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About DIDASCALIA

 

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Team

 

Promotor

Decoo Wilfried:              Applied Linguistics & Foreign Languages Didactics

 

Project manager

Colpaert Jozef:               CALL & CALT Engineering; language didactics; editor-in-chief CALL Journal

 

Staff

Aerts Ann:                     Language Testing & E-Learning

Bockstael Ilse:               Language Testing & E-Learning

Heughebaert Els:           Interactive Textbooks & E-Learning

Jamart Viviane:              Data Processing & Secretariat

Simons Mathea:            Language Didactics & New Media

Van Bueren Saskia:       New Media & Assistant Editor CALL Journal

Van Ishoven Linde:         Co-ordination Language Testing & E-Learning

 

Universiteit Antwerpen - Campus Drie Eiken

Universiteitsplein 1, D 0.10

2610 Wilrijk

 

tel. 03-820 29 69

fax 03-820 29 86

mail: [email protected]

http://www.didascalia.be

 

 

Mission statement

 

Language and multimedia

DIDASCALIA is a research group founded in 1985 to research the added value of new technologies in language teaching and testing. The number of publications, products and employees makes DIDASCALIA one of the most significant research groups in the field of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning). The group is co-ordinated by Professor Wilfried Decoo (promoter) and Jozef Colpaert (project manager).

 

The group currently concentrates on three areas of R&D:

§         Language Testing: for SELOR, Creyf's Interim, ...

§         Interactive textbooks: on CD-ROM, for Van In publishers

§         On-line language learning: within the IWT-Medialab project, PractiCALL, BIS Online and PhD research.

 

Philosophy

CALL is a young, multidisciplinary field of science in which theories are still mainly formed by induction. That is why DIDASCALIA develops real-world applications to examine which problems may occur during the development and use of such products. This also means that we bear the responsibility for the thousands of users of our products. After a thorough analysis of the feedback from all those concerned, the learners, teachers, parents and clients, a new working hypothesis is formulated. This hypothesis is then tested in new applications until finally the results are published.

 

A survey organised recently by the Department of Education proves that this approach is fruitful. DIDASCALIA-software now represents more than 86% of the language courseware used in Flanders.

 

Nevertheless DIDASCALIA dissociates itself from all the hype and wishful thinking that surrounds CALL. We do not promote a technology-driven approach, but instead we work with a linguistic-didactic model that is based on the objectives of the user.

 

 

Road Description

 

Map

 

By public transport:

 

From Antwerp Central Station

            Bus 17 (till 'UA - Campus Drie Eiken', which is just past building D)

 

From Berchem Station

Bus 21 (till 'UA - Campus Drie Eiken'')

 

From Antwerp Centre (called Groenplaats)

Bus 25 (till 'UA - Campus Drie Eiken')

 

From the national airport

Zaventem - Brussels Airport: take the Sabena coach to Antwerp, get off at Hotel Crown Plaza and take bus 17 direction Universitair Ziekenhuis (NOT Antwerp Central Station). You get off at the stop: 'UA - Campus Drie Eiken', which is behind building D.

 

 

By car:

 

From the town centre of Antwerp

Motorway E-19: direction Brussels-Mechelen, take the reserved exit UA-UZA directly after the Craeybeckx-tunnel

The A-12: direction Brussels-Boom, in Wilrijk, stay on the road alongside the viaduct and at the crossing, turn left (='Krijgslaan') and follow the "Universiteit Antwerpen - Campus Drie Eiken" signs

 

From Brussels

Motorway E-19: direction Antwerp-Mechelen, take the reserved exit UA-UZA, just after the exit Kontich (exit nr. 7) and follow the "Universiteit Antwerpen - Campus Drie Eiken" signs

The A-12: direction Antwerp-Boom, in Wilrijk, stay on the road alongside the viaduct and at the crossing, turn right (='Krijgslaan') and follow the "Universiteit Antwerpen - Campus Drie Eiken" signs

 

 

From Ghent
Motorway E-17: direction Antwerp, in Antwerp, take the motorway E-19 - direction Brussels-Mechelen (Ringroad exit nr. 5) Take the reserved exit UA-UZA just after the Craeybeckx-tunnel. Follow the "Universiteit Antwerpen - Campus Drie Eiken" signs.

 

 

From Liège, Eindhoven or Breda

Motorway E-313: from Liège - direction Antwerp-Hasselt

Motorway E-34: from Eindhoven - direction Antwerp-Turnhout

Motorway E-19: from Breda - direction Antwerp

 

Arriving in Antwerp, take the motorway E-19, direction Brussels-Mechelen (Ringroad exit nr. 5). Take the reserved exit UA-UZA, just after the Craeybeckx-tunnel. Follow the "Universiteit Antwerpen - Campus Drie Eiken" signs.