Stand 4: SpeakApps

SpeakApps aims to provide a holistic solution for improving speaking skills in foreign languages. The project develops ICT-based services and pedagogies to practice oral competencies online: speaking production and interaction as described in the Common European Framework of Reference. The project website will include the following: 1) the learning activities and materials, 2) the learning tools: audioblog, videoconferencing and a content management tool for synchronous tasks, 3) a ready-to-use platform for teachers who want their students to use these activities, materials and tools but do not have or wish to set up the required technological infrastructure and support. The SpeakApps activities and tools are designed to be used both within face-to-face courses and as the main speaking activities for online courses and will be available in six languages: Catalan, Dutch, English, Irish, Polish and Swedish. SpeakApps is funded with support from the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.



Christine Appel, Fundacio per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Christine Appel works at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunyain Barcelona where she coordinates EFL and teacher training courses in the School of Languages and is an active member of the eLearn Centre. She is currently the coordinator of the Lifelong Learning Programme project, SpeakApps led by the Office of Learning Technologies. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Her current research interests include Computer-mediated Communication, Distance education, Task-based Learning, and Computer-supported collaborative learning in the L2.