.

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January 2017

POOLS Newsletter: Download the pools newsletter issue 51

EUROCALL 2017 CALL FOR PAPERS
‘CALL in a climate of change: adapting to turbulent global conditions’
The 25th EUROCALL conference will be held at the University of Southampton, from 23rd -26th August 2017.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 31st January 2017 31st EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 14TH 2017

Submit your abstract here: http://www.eurocall-languages.org/conf2017
The programme will include individual papers, symposia, workshops, presentations on EU-funded projects, and posters.

EUROCALL conferences are hosted under the auspices of the EUROCALL: the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning. They bring together educators, researchers, PhD students, administrators, designers of software and language learning systems, policy makers and other professionals involved in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) around the globe.

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.eurocall2017.uk/

The Electronic Village Online:
For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit.
These sessions bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by land-based professional development conventions and allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.

Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. It is not necessary to be a TESOL or IATEFL member or to attend the TESOL Convention in order to participate. All you need is access to the Internet.

http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/113559169/Call_for_Participation_2017

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December 2016

2017 Techno-CLIL: CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning - is a "dual focus" methodology, fostering the development of language competences and the delivery of subject content at the same time. It refers to the learning of a curricular subject in a foreign language, with great advantages in terms of students' learning outcomes and cognitive processes.

CLIL is spreading more and more, as an integrated part of school curricula in many countries. In order to implement this innovative approach, the role of teacher training is essential.This EVO session is aimed at spreading CLIL methodology, combining teaching strategies and technical tools and eliciting reflections and discussions among teachers from all over the world. It is important to share good practices from the different countries and learn from other colleagues through synchronous and asynchronous web meetings. Webinars with national and international CLIL experts will be a highlight of this session. More information and registration:
http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/113752123/2017_Techno-CLIL

Eurocall: EUROCALL2017 CALL FOR PAPERS ‘CALL in a climate of change: adapting to turbulent global conditions’

The 25th EUROCALL conference will be held at the University of Southampton, from 23rd -26th August 2017. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 31st January 2017 Submit your abstract here: http://www.eurocall-languages.org/conf2017 The programme will include individual papers, symposia, workshops, presentations on EU-funded projects, and posters.
For more information, please visit our website: http://www.eurocall2017.uk/

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November 2016

Clilstore and Multidict installation maintenance (multidict.net): Vodafone UK - Technology Operations Planned Maintenance Notice: Clilstore and Multidict will be offline on the first Sunday in December as the Internet link to SMO is likely to be down all day (07:00 = 19:00) on Sunday 4th December.

Elafdelingen: PowerPoint

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October 2016

Clil4U is still making an impact, the project was mentioned by Jane Delaney (British Council) during her first talk in this academic year:

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September 2016

The SDE-Team has been invited to present the Clil4U results and run a course on CLIL at Aalborg Handelsskole as part of a conference for commercial colleges across Denmark. The workshop will take place on November 1st 2016.

Safety4El: Different regulations for electricians’ safety training/tests present barriers to mobility, the Safety4El (Improved Safety for Electricians) project will seek to remove such barriers by developing eLearning materials (versions for online and face to face courses) to support the teaching of safety in relation to working with live electrical installations, repairs etc.
 
The course modules will be prepared so they may be used as part of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), the CLIL scaffolding will mainly be based on online units with all words linked to dictionaries in 118 languages, this will help prepare craftsmen and apprentices for mobility.

The project started its EC co-funded period on September 1st, but a prototype of the OER (Open Educational Resource) has already been placed online: http://www.safety4el.net/moodle/ The OER is free to use and it is suitable for language teaching as well as for teaching about safety.

Clil4U: The number of downloads of the CLIL Guidebook is increasing. This month we can also see the Greek version being downloaded an average of 56 timer per day (we can only see the top 30 downloads). Since Frebruary 2015 the total registered download of the CLIL Guide has passed 250,000. Download the CLIL Guidebook

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August 2016

The Clil4U teams have prepared the public part of the Final Report, which summarises the project period and outcomes. Download it from here

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July 2016

The Clil4U project's EC co-funded period has finished. The last days of the project were used for checking links in the many scenarios. If you in future find some links missing then please mail ka@sde.dk with information on where the problem is, we continue the work in an informal group of "grassroot" teachers.

