Thematic Network Project in the Area of Languages 2

Themes to be focused on within the project:
New learning environments
Co-ordination - Aims and objectives - Scientific Committee - Activities
Co-ordination of the sub-project

Co-ordinator of the sub-project                            sub-project's web page

Valère Meus                                                                             New learning environments - the European learning space
Universiteit Gent (BE)
email: valere.meus@rug.ac.be

Deputy co-ordinator of the sub-project

Anne Räsänen
Jyväskylän yliopisto (FI)
email: rasanen@cc.jyu.fi

Theme-specific aims and objectives

In general terms, TNP2 will seek to work towards a break-through in language learning in higher education - as regards number of learners, range of languages, and learning modes. Among the aims and objectives under this theme are:

  • exploration of the potential of new learning environments, in particular of ICT, for the learning of the less widely used and less taught languages, for developing self-learning abilities, and for achieving multilingual competence;
  • identification, description, and assessment of new and promising developments at institutional level in the participating countries;
  • identification of elements essential to a successful use of new learning environments for language learning;

NB. The above issues will be considered against the background of a changing constitution of the learning body.

  • identification of pertinent developments in (private) institutions of adult education and in language units of international corporations;
  • reflection on the issue of the assessment and certification of language proficiency acquired through independent learning and on the role ICT can play in assessment and certification.

In addition, TNP 2 is to explore ways of integrating new learning environments into language study programmes - from the point of view of course objectives and course content, of new learning modes, of the requirements in continuing education, and of European co-operation - by describing and analysing the use of new learning environments for the said purposes at national and at European level. Ultimately, TNP 2 is to

  • promote awareness of good practice in the use of new learning environments for language learning, for the acquisition of knowledge, for life-long learning, and for European co-operation in the delivery of programmes;
  • initiate European co-operation, specifically in the fields of staff development, materials development, curriculum development, and action research.
Members of the Scientific Committee
  • Isabel Landsiedler, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, AT
  • Valère Meus, Universiteit Gent, BE
  • Vania Simeonova, Universitetsko informatzionno obsluzhvane, BG
  • Ina Maneva, Universitetsko informatzionno obsluzhvane, BG
  • Brigitte Forster Vosicki, Université de Lausanne, CH
  • Doris Flischikowski, Universität Potsdam, DE
  • Ole Helmersen, Handelshøjskolen i København, DK
  • Birute Klaas, Tartu Ülikool, EE
  • Ana Gimeno Sanz, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, ES
  • Anne Räsänen, Jyväskylän yliopisto, FI
  • Bridget Francillard-Whiddon, Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique, FR
  • Panagiotis Panagiotidis, Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis, GR
  • Bill Richardson, Dublin City University, IE
  • Franca Poppi, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, IT
  • Jurate Zdanyte, Kauno technologijos universitetas, LT
  • Ilze Kangro, Latvijas Universitate, LV
  • Alessandra Corda, Universiteit Leiden, NL
  • Sake Jager, Rijsuniversiteit Groningen, NL
  • Tove Jacobsen, Universitetet i Bergen, NO
  • Boguslaw Marek, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski, PL
  • Fatima Ferreira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, PT
  • Karina Vamling, Lunds Universitet, SE
  • Teodor Petric, Univerza v Mariboru, SI
  • Marina Mozzon-McPherson, University of Hull, UK
Activities undertaken
  • Workshop "New Learning Environments": Copenhagen, DK, 7-8 June 2002
  • Third meeting of the Scientific Committee: Valencia, ES, 9-10 November 2001
  • Second meeting of the Scientific Committee:  Ghent, DE, 31 March 2001.
  • First meeting of the Scientific Committee:  Berlin, DE, 18 November 2000.

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