Language Teaching Methods

Introduction to pools-m

Pools-m is a TOI (transfer of innovation) project based on the original BP-BLTM project, 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 pools-m 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.

This project will transfer the BP-BLTM results to Italy, Lithuania, and Turkey by adapting and translating the guide, the methods manuals, the ready to use in classes materials, and the subtitles for the project videos.

The project brochure is available in EnglishGerman, Italian, Lithuanian, Turkish, and Danish

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Project background

Recent research and improvements in language teaching methods have not been fully applied in VET in IT, LT, and TR especially not in the LWUTL (Less Widely Used and Taught Languages). This is found in the Eurydice Studies "Foreign Language Teaching in Schools in Europe" 2001) and in the European Language Learning Materials Survey" (December 2000)

According to a Eurobarometer survey carried out in 1997, Difficulty with foreign languages is by far the most feared problem when young Europeans contemplate working or studying abroad. Language proficiency is a key instrument for a common understanding between citizens of Europe and for exploiting the rich cultural heritage of Europe (European Report On Quality Of School Education, May 2000).

Teachers in technical colleges in IT, LT, and TR teaching the less taught languages are often not educated as language teachers; research and improvements in language teaching methods have not been applied. This is based on our own experiences as well as the Eurydice Studies "Foreign Language Teaching in Schools in Europe" 2001 ) and as stated in "The European Language Learning Materials Survey" (December 2000) "Many felt that lower level course materials for LWUTL were rarely communicative in nature (which they attributed to the fact that teachers of LWUTL have little pedagogical and methodological training), and emphasised the need for improvement in this area. In the same vein, the lack of a "learning to learn" approach in LWUTL materials was mentioned «.

POOLS-M deals substantially with use of ICT in languages teaching methods, in 2005 the Uteacher project found that 45% of teachers in IT declared “to have little knowledge of this issue”. Another research paper “ICT Development In Education In the Baltic Countries – 2005” (see www.emokykla.lt) shows that in LT computers are mainly use for teaching ICT and that “in other subjects IT technologies are used ‘passively’ (writing texts), and not ‘actively’ (forming presentations, demonstrating simulations etc.).” Computers are now widely used by teachers in TR, "however, this wide use of computers has not yet been observed in the instructional activities – either using a presentation tool during class or using computers for experiments (Usluel & Askar, 2002)." Also in Turkey "Studies pointed out that teachers’ use of ICT for instructional purposes is insufficient (Martins, Steil, & Todesco, 2004; Askar & Usluel, 2003; Szabo & Suen, 1998; Proulx & Campbell, 1997)."

The TOI project targets the above needs in IT, LT, and TR through communicative language teaching methods and materials with an emphasis on cultural diversities and promoting learning LWUTL. The use of ICT in several methods (for instructional purposes) also work for promoting ICT among language teachers and learners.

For each teaching method the project teams will develop sets of materials and instructions for exemplary lessons in Italian, Lithuanian, and Turkish. Such materials are also ready for use in Basque, Danish, Dutch, Gaelic, Romanian and they have been translated into English, German and Spanish to facilitate later use in other languages.

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 with subtitles in the project partnership languages.

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Manuals and guides

The project teams have adapted and translated five manuals covering language teaching methods and a guide for students preparing for a work placement period

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The student guide can be downloaded in:

Computer assisted language learning in context

Download the manual in:

The manual has been through a final edit and improvements through SUPSI, the Swiss "silent" partner in pools-m:-)

Task based learning / teaching

Download the manual in:

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Simulations

Download the manual in:

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The Physical-Emotional and Cultural approach (PhyEmoC)

Download the manual in:

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Tandem Learning

Download the manual in:

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Course Guide

Pools-m has produced the final course guide. Click here to download

Teacher Course materials

A Course Guide

The guide gives advice on how to run the courses: Click here to download

PowerPoint slides used for courses

Collection of PowerPoint slides used for the method courses. The slides may be adapted / translated  for different course situations.

