Flexible Language Acquisition
The FLAX project aims to automate the production and delivery of practice exercises for overseas students who are learning English. Our strategy is to deploy digital library software to allow teachers and students to capitalise on top-quality prose and multimedia resources already present in the world's libraries. This yields an unprecedented supply of linguistic material for students to practise on. The exercises involve students in a virtually endless supply of collaborative and competitive language activities that are interesting, compelling, and rewarding. They are presented in a web-based social setting, matching in real time students in different locations who opt for a particular type of exercise, allowing them to discuss and negotiate its parameters using chat, and undertake activities that are competitive or collaborative.