The European Language Label Awards took place in Ireland this week. One of the award winners on the day was Teanga. This exciting new development in the field of language learning is an online picture and voice-based language learning system. It uses a set of images and symbols common to all languages and dispenses with text, so that students build confidence by focusing on speaking and listening. Students can use the website autonomously to ‘mash’ picture-words within visually structured language patterns. They can then voice their creations and compare their pronunciation, intonation and stress with those of a native speaker. They can improve their spoken language by rerecording until they sound like a local!
Teachers and tutors may find that the shy learners in their class begin to speak with confidence. The quiet students who perhaps excel in written exercises can now practise the spoken word effectively. The ‘flipped’ classroom is here! Teanga is also very relevant and exciting tool for those with literacy difficulties who wish to learn a new language.
See one of the initiatives creators discuss here how Teanga provides a framework upon which all languages can be learned, using a single set of images and symbols.