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Blended Learning

The Blended Learning Project was set up in cooperation with the Niedersächsisches Landesamt für Lehrerbildung und Schulentwicklung (NiLS). The target group consisted of 15 German teachers of Dutch who had to be trained from level B2 to level C1 in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The project was developed to prepare them for the final examination, the Profiel Academische Taalvaardigheid (PAT) of the CNaVT (Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal; Certificate of Dutch as a Foreign Language). Read more about Blended Learning


The Embed Project (2009-2011) addressed the need for local samples of academic writing at the B and C levels of the CEFR by filtering student essays through a series of internal and external (international) panels of experts. This project shows the value and the feasibility of CEFR standardization procedures for teacher training purposes. The project has also shown the importance of making such materials available online as busy teachers are not always able to attend all standardization sessions. Read more about Embed


INTUIT (ENglish TUtoring through IT) is a curriculum renewal project organized by a number of Dutch universities. The project aims to integrate and implement IT in English language teaching, with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) as a starting point. Various pilot-projects within the project have investigated how student autonomy can be increased by a targeted use of IT. Examples include programmes for diagnostic testing, independent practising and the use of a digital portfolio.


Speaking is one of the most difficult skills to master when learning a foreign language. Formal second language and foreign language teaching often does not provide enough opportunity for all learners to practise their oral skills and in online foreign language courses, speaking usually comes second to other language skills such as writing, reading and listening. Together with ICTOL, the Language Centre participates in SpeakApps, a European project that aims to improve speaking production and interaction skills in accordance with the CEFR by means of IT. Read more about SpeakApps

Tshwane: e-Learning in Africa

Between 2009 and 2011, the Language Centre has contributed to the e-learning Leadership Project, in collaboration with the ESI , Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria, South Africa. Language Centre lecturers have delivered a series of workshops in Groningen and South Africa, which have enabled teachers at TUT to embed online language learning tools in their curriculum. Read more about the E-Learning leadership project

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