MOVE-ME: MOOCs for university students on the move in Europe
The MOVE-ME project aims to develop a learning path specifically designed for students in mobility programmes and aimed at the development of language fluency for communication in academic contexts, supporting learners in the acquisition of the competences and skills necessary for decoding expository texts relating to specific disciplines, developing the ability to produce various types of oral/written academic texts.
European third level education is characterized by the huge phenomenon of student mobility, which is bound to increase exponentially as market globalization and internationalization of education become more and more established.
Students on mobility programmes usually have a B1/B2 level of language competence and they enrol in courses where they are required to negotiate the considerable difficulties of academic language and also organize learning autonomously and independently. However competences necessary for everyday standard use of a language differ considerably from those required for communication in academic contexts.
The primary objective of the project is to facilitate the integration of students in academic mobility , enhancing their ability to function in academic and specialized contexts and developing their ability of learning to learn. In particular:
- Increase students’ awareness of the language learning process and knowing how to use effective learning strategies;
- Increase students’ understanding of written and oral expository texts relating to academic disciplines ;
- Improve the quality of oral and written expository texts produced by students and relating to academic disciplines;
- Improve students’ performance at oral and written exams in L2;
- Provide specific guidelines and a syllabus for the creation of MOOCs for languages for academic purposes;
- Provide specific guidelines for the evaluation of language MOOCs;
- Create OERs which support autonomous and independent learning;
- Develop a website which will host all OERs created during the project.
- Reviewing “the state of the art” about the use of MOOCs in language learning
- Planning, development and creation of MOOCs and OERs
- Pilot Phase (Delivery and evaluation of the two MOOCs)
- Impact and dissemination actions
- Evaluation and monitoring tools
We intend to exploit the opportunities afforded by Massive Online Open Courses to facilitate the integration of all students participating in mobility programmes and increase their prospects for personal growth, employment, social inclusion and active citizenship.
Results and expected impact
At different levels (local, regional, national and European), the partnership is expecting a truly significant impact:
A local and regional level: promote the integration of incoming students with positive consequences for society and the economy.
At national level: promote and support the development of a multilingual and dynamic workforce, and with a high level of intercultural competence, able to enter the job market and communicate easily in a foreign language in specific contexts.
At European level: support student mobility programmes, develop and strengthen multilingualism among European citizens, in accordance with European language policies and the need felt by the citizens to know at least two languages in addition to their mother tongue.
At international level: widen the target groups exponentially, reaching a global audience through MOOCs, OERs and website. The institutions involved have exchange agreements with important countries such as China , Brazil , the United States, whose students will need to improve their specialist language skills in order to participate in exchange programmes and can therefore make use of the tools provided by this project .
The project will deliver benefits that will endure over time thanks to the creation of an online repository of OERs, templates and guidelines for reuse with different languages and in different contexts. The MOOCs will remain available for future delivery by the partner organizations and have the potential to become a milestone in students’ preparation in view of mobility exchanges.