TOOLS has developed a free
online service / tool,
language teachers from
LdV, Erasmus, and
Grundtvig sectors to
webpages for language
learning with all words
automatically linked to
online dictionaries in
The advantage of a fully
online tool is that it
works from all
existing and future
operating systems it
creation of language
webpages from and to
mobile devices like
tablets (e.g. iPads).
The resulting webpages support all
characters (UTF8) so it
can be usefor languages like
Lithuanian and Arabic.
The project teams
have demonstrated the
system strengths and
made exemplary language
learning materials for
Arabic, Danish, Gaelic
Portuguese, and Spanish
The Clil4U project will assist implementation of CLIL in primary schools and in vocational colleges through:
- 6 promotional videos showing CLIL used in classes
- 48 ready to use CLIL scenarios complete with instructions and materials
- Online collection of materials and commented links to resources
- Advisory materials to be used for including parents of primary school children in the CLIL process.
To prepare content and language teachers for implementation of CLIL the project will:
- Develop a teacher course on application of CLIL
- Develop online language courses for content teachers (to ensure the needed language level)
- Offer the content teachers a placement test and certification of language level according to CEF.
Methods is a TOI (transfer of innovation) project based on the original BP-BLTM and later the Pools-m projects, which selected five communicative language teaching methods suitable for VET teachers and their students, especially those preparing for or in the midst of work placement in other countries. For each method the project developed sets of materials and instructions for exemplary lessons.
To help the training of the less experienced teachers the use of the methods and materials are demonstrated through instructional video recordings of exemplary lessons.
The main outputs to be translated, adapted and transferred during the Methods project period are:
-A video library with subtitled commented recordings of the five methods used in real classes.
-A manual with five method descriptions, instructions and ready to copy and use materials
-An International Work Placement Guide
The project will transfer the BP-BLTM and pools-m results toFrance (Guadeloupe), Malta, and Slovenia by adapting and translating the guide, the methods manuals, the ready to use in classes materials, and the subtitles for the project videos. Back to Top
Pools-3 (Producing Open Online Learning Systems -3) has been approved for an EU grant in the period 2013-2015. POOLS-3 is coordinated by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO), the teams come from Belgium, Catalunya, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Éire, and Scotland. EfVET has been chosen as dissemination partner with access to thousands of vocational colleges across Europe.
Pools-3 is a Transfer of Innovation (TOI) project which will exploit the results from the "original" pools project and pools-2, which developed materials for language teaching and learning as well as teacher training courses.
Pools-3 will transfer the core outputs of pools and pools-2 to three new languages: Catalan, Czech, and Irish
The Pools-3 project target group is teachers of the LWUTL (Less Widely Used and Taught Languages) in technical colleges. Due to the limited range of ICT materials for these languages the teachers often have to develop materials themselves if they want to exploit the many advantages of eLearning.
The final products are:
1. Pools of online Copyleft symbol copyleft materials to be used during in-service teacher training courses and in teaching.
2. Flexible competence based language teacher course modules on ICT methodologies and development of ICT based teaching resources.
3. A DVD with step by step instructions and examples on how to create multimedia online material.
4. A course book (downloadable .pdf file) with description of language teaching eLearning materials and methodologies
System - Tools)
was approved for an EU
grant in the period
2008-2010. POOLS-T was
coordinated by "Syddansk
teams came from Denmark,
Greece, the Netherlands, Scotland,
The project developed tools for the CLIL
(Content and Language
as well as a
guide on how to apply
the tools in a CLIL
The tools convert
texts and web pages to
html pages where all
words are hyperlinked to
free online dictionaries
combinations of European
support for audio, video
and graphics to enrich /
support the text
The project results and
outputs are used by
teachers using CLIL, and
Pools-2 (Producing Open Online Learning Systems - 2) was approved for an EU grant in the period
2009-2011. POOLS-2 was
coordinated by Confederación Española
de Centros de Enseñanza
the teams came from
Scotland, and Spain. EfVET was a
with access to thousands
of vocational colleges
Pools-2 was a Transfer of
Innovation (TOI) project
which exploited the
results from the "original" pools
developed materials for
language teaching and
learning as well as
transferred the core
outputs of pools to
three new languages:
Greek, Maltese, and
The POOLS-2 project target
group is teachers of
the LWUTL (Less Widely
Used and Taught
Languages) in technical
colleges. Due to the
limited range of ICT
materials for these
languages the teachers
often have to develop
materials themselves if
they want to exploit the
many advantages of
1. Pools of online copyleft materials to be
used during in-service
teacher training courses
and in teaching.
