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PLURICLIL

 

A European Initiative on Fostering Plurilingualism through Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and ICT-Innovations

 

Curriculum Development & Individual Competence Profiling through Computer-based Language Simulations and Online-Analysis Solutions

 

PLURICLIL SUMMARY

WHAT IS PLURICLIL ALL ABOUT?

Over the last two decades, integrated learning of foreign languages and so-called non-linguistic subjects, known as the educational approach of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), has established itself in the European landscape of school education. Today, the popularity and spread of CLIL still show growing tendencies, building e.g. on the advantageous positioning of the approach in pan-European language education policies, as well as the elasticity and freedom given in its the practical implementation: As a “bottom-up”-approach CLIL truly allows various ways of implementation and can thus, at least in theory, be quite easily adapted into a whole range of different institutional learning environments. However, it is but the extra-curricular and very often project-based CLIL practices that still today represent the most common type of CLIL at school – especially in target languages other than English.

 

Currently, at the face of the pan-European tendencies in re-profiling school curricula especially as regards the shift from (foreign) language instruction to (foreign) language education, the CLIL approach is, again and increasingly, taking a center stage in educational discussions. Due to its pioneer role in supporting not only the content-integrated and immersive (foreign) language learning, but also overall goals such as competence-orientation and learner-centeredness, CLIL is frequently referred to as the “educational approach of the future” especially wherever so called language sensitive educational landscapes are aimed at – in support of (multiple) language acquisition in both cross-curricular and subject-specific settings and thus as a contribution to the pan-European goal-setting of fostering individual multilingualism (> plurilingualism) and intercultural competences. The reference to CLIL in this context appears appropriate and justified. However, it is exactly this context that also hides an obstacle which has hindered the more systematic curricular integration of CLIL so far – even for the most promising trial experiments, and already for two decades: the lack of representative empirical evidence for the particular added value of CLIL that cannot be captured through traditional means of testing and measurement, but, at the same time, has been basically always associated with CLIL e.g. as regards A) the development of target language competences, B) the acquisition of the subject knowledge and C) the development and use of the first language(s) involved especially in academic and not least educational contexts. This obstacle, an international long-term challenge, will be tackled through PLURICLIL:

 

Utilizing so far unique ICT solutions, the learning progression in language(s), content(s) and their interplay will be documented and analyzed in exemplary CLIL environments with a novel precision: Building on already existing prototypes of an innovative software solution, and following the learning environment and curriculum analyses to be carried out at the very beginning of the project, the PLURICLIL consortium will design context-specific CLIL contents for film-based computer simulations that will enable learners to “immerse” into reality-like situations and to participate in diverse target language communication activities as in real life – in a “quasi-authentic” setting:  in formal educational contexts and in informal everyday situations, in both written and oral communication, using up-to-date technology devices and – especially – in confrontation with specific school subjects of particular relevance for each of the school environments involved. In and through PLURICLIL, the learners will thus experience novel and highly immersive simulation adventures and have a chance put their language and subject competences on the test as in real life. The language and subject teachers, again, as well as other target groups involved and addressed (e.g. school directors, curriculum planners, language education policy stakeholders, learning materials’ designers and researchers) will be provided with a so far unique overview of the learners’ competences in language(s) and subject(s) in reality-like situations tailored to reflect the curricular goal-settings of the CLIL environments in question. Consequently, and as the PLURICLIL outputs will by no means only include examples for ICT-based innovations with unique simulation performances, but also individual language profiles, as well as extensive insights into self-assessment and external competence analyses, a genuinely novel evidence-base will emerge, enabling contributions to curriculum development, materials’ design and quality assurance of CLIL in a way yet not seen – at this stage especially for German as a target language in combination with STEM-subjects in secondary schooling, but with clear prospects for adaptation to other target languages, further educational settings, as well as to contexts of working life and international mobility.

 

WORK PROGRAMME & TENTATIVE TIMELINE:

11-12 | 2020: PLURICLIL – “KICK OFF”

Context-specific state-of-the-art analyses and an “online get-together” of the PLURICLIL-Consortium incl. partner presentations & overview, review and precision of the goal-setting, time tables, work programme and the tasks division of the initiative.

Coordination & Organisation: CRI | Tampere, Finland

  • Progress of the work phase 100% 100%

12-02 | 2020: INITIAL SURVEY STUDIES

In preparing foundations for the innovation phase of the project, survey studies will be conducted for an initial analysis of the learning environments and the curricular characteristics of the language learning landscapes involved in PLURICLIL.

