Increasing numbers of European students enrol in formal (and informal) courses taught in a foreign language. From the socioeconomic perspective, EU promotes ever-growing mobility, especially when it comes to younger population (see, e.g., the “Youth on the Move” initiative and Bologna Process). From the pedagogical (and technological) perspective, new forms of learning (such as Open Educational Resources and Massive Open Online Courses) are emerging supported by new Information and Communication Technologies.
This is especially important for the Greater Region, where multiple dedicated actions have been initiated to raise the level of cross-border student mobility and educational affordance: several universities in the region offer bilingual study programs, a number of projects were funded to support student and teacher mobility, University of Greater Region was created as an overarching educational entity combining 7 universities from 4 countries, etc.
However, for an individual foreign student who is trying to take advantage of these new learning opportunities a new set of challenges emerge. Studying a course from an unfamiliar university/program is difficult enough, but the difficulties multiply when the transition to the new course requirements is aggravated by the necessity to learn material in a foreign language, different from the language use for teaching them the course prerequisites
The main goal of this project is to organize a scalable solution to the problem of practical support for individual students studying in a foreign language. This goal will be achieved by means of an innovative e-learning technology providing students with relevant supplementary learning material in their mother tongue.