ILIKE LOGICAL LANGUAGE TRAINING
Sør-Trøndelag University College (HiST) (NORWAY)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 4-5 March, 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:This article will present a new LLP Comenius project, named Identifying the Logic structure of languages by use of new Interactive mobile services, new diagnostic training methods for development of Key competences, and new Evaluation methods introducing assessment for learning practices (iLike), starting 1st December 2012, including partners from Norway, Serbia, Sweden and Greece. The aim for the project iLike is to introduce a new and improved way of teaching pupils the logic behind languages.
Language students today struggle with understanding the logic in grammar, reducing their ability to reproduce and manipulate language. Native speakers have an innate intuition about what sounds right language-wise. How can a non-native speaker elaborate on the differences between the sentences “Salmon ARE being sold here” and “Salmon IS an important product”? Will he/she be able to understand the logic behind conjugating verbs in relation to nouns? And what about vocabulary: “I can LEARN/TEACH my dog tricks” or syntax: “*They have SEEN never snow”? In other words, what is the logic of how language works?
Today, too many language-training methods hinder dynamic and interactive collaboration, and reflection around language instead of letting students themselves investigate sentences in order to acquire the logic structure in them.
The aim in iLike will be tried fulfilled through developing innovative teaching and learning-to-learn basic skills, and new online Logic Language Services (LLS) that address vocabulary, syntax and conjugation of verbs. iLike enables Teachers and Students (TS) to:
- investigate, manipulate and produce interactive language content by use of the latest mobile technology
- start using a new engaging channel for distribution and interactive restructuring of language content
- build entrepreneurial peer involvement through interaction, communication and immediate feedback in- and outside class
- apply new evaluation methods by use of peer learning assessment practices that utilize a new language diagnostic method
During the project the consortium will elaborate new methods for logical learning of foreign languages by focusing on difficulties in the key grammatical group verbs, and construct LLS.
The outcome of the project will be identification, mapping, piloting and strengthening learning of basic grammar skills for secondary- and high school students. The LLS training- and evaluation methods focus on understanding logical structures. The new TS communication framework uses cutting-edge services to create an engaging peer learning climate in class
The development of iLike will be funded by the EU-Commission.
Keywords: Languages, logic, peer learning outcome.