Pools-2 core results

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Introduction to pools-2

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

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

POOLS-2 The project brochure is available in English, Greek, Danish, Portuguese, Maltese, French, and Spanish

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Pools-2 manuals and guides

pools-2 course book

The pools-2 course book is a supplementary DIY material (a reference book) that may be used during and after the method and materials production courses.

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pools-2 course guide

The pools-2 course guide contains all the units that the pilot teams can offer with guidelines on how to run the courses (in-service, online only, or blended courses.

Download the course guide in:

Course evaluation form in

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Course materials

Ready to use language learning units produced by the pools-2 teams

The teams have prepared sample exercises to be used during the pilot courses. The idea is both to show what can be made with the tools available and how to use online resources in classes.

Exercises for learning Greek

Online exercises produced with the TextBlender and Hot Potatoes, the exercises have been placed online for free using the Dropbox.com facilities:

A ready to use WebQuest in Greek. Ξέρετε με ποιο τρόπο ένα καγκουρό που δεν ζει στην Αυστραλία να μπορεί να φτάσει εκεί; Ο Mικές Τρικοίλης του 5ου Δημοτικού Σχολείου Καλύμνου γνωρίζει την απάντηση. Εσείς την γνωρίζετε: Click here to download

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Exercises for learning Portuguese

Online exercises produced with the TextBlender and Hot Potatoes, the exercises have been placed online for free using the Dropbox.com facilities:

WebQuests for learning Portuguese, each of them has support texts in English, download and test them here:

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Exercises for learning Maltese

Text and video linked word by word to dictionaries:

Online exercises produced with Hot Potatoes:

WebQuests to be used for learning Maltese

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Pools-2 brochures and dissemination documents

Project brochure

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

Other dissemination examples

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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Pools-2 videos

The four projects teams from Cyprus, Switzerland, Malta, and Portugal have produced videos that can be used for language learning / teaching, The videos cover different aspects of life, culture, and education in the four countries.

Each video is transcribed with translations into English and has cultural and language notes to assist the selection. The videos are graded according to which level a user should have in order to benefit from the material (when supported by online dictionaries) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Watch and choose between videos in:

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Pools-2 Do It Yourself videos

The pools-2 DIY videos have subtitles in the three core project languages. The videos cover how to produce online language learning materials with a tool called the TextBlender (produced by the pools-t project) and Hot Potatoes. The videos also shows how to make exercises online for free.

Watch the videos with:

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Pools-2 News

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N.B. News covering all the pools project is located at https://www.languages.dk/index.html#News

April 2017

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 (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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January 2017

‘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.


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.


April 2013

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

January 2013

The languages.dk website has had 117,346 visitors since February 2012. You can read the statistics here

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.

December 2012

The Guided tour of the online system Clilstore is now available in the six project partnership languages:

The guided tour can also be used from within Clilstore itself.

  1. in English at https://clilstore.eu/cs/790
  2. in Irish at: https://clilstore.eu/cs/810,
  3. in Danish at https://clilstore.eu/cs/807
  4. In Spanish at: https://clilstore.eu/cs/891
  5. In Lithuanian at: https://clilstore.eu/cs/892
  6. In Portuguese at: https://clilstore.eu/cs/896

The Lithuanian team has adapted and translated the guide/manual on how to author a unit in Clilstore. Download the Lithuanian version here

The Portuguese team is running a pilit course for teachers to test a Portuguese version of guide/manual on how to author a unit in Clilstore. The guide will be put online after the course and possible edits resulted by evaluations and feedback.

In Odense, Denmak, the two Danish teams meet for a minit teacher course. Main item is how to embed different audio formats in Clilstore.

November 2012

We have started substantial evaluations of the Clilstore outputs using students from different sectors and countries. Download a summary from a class of Nurse students in Portugal here. We are quite proud of the feedback:-)

The first "manual" for the online Clilstore service is now available in Spanish: Download the Spanish version

A class of 19 students (electricians' apprentices) tested the Clilstore outputs after a one week course. Read their evaluations here or open a summary here.

