Last week, the partners in the iLike pilot project met in Trondheim.  iLike proposes to develop and validate a new method that uses mobile technology as a catalyst for learning languages. Our partners are Centrum for Flexible Learning (CFL) in Søderhamn, Sweden, Drincka Pavlovic secondary school in Belgrade, Serbia, and University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece.

The new method is going to investigate the possibility of using diagnostic training methods in combination with mobile services on students' handheld devices, to improve the learning of languages. Such diagnostic, inquiery-based methods have proved to be useful e.g. in the  learning of mathematics. 

Many language students struggle to understand the logic of grammar, which reduces their ability to reproduce and manipulate the language. Native speakers, however, have an innate intuition about what sounds right, language-wise. 

The iLike project is going to extend the teaching and learning dynamics of languages from vertical transmission of information and knowledge from the instructor to the students, to an explorative, novel horizontal two-way learning environment in which it is easy and flexible on a just-in-time basis to foster inquiry and problem-based active solving approaches. Instead of providing rules and correct answers, the students will be given the opportunity to validate their own solutions according to a system with checklists that point towards the rules for constructing new sentences.

Students may soon use new mobile services to "play with words" in order to investigate benefits and disadvantages when constructing sentences, thus understanding the logical structure of the grammar. One of the goals is indeed to try to construct a new tool that may be used to address the logical structures of many languages. Through this self-verification, the students will be directed towards understanding the logical structure of a language, enabling them to create and reproduce the rules themselves at all times. The teacher will validate or elaborate solutions together with the students.

The picture shows Maria Stenbo and Marita Orevi from CFL, and Kristina Radojicic from Drinka Pavlovic, attending an instructor training course in the use of response systems. 

SRS 2.0, PELE 1.5, Eval 1.0 and iLike 1.0 are available for use.