LP – The story so far.

The LangPerform language simulation concept – in short: LP – comprises evidence, experiences and insights from research and development work in the field since the beginning of the present millenium.

Scroll down and have a look at some milestones of the LP-journey so far!

LP-MILESTONES – THE STORY SO FAR.

Film-based computer simulations & online assessment laboratories for training, documentation and evaluation of language performance

The beginnings – developments from 2004-2009

2004

PhD-thesis: Impact of learning environment and target language classroom use on the acquisition of oral language competences in German as a foreign language through L1-Finnish speaking students

2005

Post-doc research grant by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters / Conceptual development of tools and techniques for profiling communicative interaction skills in foreign languages

2006

LangPerform-concept sees daylight! Thesis work on brand development – case: LangPerform (Tampere University of Applied Sciences); The first ever LP-manuscript finished by KH, the founder of the concept

2007

The 1st LangPerform-prototype sees daylight (”LangPerformDeutsch”);
Pilot implementations in Finland (Tampere, Helsinki), Spain (Barcelona) and Romania (Cluj-Naboca); presentations e.g. at ECML / Council of Europe, Austria

2008

Trial-Implementation of LP-simulations in a national teacher training programme for teachers of various foreign languages (LangPro-programme), supported by the National Board of Education, Finland

2009

Trial-Implementation of LP-simulations in a national development and diversification project on foreign language education at school (Kimono-project), supported by the National Board of Education, Finland; First academic thesis works on LP in language disciplines at university level

The intermediary evolution – developments from 2010-2012

2010

Entrance of the LangPerform-concept into the product development programme of the Foundation of Finnish Inventions; large–scale national trial implementation of LP-simulations in Finland

Complete ”Re-birth” of the LP-software; extensive video documentations of the trial implementations (e.g. Regions around Tampere and Oulu) incl. interviews with various endusers of the simulation solution and the assessment instruments

Design of the first ”official” business plan for the LangPerform-concept in cooperation with experts provided through the Foundation of Finnish Inventions; continuous piloting measures of LP 

2011

Extensive co-operation with University of Heidelberg, Goethe-Institut and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany begins; parallel development projects (e.g. ProfiCom) in Finland in co-operation with Cities of Tampere and Turku, supported by the National Board of Education, Finland

Continuos development work on the new LP-software; launch of new development projects covering institutional learning environments from ISCED 1 to 3 (with target languages German and English

Further academic thesis work on LP on both M.A.- level (esp. French and German as foreign languages) and dissertation projects (Assessment / English as a foreign language); coordinated by Research Unit for Languages in Education (University of Tampere) 

2012

Launch of new teacher training programmes utilizing LP simulations both in Finland (EVALANG-programme) and in the Nordic Countries (CLILiG-SCAN-programme), supported by NBE Finland and Nordplus)

Some of the latest steps – developments from 2012-2017

2012

Production and launch of a new extensive simulation series for German as a foreign language (ProfiDaF I) in co-operation with University of Heidelberg, Goethe-Institut and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany

2013

Provision of a national blended-learning teacher training programme around the use of LP (EVALANG) covering 5 different languages; content production continues; DaFPlus-series produced in Heidelberg, Germany; 1st ProfiDaF-trials in- and outside Finland

2014

International pilots of ProfiDaF I commence incl. workshops and conference presentations in ca. 10 countries; publication work on the LP-concept and ProfiDaF-materials; launch of ProfiLang-UP-project in Finland

2015

Integration of (German-medium) LP simulations into a global documentation study of language immersion programmes in German (INNOCLILiG); production of ProfiDaF II begins – both measures supported by Goethe-Institut und Federal Foreign Office of Germany

2016

ProfiLang-UP-project (Tampere and Turku regions) wrapped up; regional ProfiLang-UP-ACROSS-project (15 schools, 2016-18) launched; international book and journal publications (INNOCLILiG/ProfiDaF) released

2017

ProfiLang-UP-ACROSS-project continues; extensive materials production (esp. English across curriculum, Spanish and new German materials); research measures integrated into a new research centre for immersion education and simulation research (CIES) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany

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