IT Futures consultant Rob Clarke has spent the last 18 months working on an educational project called ‘iSPY’ which aims to develop a new online networking platform to help young adults across Europe learn a new language.
The project has recently won a European Language Label 2012. The award is for innovative language-learning projects and rewards creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivate learners and make the best of available resources.
To be successful, projects must demonstrate creative thinking and lead to improved teaching provision and learner achievement. They must be innovative, effective and replicable by others in the UK and other countries. An award ceremony was held on 24 September 2012 in Bucharest and was attended by other award winners from across Europe.
The project has a theme of espionage and language learners will log in and undertake a set of ten modules. The modules will be available in each of the chosen languages and learners will select the target language of their choice. Each module will consist of a range of activities including photo stories, web quests, short tasks, quizzes, listening tasks and extended tasks that call for collaboration through a moderated forum. Once a learner has completed all of the modules they are classed as a qualified spy! The ‘game’ will be available for education establishments to freely download and use within their own teaching curriculum.
For more information about the project, please visit the project website at http://www.ispy-project.com