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Talk with me - The Social Way to Learn a Language

Researchers (2)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  19532  PhD Mihaela Brumen  Educational studies  Head  2008 - 2011  321 
2.  36922  Andreja Nekrep  Economics  Researcher  2008 - 2011  69 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0589  University of Maribor, Faculty of Education  Maribor  5089638013  12,964 
Although the number of language learners for East European languages has increased,there are still insufficient web-based online language learning offers available. Theproject intends to fill this gap and develops a platform for language learning for Czech,Slovak, Hungarian and Slovenian.The attractiveness of web-based social networks will be the starting point for aninteractive way to learn, through the “Talk-with-me Platform” with a view at motivatingtarget groups less inclined to language learning. It will stimulate exchanges between theparticipants who want to tutor or be tutored by interactive features, e.g. forum, chat, orvideo, and enable rich and multi-directional intercultural dialogue. The platform will alsomake use of the potentials of virtual 3D interactive learning in a social communityenvironment (Second Life).The free platform will provide dynamic contents for the level A (basic user) mainly forpeople who work in sectors where cross-border collaboration requires a certain level ofunderstanding the neighbouring language. The open structure aims at challenging itsmembers by allowing them to upload additional contents. The platform will be linked toweb based language courses for English and German to support the social componentand commitment by teaching and learning from other members of the “Talk with me”community.In addition, the project will develop “Didactic Guidelines” on how to introduce virtual 3Dlearning environments into existing teaching schemes, with relation to the specificdemand and need of individual users, the specific learning cultures and to therequirements of vocational training providers.
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