It aims to: (i) deliver highly useable, topical and current resources to English language teachers and learners globally; (ii) provide a platform that provides opportunities for teachers and other professionals, to develop, maintain and share their pedagogy with colleagues world-wide; (iii) encourages teachers not only to become users of the Internet, but also to participate as developers of educational content, simply by use of the browser to upload and maintain their contributions.
The VILC project was created and funded by AMES (Adult Multicultural Education Service), to provide its linguistically and culturally diverse customers (adult learners of English language) with a highly useable and self-sustaining Web-based system for English language educators. It has transformed how teachers use and interact with the Internet - they have become active providers and sharers of content, tasks and pedagogy.
It targets culturally and lingistically diverse adult learners who wish to learn the English language
VILC is based on a distributed learning management system, and delivers innovative task-driven and media-rich resources to learners and teachers of English language education, across the globe. Its innovation lies in its provision of a platform for teachers world-wide to create, maintain and share a wide range of tasks and resources with their colleagues. It is currently used by, on average, 15,000 users per month; it has over 200 'task writers' providing and maintaining content on a daily basis; it has strategic alliances with a national TV company for multimedia content; and it enriches the educational experiences of thousands of English language learners daily.