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Technologically-Enhanced Language Learning Pedagogy

A Thriving Partnership between schools and universities in different countries. Teacher Training for primary languages informed by the latest Technology. Successfull teacher training in a european partnership.

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Welcome to TELLP

This website aims to introduce our primary language learning teacher training project.

The project is undertaken to contribute to the European vision to create a European knowledge-based society (Lisbon Strategy, 2000) that is plurilingual and culturally astute (Action Plan, 2004-6).

Crucial to the implementation of the Action Plan is the provision, at national levels, of a suitably qualified teaching profession to teach languages at primary level and to embed language learning in the national curricula. As European teacher educators there are clear implications for training.

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

Our Core Objectives

To train a new generation of primary class-teachers who will be equipped to teach the future generations of European children who, through language learning, will open a window onto the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe (Council of Europe, 2003).

Using new technology the trainees, specialising to teach primary languages in the three partner teacher training institutions (Manchester Metropolitan University, in Manchester, UK; the University of Granada in Spain; the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maítres in Niort, Poitou-Charentes, France - now Université de Poitiers) are learning to plan for language teaching and learning embedded in the schools´ curriculum.

Thus we aim to address both new technologies and the increasing interest in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) Europe-wide in our teacher training programmes.

The Projects Central Aim

At the centre of our project is the use of a learning platform, video-conferencing facilities and related technologies such as digital cameras for children in six schools (two in England, two in France and two in Spain) to learn languages through a shared curriculum mediated by these new technologies.

The schools themselves have funding 2006-09 under Comenius 1 for their work with this technology, which provides an invaluable opportunity for training a new generation of primary languages teachers. Thus our project has as its central aim an innovative context for initial teacher training within a technologically-enhanced, holistic, cross-curricularapproach to teaching languages in the primary schools of the three countries.
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This novel context allows the trainees to develop a deeper understanding of the need to integrate language teaching into the primary curriculum and how to exploit new technologies to support this.

This also permits trainees to engage in professional dialogue with experienced teachers and trainees within different education systems. Shared approaches that permit trainees to see themselves as European and not just citizens and educators at a national level in turn inform their professional practice.
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The CTLI Project

The Six Schools Project and the TELLP Project form part of an initiative jointly funded by the TDA (Teacher Development Agency for Schools) and Microsoft. Their mission statement:

" The Collaborative Technologies in Languages Initiative (CTLI) project is an international project in which the six primary schools, the three initial teaching training (ITT) institutions and local authorities and regional governments in England, France and Spain are working together using a shared curriculum to develop and improve the teaching and learning of languages. The project aims to ensure that the integration of foreign languages does not create a burden on the existing curriculum, but enriches existing work in all three countries. The use of technology creates a resource base for teachers, trainees and pupils, and real communication gives meaning to language learning. Further detail can be found at "

News & Events

21 November:

Training on the new Learning Platform with the Six Schools staff and the TDA in London
More information coming soon.

January 2009:

We welcome the Spanish trainees to Manchester
More information coming soon.

3 July 2009:

International conference at MMU.
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View flyer for details (french)
View flyer for details (spanish)

27 November 2009:

Local Seminar MMU

Wednesday 2 December - Friday 4 December 2009:

Filming and editing a video clip to upload onto the platform
MMU training session

11 January 2010

Spanish trainees arrive in Manchester

1 - 26 March 2010

MMU trainees go to France and Spain

May 2010

French trainees arrive in Manchester

Coming soon in summer term 2010

Follow-up workshop to July 2009 conference at MMU
Mentor training at MMU: filming, editing and uploading
New project details: Talk TELLP

Our Partners

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Université de Poitiers Until 2008, the IUFM of Poitou-Charentes was a higher educational institution under the supervision of le Ministére de l´Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche which has pedagogical and administrative autonomy. Now integrated into the Université de Poitou-Charentes, it is responsible for initial training for teachers and continuous professional development as well as contributing to research in education. The training is given in the four sites of the IUFM in the 4 départements of the Poitou-Charentes Académie: Poitiers, Angouléme, La Rochelle and Niort.

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Universidad de Granada The University of Granada currently runs 51 degree courses, 24 diploma courses, 141 doctorate programmes and a wide range of courses. Teacher education resides within Social Sciences and Law and includes Hearing and Language Specialities, Special Education, Physical Education, Infant Education, Musical Education, Primary Education and Foreign Languages. All these degrees are offered in the Faculty of Education Sciences as well as those of Pedagogy, Psychopedagogy and Social Education.