Wednesday, 29 September 2010

PAISAGE: plurilingualism and cultural awareness in language learning

On Monday afternoon, the European Day of Languages, we were invited along to the launch of PAISAGE, an Irish/Spanish project for the teaching and learning of both languages. PAISAGE stands for Portal Audiovisual Intercultural sobre el Aprendizaje de Gaélico y Espanol. It is a NAIRTL-funded project aimed at linking linguistic and cultural learning in Irish and Spanish, carried out by Dorothy Ní Uigín (Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge) and Pilar Aldarete (Spanish), both academic staff members at NUI Galway.

Dorothy and Pilar have developed a range of resources including videos in both languages showing aspects of NUI Galway and its surrounds; interviews with Spanish students living in Ireland and Irish students living in Spain; interviews with professionals working in both languages and cultures; grammar explanations contrasting both languages; grammar exercises to accompany the videos. All resources are linked to the levels in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The videos are being made available on YouTube under the gaeilgespainnis channel. More videos are to be added, pending permission from the interviewees. The accompanying exercises are hosted on google docs, and you can contact Dorothy or Pilar for access to these.

In this video (level A1) Universidad de Galway, Pilar voices over a video showing the NUI Galway campus.

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