On 30 th September and 1 st October 2021 IRENE partners finally could travel to Ireland and meet in beautiful Tralee! During their meeting at The School of Social Sciences, Dr. Michael Hall, head of the school welcomed the partners and wished them success with the final steps of the project.
After so many months working online it was a pleasure for the partners to meet again and work
together on the materials during this last stage of the project. They held discussions on how to
prepare for the testing of the products and how to promote them during seminars in partner
countries. The Danish partner led the sessions on finalising the Game environment which will provide cultural learning and present interesting scenarios from partner countries. While playing the game students will be given the opportunity to learn about new facts and places, answer questions and at the end when they get the right answer, to be awarded a diploma by Erasmus himself!
Everyone is invited to explore the Irene platform, experience more adventures, and learn a foreign language in an easy way!
10 – 14 May 2021
The training was supposed to take place face to face in Denmark, but due to the pandemic situation it was carried out remotely, with synchronous meetings and independent training activities.
During the five days, the results of the research carried out in the 7 partner countries were presented, as well as the “Curriculum Design”, the guidelines for teachers and the 4 training areas, namely Pronounce, Study, Explore, and Learn Together. The site dedicated to the project and the newly created virtual environments were also presented, which depict the significant urban spaces of each partner country and which will host recreational and educational activities. Students will have the opportunity to practice exploring a virtual environment that will allow them to learn a foreign language and discover a new culture.
The Joint Staff Training was attended by 15 trainers and language teachers, from Italy, Austria, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands and Spain. The group was able to familiarize themselves with the use of the language learning platform, still under construction, which will be tested in the autumn with a group of adult students with learning problems. Participants were then asked to provide feedback, through questionnaires, in order to adapt the development of the platform based on the needs expressed.
No matter how difficult it is, IRENE partners stay positive and continue working online with enthusiasm on the project outputs to make language learning easier for people with learning difficulties.