Organisation and coordination: CRI | Tampere, Finland

  • Progress of the work phase 90% 90%

01-02 | 2021: INTERVIEWS & INSIGHTS

Interviews with headmasters and teachers across the PLURICLIL schools network on the basis of the initial survey studies and in precision and extension thereof for more detailed insights into realities, challenges and development needs of the (language) learning landscapes involved.

Organisation & coordination: CRI | Tampere, Finland

  • Progress of the work phase 100% 100%

02-03 | 2021: INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS: LangPerformLab

Introductory workshops for teachers and students into the use of  LangPerformLab – the online laboratory for profiling language performance across the PLURICLIL schools network – ideally at location at each and every school involved, but – due to COVID19 and if need be – also virtually via sufficient online-tools.

Organisation and conduction: CRI | Tampere, Finland in cooperation with the PLURICLIL schools network.

  • Progress of the work phase 100% 100%

04-07 | 2021: CONTENT WORKSHOPS

Building on the outcome of the initial analysis of curricula & learning environments and the additional interviews, as well as the workshop series on the use of LangPerformLab, context-specific “brainstorming workshops” will take place striving for the very first co-operative drafting of simulation screenplays for PLURICLIL.

Organisation and conduction: CRI | Tampere, Finland in cooperation with the IDF of the Heidelberg University and the PLURICLIL schools network.

  • Progress of the work phase 10% 10%

07-09|2021: IN FOCUS: DESIGN OF SIMULATION SCREENPLAYS AND SHOOTING PLANS

On the basis of previous steps, experts’ working sessions will follow for designing and finalizing the manuscripts, screenplays and shooting plans for the context-specific simulation shoots to begin in Sept. 2021.

Organisation and lead:  CRI | Tampere, Finland in close cooperation with the IDF of the Heidelberg University and the PLURICLIL schools network.

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09-12 | 2021: SIMULATION PRODUCTION – FILM SHOOTINGS

Following the design of screenplays and shooting plans described above, film shootings for  context- and curriculum-specific simulation units will set in including location shots in both the countries and regions represented in the PLURICLIL Schools Network, as well as various relevant settings and spaces for immersive and quasi-authentic use of German as the exemplary target language of PLURICLIL.

Organisation & conduction: CRI | Tampere, Finland in cooperation with the IDF of the Heidelberg University and the PLURICLIL Schools Network

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

02 | 2022: INTERNATIONAL NETWORK EVENT: “PLURICLIL – PREVIEW”

The first international network event of the project, targeted especially to the associated network partners of the initiative and aiming at a first “sneak-preview” of the film materials providing ideal possibilities for discussions and “interim-evaluation” of the “products to-be”, as well as for the final precision work and the subsequent PR-measures thereof.

Organisation: CRI | Tampere, Finland in cooperation with the IDF of the Heidelberg University and the PLURICLIL Schools Network.

(Provisional) Location: IWH, Heidelberg, Germany

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

03-04 | 2022: SIMULATION PRODUCTION: FINALIZATION OF FILM MATERIALS AND TASKS DESIGN

Building on the outcome of the experts’ discussions, feedback and the “interim-evaluation” of the film materials during “PLURICLIL – preview”, the international multiplyer and network event of the project, the materials will undergo a final extension and fine-tuning phase accompanied by the design of task structures to be implemented into the simulation units.

Organisation & coordination: CRI | Tampere, Finland in cooperation with the IDF of the Heidelberg University

Location: Heidelberg, Germany

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

06-07 | 2022: POST-PRODUCTION & SOFTWARE-INTEGRATION OF THE SIMULATION MATERIALS

Upon the completion of all film shoots and the finalization of tasks design, the CRI production team will kick off an intensive working phase on post-production and software-integration of the material in close co-operation with the CRI software partners and other technical experts.

Organisation and coordination: CRI | Tampere, Finland

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

08 | 2022: TEST IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SIMULATION UNITS

Once the simulation sets produced during and for the PLURICLIL project are finished and ready for international implementation, a test phase will be carried out in cooperation with schools already familiar with the LangPerform instruments from smaller scale prototype and pilot projects (e.g. ProfiLang-UP, ProfiDaF) – as to ensure that the simulation sets and other supporting instruments of the LangPerformLab are set and ready for a systematic implementation internationally and with a research-oriented goal-setting.

Organisation and conduction: CRI | Tampere, Finland

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

09 | 2022 >> IMPLEMENTATION PHASE OF THE SIMULATION UNITS 

Systematic implementation of the PLURICLIL innovations will start – according to the original work plan of the initiative – in September 2022 and be carried out across the complete PLURICLIL Schools Network following a context-specific scheduling and “elasticity” agreed upon at the beginning of the project. The implementation phase will last all the way until March 2023, cover various accompanying support measures and be selectively documented by the CRI film team.

