Background

Language literacy is an essential life skill for the 21st century. It is a fact that learning a foreign language is a good way to improve brain function and acquire social skills.

Moreover it is an effective way to explore other languages and cultures in order to obtain a professional advantage in labour market. These are some of the reasons why multilingualism was and continues to be one of the cornerstones of EU projects. According to the European Union, ”one of the specific objectives pursued by the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of education and training is to improve the teaching and learning of languages and to promote the EU’s broad linguistic diversity and intercultural awareness”.

As language skills are in much demand the need for related on line courses is widespread. Also, new innovative technologies open new educational possibilities and change the way that we learn and teach. In fact, changes in digital technologies are happening much faster than our ability to monitor their impact. As a result, the look and feel of learning environments, the role of teachers, the nature of the learner and what and how they learn are being transformed. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) is a new format for distance learning. Lately there is a growing number of online educational courses called MOOCs, that are massive, open, participatory and support the idea of distributed intelligence and lifelong learning.

The aim of the project is to research the potential of MOOCS in Language Learning, to explore the pedagogical framework of Language MOOCs, to develop a toolkit for the creation and management of Language MOOCs and OERs and to test the use of OERs in language MOOCs in a pilot course.

The LangMOOCs project focus is to step up support for language learning and promote multilingualism via the implementation of Massive Open Online Courses for Language Learning. One of the main outcomes of the project, the Language MOOCs toolkit, will include all the innovative methods and tools for the creation, management and evaluation of MOOCs and OERs for Language Learning. Most of the MOOCs are implemented and run by academic institutions. The LangMOOCs project also aims to non-academic institutions and language teacher and trainers.

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.

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