Learning Foreign Languages In A Digital World
This experiment intends to make use of digital technologies in the teaching of language skills. HundrED will follow the learning process of third grade students at SYK Comprehensive School. The main goals of the experiment are to improve and diversify the teaching and assessment of languages taught in schools and to better the professional development and collaboration of language teachers through new methods. These will hopefully later be implemented across all of Finland.
What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?
In this experiment our aim is to support oral language learning and development especially in languages that are scarcely used on a daily basis. The goal is encourage children to learn and use less common languages diversely and fluently, just as they do with English language.
How will the experiment be scheduled and how will it be put into practice?
This project has begun during Spring 2016 with training teachers and planning the following school year together. During Fall 2016 we will concentrate on following especially a group of 3rd grade students who will begin studying a new, foreign language (French, German, Russian). The students will use new types of technology and learning environments in various ways as they begin their journey through grammar and vocabulary. During Spring 2017 we will assess the results of the experiment.
Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?
This experiment is part of the big change happening in the school culture which we will now expand to the language learning department as well.
Describe why you feel it is meaningful to be a part of HundrED
With this experiment we want to point out how educational technology can spice up language learning and teaching when it is being used appropriately. HundrED is a great channel to share knowledge and functional practices between all the language teachers within the field. In the future this experiment could be carried out in collaboration with international schools where the teaching language is not Finnish, Swedish or English.