The objective of this project is to learn English differently with Virtual Reality that will trigger motivation. There are French and German high schools involved, as well as researchers.

APLIM stands for “Apprentissage des langues étrangères par immersion”, which means “Immersive Language Learning” in English.

The project is innovative in that is has French and German students create 360° school tours and 3D environments. They work collaboratively with their peers in an intercultural setting that creates authentic, both asynchronous and synchronous, communication opportunities in the foreign language.

Task-based learning activities make learning the foreign language a real experience that triggers emotions and encourages students to become the actors of their learning.

We’ve included various aspects of learning, including intercultural communication, the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking), oral comprehension and production, as well as media literacy.

At the end of 2017, this project was selected as an incubator project by the French “Direction du Numérique Educatif” and is therefore partly funded by the French Department of Education.

The research project is based at the University of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès at the Department of Linguistics. The PhD supervisor is Nathalie Spanghero-Gaillard.

This website is a presentation of the pedagogical part of the project.

Presentation video of our project (2018)

Image Credits for the drawing: Twinkle