L3TASK: Learning a third language via Online-Tandem

Promoter: European Commission; Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency; Lifelong Learning Programme

Period: 2013-2016.

“Mother tongue + 2” is the aim of the European Commission’s language policy. Thus, while English has been consolidated as the first foreign language being taught, the fact is that Europeans are still far away from achieving this in regards to a third language; that is to say, knowing another language apart from the mother tongue and English in non-English speaking societies.

As a consequence of this, the objective of this project is to promote a third language in an innovative way: by means of online-tandems that complement the traditional foreign language courses in institutional contexts.

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L3TASK as a Lifelong Learning Project

Promoter: European Commission; Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency; Lifelong Learning Programme.

The project focuses on three languages that are often learnt as third languages: German, Spanish and Chinese. Starting with the results obtained from a prior pilot-project born from a collaboration between the universities of Vienna (Austria) and Alicante (Spain), the L3TASK-project will set up partners in tandem and carry out experimental observations about how these partnerships are working. The partnerships will be formed by students from diverse universities (Vienna, Alicante, Jena in Germany, Barcelona in Spain) including also from China.

A pedagogical concept will also be developed referring to the use of online tandem as a complement to current teaching practice. At the same time a body of obtained audio samples can be studied against the background of diverse existing theoretical approaches to the acquisition of a third language. As a result of the L3TASK-project, the publication of an extensive manual has been planned, covering the use of online tandem as a tool in learning third languages.