October 2012

The Newsletter issue 35 is now available for download. Click here to download

We have made a guide/manual on how to author a unit in Clilstore. The guide can now be downloaded or used from within Clilstore itself. Test the guide in English at https://clilstore.eu/cs/790, in Irish at: https://clilstore.eu/cs/810, or in Danish at https://clilstore.eu/cs/807

The first "manual" for the online Clilstore has now been translated into Danish. Download the manual in Danish

September 2012

The first "manual" for the online Clilstore service is now available in Irish: Download the Irish version

We have made a first "manual" for the online Clilstore service:. Clilstore - Guided Tour. How to create a unit in Clilstore in Word format .docx

The above guide in .pdf


For anyone teachin English and looking at visiting London with a class, here comes a link to seven units on how to manage the London Underground: https://languages.dk/online/london/index.htm The sevenl units have been made in Clilstore https://clilstore.eu/clilstore the exercises following each unit have been made with Hot Potatoes.

The Lithuanian partner has prepared a framework for future courses. Download the framework.

During the EUROCALL Conference the TOOLS teams had a meeting with Phil Hubbard from Stanford University. Phil Hubbard gave a very interesting presentation on “Autonomous learning with authentic content -- systemized and curated” we have decided in the near future to prepare pages with “curated” units from Clilstore in different languages. Download Phil Hubbard’s presentation

The TOOLS teams presented the online service Clilstore www.multidict.net/clilstore in Gothenburg with an exhibition and through presentations. One result is 23 new units in Slovenščina (Slovenian) and 6 units in Русский (Russian) all of these compiled by one user, Morgan Nilsson. See how he has integrated his units into Clilstore: https://clilstore.eu/cs/451 and visit the original page with instructions in Swedish,

August 2012

Summary of results from the questionnaires used during Eurocall. Click here to download

Powerpoint presentation used during the TOOLS workshop in Gotheburg, the presentation has a list of useful links. Download it from here.

Plan / Agenda used for the first three hours workshop in Gothenburg. Download the plan here.

The TOOLS teams are preparing our second project workshop, you can read the agenda here

The TOOLS teams can offer a half das workshop on August 22nd from 10.00-13.00More information here: https://www.eurocall2012.eu
Workshop Leaders
: Ana Gimeno, Caoimhín O’Dónnaile, Caoimhín Ó Dónaill, Kent Andersen, and Helle Lykke Nielsen.
Intended Audience: Language teachers (also those of the LWUTL) who would like to develop online multimedia-rich resources where all of the words in a text are linked automatically to a plethora of languages and dictionaries.

July 2012

The July-September issue of the pools newsletter describes the project exploitation across Europe. Click here to download.

At the SDE College, we have tested some Clilstore ourputs with two classes of students at elementary level (Most of them below CEFR level A1 in reading skills), the results shows that some student can benefit from the wordlinked outputs, but also that elementary students may find the reading of texts less beneficial;-) Read evaluation results here.

June 2012

An inservice teacher course in Istanbul tested the online service Clilstore and gave us valuable feedback. Read the teacher evaluations here.

Tools offers asistance to kindred projects and friends: In June 2012 we have two examples of this: The Web2LLP project funded under the Lifelong learning Programme (KA4) and a PhD student Lisette Toetenel who offers you to participate in a ten weeks project. Read more about it here

The number of units in Arabic is now steadily growing in Clilstore. Please visit and test Clilstore https://clilstore.eu/clilstore

May 2012

Evaluation of TOOLS: We have received the first project evaluation from the external evaluator

A Romanian Transfer of Innovation project developing Centres of Excellence in Greece, Italy, Romania, and Turkey makes use of the Clilstore from TOOLS as a key element in their teacher training courses. Read a presentation of the Greek teacher courses.

“It’s excellent, give us more!”, that was the overwhelming response from Year 1 and Year 2 students of Irish at the University of Ulster following a recent trial of Clilstore. The units created for the purpose of this trial: https://alturl.com/w6baohttps://alturl.com/s5jjh were based on sample materials from the new Third Level Syllabus for Irish (see https://www.teagascnagaeilge.ie) which is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Read more in the project blog.