Lithuanian PowerPoint slides

Danish course slides:

SUPSI, the Swiss pools-m partner has prepared a Video demonstrating three methods complete with ready to use materials 

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Evaluation forms after courses

The POOLS-M partnership has decided to open the online evaluation areas. These areas will remain open for the next two years so we can collect data on the courses. Please user the online forms so you can assist us in the work after the funded period:

Downloadable forms:

SUPSI, the Swiss pools-m partner has collected the electronic evaluations from the past pools-m pilot courses. The evaluation results from teachers and their students can be downloaded here:

Download the compiled user evaluations from pools-m: Text comments from students and teachers, teachers evaluations, and student evaluations

 
A sample certificate has been developed by the Danish designer Lone Olstrup. Download certificate here

Ready to use materials

The teams have prepared different types of materials to be used in classes

A board game for preparing students for a work placement period

The Italian team has prepared a teachers' guide for a board game preparing students for International Work Placement. Download the guide here to order the board game, please contact: Stefano Tirati: stefano@cscs.it  +39057350444 Website: http://www.cscs.it 

The Italian team has prepared a new simulation. Download it from here

The POOLS-Machine Plc is a simulation where the participants have to choose between four locations for a new factory, each location has advantages and disadvantages. Download the simulation in:

Airport is a simulation that can be used by students with a language competence around level B1 (European Language Portfolio). The simulation AIRPORT (see http://www.languages.dk/methods/airport.html) is now making use of Clilstore: The English version of the five profiles are availble online with all words linked to dictionaries in +100 languages: http://multidict.net/cs/939, http://multidict.net/cs/938, http://multidict.net/cs/937, http://multidict.net/cs/936, and http://multidict.net/cs/935

The simulation can be played in groups with three to five students (if less than five in a group then some students will have to have more than one profile in the simulation)

The simulation is self explanatory; each student is given a text with a personal profile, the students read and inform the other group members about the content.

Go to the Airport download page to download the simulation materials in English, Italian, Lithuanian, and Turkish

Return to St Kilda is a simulation which can be seen in use on the videos demonstrating language teaching methods. The simulation is available in

Videos demonstrating language teaching methods

The project teams have adapted five videos demonstrating language teaching methods in real classes. The videos have subtitles in

The final video produced by SUPSI demonstrates the five communicative language teaching methods (PhyEmoC, Task Based Learning, eTandem learning, Simulations, and Computer Assisted Language Learning):

 

The video comes complete with all the materials used in the lessons. Download the instructions, handouts / student materials used in the video:

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Brochures and dissemination materials

The project brochure is available in EnglishGerman, Italian, Lithuanian, Turkish, and Danish

There is also more information available in the pools-m blog and in the pools-m facebook group

Brochure in Italian advertising courses in Italy

Brochure for a two days teacher course on language teaching methods. Download brochure here

Fact sheet about the project can be downloaded here

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Latest news from pools-m

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March 2013

You can now download the Pools newsletter issue 37. Click here to download.

We have noticed that we now get a number of subscriptions for the Youtube videos. A new trend or facility?

One of the pools-m team members Kent Andersen visited a language school in Rome (Percorsi d’Italiano). The manager had participated in a pools-m course arranged in Pistoia so it was great toe learn that the course still makes a difference:-) You can learn more about the schoole here: http://www.percorsiditaliano.it/

January 2013

The simulation AIRPORT (see http://www.languages.dk/methods/airport.html) is now making use of Clilstore: The English version of the five profiles are availble online with all words linked to dictionaries in +100 languages: http://multidict.net/cs/939, http://multidict.net/cs/938, http://multidict.net/cs/937, http://multidict.net/cs/936, and http://multidict.net/cs/935

Call for Papers for Eurocall 2013, University of Evora, Portugal 11-14 September 2013: Like the TOOLS project you too can present projects, research, experience, and ideas at Eurocall 2013. Download the Call for Paper here

Download Issue 36 of the newsletter

The CALL Interest Section of the international TESOL professional association is pleased to offer the opportunity to participate in the Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2013 sessions.

This project is a virtual extension of the TESOL 2013 Convention in Dallas in which educators around the globe will have the chance to enhance their professional development, network, collaborate, share and learn with like-minded professionals in wonderful online sessions that were carefully designed by our moderators.

You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate in a FREE, five-week, online session of the EVO, January 14 - February 17, 2013.

