Online Language Learning Spin-off of the University of Hasselt

Didactic concept: more efficiency in language learning



Semi-autonomous blended learning

The language learning process: the CommArt model

Characterized by:

  1. existing knowledge:
    • existing language skills (particularly of the native language, possibly of a foreign language, perhaps even of the desired foreign language*)
    • other existing knowledge (other disciplines, general knowledge, cultural knowledge …)
  2. existing competences (communication competences, computer skills ... )
  3. a specific learning attitude, result of prior learning experiences (learning enthusiasm, learning fatigue, learning indifference, learning curiosity ... )
  4. a certain learning method (inductive, deductive, auditory, visual …)


The targeted end point: the learner* in the desired end state 

Broadly speaking, the end state of foreign language education covers four areas: 

  1. a certain level of knowledge of the FL 
  2. a certain level of competence in the FL 
  3. a certain attitude to the FL, its speakers and its culture
  4. a certain learning attitude

How to bridge the gap that separates the two?

  1. by acquiring a certain content
  2. by acquiring a certain communicative competence in the FL
  3. by appropriating a certain attitude to the FL-environment


The means: the CommArt-learning model: semi-autonomous blended learning

This includes a part of autonomous learning, in which the learner is, for a large part, responsible for their own learning process, i.e. for anything that can be acquired without authentic communication (= communication with one or more partners).
To this end, the e-learning modules provide

  1. an "all-in-one" – study package containing:
    • the basic course (in which all the exercises can be completed several times, followed by a score), built on the hourglass principle
    • the answers to all the exercises and feedback
    • a specific dictionary that can be consulted using both languages
    • the necessary grammar with audio
    • thematic dictionaries with translation
    • cultural background ('Landeskunde')
    • a culture-specific communication compendium
    • a follow-up tool
  2. Guidelines "How to work independently?" with a work schedule (repetition schedule) and facilities to create a work calendar (logbook)
  3. a "re-launch contact" for blocking situations

It also contains supervised learning under the guidance of a coach, i.e. all creative language production, either in writing (editing of texts...) or oral (conversations, presentations, role plays...)


* FL = foreign language

** learner = pupil, student, apprentice, trainee - 

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