April 2012

The tool that we are developing now works well, try it out at https://clilstore.eu/clilstore, as you can see there the total number of units created is more than 280:-) Our next steps are to prepare a better user interface and to prepare a responsive design, i.e. output that matches different devices like smartphones and high resolution computer displays. We would very much appreciate your testing and advice through the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tools4clil or by mail to ka@sde.dk

March 2012

After the move back to Europe from a US-based hosting service in mid-February the statistics for the website visitors have been very promising: Read the statistics covering the February period: Statistics February 2012

One of the core results in the Tools project is the online service where you can create webbased units with all words linked to online dictionaries. The Tools teams would like you to assist us with a name for the service. Please vote for a name here

February 2012

You can follow the project development in our to-do list, which can be accessed from: https://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/~caoimhin/obair/tools/to-do.html

A class of 12 electricians have tested outputs form the developed tools. At the time of the evaluations they had worked through six other units created with the Clilstore tool (multidict.net/clilstore) All 12 students indicated that the software allowed them to manage more effectively the time available to read the text. Read their evaluations here

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

Read about project in the Newsletter issue 32 Jan-Mar 2012

November 2011

Pools-2 may have finished the funded period, but the teams are still actively adding new content, e.g. try a Portuguese unit here. Or use your Smartphone / tablet QR reader here:

October 2011

Pools-2 has finished the funded project period, read the evaluation report from the external evaluators here.

Pools-2 was presented at a round table in St Julian (Malta) at the EfVET 2011 conference with examples of the outputs and newsletters

September 2011

The project teams met in Malta for the final project meeting. Read the agenda here.

PowerPoint presentation summarizing the project

Pools-2 recommends learners of Greek to register for a free online course offered by the "EU Glossa" project. More information here.

August 2011

All the pools-2 DIY videos are now available with French subtitles. Watch them here

A final edit of the Greek course book has been completed. Read it here

All the teams are now preparing for the final workshop to take place in Malta in the period September 5th to 9th

The Maltese team is running the final pilot courses in August and September.

July 2011

New materials for learning Maltese with video and text linked word by word to dictionaries:

The first Maltese course has resulted in positive evaluations. Download the evaluations here

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

A resource page for the ongoing courses in Malta has been set up. Access it here

The pools website is dedicated to serving all languages, especially the less widely taught languages, but also English: Try a new exercise English Mania.

The twenty Greek videos have now been completed with summary, cultural notes, language notes, transcript, and translation. Go to the Greek videos

A book of reference (based on the work of POOLS-2) for Computer Assisted Language Learning can now be downloaded in English, Greek, Italian, and Turkish

April 2011

The project newsletter issue 29 is ready for downloading.

The project teams met in March in Evora, Portugal to check on progress and milestones. Read the minutes here.

The Cyprus team has found a good manual in Greek for Hot Potatoes. Click here to download

The Portuguese team has compiled a number of evaluations from the pilot courses. Download the evaluations here.

March 2011

Read the quality assessment overview from Gareth Long covering the first 18 project months, download from here

The pools-2 partnership meets in Evora (Portugal) for the fourth project workshop. Read the agenda

The course books has been finalized with a new layout in

The Portuguese team has prepared a presentation with an overview of the project, click here to download

February 2011

New Greek version of the course evaluation form. Download the form

The Danish layout artist Lone Olstrup has created the final version of the pools-2 course book.

Download the new CALL manual in

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

January 2011

The feedback to the Interim Report from the Spanish National Agency has arrived and can be downloaded here

More videos have been added to the Portuguese video area. There are now 23 Portuguese videos. Click here to watch the videos

Enterprise, the third and final section in the series of Guthan nan Eilean/Island Voices videos, is now complete and online. Click here to get to the menu page.

Completion of this section brings the total number of videos between the first and second series to 150. It’s a tribute to these island communities that so many individuals and organisations were prepared to make important contributions to a body of work that will be a very useful resource for local learners of both languages, and perhaps of wider interest still.

As the Enterprise catalogue explains, the amount and level of material in this section pose a new order of challenge for learners. Good luck!


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December 2010

Newsletter issue 28 can now be downloaded here

Four new Maltese videos can now be watched complete with texts and notes. Go to the Maltese video area.

The Portuguese team has started the pilot courses, as a result from one of the courses a new unit for learning Portuguese "Quem somos nós?" is now online. Test it here

Also the Cyprus team has had the first pilot course with 20 participants. One of the results is an online unit in Greek "The Tombs of the Kings" or "Οι Τάφοι των Βασιλέων". The unit has been saved in a Dropbox folder.

November 2010

The Interim Report is ready to be submitted:

Several new videos have been added to the Portuguse video collection. Watch the videos here

The Portuguese team has made two new exercises with videos and texts:

The External evaluation report covering the first project year is ready for download.

