The Implementation of a Web Platform for Teaching and Learning Modern Greek for Vocational Secondary Education

By Ioanna Antoniou-Kritikou, Paraskevi Botini, Constandina Economou, Christina Flouda, Nikos Sidiropoulos and Anna Vacalopoulou.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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Recent research has proven that most of the students attending technical and vocational secondary schools have learning gaps, particularly in language and mathematics. The aim of the paper is to present an e-learning platform that will be used during the two-hour supportive modern Greek lesson introduced in the official curriculum in 2011. Through the platform, students have access to: a) one hundred language lessons based, not only on the curriculum of previous educational levels, but also on language phenomena studied in upper secondary school; b) thirty revision tests, giving users the possibility of self-evaluation; c) additional study units, prepared by instructors themselves and d) a dictionary of general language and technical terminology. In order for the platform to be of help not only to students but also to all contributors to supportive teaching (Greek language teachers, consultants and regional education directors), it provides them with a) a management system allowing them to prepare their own study units, b) a forum to exchange experiences and best practices and c) a database of past diagnostic tests and official documentation exchanged among them. Feedback from actual users has been taken into consideration throughout the project.

Keywords: Online Learning, Vocational Secondary Education, Language Learning

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 20, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 20, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 633.461KB)).

Dr. Ioanna Antoniou-Kritikou

Director of Research, Educational Technology, Institute for Language and Speech Processing/ R.C. "Athena", Athens, Greece

Ioanna Antoniou-Kritikou received her M.A. degree in Linguistics from the University of Paris 7, Department of Linguistics and her Ph.D. in the field of Theoretical Linguistics from the same Department. She also received an M.A. degree in the field of language teaching methodology from the University of Paris 3. Since 1994, she has been working as a linguist at the Educational Technology Department of the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP), where she has been developing educational multimedia software in the context of many research projects. Ioanna Antoniou-Kritikou is currently Director of Research at ILSP / R.C. "Athena". Since 2001, she teaches Educational Technology issues in the Interdisciplinary Interuniversity Postgraduate Course in Language Technologies “Technoglossia” organised by the University of Athens and the National Technical University of Athens. She has published books and research papers in the field of language teaching methodology and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

Paraskevi Botini

Research Associate, Educational Technology, Institute for Language and Speech Processing/ R.C. "Athena", Athens, Greece

Paraskevi Botini has graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the University of Athens. She has taught Modern Greek at the “European Educational Association” and Ancient Greek and Literature at a private school. She has been working as Research Associate at the Educational Technology Department of ILSP since 1998. She has contributed to the design of various educational software such as “Ancient Greek Prose” (teaching of Ancient Greek in Lyceum), “The Greek language – the adventure of words” (diachronic and synchronic study of the Greek language in Gymnasium), “Seiries Thymissis: HERODOTUS, ANTHOLOGIO, HOMERIC EPICS” (teaching of Ancient Greek language and civilization in Gymnasium), “Nea logomatheia” (teaching of Modern Greek), “Ancient Greek with GSL” (teaching of Ancient Greek with the support of GSL), etc. The areas of her interest are educational technology, language teaching and ICT in education.

Dr. Constandina Economou

Principal Researcher, Educational Technology, Institute for Language and Speech Processing/ R.C. "Athena", Athens, Greece

Constandina Economou has been working with ILSP/ “Athena” RC since 1994 and she currently holds the position of Principal Researcher. In 1989 she graduated from the Linguistics Department of the University of Athens. She received an M.A. in Language Studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Lancaster, U.K. with specialisation in Educational Linguistics. In the academic years 1994-2000 she taught English and linguistics in several private institutions in Athens. In the Department of Educational Technology in ILSP / "Athena" RC she has been working in the design and development of educational software. She has also worked on various projects as a researcher and/or coordinator. She has published research papers in the field of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

Christina Flouda

Scientific Associate, Xanthi Branch, Institute for Language and Speech Processing/ R.C. "Athena", Xanthi, Greece

Christina Flouda received a BE (Hons.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) in 2006 and in 2009 she received an MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the same university. She is a member of TEE (Technical Chamber of Greece). She has been working in the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP /"Athena" RC) Thrace Branch since November 2008. Currently she works as a scientific associate in the ILSP and her main interests include web and database development. She has been involved in various projects and her latest participation was in a European project that involved the development of a highly sophisticated interactive Greek language platform on the Web for Bulgarian people.

Nikos Sidiropoulos

Scientific Associate, Xanthi Branch, Institute for Language and Speech Processing/ R.C. "Athena", Xanthi, Greece

Nikos Sidiropoulos works as a scientific associate at the Thrace Branch of the Institute of Language and Speech Processing which belongs to “Athena” RC. He finished his Bachelor and Master Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Democritus University of Thrace and he has being working at the ILSP since 1997. He has been participating in several national and European projects and his area of interest has been in the development of internet applications and databases. His work includes the development of monolingual or bilingual language e-learning platforms, educational corpora, electronic morphological and bilingual dictionaries, digital archives and informational portals for culture and tourism.

Anna Vacalopoulou

Scientific Associate, Electronic Lexicography and Language Resources, Institute for Language and Speech Processing/ R.C. "Athena", Athens, Greece

Anna Vacalopoulou works as a scientific associate at the Department of Electronic Lexicography and Language Resources in the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP / "Athena" RC). She holds a Master's Degree in Lexicography (1997) and has been working in lexicographic projects ever since. Her interests include mainly the areas of electronic and computational lexicography, dictionaries for children, educational technology materials with emphasis on e-learning, as well as the development and management of electronic text corpora. As an ILSP researcher, she has been involved in a variety of national and European projects. She has written and co-written various monolingual and bilingual dictionaries of both general and specialised language as well as other types of reference works (e.g. dictionaries for children, dictionaries for tourists, dictionaries for immigrants, terminological dictionaries and glossaries, encyclopedias).