Tools Consortium

The Tools Team

SDE College (Syddansk Erhvervsskole Odense-Vejle)

SDE is one of the largest technical colleges in Denmark. The college has 5,000 FTE students and the number of staff is about 830. The college consists of a vocational school, a senior high school and an academy of higher education. The vocational school covers nine branches (production, ICT, transport, logistics, construction, media, health, service and service industry).

The students of the VET school have a diverse cultural and educational background due to an allocation of different nationalities, ethnic minorities, different cultures, in the area.

SDE has done a lot in order to integrate students with different backgrounds into vocational education e.g. mentor arrangements, flexible training models, cooperation with other schools, parents, enterprises and social partners. Further, the college has carried out comprehensive competence development of teachers and managers.

Since 1992, the college has participated in a large number of national and international projects as partner and in many cases as coordinator.

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Role and main tasks in the project

SDE will coordinate the project and is responsible for the instructional videos, dissemination of results outside the partnership, overall dissemination, website, promotion material, compiling and editing newsletters, brochures, graphical layout, running the pilot courses in Denmark, running online courses through WebHeads, and testing outputs with students.

SDE has an international department, which is responsible for running the economical management of projects. In the proposed project the department manager Ole Bech Kristensen will be in charge of the project financial management checking documentation and eligibility of occurred costs from the project partnership. The department will set up a dedicated project account system within the SDE administration so all cost types can easily be retrieved, documented, and monitored.

SDE will exploit key technical development competencies of computing and teaching staff in the college for assisting SMO, the Scottish partner with the software development

SDE teacher trainers experienced in action learning principles and computer assisted language learning will together with our associated partner NCE (Nationalt Center for Erhvervspædagogik) offer courses across Denmark on how to use the project outputs in a CLIL context with participants from VET colleges, but also from language centres (immigrant and refugee courses).

Together with UCL (University College Lillebaelt) we will run courses for teacher students, and in-service course for teachers from Grundvig and Comenius sectors.

We will in cooperation with EUC-Lillebaelt run VET teacher courses covering Funen, Southern- and Middle Jutland.

SDE will through our network ensure national dissemination of the project results and findings and will make use of our international dissemination networks, e.g. EfVET and EuroCall.

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Contact persons

Kent Andersen ka@sde.dk

Tel. +4540797720 +45 63126500

Website: www.sde.dk

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University of Southern Denmark

University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is an institution of higher research and education with more than 20,000 students and approximately 4,000 employees. It has five academic faculties, offers teaching and research at 6 campuses and is cooperation partner for both public and private businesses and organisations for providing qualified labour.

 The Faculty of Humanities is the largest faculty at the SDU with more than 640 full- and part time staff and more than 5.000 students on roll. As a part of its teaching portfolio, the faculty offers three joint degrees in Arabic, combined with business administration, communication studies and intercultural pedagogy, respectively. After graduation the students of Arabic have a wide number of options for continuing their studies at the masters level, be it in the field of their specialization or new programs such as e.g. Middle Eastern Studies.

 The number of students of Arabic at the SDU has risen considerably since 1999-2000, and today Arabic is one of the major foreign languages taught at the university, next only to English. The Arabic programs attract students with a very diverse cultural background: roughly, one third of them are Danes, one third are of Arab descend and one third are of various immigrant background, such as Turkish, Pakistani, American or Scandinavian origin. The diverse student body is due, among other things, to the communicative profile of the programs, which focuses on proficiency skills and contemporary Arab societies, and thus corresponds closely to the demand of the labor market.

 The teaching of Arabic lacks far behind other foreign or second languages when it comes to language tools such as dictionaries, encyclopedias or even basis language teaching material, be it in print or digitalized. Therefore, it will be most useful to adapt the proposed tools of the project to the field of Arabic.

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Role and main tasks in the project

The Arabic staff at SDU will test the tools developed by the project, and once they are operative, integrate them  into the pedagogical approach of teaching and learning communicative Arabic, not only at the SDU, but also to a range of Scandinavian and European universities, as described in the list of associated partners. This includes dissemination of produced information material to the Arabic profession in general, presenting the tools and the pedagogical approach at a number of workshops, and writing articles in relevant journals and newsletters.

 SDU has participated in more than 100 EU-projects over the last years and has therefore an extensive experience in implementing and administration of such projects. Each international project is given a specific account number so all expenses are stored under that account and can easily be retrieved for documentation and reporting. The person in charge of running the economical management of the project at SDU will be Mrs. Kirsten Dige Larsen at the Institute for History and Civilizations.

