Newcastle University Computing Science department have received an Erasmus Plus grant of €323,886 for the Linguacuisine project, starting 1st September 2016.
The project will create free downloadable smartphone and tablet apps that enable users to be guided through cooking a range of recipes in 6 different European languages. The phone or tablet will speak to the users in the foreign language and offer multimedia help in the form of photos and videos. Users will be able to set the app to their language level and will let the phone or tablet know when they are ready to move to the next step.
The main aim is to create a sustainable model for the production and use of multimedia materials for learning languages, cuisines and cultures based on user-generated content. Working with Action Foundation in Newcastle and national organisation, the Workers Educational Association, we will take 20 participants who would like to improve their digital skills, including migrant and refugees. We firstly provide them with digital, transferable and language skills. We will co-design the app and authoring tool with them, thus ensuring that the apps will be usable by most social groups in the EU. Then we enable them to use the authoring tool to author a multimedia social recipe for language learning. We will develop online communities of practice in 6 EU languages which bring people together in sharing and cooking the recipes. Dissemination activities will ensure that people across the EU will share and author social recipes themselves.
- To produce a downloadable tablet and smartphone app (android and iphone) which will enable users to be guided through cooking a recipe in 6 official EU languages. Further languages can easily be added using the authoring tool.
- To create an online community of practice with access via the apps.
- Participants will learn aspects of a foreign languages, cuisines and cultures by using the apps.
- To develop a certification system for the digital competence which participants develop.
The project addresses some key needs including, improving basic skills, increasing digital competence, and engaging people (including refugees and migrants) with technology. The project also allows participants to gain certification in digital competence and the opportunity to learn foreign languages, cultures and cuisines.