SUPER LINGO


ABOUT THE PROJECT

Super Lingo – ‘Innovative foreign language program for cognitive training in high risk adults’ is an Erasmus+ project, funded by the European Commission, having the aim to create an online English-language learning tool. The program will consist of short, intensive language classes and are designed for healthy adults as well as those have reported Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD), Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and people with early stage dementia. The users of the tool will use the online games and role playing scenarios independently for a six-month period.

Super Lingo describes a specifically tailored, modern, online English-language learning project incorporating a set of interactive vocabulary games and role-playing scenarios for continued practice. Learning new vocabulary helps retain memory. Role playing is a commonly used language learning exercise which gives students a chance to activate their knowledge in a safe setting. This is a particularly relevant methodology for our target audience of older adults who may have transportation issues, auditory or other health problems, and who tend to process new information at a slower rate and so require more repetitions than provided in traditional learning setting. The recorded relevant content can be listened to as many times as needed. The games will be based on memory practice such as memory card games, putting letters in the right place, hangman etc. Moreover, the adult learners are able to continue practicing their newly learned language skills in a safe and convenient environment which will encourage long-term use and increase their cognitive reserve in the process.

OBJECTIVES

The Super Lingo project is intended to improve and extend the supply of high-quality learning opportunities which are tailored to the needs of people experiencing cognitive decline and mild dementia. This will be assured by creating an innovative foreign language training program tailored for this target group. A team of language, technology and dementia experts will work with our target population on a continuous basis establishing feedback loops to design, test and refine the training package

Description of activities

People with SCD, MCI and early dementia will be specifically involved mainly in the pilot testing of the online memory and role play games developed within Super Lingo project and in the final multiplier events. Healthy elderly adults with SCD, people with dementia, family carers, health care professionals and stakeholders will be involved in the final multiplier events. The activities that will take place during the 28 months duration of Super Lingo are the following:

  • Role play games
  • Memory games
  • Library
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Multiplier events
  • Dissemination activities
  • Informal meetings
  • Social media

The long-term benefits

  • Empowering people experiencing cognitive decline and people living with dementia.
  • Potentially delaying the progression of cognitive impairment.
  • Developing interactive educational games and activities for people with dementia.

PARTNERS

  • Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders – Greece (Coordinator)
  • Lingo Flamingo – UK
  • SlovenskoZdruzenje ZA Pomoc PRI Demenci – Spomincica Alzheimer – Slovenia
  • Asociatia Habilitas – Centru de Resurse si Formare Profesional– Romania
  • Marathon Group – Ireland

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.