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Developing and evaluating a multimodal course format: “Danish for knowledge workers – work-related Danish”.

Developing and evaluating a multimodal course format: “Danish for knowledge workers – work-related Danish”.

Our presentation will build on reflective practice regarding integration of ICT in our project “Danish for knowledge workers – work-related Danish”. We will present a survey containing the participants’ evaluation of the course format focusing on the integration of ICT. We will discuss topics such as authentic and user driven input in second language learning initiatives aimed at specific target groups.

By giving practical examples of the way we integrate authentic input, e.g. the cloud-based feedback tool KungFuWriting (http://kungfuwriting.com/), Dropbox, mobile devices, video and audio recordings and everyday and work-related topics of current interest, we hope to inspire others.

We would like to present our work and findings on the project “Danish for knowledge workers – work-related Danish”. This CALL course is part of the European Social Fund project: Copenhagen Talent Bridge (CTB). The overall aim of CTB is to “create a regional platform and regional collaboration in order to attract and retain international talents and their families to the Capital Region of Denmark ”. Our work package (WP3.1) develops and offers a Danish course (250 lessons) to international knowledge workers developed on the basis of needs analyses. We define knowledge workers as highly educated people who typically work at universities and other institutions of higher education and research, or in private companies working with development and research on a level corresponding to that of a university.

Our course has to meet the following demands from The Ministry of Education regarding content: general Danish which can be used in everyday life, work-related Danish and matters in relation to work environment, work culture and safety in the work place.

Our motivation and objective has been to design a Danish course which is relevant, interactive and based on authentic and user driven personalized input. Both the content and the organization of the course are based on needs analyses and the course is continuously being evaluated and improved. Investment is an important keyword in the project. The participants invest time and energy in learning Danish, and the workplace invests time in training their employees with the aim of integrating the employees as effectively as possible at the workplace socially and professionally.

References:
Barton, D og C. Lee (2013): Language online, Investigating digital Texts and Practices. London & New York. Routledge.

Norton, Bonny & Kelleen Toohey (2011). Identity, language learning, and social change (State-of-the-Art Article) in Lang. Teach. (2011), 44.4, 412–446 _c Cambridge University Press 2011

http://www.regionh.dk/NR/rdonlyres/0EEE195C-F991-4C3D-802F-C2796E04A6D5/0/Copenhagen_Talent_Bridge.pdf and here: http://talentcapacity.org/copenhagen-talent-bridge/

Second Language Teaching and Learning with Technology: Views of Emergent Researchers
Edited by Sylvie Thouësny and Linda Bradley (2011) http://research-publishing.net/publication/978-1-908416-00-1.pdf

Author(s):

Karen-Margrete Frederiksen    
Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use
University of Copenhagen
Denmark

Katja Årosin Laursen    
Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use
University of Copenhagen
Denmark

 

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