The use of CALL tools and techniques is relatively underdeveloped in LWUTLs, particularly in a VET context. POOLS 3 will address this gap in the new languages identified, producing pools of online source materials that can be used in learning / teaching, using new eLearning tools and techniques and enabling teachers to use ICT in their lessons. (“In upper secondary education, in most countries, there is a significant difference between the percentage of students learning two or more foreign languages in general education (59.4 %) and in prevocational/vocational education (39.4 %)” – Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe 2012, Eurydice, p2.)
In particular, the project addresses recommendations 2 and 5 of the Languages for Jobs report, by promoting new methods of teaching languages to motivate learners to keep languages in their study programmes (2) and developing specialised language training modules and methodology for teachers and trainers in VET (5).
In the UK the project is ideally placed to address the challenges outlined in the 2008 Review of Irish Medium Education and the 2012 Languages for the Future report by supporting teachers in the development and sharing of CALL materials and in the adoption of effective language learning and teaching pedagogy, Task-based Learning and Content and Language Integrated Learning in particular. The proven track record of success in POOLS will help to ensure buy-in by key stakeholders and provide a clear routemap of how the broad transnational aims of POOLS 3 can be successfully married with existing regional and national concerns in the area of language learning and teaching at a range of levels.
The 2005 Uteacher survey revealed these needs for Czech: "Majority of teachers who use computers in class have not been able to change their attitudes to teaching and use computer as an effective educational tool…Initial teacher training provides knowledge about the existing ICT tools, SW and applications, but does not provide instructions on methodology and modern, computer-aided teaching methods."
Census statistics underline the urgent need for support for non-native speakers of Catalan, immigrants to the region from other parts of Spain or elsewhere. (31% of VET students are Catalan speakers.) The 2011 census shows a rise in speakers but the 2012 analysis by Centre d'Estudis Catalans comments that the school environment is "vital when creating new speakers outside the family".
The pools-3 Introduction to CALL
is a supplementary
DIY material (a
reference book) that may
be used during and after
the method and materials
Download the Introduction to CALL as .pdf version in:
Download the Introduction to CALL as .ePub (eBooks for iPads and other tablets) version in:
The pools-3 Course Units Catalogue contains all the
units that the pilot
teams can offer with
guidelines on how to run
the courses (in-service,
online only, or blended
Download the Course Units Catalogue as a .pdf document in:
Download the Course Units Catalogue as .ePub (eBooks for iPads and other tablets) version in:
NEW additon to Clilstore functions: You can now upload files like Hot Potatoes exercises or Word documents directly into Clilstore. Read how to do it in this guide: Download How to Upload and Link to Files
Videos from a pilot course
Kent Andersen's demonstrates and talks about: Clilstore, Wordlink, Multidict, and Webquests:
Gordon Wells presents: Creating Audio/Video source materials:
The three project teams will produce videos and audios that can be used for language learning/teaching. The recordings cover different aspects of life, culture, and education in their respective countries.
Each recording is transcribed with translations into English
One of the Catalan videos
One of the Czech videos
One of the Irish videos
During the 2nd project meeting the tems prepared three videos, two of these have been deployed in Clilstore so all words are linked to online dictionaries, try:
Pools-3 DIY videos have been produced in the three core project languages. The videos cover how to produce online language learning materials.
Language teaching materials
The project has delivered lots of online units, if you want to see some exemplary tasters then try these:
Catalan conversation. In a information office
Entrevista de feina
Trucada a un client
Na nádraží: Kupujeme si jízdenku
Jak se zeptat na cestu
Ag stopadh sna Tithe Glasa ag An Carn (POOLS3-5)
Oifig an Phoist ag An Carn (POOLS3-8)
Conair Staire Charn Tóchair (POOLS3-10)
Materials for lessons using computer assisted language learning, e.g online exercises and WebQuests
Units containing video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises like fill-in the blank, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: Go to https://multidict.net/clilstore/?sl=ca and learn Catalan through units prepared by pools-3 course participants in Barcelona.
Some Catalan webquests:
Catalan units with text linked word by word to +100 languages:
Units containing video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises like fill-in the blank, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: Go to https://multidict.net/clilstore/?sl=cs and learn Czech through the many units made by pools-3 course participants in Brno.
Some Czech webquests:
Czech units with text linked word by word to +100 languages:
Units containing video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises like fill-in the blank, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: Go to https://multidict.net/clilstore/?sl=ga and learn Irish through more than one hundred units.