Organisation and coordination: CRI | Tampere, Finland

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

09 | 2022 >> ANALYSIS & EVALUATION OF SIMULATION PERFORMANCES

Analysis and evaluation of the simulation performances will start parallel to the implementation phase and thus form one of its regular accompanying measures. By utilizing the online analysis and assessment tools provided through the LangPerformLab, the simulation performances from all across the PLURICLIL Schools Network can be analyzed and assessed comfortably through an international expert group, consisting of numerous colleagues represented in the PLURICLIL consortium.     

Organisation & conduction: CRI | Tampere, Finland in cooperation with the IDF of the Heidelberg University and the PLURICLIL Schools Network.

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

03 | 2023 >> “PLURICLIL in FILM”  – PREPARATION OF A PROJECT DOCUMENTARY  

Following the initial idea and the goal-setting of an informative and transparent project measure with an optimized impact, a special working phase in the project will be dedicated to compiling and preparing a video-based overview of the complete action incl. interviews and statements from various participants of the project, as well as documentary shots from diverse workshop settings and the implementation sessions of the language simulations to be designed for the purposes of the project – in short: “PLURICLIL in FILM”.

Organisation and conduction: CRI | Tampere, Finland

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

04 | 2023: “PLURICLIL – WRAP-UP”

Final meeting of the PLURICLIL-Consortium for a project “wrap-up” and the preparation of the closing conference to take place in June 2023.

Organisation & coordination: CRI | Tampere, Finland

Location: CRI, Tampere, Finland

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

06 | 2023: “PLURICLIL – OUTCOME, INNOVATIONS & FUTURE PROSPECTS”

International closing conference of the PLURICLIL Initiative:

In the spotlight:

  • PLURICLIL innovations & their implementation during the project
  • overview of the language performance analyses carried out with a special reference to the “added value of content and language integrated learning” in selected exemplary language learning landscapes across Europe
  • “sneak-preview” of follow-up measures designed on the basis of PLURICLIL outcome

Organisation and conduction: CRI | Tampere, Finland in cooperation with the PLURICLIL-Consortium

Location: CRI | Tampere, Finland

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

06-08 | 2023: PREPARATION & FINALIZATION OF PROJECT REPORTS

The last two to three months – following the final conference in June – will be dedicated to the preparation, compilation and finalization of the key documents for project reporting, including also the latest output and news from the closing conference and thus providing some first foresights into the follow-up measures of PLURICLIL, as well as the publication work on the basis of the so far unique language performance data collected throughout the project life-cycle.

Organisation and conduction: CRI | Tampere, Finland

  • Progress of the work phase 0% 0%

CONSORTIUM & NETWORK & FUNDING:

Crealang. Research & Innovation (CRI), Finland

  • Head of PLURICLIL-Consortium

Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprachenphilologie (IDF (IDF), Germany

  • University Member of the PLURICLIL-Consortium

IDeFix - Theatre Group of IDF |Heidelberg University, Germany

  • Member of the PLURICLIL-Consortium

Deutsche Schule Helsinki (DSH), Finland

  • Member of the PLURICLIL Schools Network (PSN)

Sammon keskuslukio Tampere (SAMKE), Finland

  • Member of the PLURICLIL Schools Network (PSN)

Romuvos Gimnazija Siauliu, Lithuania

  • Member of the PLURICLIL Schools Network (PSN)

Deutsche Schule Madrid (DSM), Spain

  • Member of the PLURICLIL Schools Network (PSN)

LO 46 Stefana Czarenieckiego, Warsaw, Poland

  • Member of the PLURICLIL Schools Network (PSN)

Deutsche Welle | Educational Programmes | DW-Academy, Bonn, Germany

  • Associated Member of the PLURICLIL Consortium

Goethe-Institut Finland

  • Associated Member of the PLURICLIL Consortium

Goethe-Institut Lithuania

  • Associated Member of the PLURICLIL Consortium

Deutsche Auslandsgesellschaft (DAG), Lübeck, Germany

  • Associated Member of the PLURICLIL Consortium

European Commission | Erasmus+

  • Essential co-funding through Erasmus+ | Strategic Partnerships KA2 greatly acknowledged.

ProfiDaF I

ProfiDaF II

DaFPlus

LP – Svenska

LP – English

LP – Francais

PLURICLIL NEWS

PLURICLIL: Interviews & Insights – Online

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