methods, and teacher
European Award for
Creativity in Lifelong
Let the pools website
serve as a portal to
your results. From the
website you also have
access to copyleft
materials and methods
manuals that you may
include in your own
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
TOOLS has developed a free
online service / tool,
language teachers from
LdV, Erasmus, and
Grundtvig sectors to
webpages for language
learning with all words
automatically linked to
online dictionaries in
The advantage of a fully
online tool is that it
works from all
existing and future
operating systems it
creation of language
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
Portuguese, and Spanish
Go to the TOOLS main
TOOLS is a social media friendly project, you are warmly invited to make suggestions and give feedback: Facebook , Linkedin , Twitter , and our
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
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:
Facebook and Twitter
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
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
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
System - Tools)
was approved for an EU
grant in the period
2008-2010. POOLS-T was
coordinated by "Syddansk
teams came from Denmark,
Greece, the Netherlands, Scotland,
The project developed tools for the CLIL
(Content and Language
as well as a
guide on how to apply
the tools in a CLIL
The tools convert
texts and web pages to
html pages where all
words are hyperlinked to
free online dictionaries
combinations of European
support for audio, video
and graphics to enrich /
support the text
The project results and
outputs are used by
teachers using CLIL, and
Go to the pools-t
main results and
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
the teams came from
Scotland, and Spain. EfVET was a
with access to thousands
of vocational colleges
Pools-2 was a Transfer of
Innovation (TOI) project
which exploited the
results from the "original" pools
developed materials for
language teaching and
learning as well as
transferred the core
outputs of pools to
three new languages:
Greek, Maltese, and
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
1. Pools of online copyleft materials to be
used during in-service
teacher training courses
and in teaching.
2. Flexible competence
based language teacher
course modules on ICT
development of ICT based
3. A DVD with step by
step instructions and
examples on how to
create multimedia online
4. A course book (downloadable
.pdf file) with
description of language
Read more about the
original pools project -
aims, objectives, and
The project brochure is
available in English, Greek, Danish, Portuguese, Maltese, French, and Spanish
Join the pools-2
Pools-2 has a dedicated
webpage with the core
outcomes of the project.
Visit the page here: http://www.languages.dk/pools-2/
(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
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.
translated and adapted
the existing materials
Portuguese as well as
prepare new materials
for the methods
pools-m home page is
or you can just click on
"Teaching Methods" from
the main navigation
panel to the right.
pools-m blog and
Join the pools-m
Register for the project newsletter here
Go to the project newsletters
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.
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:
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/
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.
Clil4U is still making an impact, the project was mentioned by Jane Delaney (British Council) during her first talk in this academic year:
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
The Clil4U teams have prepared the public part of the Final Report, which summarises the project period and outcomes. Download it from here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The CLIL Guidebook was updated in June 2016 in all the language versions and in both formats. Please mail email@example.com 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/)
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
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.
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.
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
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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