English For IT
  The Online English Course For IT Professionals  


Project title: EIT- E-learning Module - English language for Information Technology Specialists.
Project No. LT/06/B/F/LA-171001
Project funding: Leonardo da Vinci Programme - the European Programme for Vocational Education and Training
Project start and finish dates: October 1, 2006 - December 31, 2008.

EIT (English for Information Technologies) partnership has formed to develop and launch an interactive, easily accessible, user-friendly e-learning tool - "English for IT" portal with a number of course companions.
EIT is an English for Specific Purposes teaching/learning module. It will be designed as a 1-year learning, calendar-like programme (an Internet portal) for IT professionals and students of IT, comprising English lessons at the post-elementary level with a strong emphasis on learner training and autonomy.

In the short term, the EIT product will:

  • fill the gap in the available ESP materials in the field of IT and provide English tutors working with IT students at colleges and universities with flexible, relevant and attractive e-materials to be used during classes or set as a homework or for self-study;
  • provide working IT specialists with a self-study e-learning tool developed to improve their English language skills, learning and communicative skills;
  • enable both tutors and learners to share their teaching/learning experience, concerns, impressions of the course, share self-made teaching materials and give feedback to the course developers by means of the message board;

In the long term EIT will:

  • improve language skills, learning skills and communicative skills of the target groups;
  • facilitate free mobility of IT specialists and make professional communication easier for them;
  • provide IT specialists with access to European experience and body of knowledge since major part of it is available mainly in English;
  • improve the quality of and access to vocational training;
  • promote the idea of lifelong learning and encourage working professionals develop their skills.

Questions? Ideas? Please write to contact person Mr. Alim Rubinskiy alim@kolegija.lt

EIT background and project idea

The project idea was already born in 2002, when Vilnius Business College, following the overall Pan-European demand for IT specialists, introduced a new 3-year study programme – Computer programming. The curriculum included 320 hours of English language, and there was an urgent need for teaching/training materials in this field. It was only then when the obvious gap was realised- the research was carried out into ESP (English for Specific Purposes) in the field of IT, targeting several sectors at once (national and foreign partners-universities and colleges, websites of the main publishing houses and their outlets, IT specialists), which showed that choice of materials was limited. Several printed materials have been found available and they either are outdated or target learners with intermediate and higher language level.

Teachers’ feedback confirmed the current situation – they complained about lack of variety in printed materials, lack of online resources, and absence of materials for IT students with elementary level of English. Summing up the results of the research and keeping in mind that IT is a fast-developing field that printed materials cannot keep up with, there is an obvious need for online ELT/ESP materials in the field of IT designed for elementary and post-elementary learners.

EIT product

The project product - English for IT - is an ESP teaching/learning module. It will be designed as a 1-year learning, calendar-like programme (an Internet portal) for IT professionals and students of IT, comprising English lessons at the post-elementary level with a strong emphasis on learner training and autonomy, featuring:

  • 365 daily mini-lessons with 2-4 skills development and use of language activities, links to related websites and study tips, divided into 3 major sections: Essential English for IT Professionals, Communication Skills and Learning Skills;
  • 52 weekly progress checks, 12 end-of-month tests, an entry diagnostic test, and a exit test;
  • an online glossary of most common words used in the website materials translated into partners’ languages;
  • an online glossary of common IT terminology including all partners’ languages;
  • a language reference section;
  • a user guide;
  • a message board (online forum) for online exchange of ideas (both learners and teachers using the course);
  • printable photocopiable materials for teachers

EIT target groups

EIT e-learning portal will be developed for the following target groups:

  • IT college and university part-time and full-time students at elementary/post elementary level of English language or, so-called false beginners; language tutors working with these students , independent learners;

  • Universities, Colleges, further education schools offering IT-related curricula (with English Language as one of subjects on the curriculum);

  • IT specialists who need to improve their language skills but cannot attend regular courses due to shortage of time; IT specialists who have passive knowledge of IT-related vocabulary but are not able or are inhibited to be language-productive.

  • organisations and companies providing training and language courses: adult language and professional training centres, employment exchange training centers, language schools, etc. All these institutions focus on teaching General English, Business English and English for Children rather than ESP courses due to the lack of ready-made materials. Our proposal will enable this particular group as a potential user of the project product to introduce an ESP course in the field of IT into their curricula;

An EIT certificate will be granted to those website users who will have successfully passed the optional examination to be taken after the end of the course at EIT testing centers established by the project partners. The certificate will show the final test results and assessment of the 5 language skills included in the exam and will be available in all partners’ languages.

The EIT product will be easily transferable to all partners’ countries, as the e-module and the course companions will be available in all the partners’ languages.

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