2. Flexible competence
based language teacher
course modules on ICT
development of ICT based
3. A DVD with step by
step instructions and
examples on how to
create multimedia online
4. A course book (downloadable
.pdf file) with
description of language
(Pools of language
teaching methods) was an
EU supported two years
project, which started on
December 1st 2009. The
project transferred the result of a
previous project BP-BLTM
which portrayed five
teaching methods in
manuals and with
instruction videos, for
each method there are
ready to use materials
in Basque, Danish,
Dutch, English, German,
Romania, and Spanish.
translated and adapted
the existing materials
Portuguese as well as
prepare new materials
for the methods
The CLIL Guidebook was updated in June 2016 in all the language versions and in both formats. Please mail email@example.com if you find links that do not work or have edit suggestions. Go to the Guidebook.
The Clil4U teams have worked through all the CLIL scenarios and most of them have been updated with new and working links. The CLIL Guidebook has also been updated so all links are valid and it now contains links to the six videos demonstrating use of the scenarios in primary schools and vocational colleges. The English and Italian versions are now ready for download (the others will be ready by end of June): http://www.languages.dk/clil4u/index.html#Guidebook
We have got word that work is sheduled on 25 June, i.e. a week on Saturday, to replace a microwave dish transmitting the SMO Internet connection. Sometime between 09:00 and 20:00 UK time, our connection will go down for five hours or less.
It is a pleasure to read the pools project statistics:
Clil4U: The project outcomes are being downloaded in number beyond our expectations, e.g. the total number of downloads of the CLIL Guidebooks (in Danish, English, Italian, Maltese, and Spanish) was at the end of April 205,558. The number of lookups in the resource bank was 55276
TOOLS: There are now more than 2309 ready to use units in Clilstore plus 1271 units under construction. 483 new units were created in April
Meet POOLS members at Eurocall 2016 in Limassol, Cyprus in August. The POOLS proposal entitled “Enhanced TOOLS for CLIL and Clil4U” has been assessed by the Programme Committee and has been accepted for inclusion in the EUROCALL2016 programme as a 30-minute Reflective Practice paper.
EUROCALL is pleased to offer a full scholarship to a EUROCALL member for the online MA in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) offered by the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) Language Centre, for the academic year 2016-2017. For further information please download the document here.
The CLIL Guidebook has been downloaded 159,853 times (79,493 times in Italian,
54,214 times in English,
26,146 times in Spanish, the downloads per month for the Danish, Greek, and Maltese versions are not included as only downloads above 2,000 are registered in the website files). Go to the CLIL Guidebooks.
A kindred project (VOCAL-Medical project (Vocationally Oriented Culture and Language – Medical) is presenting its activities, read more here
One of the POOLS friends Tadha Vanita has prepared a sequence of Hot Potatoes exercises. Try them here
The ELT Council in Malta has approved the Clil4U course offered by ETI-Malta as valid CPD which can count towards CPD required for the renewal of EFL warrants. EFL teachers need at least 32 hours of CPD every 4 years. Download the course description.
Call for Participation in TESOL's Electronic Village Online (EVO)2016:
For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by land-based professional development conventions and allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.
Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. It is not necessary to be a TESOL member or attend the TESOL Convention in order to participate. All you need is access to the Internet. Choose a session from this year's offerings, listed below. And please inform your colleagues about this unparalleled professional development opportunity! The EVO Coordination Team. More information: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/10708567/FrontPage
Do not miss the exciting opportunity to present a paper, a symposium, an EU-funded project, a workshop, or a poster
at the EuroCALL 2016 (http://eurocall2016.org/). The 23rd EUROCALL Conference will be held at the Cyprus University of Cyprus in Lemesos (Limassol) Cyprus from 24th to 27th August 2016.
