Video showcase of iTILT
The iTILT project
The iTILT project, interactive Technologies In Language Teaching, aims to promote communicative language teaching with the interactive whiteboard (IWB) in the framework of a two-year European Lifelong Learning project (2011-13). Project researchers in 7 countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey & the UK) followed 44 teachers of 6 languages (English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Turkish & Welsh) at 4 levels of education (primary, secondary, higher and vocational) and varying levels of language proficiency (CER level A1 through C2). The resulting 81 class films formed the basis for selecting over 250 short video clips of classroom practice which are presented on the project website alongside teacher and learner commentary, and associated teaching materials, including IWB files. At its launch in January 2013, this open educational resource will offer a platform for teachers and teacher educators to find training materials (the iTILT training handbook and sample teaching/training resources), a searchable database of examples of classroom practice in a wide variety of contexts, and a library of training and research references for teaching with the IWB.
Shona Whyte (PhD Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington) is associate professor in the English Department at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis where she teaches oral expression, translation, and English for specific purposes, as well as courses in second language acquisition and teaching, and educational technology. She also trains pre- and in-service teachers to teach foreign languages at both primary and secondary level. Her research involves classroom interaction, particularly involving young learners and interactive technologies, and teacher education, and she has published in international journals such as Language Learning and Technology and ReCALL (http://efl.unice.fr).