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Contact person

Helle Lykke Nielsen

email: hln@language.sdu.dk

Website: www.sdu.dk

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Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

UPV is one of the 4 technical universities in Spain and offers degrees in all branches of Engineering, Architecture, Agriculture, Computer Science, Business Management, etc. as well as Fine Arts. UPV is composed of 15 Faculties covering 41 degrees with over 37.000 registered students, and 44 departments with approximately 2500 members of teaching staff. It has a body of 1500 staff members in administration and services. The project will be ascribed to the Department of Applied Linguistics to which the staff members participating in this project belong. The Department is composed of 101 members of teaching staff covering 7 modern languages (English, Spanish as a Foreign Language, German, French, Catalan, Italian, Chinese) that are taught at all 15 faculties. It has its own dedicated CALL multimedia labs. with over 100 networked computers as well as an audiovisuals room to watch over 1000 available DVDs and videos. The Department also has a Master’s Degree and Doctorate Programme, “Languages and Technology”, comprising a range of 20 subjects dealing with various fields in the area of Applied Linguistics, including CALL.

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Role and main tasks in the project

The CAMILLE Research Group*, led by Prof. Ana Gimeno, which has 18 years’ experience in CALL research, development and practice, will provide its expertise in ICT and language learning. Additionally, as Dr. Gimeno is currently President of the European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL) http://www.eurocall-languages.org, this professional association will provide channels to disseminate the project outcomes amongst its membership and beyond. The project outcomes will also be advertised and disseminated through the EURODIS website (http://camillegroup.upv.es/eurodis/), a website that has been created specifically to disseminate ICT-based KA2 – Languages projects. As Ana Gimeno is also editor-in-chief of EUROCALL’s peer-reviewed online journal, The EUROCALL Review, the project and its outcomes will be widely advertised and announced via the journal, as well as through the EUROCALL website and discussion list.

Financially, UPV’s share will be managed by the University’s Innovation, Research and Technology Transfer Support Centre. A dedicated Cost Centre will be established to receive and administer the project funds. Expenditure from the Cost Centre will be supervised by UPV’s Central Finance Department.

*CAMILLE stands for Computer-Assisted Multimedia Interactive Language Learning Environment

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Contact person

Ana Gimeno

email: agimeno@upvnet.upv.es

Website: http://www.upv.es

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Marijampolės profesinio rengimo centras

Marijampole VET Centre is the biggest vocational institution in the South of Lithuania, taking in all 5 Municipalities of the region. The centre was made after joining up five independent Vocational Training schools, which nowadays function as five departments, preparing specialists of different kinds. They vary from secretaries, florists, cooks, waiters, bartenders, dressmakers in Services Department to specialists in the field of construction, metal mechanization, vehicle fitting and etc.  The main activity of the centre is vocational education and training of young people, but we are involved in adult (or unemployed) training and re-training as well. Marijampole VET Centre has a Department in prison, where it is involved in training people who are serving their sentence. At present there are more than 2000 students whose age varies from 15 to 20.  The teaching staff consists of 200 persons, which are profession teachers and general subjects’ teachers. In December 2006 after the accreditation procedure, Marijampole VET Centre was given the status of gymnasium. 28 professional teaching programs are run at VET centre. Marijampole VET Centre is constantly involved in activities concerning raising literacy of our students. The Centre is specifically interested in high level of language knowledge for students, because this is needed for their placement abroad. Marijampole VET Centre is a member of the EfVET and is part of many EU networks. During ten years of existing Centre participated in 35 international projects.

MPRC has Development Department, which is responsible for EU funded projects. It has been involved in several projects under LLP label each year and has good experience in managing both- content and financial part. Rasa Zygmantaite, who is Head of this Department will a member of staff in this application. The department cooperates very closely to the Accountancy office of MPRC, which is experienced in dealing with the financial requirements of international projects. The project “Stop the War on the Roads”, implemented by MPRC Development Department, won the Quality Award 2008 by Lithuanian Leonardo da Vinci National Agency and was presented in Leonardo da Vinci 15th Anniversary conference in Brussels in November 2010.

All inner orders and work agreements are run by the Personnel office of MPRC, all work hours are calculated by a specially appointed accountant, which is responsible for wages calculation (Mrs. Lilija Gumauskiene).

The staff of Development Department is competent in language teaching, management and IT, and they are part of the foreseen staff of the project. Jolita Lepsiene, a teacher/expert of the English language as well as other teachers will be actively involved in updating as well as testing the methods.

