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Technological Innovations for Promoting Blind and Low Vision Students’ Language Learning

The ELLVIS Project

Antonio Quatraro

Mario Paiano    

Rossella Bianchi    



The results of the COMENIUS - ELLVIS project contribute to promote and improve the access for people with visual impairments to language learning. As good learning material for visually impaired children is rare this innovative material opens up new possibilities for this target group and makes it possible for vi children to take part in lifelong learning. The project has been developed starting from the results achieved by the former project ALLVIP, in which DAA Germany has developed – together with a wide European partnership – a multimedia interface for interactive learning of languages (specifically English) by the identified target group. The course has successfully been tested by five training institutions for the blind and visually impaired people in Germany. The project ELLVIS aimed to amplify the innovative results of the former project by transferring the methodology and the new designed technology to the involved partner countries (Italy, France and Romania). Each partner has adapted, modified and integrated the software (audio files for lessons, grammar instructions, instructions for using the software) taking into account the different difficulties of learning English by the target group of each mother language. Four language schools and three institutions and their schools for blind and visually impaired people worked together to achieve the objectives, namely creating, testing, validation and dissemination of results.

Nov. 1, 2012
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