The ISPY project was an exciting EU-funded project that began in November 2010.
Led by Language Networks for Excellence, a department at the University of Wolverhampton, the project aimed to break new ground in the teaching of languages across Europe. The ISPY project embedded collaboration between learners from different countries within the learning process and used an online environment as a key tool in the delivery of its objectives. For example, a learner in the UK who is learning German will get advice, feedback and support from learners from Germany as they compete activities and work towards qualifications in that target language.
ISpy has partner teams at educational establishments in Spain, Germany, Holland, Poland and Romania. As a team we developed exciting and creative activities which are uploaded to and accessed by learners via the chosen learning platform.
The project has a theme of espionage. The learners log in and undertake a set of ten modules which are described as ‘spy training missions’. The modules are available in each of the chosen languages (Polish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Romanian and English) and learners select the target language of their choice. Each module will consist of a back story (Text), photo story (video), Web links, Short tasks (Flash), a quiz and an extended task that calls for collaboration through a moderated forum. Once a learner has completed all of the modules they are classed as a qualified spy! During the missions the users learn key language skills such as booking hotel rooms, using money, telling the time, ordering food, arranging meetings, purchasing travel tickets and reading documents in order to complete the modules.
University of Wolverhampton, UK (coordinator)
Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
University of Łódz, Poland
University of Extremadura, Spain
Tony Shannon-Little, email@example.com
LNFE iSPY press releases (pdf - 222kb - opens in new window)