The acronym ELLVIS stands for «English Language Learning Program for Visually Impaired Students». The goal of this Comenius project is to develop new language learning methods for blind or visually impaired young people.
Adequate language learning materials available for visually impaired people are scarce, and language learning is not only a path to education, but also a way out of isolation towards communication, emancipation and mobility. Especially English competence in the current globalised Internet-based reality is essential.
Through the previous ALLVIP project (Accessible Language Learning for Visually Impaired Poeple) an alternative user interface for language learning was developed. This interactive interface works without a screen reader, using force-feedback devices. The language courses have successfully been tested and evaluated by five training institutions for blind learners.
The purpose of ELLVIS is to expand the results of ALLVIP, adapting the English course for young blind learners of other mother languages. Four language institutions and three schools for the blind will work together to achieve these targets: one English course each for blind French-speaking, Italian-speaking and Romanian-speaking children.
The audio-courses will consist of English dialogues and texts, French/Italian/Romanian translations, explanations, and instructions. It also has virtual rooms, in which the learners can discover speaking objects.
ELLVIS is a European Comission Comenius project which started on October 2009 and will last util March 2011. Organizations from France, Germany, Italy, Romania are participating in this project, included the TANDEM International e.V. members schools Centro Machiavelli and TANDEM Hamburg.