Clilstore Trials at Ulster
It’s good to see the Clilstore platform, being developed by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (Scotland’s Gaelic College) and European partners through the TOOLS project, getting a good workout across the water with Irish Gaelic too. And it’s interesting, if you follow the links, to listen “through the wall” to Irish speakers talking about some of the same issues about learning and use that affect Scottish Gaelic too here in the islands.
“It’s excellent, give us more!”, that was the overwhelming response from Year 1 and Year 2 students of Irish at the University of Ulster following a recent trial of Clilstore. The units created for the purpose of this trial: http://alturl.com/w6bao & http://alturl.com/s5jjh were based on sample materials from the new Third Level Syllabus for Irish (see http://www.teagascnagaeilge.ie) which is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The trial was conducted within Ulster’s Multimedia Language Lab and each student had the benefit of using the materials on their own networked pc. The students were impressed by the ease of use of the software, the way it helped them to get to grips with new vocabulary using the dictionary interface and the twin-panel, single-screen format. When asked how they thought the software could be improved the students mostly felt that nothing needed to be changed, however, a few…
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