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Study Day in Utena

On 2018 04 11 there was an event Study Day in Utena, Lithuania. The targeted auditorium were pupils and teachers from Utena town and nearby districts. Vilnius Business College presented its study programmes and spoke about its implemented projects, including Unity in Diversity.  UID booklets were delivered together with VBC info packs to acquaint prospective learners with the project.

Deimantė Vilčinskaitė

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Čáslav Transnational Seminar (Multiplier Event)

On Friday, April 6, the language teachers from Czech and Slovenian vocational schools met in the lecture hall of our school. At the seminar, we organized for them in cooperation with our partner Higher vocational college from Murska Sobota (Slovenia), they could learn about the outputs of the Erasmus + KA2 project “ Language Skills and Intercultural Issues in the Hospitality Industry: Unity in Diversity in the EU Market".


After welcoming the participants by the director, the project coordinator Pavel Kluh presented the basic principles of the professional language courses made by the project team of nine higher and secondary schools from Europe and Turkey. These are blended learning and motivation of students through interactive e-learning platform and case studies.


Blended learning, a combination of standard learning and e-learning, in language education was introduced to the participants in detail by Erna Vörös from VSŠ Murska Sobota. However, this method cannot work without a good e-learning platform. This topic was discussed by our ICT teacher Hana Medlíková.


Then Erna Vörös introduced individual courses in 16 languages, covering almost all levels of CEFR, and offering a wide range of professional topics focused on hospitality industry. The contribution of the project for education in this professional field was appreciated by Jana Šturmová, who represented the Czech Association of Hotels and Restaurants at the seminar. In her speech she not only appreciated our project, but also offered various educational activities to the schools, as well as support for international cooperation from the Association.


Under the guidance of our teachers Hana Kosíková and Jana Ptáčková the participants of the seminar tried the e-learning platform in the afternoon workshops. They could see what can be considered the greatest benefit of our project. That is, the courses prepared by our project team can be used even for general and other professionally oriented language learning. For example, topics related to management, marketing, or finance can be used for language education at economically-oriented higher and secondary vocational schools. The modules about European countries, orientation in the city, communication at the reception or in the restaurant can improve the language skills and cultural awareness of everyone who goes abroad as a tourist.


Together with our partner school from Murska Sobota, we hope that the participants of the seminar have been interested in our e-learning platform so much that they will start using it in language teaching at their schools and thus bring it to life. At the very least, however, we managed to create a space in which schools could exchange examples of good practice in informal debates and establish contacts at national and international level.

 

Pavel Kluh

Czech project  manager

Logos Educational Seminar in Bishkek

On 2018 03 29-30 Vilnius Business College was a participant in Logos Educational Agency Seminar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As it is a new market for Vilnius Business College, the participation in this event was of utmost importance in attracting International students from this country. There were pupils, parents, study agents. VBC introduced Study in Lithuania and VBC study programmes, International activities and projects, delivered Unity in Diversity booklets to students and agents who were interested in hospitality and tourism studies.

Deimantė Vilčinskaitė

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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.