On the 30th of September 2015, Babelium project partner Latcosul hosted the final conference for the project on Using Technology for Speaking Practice at Riga, Latvia.
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A representative of the National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia opened the conference. Juanan Pereira of the Babelium team from the University of the Basque Country introduced the Babelium project and its interactive platform, an innovative ICT-based learning tool for second-language learning. Then he presented the project’s main outcomes and results. (See presentation here)

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During the conference, we also discussed the challenges and opportunities derived from using technology for learning second languages.

The event brought together practitioners, researchers and educators who are engaged in the Lifelong Learning process from across Europe. The event was open to all language and/or ICT trainers, learners and enthusiasts.

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The conference included motivational and interactive presentations from experienced professionals, as well as roundtable workshops where participants had the opportunity to use the showcased learning tools. They were guided by the Babelium team. Some of the participants had already used Babelium and confirmed its usefulness for teaching and learning. Others confirmed that they wanted to use it in future for their work and contribute to the sustainable use of this learning tool.

Michiel Rennier, Lead e-learning developer at “IRIS”, the network of Brussels public and academic hospitals, presented NL@City.brussels and explained how Babelium successfully assists language learning for administrative staff. (See presentation here). And Joshua Underwood, Learning eXperience Designer (LX Design), presented approaches to exploit technology for the design of opportunities for effective foreign language speaking practice. (See presentation here).

The event was a good opportunity for those involved in language education to learn about new approaches and to exchange experiences concerning the use of ICT to support foreign language learning and how ICT can strengthen the affective and emotional component of learning and teaching. Moreover, the event put forth a comprehensive approach to better understand the dynamic modern learning environment and the influence of new technologies in language learning.

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The final conference was a great success and was attended by a variety of language teachers and professionals. It was also an excellent opportunity for both the speakers and attendees to exchange knowledge, share ideas, and create synergies between projects with similar goals.
More information:
http://www.babelium-project.eu/
http://babeliumproject.com/