An appetite for learning and working - GoLeWe

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The University Centre for Language Education participates in a project within Interreg IV with different partners. The general goal of the project is based on the idea that everyone needs to create an appetite to learn and work (GoLeWe). The project partners consider this not to be an unattainable dream, but as a serious challenge. At the UCT language learning is of course the focus. We hope to expand our expertise on this and share it with the project partners and the people interested.

In a first aspect we work on individualised learning trajectories for language learning. Wouldn’t it be nice for every student to run through a language learning trajectory based on his language knowledge and his individual learning style? In this way a student who is very strong in reading, but still needs extra practice for grammar can focus on that. Does the student have a learning style that is especially based on processing theory and having a visual memory? Then this student needs to be offered grammar in that way. Or is the student more focussed on experimenting by himself and does he only look up the theory when it seems to go wrong? This too is a possibility within the individual learning trajectory. In this way we strengthen the language learning of each student. We are convinced that in this individualized way the motivation of students will also increase. For this first part we have found and ideal partner in the language centre of the HZ University (Vlissingen). During earlier talks, it became clear that they often come across the same difficulties. Therefore we dream of thinking out a motivating approach for language learning.

In a second part, we work on a script to organize a course of Academic Dutch. With this course we want to intensify the flow of disadvantaged groups in higher education. A student who has acquired mainly practical language from home and/or secondary school (often background BSO/TSO) will have more and more difficulties as the language becomes progressively abstract: the norm becomes more complex. Because of this they can concentrate less on the content of lectures and these become increasingly a language lesson. The high standards form an extra obstruction.

In the academic year 2008-2009 we developed a course based on authentic material that students in higher education are confronted with. Hence there are modules ‘taking notes during a lecture’ or ‘answering exam questions’. Research skills are also dealt with (e.g. determining the subject, selecting and judging sources). Most attention is paid to the writing process and becoming aware of the academic style (with practical writing and reading assignments). Each module consists out of 3 hours of classical assignments and individual processing within an online learning platform. During their first academic year, students are followed up during monthly gathering so they can share their success stories and receive feedback for any problems.

Within the GoLeWe project we will first thoroughly evaluate the course in September. On the one hand this is based on an informal evaluation of the material done by the teachers (both in general as per module) and on the other hand on a formal evaluation done by the students (both for practical aspects as for the content of the guidance trajectory). For this action the UCT works together with the different interested partners, among others the NHTV Internationale Hogeschool Breda (Breda University of Applied Sciences). They work analogously on an adjusted learning trajectory of Dutch from a continuous learning line of Dutch, which corresponds to the starting competences of higher education in The Netherlands. The comparison between the approach in The Netherlands and Flanders will without a doubt yield interesting insights.

On the GoLeWe site you will find the UCT realizations within this project (info in Dutch):

Some of the project's dissemination activities can be visited via these links (info in Dutch):

 

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