October 2010

The Cyprus team has adapted and translated the course book into Greek download it here.

New Maltese videos are now online: Maltese Videos

Newsletter 27 can now be downloaded here

New brochure in French can be downloaded here.

The meeting minutes from the September meeting in Malta can be downloaded here.

Download the evaluation form to be used for the pilot courses in: English, Greek, Maltese

 September 2010

The teams have prepared a course evaluation form for course participants to ensure adaptation of and fine tuning the courses. Download the form in English, or Greek.

Two French videos has been added to the video portfolio of pools-2 outcomes: Watch them here

The Portuguese team has uploaded several videos. Watch the videos in the Portuguese video page

Also the Cyprus team has uploaded several videos: Watch the videos in the Cyprus video page (in Greek)

The pools-2 workshop in Malta was successful, read the participants evaluation here.

The project teams have prepared sample exercises based on video and text (web pages compiled with the TextBlender) followed by crosswords, fill in the blank etc. exercises (created with Hot Potatoes), all the exercises are online (made automatically in the public area of a Dropbox folder). Try unit one from the Portuguese team or unit two. Try unit one from the Cyprus team, More units from the Maltese team is being prepared, but already now you can try one here: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11641124/Malta/index.htm

The Maltese pools-2 team has developed / adapted six WebQuests into Maltese, test them here

The Maltese team has finished adapting and translating the Course Book. Download it from here
Also the Course Guide has been adapted and is now ready in Maltase. Download it from here.

The Cyprus team has finished the adaptation of the course guide into Greek. Download it  here

The teams are preparing for the workshop and pilot courses in September. Download the agenda here

August 2010

The Cyprus team has prepared the first videos to be used during the workshop in Malta: Watch them from: https://www.languages.dk/digital/indexEL.html

The teams have finished the subtitles for the Do It Yourself videos

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July 2010

The Cyprus team has prepared a ready to use WebQuest in Greek. Ξέρετε με ποιο τρόπο ένα καγκουρό που δεν ζει στην Αυστραλία να μπορεί να φτάσει εκεί; Ο Mικές Τρικοίλης του 5ου Δημοτικού Σχολείου Καλύμνου γνωρίζει την απάντηση. Εσείς την γνωρίζετε: Click here to download

The Portuguese team has made three new WebQuests for learning Portuguese, each of them has support texts in English, download and test them here:

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

The course book (for computer assisted learning) has been finalized.

June 2010

Gordon Wells has just finished another batch of English and Gaelic videos. Go to The Island Voices Project Blog to watch them or to the Video area of this site

Gordon Wells has produced 32 new videos with texts: 16 in English and 16 in Gaelic. Go to the video area or to Gordon Wells' blog

On Thursday 27th May, POOLS-2 was presented in Arezzo (Italy) to the workshop “An update on the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013”, organised by the Education and Training Department of Arezzo Province. Read more about the presentation in the next newsletter (July 1st)

Pools-2 and pools-m: Both projects share the same course book on computer assisted language learning, download the updated course book in .pdf format here, or in Word format here

April 2010

The project brochure is now also available in French.

Newsletter issue 25 is ready for downloading here. The newsletter is a combined newsletter for pools, pools-2, pools-t, and pools-m

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March 2010

The teams met in Nicosia

The second workshop (in Nicosia) includes a video course with Gordon Wells as the instructor:

The first videos can be watched here. See photos from the ongoing workshop here.

The First External Evaluation Report has been compiled by the external evaluators Angelica Bucur and Gareth Long. Download the report here

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February 2010

The Portuguese team member Ana Silva has prepared an online exercise with music for learning Portuguese, Try it here

The minutes from the pools-2 kick-off workshop in Madrid (January) can be downloaded here

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January 2010

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

The project workshop in Madrid was a success, read about the workshop here, with different handouts, presentations, and tasks before next meeting

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

The pools-2 teams meet in in Madrid from January 11th to 15th. Read the workshop agenda.

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December 2009

Project brochure can be downloaded in English. It is now being translated into all the project languages.

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November 2009

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

Pools-2 is a Transfer of Innovation (TOI) project which will exploit the results from the "original" pools project and transfer the core outputs of pools to three new languages: Greek, Maltese, and Portuguese

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