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Role and main tasks in the project

In this project in-service courses will be offered by Lithuanian partners to teachers of MPRC and to Marijampole English Teachers’ Methodology Council. The material will be disseminated to our associated project partners and networks in Lithuania: LIPRIA (Lithuanian Association of Innovative Schools, 75 schools); Marijampole College Pedagogical Department, which educates English language teachers for secondary schools; The Language Teachers' section of Department of Education of Marijampole and Marijampole English Teachers’ Methodology Council. The material will be presented in its Monthly meetings, participation in various seminars, etc.

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Contact person

Rasa Zygmantaitė

email: rasazyg@zebra.lt

Website: www.mprc.lt

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European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning

EUROCALL (http://www.eurocall-languages.org) is a professional association that was formally established and launched in 1993 with the support of the European Commission. In September that year, EUROCALL gathered CALL practitioners, developers, and researchers from over 30 countries at its first international conference, which was hosted by the University of Hull in the UK.

Since 1993, EUROCALL has become a well-established leading organisation whose main aims are primarily to aid in advancing education by promoting the use of foreign languages within Europe and by providing a European focus for the promulgation of innovative research, development and practice in the area of computer-assisted language learning, and technology-enhanced language learning in education. EUROCALL is highly committed to facilitating knowledge transfer through special interest meetings, annual conferences and staff mobility arrangements, as well as disseminating theoretical and practical findings through its two publications, The EUROCALL Review and the ReCALL Journal -published three times yearly by Cambridge University Press. Over 300 academic articles have seen the light in the existing 23 volumes.

Since its launch in 1993, EUROCALL has organised 18 conferences in 15 different countries throughout Europe; from France to Hungary, and from Finland to Spain. The conferences have attracted a regular core of participants normally ranging between 300 and 350. Our membership, which has steadily grown, is comprised of individuals and institutions from 35 different countries from the five continents. The diversity of languages and cultures represented within EUROCALL contribute towards its true assets, i.e. richness in scope, international co-operation and belief in progress and advancement. EUROCALL is therefore an excellent means of channelling synergies leading towards setting up joint ventures.

EUROCALL is run by its 11-member Executive Committee although its membership contributes to the association’s policy and business through its Annual General Meeting.

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Role and main tasks in the project

EUROCALL’s role in this project will fundamentally be related to dissemination activities both for the project, as well as its outcomes. The funding received will be managed from the association’s headquarters at the University of Ulster (Coleraine, Northern Ireland). EUROCALL’s accounts are audited each year by an external auditor.

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Contact person

Toni Patton

email: eurocall@ulster.ac.uk

Website: http://www.eurocall-languages.org/

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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (www.smo.uhi.ac.uk) is a cross-sectoral educational and cultural institution with a specific remit for Scottish Gaelic. It offers a range of Further Education courses and summer schools, and supports uncertificated Gaelic learning opportunities at community level. As Scotland's Gaelic College it is the main provider of distance learning courses and materials to students across the world.  Although Skye-based it works with partners to support Gaelic and community development in other locations, including technical and applied linguistic expertise to aid Cothrom's (www.cothrom.net) bilingual training programme in the Uists. In partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands (www.uhi.ac.uk), it also delivers Higher Education programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The college has a record of successful participation in European partnership projects, having worked alongside SDE in the POOLS and POOLS-T projects in which precursor methods, materials, and software programs were developed and trialled, winning a 2007 European Award for Languages and a 2009 Award for Innovation and Creativity in Lifelong Learning.

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Role and main tasks in the project

The main responsibility of the college in this project is software development, utilising the expertise of Caoimhín Ó Donnaíle (SMO expert on PHP and JavaScript programming, and original developer of the online Wordlink and Multidict tools). In addition the college will integrate the project outcomes in its programme of community partnership with a local training provider (Cothrom) and community newspaper (Am Pàipear – www.ampaipear.org), building on its award-winning Island Voices project (http://guthan.wordpress.com).

Administratively, the project will be placed within the college’s Department of Teaching, Learning, and Quality Improvement and overseen by the Head of Department, with the college’s Finance Department taking responsibility for financial reporting. A dedicated Cost Centre will be established to receive and administer SMO's share of the project funds. Expenditure from the Cost Centre will be clearly documented through the college's Prior Approval System. The college publishes monthly summary accounts for all Cost Centres which are signed by the designated budget holder.

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Contact person

Gordon Wells

email: sm00gw@groupwise.uhi.ac.uk

Website: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk

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University of Ulster

Ulster is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. Its core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer. Ulster’s course provision is the largest on the island of Ireland, with a staff of over 3,000 serving c. 15,600 full-time and 4,760 part-time students on four campuses in Belfast, Derry, Coleraine and Jordanstown.