The project newsletter issue 50 July to September can be downloaded here.

A new project aiming at improving safety for electricians titled "Safety4El" has been approved. The project is scheduled to start in September 2016 and run for 36 months. The project, which is not as such a language project, will exploit features from the TOOLS and Clil4U projects, so whenever possible the outputs will be suitable for CLIL

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June 2016

The CLIL Guidebook was updated in June 2016 in all the language versions and in both formats. Please mail ka@sde.dk if you find links that do not work or have edit suggestions. Go to the Guidebook.

The Clil4U teams have worked through all the CLIL scenarios and most of them have been updated with new and working links. The CLIL Guidebook has also been updated so all links are valid and it now contains links to the six videos demonstrating use of the scenarios in primary schools and vocational colleges. The English and Italian versions are now ready for download (the others will be ready by end of June): http://www.languages.dk/clil4u/index.html#Guidebook

We have got word that work is sheduled on 25 June, i.e. a week on Saturday, to replace a microwave dish transmitting the SMO Internet connection. Sometime between 09:00 and 20:00 UK time, our connection will go down for five hours or less.

Just passing on word in case anyone is planning a weekend workshop relying on Clilstore (http://multidict.net/clilstore/)

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May 2016

It is a pleasure to read the pools project statistics:

  • Clil4U: The project outcomes are being downloaded in number beyond our expectations, e.g. the total number of downloads of the CLIL Guidebooks (in Danish, English, Italian, Maltese, and Spanish) was at the end of April 205,558. The number of lookups in the resource bank was 55276
  • TOOLS: There are now more than 2309 ready to use units in Clilstore plus 1271 units under construction. 483 new units were created in April

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April 2016

Clil4U: We have received the final QM report from the external evaluators, we find it a pleasant read. Download the report here.

Download the POOLS newsletter issue 49 from here.

Meet POOLS members at Eurocall 2016 in Limassol, Cyprus in August. The POOLS proposal entitled “Enhanced TOOLS for CLIL and Clil4U” has been assessed by the Programme Committee and has been accepted for inclusion in the EUROCALL2016 programme as a 30-minute Reflective Practice paper.

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March 2016

EUROCALL is pleased to offer a full scholarship to a EUROCALL member for the online MA in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) offered by the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) Language Centre, for the academic year 2016-2017. For further information please download the document here.

The CLIL Guidebook has been downloaded 159,853 times (79,493 times in Italian, 54,214 times in English, 26,146 times in Spanish, the downloads per month for the Danish, Greek, and Maltese versions are not included as only downloads above 2,000 are registered in the website files). Go to the CLIL Guidebooks.

A kindred project (VOCAL-Medical project (Vocationally Oriented Culture and Language – Medical) is presenting its activities, read more here

One of the POOLS friends Tadha Vanita has prepared a sequence of Hot Potatoes exercises. Try them here

The ELT Council in Malta has approved the Clil4U course offered by ETI-Malta as valid CPD which can count towards CPD required for the renewal of EFL warrants. EFL teachers need at least 32 hours of CPD every 4 years. Download the course description.

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February 2016

TOOLS has been selected as one of the European Commission’s success stories!

Clilstore users, please note that on Saturday 20 February, SMO and Clilstore will be cut off from the Internet , potentially from 9am to 5pm UTC

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January 2016

Participate in the January 20th Clil4U and TOOLS webinar, which is part of TESOL's Electronic Village Online (EVO)2016: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3457442-20th-jan-webinar-with-kent-andersen

Slides used during the webinar as part of TESOL's Electronic Village Online (EVO)2016:

Call for Participation in TESOL's Electronic Village Online (EVO)2016:

For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by land-based professional development conventions and allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.

Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. It is not necessary to be a TESOL member or attend the TESOL Convention in order to participate. All you need is access to the Internet. Choose a session from this year's offerings, listed below. And please inform your colleagues about this unparalleled professional development opportunity! The EVO Coordination Team. More information: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/10708567/FrontPage

On January 20th at 14.30 CET Kent Andersen will present Clil4U and TOOLS during an EVO webinar: More information: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/103563959/2016_Techno-CLIL_for_EVO2016

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