Title: Innovative language learning in the multimedia lab

Authors: Giuliana Dettori, Valentina Lupi

Addresses: Institute for Educational Technology, CNR, Via De Marini 6, 16124 Genoa, Italy. ' Don Milani-Colombo, Salita Carbonara 51, 16125 Genoa, Italy

Abstract: This paper concerns a language learning experience in a multimedia lab in junior high school. The activity was shaped according to task-based learning, which consists in actively involving students in group work on meaningful tasks. The task assigned was the realisation of a website containing linguistic exercises realised by the pupils, which aimed to stimulate their creativity, motivation and sense of responsibility. This activity appears innovative not much for the tools and methodology employed, but for the way they were used. This experience spots teachers| creativity in planning learning activities as a key element to support innovation.

Keywords: language learning; languages; task based learning; multimedia laboratories; internet publications; ICT; information technology; communications technology; world wide web; online learning; e-learning; electronic learning; language teaching; creativity; motivation; junior high schools; secondary education; group work; websites; linguistic exercises; student participation; responsibility; teachers; planning; learning activities; pupils; Italy; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2011.037194

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2011 Vol.9 No.1, pp.98 - 112

Published online: 26 Nov 2014 *

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