MEANING – Press release . Our project comes to its end!

Last week, the partnership met in Poznan, Poland, in the city of our coordinator for the last transnational partners’ meeting. Each member organisation of the MEANING project was represented to discuss the final elements of the project implementation. The partners were able to list the last elements to be finalised in order to close this great project.


Is it time to include emotional intelligence in speaking tasks?

Language learning can be fun; it can be serious, and it can be stressful.  In fact, speaking is known among adult language learners to be the most stressful of the four linguistic skills to master. When we languages (including our mother tongue) as a child, we tend to playfully experiment with new words and forms devoid of any social pressure.

Five tips in order to improve your English as an adult

What is the best method to learn English for adults? We know you don’t have the answer because you have heard that teaching adults is difficult. Acquiring a language is more about performance than accumulating knowledge. Using language to express a thought is the ultimate goal of language itself, to be able to achieve a shared experience.

Migration and linguistic integration

Global cross-border and internal migration has fostered the need for migrants to learn and speak additional languages in the societies they move to. 



The fallacy of Learning Styles

Learning styles… You might have heard of them or you may even subscribe to one yourself! If anyone has ever said to you, ‘Oh, I’m a visual learner,’ that’s an example of a learning style.



How to make learning effective

There are many different factors contributing to successful learning. Among them are learning styles which we are going to shed some light on in this article



Reasons that may encourage study English in the senior age

Nowadays, at least before the Covid-19 pandemic, we could not imagine our life without going abroad for holidays, work, family visits. Today, as never before, it is also pertinent for each person to keep up with rapidly evolving technologies to catch up with the modern lifestyle.



The personal aim as a motivator for language learning


Language learning for seniors is a complex topic. Many texts of the available literature on the topic often focus on the potential challenges:



A blog dedicated to
self-study language learning

During the COVID19 crisis we have understood the importance of online learning, especially for vulnerable groups for whom is essential to respect preventive measures and stay home.



Adapting pedagogical approaches to seniors’ specificities as learners

Senior learners are a specific learning group, and therefore learning methods and strategies should be adapted to the needs of this target population. This way, the learning process can be optimized. When choosing a teaching strategy with this target group, several factors should be taken into account.




The forgetting curve and spaced repetition in language learning 

If you have ever tried to learn vocabulary, you are likely to be familiar with this phenomenon: After studying new words for hours on end, you finally feel like you are able to remember everything. But then two weeks later, when trying to recall those words, your mind suddenly draws a blank, and you are unable to really recall anything at all.



How films can help you learn a language

Films are a great medium to use when it comes to improving your language skills like vocabulary, pronunciation, learning informal phrases and even getting to know the cultural aspects of other languages. It should be stated that films alone will not automatically turn you into a native speaker, however it can be a great addition to your learning process, especially if you use it wisely. Here are some tips and methods how to incorporate movies into your learning routine:



Some research behind language learning….

Elderly people can successfully learn foreign languages and should learn as the process of learning keeps them active. Learning foreign languages has been proven to slow down the brain’s aging process and increase intelligence. Contrary to prevailing stereotypes, no research proves that the age of people who want to learn another language is a significant factor influencing the learning process. Anybody can start learning a language adventure any time at any age.



The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF)

It is important for this project to remind about The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF)that is crucial in language learning, it is a document which describes in a comprehensive manner the competences necessary for communication, the related knowledge and skills, and the situations and domains of communication. The CEF defines levels of language proficiency in different aspects and provides the detailed description of each language level and accompanying skills.



Affective domain of language learning

Affective side of language learning refers to emotions. There are many factors that influence this process that depend on our feelings, emotions, how we assess the situation, how we deal with problems, what we feel, whether we are open and sociable or closed and reserved.



Who is an adult learner?

When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people (a Chinese proverb).



Age-appropriate language learning

In adult education, the group of people aged 55+ have a special role: they are not only often interested in different topics than younger learners, but also the way the lessons should be conducted is different. The MEANING project has set itself to shedding more light on the needs of learners of 55+ years. An introduction to the principles of to age-appropriate language learning can be found here:



Pronunciation in elderly language learning

The foreign language learning process can provide significant health and social benefits to elderly citizens and is also becoming a more and more necessary skill in the rapidly changing world environment. 



Technology value for learning English

Thanks to advancing technologies, learning English skills today is much easier than it was ten or twenty years ago. The rise of the Internet has broken the old model of English teaching, and students’ access to knowledge is no longer limited to teachers. We can get the content we are interested in and choose the learning method suitable for us through the Internet. Nowadays, digital technology has played a role in our daily lives and enriched the means of study, including English learning.



Bilingualism is natural for our brain!

„Our brains are capable of engaging with multiple languages,” says Sarah Phillips, a PhD student at New York University and lead author of the paper („Composition within and between Languages in the Bilingual Mind: MEG Evidence from Korean/English Bilinguals”), published in the journal eNeuro.




During the COVID19 crisis we have understood the importance of online learning, especially for vulnerable groups for whom is essential to respect preventive measures and stay home. So, what to do for seniors who want to learn a language? The answer is online language classes.



How gamification influences the learning process

What is gamification? Gamification of training refers to the use of playful mechanisms to gamify learning contentin order to stimulate learner curiosity and improve user engagement.



Socialization in online education!


During the last year, we have all noticed how COVID-19 has affected our social life. The effects of the pandemic have been serious in young people, but they have been especially devastating to older individuals.



The European Profiling Grid

If you are a language teacher you can try an interesting tool for language teachers for raising awareness about language teaching competences and teaching quality and are also important aids to teacher training and development.

The e-Grid aim is to help language teachers assess their professional strengths and training needs, and to support people who are managing and supporting teachers.