About

European third level education is characterized by the huge phenomenon of student mobility, which is bound to increase exponentially as market globalization and internationalization of education become more and more established.

Students on mobility programmes usually have a B1/B2 level of language competence and they enrol in courses where they are required to negotiate the considerable difficulties of academic language and also organize learning autonomously and independently. However competences necessary for everyday standard use of a language differ considerably from those required for communication in academic contexts.

Integration of Students in academic mobility

The MOVE-ME project aims to develop and enhance students’ skills in academic and specialised contexts, with a specific focus on developing competence in learning to learn.

Move-Me will assist learners navigate a learning path specifically designed for students in mobility programmes. Learners will be supported in acquiring the skills and competences necessary for both understanding and producing written and oral academic texts, relating to specific disciplines.

Move-me Project

The Learning Path

Move-Me is a specifically designed MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in English and Italian available on the online education platform FutureLearn.

Move-Me is:

  • Accessible to students on the move
  • Designed for self-study in English and Italian
  • Consisting of 6 modules with __ hours recommended study time per week
  • Focused on communication, functional academic skills and language structures
  • Features/comprising of interactive, collaborative and peer teaching activities

Objectives:

The primary objective of the project is to facilitate the integration of students in academic mobility , enhancing their ability to function in academic and specialized contexts while also developing their competence in learning to learn. In particular:

  • Increase students’ awareness of the language learning process and knowing how to use effective learning strategies;
  • Increase students’ understanding of written and oral expository texts relating to academic disciplines;
  • Improve the quality of oral and written expository texts produced by students and relating to academic;
  • Improve students’ performance at oral and written exams in L2;
  • Provide specific guidelines and a syllabus for the creation of MOOCs for languages for academic purposes;
  • Provide specific guidelines for the evaluation of language MOOCs;
  • Create OERs which support autonomous and independent learning;
  • Develop a website which will host all OERs created during the project.

Project steps

  • Reviewing “the state of the art” about the use of MOOCs in language learning
  • Planning, development and creation of MOOCs and OERs
  • Pilot Phase (Delivery and evaluation of the two MOOCs)
  • Impact and dissemination actions
  • Evaluation and monitoring tools

Methodology

We intend to exploit the opportunities afforded by Massive Online Open Courses to facilitate the integration of all students participating in mobility programmes and increase their prospects for personal growth, employment, social inclusion and active citizenship.

The learning system will be integrated by some tool that will allow speakers of English to implement forms of peer teaching with speakers of Italian and vice versa.

Results and expected impact

At different levels (local, regional, national and European), the partnership is expecting a truly significant impact:
A local and regional level: promote the integration of incoming students with positive consequences for society and the economy.
At national level: promote and support the development of a multilingual and dynamic workforce, and with a high level of intercultural competence, able to enter the job market and communicate easily in a foreign language in specific contexts.
At European level: support student mobility programmes, develop and strengthen multilingualism among European citizens, in accordance with European language policies and the need felt by the citizens to know at least two languages in addition to their mother tongue.
At international level: widen the target groups exponentially, reaching a global audience through MOOCs, OERs and website. The institutions involved have exchange agreements with important countries such as China , Brazil , the United States, whose students will need to improve their specialist language skills in order to participate in exchange programmes and can therefore make use of the tools provided by this project.

The project will deliver benefits that will endure over time thanks to the creation of an online repository of OERs, templates and guidelines for reuse with different languages and in different contexts. The MOOCs will remain available for future delivery by the partner organizations and have the potential to become a milestone in students’ preparation in view of mobility exchanges.