Knowledge of foreign languages and, above all, knowledge of the national language of the country in which people live and work in is fundamental to professional success and social integration in society. Due to the problem that language learning is very time and cost intensive, new ways of teaching language skills are needed. The digitalization of recent years has created opportunities to teach even complex content in online tools and courses. In order to be able to use these efficiently in language teaching, teachers in this field also need the corresponding skills. This is at the same time the main objective of the project Fit4DigiLinE.
The Erasmus+ project “Fit 4 Digital Linguistic Education”, which is conducted by bit schulungscenter, aims at creating an European knowledge base of digital competences for language educators and providing the European adult educational landscape with a newly developed online assessment tool.
Thus, the project team, which consists of six partners of five different countries (Italy, Greece, Finland, Spain and Austria), is developing the following materials, courses and tools to enhance the digital, social and personal skills of language teachers:
- A REPORT on Motivation and limitations for digital transfer of languages including the results of a survey about demands and needs of educators and participants, best practice examples about digital tools and their usage as well as learning materials
- An E-LEARNING COURSE: trainer modules incl. videos and self-reflection tasks on personal, social and digital competences for teaching languages in a digital setting
- An ASSESSMENT TOOL for digital, social and personal competences
- A TRAIN-THE-TRAINER GUIDE to use the assessment center
- A MOOC: digital competences for languages educators
With these project results, the competence area of digital language education and the use of digital tools for language teachers will be promoted. Furthermore, language schools should develop an awareness of the benefits of using online communication technologies with their students and a Europe-wide knowledge base of digital literacy combined with personal and social skills should be achieved. In addition, this is intended to ensure language learning independent of time and costs.