EUROCALL conferences are hosted under the auspices of the EUROCALL Association. They bring together educators, researchers,
PhD students, administrators, designers of software and language learning systems, policy makers and other professionals involved in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) around the globe.
Clil4U: The teams are busy running courses across Europe and a long distance course is offered starting January:
Estimated effort: One week,
Start of course: January 4th 2016,
Course duration: Six weeks
Kindred projects: One of the project friends, Babelium has delivered impressive results:
After many months of video production, almost 400 videos in English, French, German, and Spanish have been created by the Babelium team. All of the video exercises have been created under a Creative Commons licence so that they are freely available for use by anyone and can be adapted by teachers if necessary to meet the learning requirements of their students.
The project is currently finishing its piloting phase in which any potential issues are being identified via user feedback and implemented in the platform.
During this piloting phase which is taking place in France, Latvia and Spain, all of the videos will be available at http:// llp.babeliumproject.com. Once the piloting has concluded, the required changes and improvements will be implemented and the final platform will be made available at www.babeliumproject.com
Last week we had the fourth partners meeting in Galway and we reviewed and discussed the feedbacks obtained during the piloting phase.
Clil4U: The project has developed a CLIL course for content and language teachers. The course has three parts: A pre-course with a combination of language teaching and CLIL content, a CLIL course based on blended learning starting with a face to face course and followed by online assignments, and a post course, which deals with language certification according to the CEF.
Pools-3: Pools-3 teacher training courses are now accredited by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in the Czech Republic. Download the document
Kindred projects: Lingu@network is a new project to involve users in Lingu@netWorldwide
Lingu@net is a website to promote language learning, a multilingual virtual resource centre developed over more than 10 years by language, information and technical experts worldwide. It offers 5,000 online resources in 100s of languages and is searchable in over 30 languages. Download brochure
Pools-3 and TOOLS: The online services Clilstore and Wordlink are now again up and running after they by Google was wrongly listed as phishing sites. We have asked for a review, but are still waiting for the ban to be lifted.
Clil4U: The project has translated the CLIL Guidebook into Danish, English, Greek, Italian, Maltese, and Spanish. Download the .pdf version of the CLIL Guidebook in
Pools: You can meet members from three of the pools projects(Clil4U, Methods, and Pools-3) at the Eurocall 2015 conference in Padova. Register here.
Kindred Projects: The Open University, UK, partner of the ExplOERer project (supporting OER re-use in learning ecosystems) runs a survey on the ways in which educators learn about use and re-use of online resources. This study will support the creation of support materials and on-line courses to help educators create, share, discover and re-use open educational resources (OER) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9TWC8GVThe survey is led by Professor Allison Littlejohn, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK.
The project has finished the planned CLIL Guidebook, which is a handbook for subject and language teachers, especially those who are new to CLIL and who need some inspirational materials with ideas and advice on best ways to prepare colleagues, pupils/students, and parents/employers for the implementation. Download the CLIL Guidebook in
Kindred Projects: The LangOER network is a three-year European Commission funded project concerning Open Educational Resources (OER) in less used European languages running between 2014-2016. In the first half-year of the project, the current situation of OER was mapped, investigating 23 European languages. The result was a state-of-the-art report illustrating a scarce picture but also pointing at topics that are important to move the field forward, such as policies, language barriers, and multilingualism. Although there are a few national initiatives, there are still challenging issues to deal with related to linguistic concern for future development. Visit the project website: http://langoer.eun.org/
Clil4U: The project has prepared an online language course for content teachers, who want to learn about CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). The course will serve as both a language course and as preparation for a CLIL teacher course. Try the course here: https://sites.google.com/site/clil4uprecourse/
Clil4U: During the work with the CLIL guidebook the teams have prepared a number of short videos with interviews of parents, teachers, and students as well as videos showing CLIL in classes. Watch the videos from: http://www.languages.dk/clil4u/index.html#videos
Pools-3: The teams have started running pilot courses. To verify the suitability of the developed material we use a set of online evaluation forms:
You can now register for the 2015 Eurocal conference in Padova, 26-29 August 2015, where you can meet members from the POOLS project teams (Clil4U, Methods, and Pools-3). Go to the conference website: http://www.eurocall2015.it/
Clil4U: The teams have prepared five new scenarios (all with with ready to use materials) with integration of teaching ICT and language. The scenarios are meant for vocational colleges, but can also be used in general education:
Clil4U: The teams have started compiling a collection of freely available online materials to be used for CLIL. The bank will have materials in all the project languages to serve CLIL based provision in the LWUTL. Materials in English may be dominant in existing websites, but the teams will strive to ensure that the bank will be sufficient for implementation of CLIL in languages that are not mainstream. Go to the materials databank.
