SOAS University of London

Use of Smartboards

Contact: Dorota Holowiak, Lydia Buravova, Jane Hughes
Department: School of Slavonic and East European Studies and CALT, UCL


The objective of the project is to investigate how best to prepare for introducing a new interactive tool Smart Board, which is a ‘touch screen’ user interface between a computer, a data projector and the screen, into a language classroom at a HE institution. 


The objective of the project is to investigate the impact of using interactive tools, especially Smart Board, in a foreign language classroom at a university level. The main focus will be the interaction in the e-learning environment, and students’ experience of being exposed to a different mode of teaching and learning in and outside the foreign language classroom. The objective is to evaluate how e-learning and using interactive tools can improve students’ language skills, enhance their learning experience, and increase their motivation in learning foreign languages in general. There is also a need to investigate what impact the use of e-learning tools has on the tutor’s teaching experience and material development.

The project will address language learning pedagogy and will cover different aspects of using e-learning resources, especially Smart Board, at all levels of language courses. It will look at how interactive tools can be used successfully in teaching all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Special focus, however, will be on the listening and writing skills (as both Russian and Polish use non-roman characters).

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the project is to investigate how interactive tools could be successfully introduced and integrated into a foreign language classroom at a university, provide in-house Smart Board training and develop strategies for selecting or creating relevant teaching materials and adapting non-multimedia materials.

Products, Outputs & Outcomes

At the end of the project the team will produce a report which will describe possible ways of incorporating Smart Board into a language classroom at a HE institution, especially where a non-roman script language is taught. Teaching techniques and tasks will be presented and categorized according to their appropriateness and efficiency.