- Planning, concept and development of learning materials, webdesign
- Teacher of English
- Concept and development of learning materials
- Student of English and American Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
Tapping the full potential of the internet
The internet offers multiple possibilities and advantages of designing learning materials. Our priority has been to take advantage of this. One example is the valuable evaluation of learners' data input into the system. In addition to being presented with a solution, the learner is also presented with feedback that analyzes their errors. Despite the many possibilities that the internet offers, we have also taken into consideration its didactic borders and limitations.
Hierarchies of learning goals
The structure of the language course is based on the curriculum of the Bavarian and Baden-Württemberg Ministries of Education.
Learning in context
An important condition for learning success is the
design of learning materials in real-life contexts. These conditions
have guided the development of the portal. Thus the vocabulary database
has been organized into topical categories. In addition to single words,
chunks can also be learned. Furthermore, single vocabulary are enriched
by definitions and examplary sentences.
In the subportals, the learners are presented with many authentic multimedia-based learning units covering different subjects. As a result, the learners can choose the learning units that are in line with their interests.
The goal of this project has been the consideration
of different learner types and their requirements.
As a result, inductive and deductive learning is possible. A range of configuration possibilities allow the flexible presentation of learning materials. For example, the learners can individually choose which word list contents they want to be displayed.
Some of the exercises can also be customized by the learner. When using the vocabulary trainer, the learners can choose which information (word, definition, image, audio, …) will be presented and which information they want to type in (word, translation).
The language course
The language course is a guided online programme, which the learner uses to learn step-by-step the foundation of the target language through the help of an interesting serial story. It is especially suitable for beginners as well as all learners who prefer guided learning.
A feature of each unit is the similar organization and design which support the student's orientation in the following way: After exposure to the language and the focus on language structures, what has been learned is applied and tested.
The organization of the language course is based on proven hierarchies of learning goals to assure that the learning materials are presented in a meaningful order.
The linguistic areas
In this part of the website, the learning materials are topically organized. Learners can choose which specific areas and aspects of the foreign language they want to learn. The various exercises support the transfer of passive learning into active application. Through the use of different multimedia, the requirements of the learner types are met.
The linguistic skills
This part of the learning portal offers various possibilities to train the learners' communicative skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The learners can dive into the foreign language (eg through audio books) and at the same time train their language production.