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What is VR for Language Learning?

We are on a mission to innovate in education

Virtual Reality has become one of the most innovative teaching tools in many educational sectors. Through this project, we are developing an innovative platform for carrying out collaborative group language exercises in the classroom. These will provide an opportunity for students to practise the target language in a fully immersive way, mimicking the well-established methodology of ‘Total Physical Response’ in a way that has not been used in language learning before.

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These tools will enhance the effectiveness of language learning by boosting the motivation of students, increasing communicative competencies, improving student focus on details and enhancing their cognitive skills.

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Meet our international team!

Bright minds think alike

VR4LL is carried out by five partner institutions from Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain. We share the same passion to bring the most advanced methodology to our students. The team combines a range of skills to meet their shared goals.

Jantar/IH Split

Language school

Jantar is the largest language school in Croatia offering language courses to more than 1600 students of all ages, year on year. We are a certified Cambridge Assessment English Exam Centre and the only International House school in Croatia. In the past, we have developed cutting-edge school management software funded through an EU grant for innovation. Our combination of experience in language teaching, teacher training, assessments and software implementation  makes us experts in the implementation of new technologies in language schools.

IH Bucharest

Language school

IH Bucharest is a language school with over 4000 students enrolled in language courses and language workshops, yearly. We are a member of both EAQUALS and International House World Organization. Our institution has a large number of educational experts for supervising, supporting and innovating teaching, including a team of psychologists who act as educational counselors. Their role is to study the permanent impact of teaching methods on students and teachers in order to contribute to the development of lifelong learning programmes.

IH Sofia

Language school

IH Sofia offers highly customised courses, adapting content and methodology for different age groups, in Bulgaria’s capital. We have over 20 years experience  developing customized, needs-based courses for over 350 public and private companies in Bulgaria, designed to meet their strategic needs and requirements. We design our own teaching materials integrating all modern approaches to language learning. In our VR project IH Sofia provides expertise in creating educational content for the VR technology.

Molehill

VR development

Operating from Barcelona, Spain, Molehill has shares in a number of language teaching operations all over the world, as well as Net Languages, a cutting edge ICT company for developing interactive language courses. Our experience in language training innovation and implementation of new technologies in language schools globally, makes us a technological expert in design and development of VR technologies in VR4LL.

Dante

Education institute

Dante offers a variety of regional and international adult education workshops, courses and programmes for foreign language learning, teacher training, transferable skills training, entrepreneurship and management training. Our extensive experience in European projects and general contribution to the improvement of educational services in the local community makes us an expert in project management, implementation, dissemination and quality assurance.

IH Split

Address: A.B. Šimića 28, Split – Croatia

www.jantar.hr

info@jantar.hr

IH Bucharest

Str. C-tin Rad. Motru 29, Bucuresti – Romania

www.ih.ro

mihaiganj@ih.ro

IH Sofia

Sitnyakovo blvd. 39a – Bulgaria

www.ihsofia.bg

info@ihsofia.com

Dante

Pomerio 23, Rijeka – Croatia

www.dante-ri.hr

tajnica@dante-ri.hr

Molehill

Santa Ana 12, Barcelona – Spain

Molehill Holdings S.L.U.

jonathanpdykes@gmail.com

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  • 3rd Partner meeting – Split 12-15.07.2021

    After a year of restrictions we were all glad to meet in person for our third partner meeting in beautiful Split. The team had the chance to not only discuss the management tasks, but more importantly test out the environments together and strategies on the best ways to use the technology in classrooms!

    Partners also had a chance to establish the framework for the upcoming piloting activities, scheduled for November of 2021. A number of associated partners have already pledged participation in piloting events, enabling us to test VR4LL on greater number of students and obtain more relevant data.

  • First transnational teacher training event – Split 3-9.07.2021

    “We use VR in education to explain something that is otherwise quite difficult to explain” – these were the words with which Frank Del Aguila Espejo commenced the transnational teacher training event, held at Jantar – International House Split. This three-day training event was attended by more than 20 teachers from all partner institutions. Participants had an opportunity to test out a number of exciting and engaging VR tools and apps that can be applied in language teaching using the new Oculus Quest 2 headset.

  • Completed primary development of Virtual Tasks 31.03.2021

    Our second intellectual output – Virtual Tasks – includes (as the name suggests) a series of tasks that students need to complete inside our Virtual Worlds. Most of these are designed as digital escape rooms and require students to solve a series of puzzles and other activities in order to reach the final goal. Others are designed to facilitate creativity and experimentation through different construction-type activities.

    This intellectual output is designed to facilitate language learning through student engagement and communication and integrates innovative teaching methodologies such as task-based learning and total physical response.

  • Newsletter #3 03.12.2020

    After months of development we’ve reached a state of near completion for all 4 worlds. Some fine tuning will be done over the next year, however the focus now shifts to creating the interactive tasks that are the basis of the language learning process.

  • 2nd Partner meeting – Barcelona (Online) 29-30.06.2020

    We couldn’t deprive ourselves of the precious few opportunities to get together for a face-to-face brainstorming. And so we held our regular partner meeting virtually. It was really useful to exchange ideas with other members of the project and also ask the development team technical questions regarding the implementation of these ideas.

  • Newsletter #2 17.06.2020

    In this newsletter we shared the first impressions of staff and students after experiencing the alpha build of the first world. The feedback was amazing! So we strive on.

  • Newsletter #1 27.01.2020

    Announcing VR4LL to the world. In the first iteration of our regular newsletter we set the stage for what is to come; what the project is and what worlds will be the theater for the program.

  • Team meeting Croatia 01.02.2019

    It was a pleasure and privilege hosting our first partner meeting Škola Jantar. We enjoyed every minute on working together and we’re all excited about the next phase of our VR development 🎮💻

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