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Piloting at Sapientia University

On September 14, 2017, the language teachers at the Department of Humanities of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Miercurea Ciuc, took part in the introductory piloting session of the Unity in Diversity Project. Teachers were introduced to the latest developments created within the interactive online platform by the project partners. Our colleagues were presented how the different modules of the platform can be used and what are the possibilities that can be used for language learning for the benefit of our students. They tried their hand at some of the uploaded exercises and filled in the questionnaire.
The teachers showed great interest in both the online and the face-to-face exercises that can be applied in their everyday language teaching practice, in the usefulness of the colourful maps and the online games, and promised to use them with their students.

Zsuzsanna Ajtony

Sapientia team manager

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Dissemination of new project for students from Great Britain at Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota, Višja strokovna šola

On Monday, 7August 2017, the participants of the EU project »Placements in Environmental, Archaeological and Traditional Skills – PEATS« attended the presentation of the new project »Unity in Diversity«. The students from Great Britain were on mobility, doing their work placement in the Prekmurje region in Slovenia within the above mentioned project. First I introduced the previous project »Key Skills for Hotel Industry Staff« so that they could easier follow the presentation of the new project »Language skills and intercultural issues in the hospitality industry: unity in diversity in the EU labour market«. I presented the tasks and texts for A2/B1 and B2/C1 language level and the interactive maps as well as the mobile applications. Then I continued with the material that has been prepared in the new project so far and is available on the new platform. I presented them tasks in different languages so that they could see the variety of languages and explained that the old platform offered 12 languages but the new platform already offers four more, 16 altogether. They found it very useful that different language levels are available – from A1 to C1. As they have been in Slovenia for two weeks now they have already learned some words, phrases and sentences and they would like to learn more. With the new platform and the material they will have the opportunity to do so. I also mentioned that the platform and all the material from the previous project are accessible free for anyone who wants to learn a new language or improve their language skills as well as for students, teachers, people employed in the hotel industry or tourists. And the new platform will also have free access for anyone interested. I also gave them leaflets about the project to find more information and contact data. 

 

Erna Vöröš

Project manager

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Časlav-Pilot takes off

For a year we have been a member of the Unity in diversity project team that have been building from the modules a gadget for professional language learning. Our work has made such progress that now we can start testing our machine in operation. Our language teachers were the first ones who could try piloting it.

The pre-flight preparation took place in the computer lab, where the conception and content of the e-learning platform was introduced to them. Currently it consists of two courses for professional language learning. The former A2/B1 course enables learning in 16 languages. The latter is the course of professional English language in B2/C1 level, which besides common language exercises includes case studies.

After the briefing the teachers with their loggins could start the engines of our machine, grasp a control stick and begin flying through the tasks of both courses. The platform offers four main types of tasks. Multiple choice exercises where you have to find the correct answer among three given options. True or false statement exercises that you have to check according to the given text. Matching exercises where you choose from a drop-down menu. Gap-fill exercises where you choose the missing words from a given list. Furthermore, you can play online games, such as Millionaire, Hangman, Snakes and Ladders or solve a crossword or cryptex to check new vocabulary. It is also possible to walk in a village, seaside and ski resort thanks to the interactive maps.

We thank our brave pilots for their test flight. Their experience evaluated with a questionnaire will be an important feedback for us so that we can improve our e-learning platform.

Pavel Kluh

Project manager

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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.