Pools-3 and Tools: NEW additon to Clilstore functions prepared by the Pools-3 teams: You can now upload files like Hot Potatoes exercises or Word documents directly into Clilstore. Read how to do it in this guide: Download How to Upload and Link to Files
TOOLS: We are preparing a guide on how to upload files into Clilstore so these can be used as additional exercises or students assignments. It is now possible to upload a series of exercises prepared in Hot Potatoes. Please return to this page soon to read the guide (it is now being proof read)
Pools-3: The teams met in Brno and produced a number of online units in Clilstore using the new Clilstore facility where one can upload exercises:
Learn Irish through a sequence of video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises lige fill-in the bland, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: http://multidict.net/cs/2248
Learn Catalan through a sequence of video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises lige fill-in the bland, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: http://multidict.net/cs/2247
Learn Ccech through a sequence of video with text linked word by word to +100 languages and language exercises lige fill-in the bland, mixed words, crossword puzzles, and more: http://multidict.net/cs/2246
Tools: The project teams are still at work supported by ideas from our end users (teachers and students). Most development right now is dealing with dictionaries, lemmatization and especially how to better serve the Arabic language. Read more about Tools News here.
Pools-3: The project teams will meet in Brno in the 2nd week of September. After almost a full project year the teams are now preparing for running teacher courses in the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, and Catalonea. Read the workshop agenda.
Clil4U: The teams are in the process of writing a CLIL guide which will promote CLIL. Read the outline here.
Tools: The project was presented at the Eurocall 2014 conference in Groningen by Ana Gimeno, Caoimhín O Donaill, and Kent Andersen with a presentation "Supporting CLIL through Technology".Download the Powerpoint presentation here.
The text for publication in the Eurocall proceedings can be downloaded here
Tools, Pools-3, Methods, and Clil4U materials on display during Eurocall 2014 in Groningen
Tools: The project finished the EU co-funded period on June 30th, but the efforts and exploitation of the outcomes continue. We have also received the final external evaluation report from the subcontracted evaluator (Angelic Bucur). Download the report here.
Clil4U: Three new scenarios have been put online with ready to use materials:
The Domotics (House Automation Systems) Module is suitable for students of level B1 and upwards, it is part of the vocational training of electricians, but it is also of value to other disciplines. Go to the Domotics scenario
The IHC Programming module is suitable for students of level A2 (absolute minimum) and upwards, it is part of the vocational training of electricians and deals with how to program and test an IHC DOMOTICS system. Students should have worked with the DOMITICS scenario prior to the IHC programming. Go to the IHC Programming scenario
The Web Page Task scenario makes use of "task based learning", the studentswill need to be at language level A2-B1 and upwards. The class will be divided into four groups, each group is given a task brief covering
• How to get a free website with email accounts.
• How to send files to the website using FTP (File Transfer Protocol). Demands for netiquette (rules for proper email behaviour)
• How to write a webpage using HTML and CSS coding
• Where to get free graphics for your website including how to reduce the file size so the pages load quickly and the copyright rules for texts and graphics. Go to the Web Page Task scenario
Registration for EUROCALL2014 is open. Almost 200 papers from presenters all over the world have been accepted, so we are looking forward to offering you an attractive and varied programme in our lively university city of Groningen. Please register in time. You will find all the registration details, including accommodation, on: http://www.eurocall2014.nl/?page_id=103
Please note that early-bird rate ends on 31 May. If you are not a member of EUROCALL or one of the affiliated associations, allow for a few days for the registration to be completed.
