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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.

Aim of the Project

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. SpeakApps enables language teachers and learners to practise and evaluate oral skills at a distance and outside the physical classroom. The activities and tools provided in the SpeakApps project are designed to be used both within face-to-face courses and as the main speaking activities for online courses.

The project started in January 2011 and will run for 2 years.

By 2013 we will have developed learning activities and materials, as well as learning tools and a user platform for teachers who would like to use these activities in their courses. SpeakApps and all its content will be made available in 6 languages: Catalan, Dutch, English, Irish, Polish and Swedish. The Language Centre will be responsible for the Dutch component, the content and the pilots to be conducted during this period.

The project is funded by the Life-long Learning Programme, KA2 Languages 2010.

Participating Universities

The project is coordinated by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain). The other participating universities are:

  • Dublin City University (Ireland)
  • University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
  • Jagiellonian University Krakow (Poland)
  • University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

More information about SpeakApps.

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