The University of Hull has long been associated with pioneering forms of innovation in language learning and teaching. It is home to Melissi and also to the new Captions subtitling tools. In a most recent development, the Chinese Whispers project – learning Chinese through singing in a choir – won a Higher Education Academy prize. The choir have since performed in China too. This collaboration between Music and Modern Languages, between Dr Simon Desbruslais and Professor Marina Mozzon McPherson is ongoing.
Now, as the new academic session 2017-18 begins, Hull’s Modern Languages staff are beginning to embrace Sanako language learning software with the recently acquired Study 1200 option. The Sanako platform has already been installed on campus networks and staff training sessions are being arranged. This significant investment is part of a new phase in the development of Modern Languages at Hull which is running in tandem with plans to expand the existing Passport Languages into an Institution-Wide Languages Programme (IWLP).
Sanako Study 1200 has been introduced at Hull by the Finnish Company’s Director of UK Operations, David Binns and Hull ICTD’s Kev Sach. The Head of School, Professor Chris Harris, has also been involved in the discussions and planning that open up an exciting set of new possibilities for students to trial new language learning materials in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. English is also in this mix and there are aspirations to commercialise the new materials that Hull staff create in a continuation of a strong tradition. [Text and graphic below used with Sanako permissions]
Sanako Study 1200: Campus-Wide Multimedia Language Centre
From classroom to campus, Study 1200 is the world’s most advanced software based language laboratory enabling both tutor led teaching sessions and unlimited independent student learning from home or on the move via Sanako Anywhere Cloud Module.