Resources for Teaching Scandinavian Languages in the Digital Classroom
Contact: J Stougaard-Neilson
Department: UCL Scandinavian Studies
Link: Resources for Teaching Scandinavian Languages in the Digital Classroom
Project partners: Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (Danish), Reynir Þór Eggertsson (Icelandic), Margrethe Alexandroni (Norwegian), Annika Lindskog (Swedish)
The project aimed to create language materials for blended language learning in the digital classroom, for Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish.
The materials produced are directed towards advanced beginners/intermediate levels. For each language, materials for eight hours of classroom teaching, equivalent to two weeks of term-time teaching, were produced.
All materials include the use of at least four technologies/media for blended learning in the digital classroom, for instance audio/video materials, voice recording, websites and social networking activities such as wiki, blog or chat. The materials and tasks used and created are published on the Scandinavian Studies Languages Moodle site and made available there as a digital and interactive “text-book”.
An example of a “material” under the heading of “travel” and includes an activity wherein students look at target language travel-websites and create an online dictionary. Students may go on to read and keep blogs about travel experiences, narrate their own “travels” in London on a portable voice recorder, using the target language, watch a relevant clip from a film or television programme and, finally, students present their experiences of or views on travel in hypertext (i.e. a wiki) or a recorded role-played dialogue.
Products, Outputs & Outcomes
Following the creation, trial-run and evaluation of the materials, the materials were made available in a uniform format on the Scandinavian Studies Languages Moodle site from where they are accessible to the wider public. Visitors to the site are able to see the materials, activities and tasks, read the teacher description and see student products and evaluations.