Please visit our Announcement Web page to select one among the various session offerings.
http://evosessions.pbworks.com/Call_for_Participation2013

April 2012

Newsletter issue 33 Apr-Jun 2012 is ready for download

We have received the final eveluationof pools-m from the Danish national agency. The final score is a 9, read the final approvement and evaluation here

March 2012

We have just received the results from the Danish national agency of the pools-m final evaluation: We received a 9 (maximum grade is 10:-)

Pools-m is still going strong:-) On March 6th the Turkish coordinator received the official national accreditation this means that Pools-M in-service training programmes have gained FORMAL RECOGNITION from the biggest national education body across Turkeyand will now be offered on a wide scale:-)


Signing of the protocol in Istanbul on March 6th 2012. In the middle is the Director of the Central of Board of Education in Istanbul

February 2012

The project website has now been moved to a new host (surftown.com) if you meet messages like "Page not found" then please mail to ka@sde.dk with information about which page is missing.

January 2012

We have now submitted the Final Report to the national agency "Internationale Uddannelser" in Denmark.

A Maltese teacher training and language center wants to run the course. More information from: http://www.etimalta.com/

December 2011

The final evaluation report from the external evaluators is now ready for download here.

Pools-m finished the official project period with a teacher course in Denmark on PhyEmoC and CALL. Download the slides in Danish for:

November 2011

Download the minutes from the final project meeting here.

SUPSI has added two more methods to the already popular video on language teaching methods. The final video demonstrates the five communicative language teaching methods (PhyEmoC, Task Based Learning, eTandem learning, Simulations, and Computer Assisted Language Learning). Go to the video and supporting materials

The POOLS-M partnership has decided to open the online evaluation areas. These areas will remain open for the next two years so we can collect data on the courses. Please user the online forms so you can assist us in the work after the funded period:

Pools-m has produced the final course guide. Click here to download

SUPSI, the Swiss pools-m partner has collected the electronic evaluations from the past pools-m pilot courses. The evaluation results from teachers and their students can be downloaded here:

The Italian team member Marialuce has produced a fun unit with exercises for learning Italian: Test the unit here

Or use your QR reader:

October 2011

The project outcomes were presented at the EfVET 2011 conference in Malta with a round table presentation, during the presentation the videos were displayed on computers and the five manuals (the English versions) were presented in eBook versions on an iPad.

SUPSI is busy preparing the final two videos in the news series demonstrating the chosen five language teaching methods.

In Turkey the team is making promising progress towards an approvement (certification) of the pools-m courses

A Finnish ToI project titled IQWBL with partners from Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, and Sweden is making use of units from the pools-m manuals. The project deals with quality improvements of work based learning: www.iqwbl.eu

September 2011

The project video produced by SUPSI was watched by 30 participants at the EACEA celebration of the 10th European Day of Languages in Brussels. The participants had chosen the workshop dealing with language teaching methods.

The project newsletter issue 31 can be downloaded here.

August 2011

The project was presented in Nottingham at the Eurocall 2011 conference with an exhibition of outcomes, especially the new video produced by SUPSI received much praise and was watched by many participants (it was displayed with an iPad as part of the exhibition.

July 2011

Download the project newsletter issue 30 here.

The statistics for the first six months of 2011 indicates approximately 30.000 unique visitors. Download to read here

June 2011

SUPSI, the Swiss pools-m partner has collected the electronic evaluations from the past pools-m pilot courses. The evaluation results from teachers and their students can be downloaded here:
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SUPSI, the Swiss pools-m partner has prepared a Video demonstrating three methods complete with ready to use materials 

Pools-m will be presented during the EfVET 2011 conference with round table presentations: Download the description here

A book of reference (based on the work of POOLS-M) for Computer Assisted Language Learning can now be downloaded in English, Greek, Italian, and Turkish

The Pools-m project teams run a free training course on teaching methods in Bodrum, Turkey. The course is between 11/07/2011 - 14/07/2011 (11th July and 14th July are travelling dates). To participate please contact Burak Demirkazýk: demirbur@yahoo.com

May 2011

The Swiss project team SUPSI has prepared a video demonstrating three of the teaching methods. Go to watch the video

The student travel preparation guide has now been updated with a new layout: Download the guide in English, Lithuanian, Turkish, or Italian

April 2011

The teams are preparing for the May meeting in Istanbul. Read the agenda

The newsletter labelled issue 29 with information on how you can attend the free courses can now be downloaded here

March 2011

September, 28-30, 2011 the Language Teaching Centre of Freiburg University will host an International Conference on LANGUAGE POLICY AND LANGUAGE TEACHING:  "Multilingualism in Society, the World of Work, and Politics. New Challenges for Teaching at Institutes of Higher Education/Universities". For further information please click directly on the conference homepage: www.sli-konferenz-mehrsprachigkeit.de  or check our website: www.sli.uni-freiburg.de

February 2011

The Danish layout artist Lone Olstrup has created the final versions of the pools-m method manuals.