Some Irish webquests:
Irish units with text linked word by word to +100 languages:
Learn Scottish Gaelic:
Units containing video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises like fill-in the blank, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: https://multidict.net/clilstore/?sl=gd
Units containing video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises like fill-in the blank, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: https://multidict.net/clilstore/?sl=da
The project brochure
is available in:
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Please note that registration for EUROCALL 2017 conference is now open! For more information visit the EUROCALL 2017 website: https://www.eurocall2017.uk/registration/
For any queries regarding membership please contact the EUROCALL Secretary directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For enquiries regarding conference registration please contact the 2017 Organising Team at email@example.com
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:
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
Submit your abstract here: https://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: https://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.
The pools newsletter issue 48 is now being mailed to registered users. Download the newsletter here
You can now download Newsletter issue 47 Oct-Dec 2015
Read the minutes from the 5th project workshop
The teams are working through all the deliveries to ensure best quality. Gareth Long our external evaluator is assisting ud with advise on the Final Report:
We have received thel QM and evaluation report from out external evaluator. Read it here
POOLS-3 was disseminated during the Eurocall conference in Padova, Italy by the Ulster and SDE teams.
Video created by STUCOM in Spain as one of the POOLS-3 Project outputs.
The teams are preparing for the final workshop (in Belfast). Read the first version of the agenda: Agenda Belfast 2015 1st version
The partners have uploaded a massive number of online units in Catalan, Czech, and Irish. Go to the overview: https://languages.dk/pools-3/index.html#Languageteachingmaterials
The teams continue the development of materials, e.g. two Czech webquests A VISIT TO PRAGUE and Design your own sports center and two Irish webquests: New Community Festival and Establishing a new club society.
The Catalan team has added 16 new unts for learning Catalan. Go to https://multidict.net/clilstore/ and set Language to "Catalá (ca)" and learn Catalan through units prepared by pools-3 course participants in Barcelona.
The teams are busy running courses and developing CALL materials. Try some of the new WebQuests for learning Catalan:
The teams had a productive meeting in Barcelona. Read the meeting minutes here: POOLS3barcelonaminute2015
Pools-3 In Barcelona
The project teams met in Barcelona and had a productive meeting. Download the 4th workshop minutes
The project teams will meet in Barcelona for the 4th project workshop. Download the agenda.
There is another video of POOLS-3 collection. This time it is Catalan video: Questions about a product created by STUCOM. Enjoy it.
Participants of POOLS-3 workshop in Vyškov were really interested in project outcomes.
Workshop pro učitele cizích jazyků zaměřený na CALL (výuku cizích jazyků s podporod počítače) pořádanýna Gymnáziu a SOŠ Vyškov. Děkujeme...
Stucom team discussing results after piloting the courses
The second successful workshop of POOLS - 3 project took place at 25. 2. 2015 in Škola Pelican in Brno.
You can now download our newsletter issue 45. Next newsletter is scheduled in June, you are welcome to make contributions of articles and photos from your own teaching or projects. Download newsletter issue 45
Project news from the Czech republic.
Pools do-it-yourself videos, Cllistore and Multidict have been included in kindred VIDEOforALL project's Best Practice examples. The European funded...
The Pools-3 teacher training courses are now accredited by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in the Czech Republic. Download the document
Four new pages have been added to the Guthan nan Eilean/Island Voices website in the past week. They bring together selections from the additional recording work that has been ongoing in the commun...
More teams evaluating pools 3methods in Barcelona
Evaluating Pools 3 methodology after training of Experts at Stucom:
Stucom presents Pools3 project to representatives of Education from Lithuania, Norway and Turkey in a project meeting in Elazig last week .
Check the new post on the POOLS - 3 blog. You can learn how to check out from the hotel in Czech.
Use videos for language learning with multidict, wordlink and clilstore.
The multidict.net server is now working again after being offline for a weekend. Let's lower our CO2 emission and hope for less severe weather in Scotland in future
The Multidict and Clilstore server has been offline since January 9th due to severe weather in Scotland. We hope to get back electricity and connection as soon as possible. Try https://multidict.net
Stucom has started 3 pilot courses on Pools 3
EFVET - European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training
The teams have started running pilot courses. To verify the suitability of the developed material we use a set of online evaluation forms:
A kindred project, titled Clil4U, has prepared five new scenarios (all with with ready to use materials) with integration of teaching ICT and language. The scenarios are meant for vocational colleges, but can alsobe used in general education:
During the last months STUCOM has been working on POOLS 3 Catalan Videos. It has been a good experience. We have followed different steps that we would like to share with teachers interested in cre...
The Irish partner has finished 20 videos in Irish with summaries, transcriptions, and translations into English. Visit the Irish video page.
Stucom, the Catalan partner has finished 20 videos that will be used for the upcoming pilot courses. Go to the Catalan videos.
Pelican, the Czech partner team has finished 20 videos that will be used for the upcoming pilot courses. Go to the Czech videos.
