Event for the use of digital learning applications in early English language learning

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly (E-CE/UTH) and the Institute of Bio-Economy and Agri-Technology of the National Centre for Research and Technology – Hellas (IBO / CERTH in collaboration with Mrs. Vasiliki Papaioannou, English Language School Advisor of the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Magnesia, are organizing an event on “Digital Educational Tools for Early English Language Support”. The event will take place at the Xenia Hotel in Volos on Monday 13 November 2017 and will run from 17:00 to 19:00. Registration will begin at 16:30.

The event is addressed to English language teachers working with young learners as well as to people interested in using computer technology, in particular digital learning games technology, as an educational tool in the context of wider foreign language skills development activities.

The event is organized as part of the European LanguageGames project, funded by the European Commission’s ERASMUS + program. The purpose of the research project, involving organizations from Romania, Estonia and the United Kingdom, is to develop digital tools based on emerging exploratory learning methodologies that promote language learning at an early age, contributing positively to more efficient production capacity language as well as to the general cognitive development of a child. In the context of the research project, digital implementation as well as supporting content for teachers has been developed. The learning application applies gaming technology to the learning of English language by young children. It aims to develop basic vocabulary of children on issues related to their lives, school and everyday life.

The audience will have the opportunity to be exposed to issues related to innovative learning methodologies that use gaming technology to develop language skills, to follow demonstration of the digital software developed within the LanguageGames research project, and to see results from use of LanguageGames learning intervention at kindergartens and primary schools in Magnesia.

The audience will be given the LanguageGames software, teacher support material, and a participation certificate.

More information is available on the research project website http://languagegames.eu. Professor Elias Houstis is scientifically responsible for the research project for the University of Thessaly, while Hariklia Tslapata is organizationally responsible. Scientific coordinator of the Center for Research and Technology – Hellas is Mr. Dionysis Bochtis. For more information, please contact the following telephone numbers: 24210 74513 (E-CE / UTH) and 24210 96740 (IBO / CERTH).