 The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Ulster provides language training at undergraduate diploma & degree level and postgraduate diploma & degree level. The School’s main languages are Irish, French, Spanish, German and Chinese, with Irish being the largest, in terms of both student and staff numbers.

 A dedicated Cost Centre will be established to receive and administer Ulster’s share of the project funds. Expenditure from the Cost Centre on dissemination activities will be clearly documented through the University’s Prior Approval System. The University publishes monthly summary accounts for all Cost Centre’s which are signed by the designated budget holder.

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Role and main tasks in the project

During the project Ulster will be involved in: the development and testing cycle for the authoring and hosting service; the creation of learning units for Irish Gaelic-Scottish Gaelic, and Irish-English; dissemination within the UK and ROI; and the design of a pedagogical model with UPV to support integration of the materials into language curricula at a range of learner levels.

Ulster will offer training workshops to key language practitioners in the primary, post-primary and Further/Higher education sectors in the UK and Ireland and present research papers at major language/CALL conferences. Outreach to all sectors in Ireland will be achieved by utilizing Ulster’s excellent links with colleagues in the main university and teacher training colleges. These links have been established through a related collaborative project i.e. the creation of a syllabus and support materials for Irish at third level (hosted online at www.teagascnagaeilge.ie). Editorials relating to TOOLS will be targeted at teachers in the primary and post-primary sectors through trade union and professional body magazines e.g. InTouch, AISTIR and Termtalk. Dissemination in the UK will be bolstered by offering a workshop at the University of Southampton’s annual eLearning Conference which is attended by a broad range of language teachers.

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Contact person

Caoimhín Ó Dónaill

email: c.odonaill@ulster.ac.uk

www.ulster.ac.uk

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Universidade de Évora

Universidade de Évora is a Higher Education Institution with around 8.000 students and 500 teachers and 500 administrative staff.  Évora University is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. Its core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation. In the south of Portugal, Evora’s course provision is the largest one.

Our history dates back to 1559, when we were founded as the second Portuguese University. After being closed from 1779 to the XX century due to religious and political reasons, it was reopened in 1974.

Since 1974 we form future teachers (Languages, Sciences, Arts, Music, etc) and provide a wide range of courses on Informatics, Mathematics, Biology, Arts, etc.  We have recently created a University for Senior Citizens, called Túlio Espanca Universidade Popular inside our structures. We also work now with Gundtvig programme.

Teaching foreign languages to all courses of Évora University has been a reality since 1979. Students can choose, English, French or Spanish. We also teach Portuguese as a foreign language to Erasmus students and Comenius Assistants that teach in neighbour schools.

Since 2005 we teach VET courses level IV. We have the European Charter Erasmus.

The Department of Linguistics and Literatures at Évora provides language training at undergraduate diploma & degree level and postgraduate diploma & degree level. The Department main languages are Portuguese, French, Spanish and English.

We also offer free courses to the community (Alentejo is a poor region in the interior of Portugal) cooperating with NUFOR ( Centre for continuous long life learning).

We are used to work with European partners since 1990.

A dedicated Cost Centre (with a dedicated and assigned staff member) is always established to receive and administer funds from a new project. Expenditure from the Cost Centre on dissemination activities will be clearly documented through the University’s Prior Approval System (under the Portuguese general Law System). The University publishes on line for each project coordinator the summary accounts for all Cost Centre’s which are signed by the designated budget holder.

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Role and main tasks in the project

During the project Évora University will be involved in: the development and testing cycle for the authoring and hosting service; the creation of learning units for Spanish-Portuguese; dissemination within the PT and SP; and the design of a pedagogical model with project partners to support integration of the materials into language curricula at a range of learner levels that can be used in the Portuguese teaching community. The partnership will run in-service methodological courses on the use of the online service in a task based and / or CLIL context.

Evora University will offer the training workshops to key language practitioners in the primary, post-primary and Further/Higher education sectors in Portugal, specialy rural areas, far away from big centres and main cities like Porto and Lisboa, end present papers at major language conferences.

Outreach to all sectors in Portugal will be achieved by utilizing Évora’s University excellent links with colleagues in the other Portuguese universities and teacher training colleges. These links have been established through a related collaborative project at teachers in the primary and post-primary sectors through common research centers, like CEL:UE, UTAD, ISMAI and professional body magazines e.g. “The APPi Journal” (www.appi.pt). Dissemination in Portugal will be bolstered by offering a workshop at the University of Évora fifth annual  Conference on Languages and Translation which is attended by a broad range of language teachers from Portugal a Spain.

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Contact person

Maria João Marçalo

email: mjm@uevora.pt

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Last edit: 09-01-2012

 

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