Download the new CALL manual in

Download the new eTandem manual in

Download the new PhyEmoC manual in

Download the new Simulations manual in

Download the new Task Based Learning manual in

A sample course certificate has been developed by the Danish designer Lone Olstrup. Download certificate here

A new brochure has been created by the Italian team: Brochure in Italian advertising courses in Italy

After moving the website to a new hosting service we can get more reliable information on the activity: Statistics covering January 2011

The first year report (Interim Report) has been submitted to the national agency in Denmark. Download it here

January 2011

We have received the evaluation report covering the first 12 months of the project from our external evaluators. Click here to download and read

We are now preparing the Interim Report while the first pilot courses are taking place in Lithuania, Italy, and Turkey.

December 2010

Newsletter issue 28 (Jan-Mar 2011) is ready for download: Click here.

The Turkish team have adapted and translated the PhyEmoC Guide, the eTandem Learning Guide, the Task Based Learning Guide, and the Call Guide.

The work placement guide for students has now been adapted and translated into Lithuanian, download it here

November 2010

The Swiss team has compiled evaluation forms / survey documents to be used after a teacher course both for the course participants and their students

The Lithuanian version of the CALL course book is ready for download.

The project teams met in Pistoia, Italy for a one week workshop, which included a pilot course with presentation of language teaching methods and tools.

The Italian team has developed a board game for students preparing for a work placement period. Download the board in low resolution or in high resolution, Notes/manual for the teacher can be downloaded here.

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October 2010

Download the agenda for the project workshop and pilot course in November.

The DIY videos showing the five language learning and teaching methods can now be watched online with subtitles in:

Two days teacher course on language teaching methods in Italy November 2nd and 3rd 2010. Quick registration needed. Download brochure here

The Italian team has prepared a new simulation. Download it from here

Sample materials prepared for the first course:

Newsletter 27 can now be downloaded here

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September 2010

The Danish team had a meeting preparing the pilot course for the workshop in Pistoia in November. A document in Danish forms the base for continued development

August 2010

The Italian team has finalised translating and adapting the five method manuals read their

July 2010

The Italian team has prepared a teachers' guide for the board game preparing students for International Work Placement. Download the guide here to order the board game, please contact: Stefano Tirati: stefano@cscs.it  +39057350444 Website: http://www.cscs.it 

The manuals for Task Based Learning, Tandem Learning, and the Student preparation guide for travelling have been finalized. The versions in English have been through a final edit by SUPSI, the Swiss project partner.

Newsletter issue 26 is ready for downloading here. The newsletter is a combined newsletter for pools, pools-2, pools-t, and pools-m

June 2010

A new version of the task based Learning manual can now be downloaded in .pdf format or in Word format

A new version of the PhyEmoC manual can now be downloaded in English (.doc format) The manual is based on the work done by the Turkish and Danish teams

The Italian team has finished translating one of the core outcomes - Download the Student International Work Placement Guide in Italian

A new version of the pools-m coursebook for Computer Assisted Language Learning edited and improved by the Swiss team, SUPSI can be downloaded in .pdf format here, or in Word format here. The teams are now preparing translations into German, Italian, Lithuanian, and Maltese

The simulation called POOLS-Machine Plc. is now available in Italian and in Lithuanian Download the simulation in Lithuanian or Download it in Italian

The project schedule has been updated, download it here

May 2010

The project brochure can now also be downloaded in German. Click here to download the brochure

Read the agenda and meeting minutes from the May 2010 workshop in Istanbul

The project teams have adapted and tested a simulation called Airport: Try it with your students

The project teams are working on adapting and translating a new simulation called POOLS-Machine Plc. Download the simulation in English

