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

The beginnings – developments from 2004-2009


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 


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) 


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)

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