The LANGUAGE MAGICIAN International Conference took place on Friday 27 January at Leipzig University, Germany and gave primary school teachers and other professionals from a wide-variety of European countries the opportunity to learn more about the LANGUAGE MAGICIAN game and its impact to date. So far, nearly 2000 children have been tested as part of the pilot of the LANGUAGE MAGICIAN game in Germany, England, Spain and Italy. Vanessa Pilgerstorfer, Teacher Trainer and Presenter for the Goethe-Institut London and Mentor to New Head teachers for the IAPS (Independent Association of Preparatory Schools) launched the exciting Conference with a Keynote Lecture on assessing language skills at primary school level, considering international standards, methods and the digital revolution. Other sessions enabled delegates to consider the underlying concepts of the LANGUAGE MAGICIAN game, an overview of the first results from the pilot in four countries and a reflection of the game’s impact on language skills and children’s motivation. Innovative ways of how to assess speaking skills with young learners were also demonstrated.
Level 1 of the game has so far been piloted in German, Spanish, English and Italian, with a French version coming soon. The LANGUAGE MAGICIAN is suitable for children who have had a least one year’s worth of language study and is suitable for ages 7 to 10 and school years 3-6. Level 2 will be developed soon. Once all pilots of the game have been completed and the results and feedback analysed, the game will become readily available in 2018.
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Author: Domini Stone, Network for Languages London Manager and LANGUAGE MAGICIAN project partner on behalf of the University of Westminster.