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LQuest - LanguageQuests
Ton Koenraad

Target groups
Language teachers

Languages
English

Published
2007

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This project is about the development and use of LanguageQuests. The LanguageQuest concept is derived form Bernie Dodge's WebQuest. According to Dodge, 'A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet…' It is a task-based, integrated approach, drawing heavily on principles of collaborative learning. But performing a WebQuest with the help of internet resources in a foreign language does not automatically result in second language acquisition (SLA).

The concept 'LanguageQuest' (Dutch: 'TalenQuest', ) is an innovative approach, targeted at adapting the WebQuest idea to the specific requirements of instructed SLA instruction, based on theoretical insights from SLA research, resulting in:

improved task design and methodology for realistic, content oriented, functional, task-based foreign language learning;
a set of support instruments: quality criteria based on a SLA Model clarification of task features that trigger useful and effective language learning activities a template, customised for the production of TalenQuests.
a rubric for the assessment of the pedagogical qualities of TalenQuests
LanguageQuests are designed to promote an integrated approach to communicative, realistic and functional SLA. The work of this project will focus on the implementation and dissemination of this concept, covering methodology as well as ICT, materials development and course design and aiming especially at the potential and impact of ICT and new forms of collaborative work on language education.

It combines the ECML's orientations towards training of experts in language education and research and development. The results will encourage the implementation and dissemination of innovative approaches to the learning and teaching of languages. The workshop aims at raising competence and skills levels, especially in the field of ICT use in FL-education. The outcomes apply to all levels of education, from primary school to university.
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