LanguageGames aims to develop multilingualism skills in early childhood education. The project exploits using serious games for active learning which is pitched at the appropriate development level of young learners. It immerses learners in a range of learning activities that are based on both school and real-life.
Perceptions on multilingualism in early childhood education are shifting. Emerging pedagogical theories argue that multilingualism affects a child’s cognitive development as a whole in a positive way. It widens learning opportunities as it provides access to rich educational content. Children today are exposed to languages in a natural way in everyday life: through images, games, music, text books, and more. In structured settings, a second language may be introduced as early as pre-school, although often informally through activities such as drawing, singing, playing, and more. LanguageGames aims to facilitate early language learning through learning games designed as complementary tools to be used in wider, blended classroom activities.
LanguageGames introduces game-based learning activities to promote the acquisition of a second language in pre-school and early primary education. This game-based learning approach offers specific educational advantages:
It integrates active learning using ICT into blended learning that helps learners scaffold knowledge and skills. It promotes learning engagement through gaming mechanisms including story telling, collaboration, and rewards. It reinforces new knowledge through feedback mechanisms.
LanguageGames promotes early language skill acquisition through serious gaming. It exposes learners to activities based on real-life situations. Early engagement in language learning allows learners to be more intellectually perceptive and flexible. LanguageGames provides educators with digital tools which are designed to complementary to educational content to enrich language activities in the classroom. It empowers educators to effectively integrate ICT-supported game-based learning into their teaching through developing guidelines for good practice and sample learning activities.
There are 6 partner organisation from 5 countries involved in the project: Bucharest Municipality School Inspectorate (Romania), University of Thessaly (Greece), Tallinn University (Estonia), edEUcation ltd. (UK), Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly, Center for Research and Technology (Greece), Agrupamento de Escolas de Silves (Portugal).
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Project ID number: 2015-1-RO01-KA201-015212