Kindred Projects: Pools-3 recommends our users to follow the VideoforALL project see: https://www.languages.dk/cooperations.html#VideoforALL The project has recently produced a PowerPoint guide with tips and recommendations for producing videos for language learning/teaching. Download the presentation.
Watch the new POOLS-3 video and try to learn Czech.
The project teams had a productive workshop in Brno. Read the workshop minutes here
NEW additon to Clilstore functions made by the Pools-3 teams: You can now upload files like Hot Potatoes exercises or Word documents directly into Clilstore. Read how to do it in this guide: Download How to Upload and Link to Files
During the 3rd workshop the following presentations were used:
During the project workshop in Brno the teams developed the framework for the upcoming courses:
(1) Review template for sample materials (Day 1)
(2) Lesson Plan template
(3) Template for reviewing the lesson
(4) Course guide handout for use on Day 2
The teams met in Brno and produced a number of online exercises like:
Learn Irish through a sequence of video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises lige fill-in the bland, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: https://multidict.net/cs/2248
Learn Catalan through a sequence of video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises lige fill-in the bland, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: https://multidict.net/cs/2247
earn Ccech through a sequence of video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises lige fill-in the bland, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: https://multidict.net/cs/2246
The course catalogue/guide has been updated and is now available as .pdf and .ePub (as eBook for iPads and other tablets). Download the catalogue in Catalan, Czech, English, and Irish
The course book has been updated and is now available as .pdf and .ePub (as eBook for iPads and other tablets). Download the book in Catalan, Czech, English, and Irish
The teams are preparing for the workshop in Brno in September: Read the agenda here.
Tools, Pools-3, Methods, and Clil4U materials on display during Eurocall 2014 in Groningen
The teams have finished adapting the course guide and the course book:
Download the course
Download the course
Watch two videos from the 2nd workshop where Gordon Wells presents: Creating Audio/Video source materials and Kent Andersen's demonstrates and talks about: Clilstore, Wordlink, Multidict, and Webquests: https://languages.dk/pools-3/index.html#Course_materials
This video starring some of the Pelican staff was made specially for VIDEOforALL meeting in Brno. Our aim was to demonstrate how to use Multidict and Wordlink to make a teaching unit. The video is ...
The project teams had a productive workshop in Barcelona. Read the
During the 2nd project meeting the tems prepared three videos, two of these have been deployed in Clilstore so all words are linked to online dictionaries, try:
The pools-3 partners met in Barcelona for the second project workshop. During the workshop the following presentations were used:
Download the pools project newsletter issue 41. Click here
Irish Conversation. Shot with an iPad at the Barcelona workshop - an experimental Irish-Czech collaboration...
On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq7XfgxBVSQ
Photos from the POOLS-3 workshop in Barcelona:
The teams are preparing the 2nd workshop, which will take place in Barcelona. Read the agenda here.
There is no reason to be worried about a sound processing. Firstly, we cannot forget that success in audio recording is based on two main pillars – hardware...
Stucom teachers and researchers working on WP6 : Introduction to CALL
The Stucom team has got down to updating the Pools Introduction to Call. On 14th January , some reserachers and teachers from Stucom met to discuss WP6 and to plan the meeting in Barcelona in March 2014.
The Catalan team has finished producing a DIY video for teachers with voice over in Catalan. The video demonstrates how to produce online materials where all words are linked to +100 languages. Watch the video
Conference in Barcelona "Associació de Centres de Barcelona " with Antoine Gambin from Opportunities Aid Foundation (Malta) to disseminate POOLS - 3, to know about opportunites in Malta and to learn about the new Erasmus + with managers from schools in Barcelona
The ToI teams are working on preparing the online DiY videos with voice over in the three ToI languages, watch the newvideos in:
Read the minutes from the kick-off meeting. Click here to download
During the kick-off workshop the partners decided on different dissemination platforms, these have now been linked to from the website: Facebook , Twitter , and our
The project had a succesful kick-off workshop, which resulted in the first videos and audio recordings as well as a number of PowerPoint presentations. Download the presentations from: https://www.languages.dk/archive.html#workshopspools3
Pools-3 DIY videos will be produced in the three core project languages. The videos cover how to produce online language learning materials. Watch the first set of videos
with subtitles in:
The teams are preparing the kick-off workshop in Brussels at the end of October. Download the agenda here.
The project brochure is now ready in English, Catalan, Czech, Irish, and Danish
The co-funded period has started with mailing the three ToI teams the first batch of materials to be adapted and scrutinized before the kick-off meeting later this month.
Exploitation and dissemination report
Download the full report with dissemination and exploitation activities during the project co-funded period: Click here to download
April 3, 2020