We have just received the first report from the external evaluators. A pleasant read with good recommendations. Download or read it here

The Italian pools-m team has published articles on the exploitation of pools-m results in Italy. Read about Italymobility and Pools-M and The Coop group Mobility for Apprentices Project and Pools – M methods

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April 2010

The project teams are preparing for the May workshop in Istanbul. Read the agenda

The update and adaptation of the International Work Placement Guide is now almost finished

Newsletter 25 is ready for download: Issue 25

A new folder / fact sheet about the project can be downloaded here

The project manuals are being prepared and updated on a daily basis. To read the results click on a manual here:

The teams have started preparing new exercises to go with the methods, the materials will be presented in Istanbul in May. After the Istanbul workshop the material will be online from here

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March 2010

The project has been presented on a national Turkish Television channel NTV:

The video with Serhat Tuna has been divided into three parts, watch part two here and part three here

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February 2010

The project teams have now been joined by a Swiss partner: The University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the 8 Universities of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. A warm welcome to SUPSI:-)

The Danish coordinators  have had a local meeting, read the minutes.

Jolita from the Lithuanian project team has finished the adaptation and updating of the "Simulations Manual". Download it here

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January 2010

The project brochure is available in English Italian, Lithuanian, Turkish, and Danish

The project newsletter issue 24 (January - March 2010) can be downloaded here

News from a pools-m project friend: EU grants for course on WEB 2.0 and Language Education.
'Designing activities for the 2.0 Language Classroom' (A Comenius professional development course)

In conjunction with the Utrecht University Summer School the Faculties of Education of Heidelberg and Utrecht Universities of Applied Sciences offer a 7-day, international course exploring WEB 2.0 applications such as Wiki
and Web-logging, real-time communication (Videoconferencing and 3D Virtual Worlds) and the Language Quest format for integrating the World Wide Web into classroom teaching.
Besides, the course location in the brand-new building of the Faculty of Education in Utrecht, the Netherlands, allows for demonstration of good practices of and personal training in the use of Interactive Whiteboards.
Intended participants are practising (student) language teachers, teacher trainers and materials developers.
Dates: 10-07-2010 - 16-07-2010
More information and registration at:
http://www.utrechtsummerschool.nl/index.php?type=courses&code=S5

Persons eligible for EU Comenius Grants can apply at their National Agency for compensation of costs for travel, accommodation and fees for this course. <b>The deadline for grant applications is January 15</b>, 2010, but please confirm with your National Agency for country-specific deadlines.

N.B. Participants who would like to extend their visit to the Netherlands can apply for an additional period of campus accommodation at 135 Euro per week.

Ton Koenraad, MA,
ICT-E consultant, Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences
http://www.koenraad.info
http://www.niflar.eu

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December 2009

The minutes from the kick-off meeting can now be downloaded here

The project brochure is now available for download  in Lithuanian and for download in Turkish

The kick-off workshop in Brussels was a success where the teams worked together learning each others languages through selected language teaching methods. Read the meeting evaluation. This worked both as team building and gave us the experience being learners "again". Watch the teams learning:




Exercise for learning Danish; a video with text linked to an English dictionary, or an Italian dictionary The exercise is the post task after a task based lesson in Brussels.

Pools-m has started the funded period. First meeting is in Brussels on December 7th to 11th. Read the agenda here.

A first project brochure has been produced to be used as handouts at conferences and meeting, Download here

The pools-m project blog has been set up, we still experiment with layout and functions. Click on "Project blog" from the main menu in this page, or go directly to the blog from here

A pools-m section has been set up in the "Project documents" area with all project documents, and reports (e.g. the application, meeting agendas and minutes, reporting documents, etc.). Click on "Project Documents" from the main menu in this page, or go directly to the document area from here

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Project Newsletters

The newsletters below cover the period from the first methods project BP-BLTM to now. After the funded project period the Newsletters will be continued (as has been the case since BP-BLTM:-)

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Five language teaching methods

Select a method below:

Computer assisted language learning in context
Task based learning / teaching
Simulations (updated June 2010)
The Physical-Emotional and Cultural approach (PhyEmoC)
Tandem Learning

 

Last edit: March 11, 2015

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Ongoing statistics since February 2012

Statistics 2011