TILA is funded by the European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme and will run from January 2013 to June 2015.
TILA introduces intercultural telecollaboration as a key topic for secondary school language teacher education. The project offers conceptual clarifications, training models and contents, as well as opportunities for hands-on practice and experience. It promotes professional development by addressing pedagogical, technological and organisational concerns for the successful integration of telecollaboration practices in intercultural language education.
The TILA project focuses on the following objectives:
- to innovate and enrich language teaching at secondary schools by pedagogically integrating intercultural telecollaboration activities between peers from different countries and cultures;
- to help language teachers and teacher trainers improve their ICT literacy skills and develop the organizational and pedagogical competences necessary for intercultural telecollaboration;
- to develop, implement and evaluate models and materials for intercultural telecollaboration tasks facilitating experiential learning and teaching;
- to carry out teacher training workshops in five project countries – France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and UK – with a focus on telecollaboration for intercultural communication and learning;
- to pilot intercultural telecollaboration course units and study their pedagogical potential for motivating and effective natural language learning and intercultural competence development among younger learners.
The TILA consortium with partners from six countries includes teacher training institutions and secondary schools.
- Utrecht University, Coordinator (The Netherlands)
- Berlage Lyceum in Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
- 3DLES (The Netherlands)
- University of Roehampton (UK)
- The Godolphin & Latymer School (UK)
- Steinbeis Transfer Center Language Learning Media (Germany)
- Gymnasium Saarburg (Germany)
- Universidad de Valencia (Spain)
- IES Clot del Moro (Spain)
- Université de Paris 3 (France)
- Collège La Cerisaie (France)
- Palacky University (Czech Republic)
Associate partners: 42 institutions from the Netherlands, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Portugal, and Italy.