Welcome to Heuropa!
Heuropa! is a future online platform for interactive learning of polish, czech and lithuanian language (release in 2014). The focus of heuropa! is on bilingual kids & teens and their families.
In May 2013, the first PL-CALL conference took place at the University of Social Sciences in Warsaw. The conference brought together the results of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) studies carried out in Poland as well as shedding light at foreign research into the new media in language education.
The Heuropa! presentation by Antje Neuhoff was well attended by a mostly Polish audience who were interested in particular in the materials for the Polish target groups. A lively discussion followed the presentation.
The Heuropa! project partners TU Dresden and fictionfarmer! attended the “International Spielmarkt Potsdam” (International games fair) in Potsdam, Germany on 26 and 27 April 2013 to present first impressions of the new Heuropa! platform (amongst other language learning games). The games fair was well attended by teachers and parents but also by many children who liked to try out anything on display, including the computer language learning adventures by the Heuropa! project!
Get in touch with the Heuropa!-Project at the PL-CALL-Conference (http://pl-call.pl/) in Warsaw at the University of Social Sciences, 9-10 May 2013. We are presenting the project and its approach in the section Game-based learning.
Please find our conference abstract here.
For a s short report look here
The results of a another study on the advantages of bilingualism were published in “The Journal of Neuroscience” in their current issue from January 2013: http://www.jneurosci.org/content/33/2/387
The researchers have shown that lifelong bilingualism can maintain youthful cognitive control abilities in aging.
The study was also the topic of a news article in the German science blog “Wissenschaft aktuell”:
There is an interesting visualisation of language knowledge in Europe here.
The page shows how many people (in percentage) speak a language as a mother tounge and how many speak it as a learnt, i.e. foreign language. The graphs look very interesting. Take German as an example: Although it is a known fact that German is the most spoken language in Europe - the long, 94% scale for German speakers is overwhelming. English comes second, but the percentage of the total English speakers is only a third of that of German speakers.
On monday 27th of August 2012 the fourth international conference of the “Czech school without Borders" (Česká škola bez hranic) took place in Prague. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives and club members met to share experiences. They all paid tribute to the good and important work that has been done in the recent years.
Lucie Slavíková-Boucher, founder of the Czech school without borders
Read more about the meeting’s results and comments:
How to make reading an adventure? The Dresden team of the Czech school without borders and involved parents invited bilingual children to a reading night. 24 kids stayed together a whole night at the premises where they use to meet listenting to stories and poems of Czech authors.
The little readers could, too, embark on a journey through the ancient world, play dice with the little mole or bake a rather unusual cake with the dog and the cat, inspired by Josef Capek.
Inspired? Read more (in Czech only): www.csbh.cz/drazdany