14th January 2018

Course #3 Practical approaches to support student-centred learning and differentiation in language education using technology.

Course Nr.: #3 

Target Groups:
Teachers of Modern Languages in secondary, adult and vocational education

Leuven (Belgium)
July 2 – 7

November 5 – 10

Course aims:
This course will familiarize language teachers with ways in which they can extend their repertoire of interventions and didactical procedures to address the variety in educational needs and interests of their students with ICT-supported methodologies.

Delegates will deepen their knowledge on:

-how students differ and how this impacts their learning
– a variety of forms of differentiated instruction
– how differentiation can promote student interest and increase motivation
– how Open Educational Resources (OER) can help to implement student-centered teaching and learning strategies

Delegates will be able to use a range of ICT tools to timely:

– assess student pre-knowledge and progress,
– provide adapted learning paths and related content
– organise differentiated instruction and assessment

The course combines short introductions in the form of brief plenaries on various methodological topics followed by presentations of ICT applications and multimedia that can facilitate differentiated instruction.
The subsequent practical work is done individually or in small groups depending on needs and educational contexts.

At the end of the week delegates will share and discuss a lesson created during the hands-on sessions.

To provide flexible access to course related tasks and resources a virtual learning environment (VLE) will be used. After the course concludes, participants will be able to access the VLE to promote follow-up communication and collaborative learning.

A pre-course, online questionnaire will be provided to assess pre-knowledge and further align course content and procedures to needs and interests.

You are advised to bring your subject book(s) and/or related ICT materials (if available) to the course to be used when creating customised materials and activities.

Day-to-day Course Topics

Day 1

• Meet & Greet / Introductions
• Questionnaire review / finetuning expectations
• Cultural Event

Day 2

• Overview of course contents and structure in VLE
• Introduction to general principles and approaches to address differentiation and support personalised learning
• Reflection & discussion on personal current practice
• Optimising interaction in the classroom: Introduction of the Activating Direct Instruction (ADI) model
•Techniques and tools for assessing & activating pre-knowledge and goal setting and clarification.
• Exploring and analysing illustrative video practice reports, teaching and learning materials.
•​ Feed up on the course task: (re)design and develop a differentiated learning scenario-based lesson: selecting textbook topic / unit in current practice for elaboration
• Hands-on activities: familiarization with and developing pilot materials for selected software tools

Day 3

• Focus on techniques & tools (e.g. instructional videos) to support instruction & differentiation.
• Introduction to the differentiation matrix and the flipped mastery model
• Exploring and analysing sample materials.
• Learner strategies to support personalised learning: focus on Tools to support exploiting personal vocabulary files and individual vocab review activities.
•Finding and using resources. Copyright & OER.
• Hands-on activities: familiarization with and adapting & developing teaching materials for selected software tools

​Day 4

•​ Differentiation techniques for receptive skills development activities
• ​Designing tasks and projects that promote learner voice & choice
• Exploring and analysing sample materials.
• Guidelines for collaborative learning and differentiation
• Exploring and analysing related sample materials.
• Hands-on materials production

Day 5

• Differentiation techniques for productive skills development activities
•Tools and procedures for the production and (peer & self) assessment of learner products
• Exploring and analysing sample materials.
• ICT to organise your teaching
• Finishing Lesson materials

​Day 6

• Future developments: Automated & Adaptive testing / Learner analytics
• Strategies and resources for further professional development
• Finishing Lesson materials
• Presentations of Lessons
• Course wrap-up and evaluation

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