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Multiplier event at Nino Bergese, Italy

On 18th April 2018 Nino Bergese hosted the project multiplier event in partnership with professor David Sephton ( Primrose publishing, UK) following the guidelines provided in the “Unity in Diversity” application form.

The event was held at Columbus Sea Hotel, in Genoa city centre and it was widely promoted by the project staff as well as local mass media .

The session started at 3 p.m and was introduced by Angelo Capizzi, Nino Bergese's headmaster who highlighted the key -role that the project played in the updating of the foreign language curriculum and syllabus design;the deep impact that the materials produced had on the students' learning strategies was also mentioned.

After the headmaster's welcome speech, Mrs Manuela Menolascina introduced the theoretical basis and implications of the project drawing the participants' attention to the challenges that teachers and students experience in vocational contexts, due to the lack of “tailored”learning materials. She also illustrated the importance of encouraging vocational students to become familiar with the intercultural aspects of their future career to make the learning process more interesting and motivating.

Mrs Rossella Canepa projected a power point presentation whose aim was to outline the project's contents and purposes and commented on the result achieved making reference to her direct experience as a vocational school teacher and to her students'progresses after using the e-learning platform.

Mr Franco Ganino, an industry representative, who contributed to the conference as a stake-holder,made some enthusiastic remarks about the learning materials produced and insisted on the necessity to create an increasingly strong connection between educational institutions and the labour market.

After the coffee break, professor David Sephton presented his work on the digital maps and smartphone apps pointing out their extreme usefulness in all hospitality sectors. He also provided detailed instructions on how to access the digital maps' website and download the apps.

The people who attended the events were mainly language teachers ( from middle and secondary schools), students and industry representatives. They showed great interest in the conference and praised the contents provided as innovative and extremely well presented.

Simona Pellizzari

Italian project manager

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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

 

 

 

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.