Clil4U: We have uploaded a new scenario "Plants" for primary schools. The scenario will give the learners understanding of plants as living things. It will be an introduction to the parts of a plant and their functions: roots, leaf / leaves, stem and flower. Plants is suitable for learners from level A1: http://languages.dk/clil4u/scenarios/sc8/
Another scenario titled the Solar System targets pupils from level A1 with the aim to learn the names and some charasteristics of the planets that form the Solar System and to understand the Sun and the Earth as a part of the Solar System: http://languages.dk/clil4u/scenarios/sc9
Tools: The TOOLS partnership now offers free online courses on how to
-make multimedia rich webpage units with Clilstore where all words are linked to +100 languages and a plethora of online dictionaries
-make best use of Clilstore units in the class room including CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) pedagogy
The participants will be given tasks to submit to the TOOLS teachers, who will give advice and feedback directly through email.
The duration of the course will be one month through which the participants will have to put in the equivalent of two workdays.
The target groups are content and language teachers with an interest in CLIL. All languages are welcome, there will, however, be a dedicated group for teachers of Arabic and Lithuanian.
Deadline for enrolling in the courses is May 15th 2014.
To enrol in the courses email firstname.lastname@example.org with the text “TOOLS online courses” and a brief description of yourself (student/teacher of …)
Tools: Major improvements to the online service a.k.a. Clilstore. Clilstore now features a "click count" which shows how many words users have clicked on in each unit (starting from April 2014), just click on "Unit info".
Pools-3: During the 2nd project meeting the tems prepared three videos, two of these have been deployed in Clilstore so all words are linked to online dictionaries, try:
Tools: The Danish project team ran a Tools course in Aalborg at Aalborg Handelsskole (A commercial college). The feedback from the 19 participants gave us valuable insight that will be used for restructuring the upcoming teacher courses in Denmark (One more in Aalborg, Roskilde, Copenhagen, Odense, and a larger scale course in Fredericia targeting teachers from vocational colleges in Southern Denmark. The Aalborg course resulted in 16 Clilstore units, nine of them ready to use and seven marked as "under construction"
BABELIUM, a project dealing with innovative ICT-based learning methodology and content for second-language oral expression is one of the Pools kindred projects, learn more from their website: http://www.babelium-project.eu
Erasmus+ courses in Malta: In February, Methods and CLIL4U were disseminated to teachers from the Netherlands, Romania, France, Poland, Sweden, Slovenia, Hungary, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Finland, and Denmark. Other teachers from different countries will also be visiting ETI over March and the Easter period.
ETI is currently receiving several enquiries about the new grant, and how teachers can apply for funding. For more information on Erasmus + Grants, go to: www.etimalta.com or contact: email@example.com
EU fundable summercourses for professionals in Language Education In collaboration with the Universities of Antwerp, Nice, Valencia and Catalunya (OU) TELLconsult is coordinating summercourses on effective Interactive Whiteboards use and WEB 2.0 technologies to develop oral proficiency and telecollaboration based on the results of related, 2-year EU projects
These courses may qualify for European Key Action 1 grant assistance under the new Erasmus+ funding framework, the more since they can support the realization of internationalization ambitions of educational organisations.
More information about the course descriptions, day-to-day programmes and international teams of animators involved is available at: http://www.koenraad.info/content/current-courses
One of the possible scenarios in Clil4U is "Marketing". We have therefore prepared an online sequence of units: http://multidict.net/cs/1603 The units are based onoutcomes from a project from 1999, which is still very much in use.
Clil4U: The project funded period has started. The teams are now preparing for the kick-off meeting in Madrid at the end of the month. The project consortium has secured Davis Marsh for external quality control. Read more about the project from www.languages.dk/clil4u
Pools-3: The Catalan team has finished producing a DIY video for teachers with voice over in Catalan. The video demonstrates how to produce online materials where all words are linked to +100 languages. Watch the video
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