Our Erasmus+ project entitled “Language skills and intercultural issues in the hospitality industry: unity in diversity in the EU labour market” is coming to an end. The 5th project meeting took place between 4-6 June 2018 and was hosted by the lead partner’s institution, Turistička i ugostiteljska škola Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the team of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania was represented by Dr Zsuzsanna Ajtony and Katalin Sipos. Colleagues from the eight other partner countries (Croatia, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Turkey) took part in the event, together with one or two of their stakeholders.
The first day of the meeting consisted of an international conference during which we presented the project and its results to those interested and to the press. The main outcome of the project is a multi-level and highly interactive online and face-to-face language teaching and learning material, primarily designed for the hospitality industry and VET institutions, but also to anyone interested in intercultural issues (the e-learning platform of the project, where these materials are accessible is: http://esolams.eu/unity/). The A1 and the A2/B1 language course consists of language materials created in 16 languages (among others, Hungarian and Romanian), the B2/C1 course in English which also includes interactive maps and smartphone applications, as well as the English language C1 course which includes intercultural and country modules, drawing the users’ attention to the sensitivities of the cultures that the partner countries are responsible for.
During the conference, the task of Sapientia team was to present the B2/C1 and the C1 course. In doing this, Zsuzsanna Ajtony highlighted the materials that were created by Sapientia teachers. Similarly, Katalin Kolozsváry, stakeholder of Sapientia University, stressed the beneficial effect of the project, especially pointing out the fact that it enhances communication and problem-solving skills and develops learners’ “respect, openness and curiosity towards other cultures”.
The last two days of the meeting were necessary for the partners to assess the work that has been done and is still ahead until the end of August, and prepare the project sustainability plan.
Dubrovnik also welcomed us with its breathtaking sights, its appetizing meals and the unforgettable view of the Adriatic Sea. We would like to thank our hosts for their hospitality and for the perfect organization, and to all the partners for the fruitful collaboration we shared in the past two years! Hope to meet in later projects!
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ajtony
coordinator of Sapientia team