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Piloting at SMK, 3 May 2018

On May 3, 2018 Vakaris Šaulys from Vilnius Business College and hospitality teacher Jadvyga Voišnis piloted Unity in Diversity A1 modules at SMK, University of Applied Social Sciences. Piloting took place during lectures. About 10 students tried out the UID learning platform and filled in the questionnaires. There will be more piloting to be done with different students of this institution. Beside recommendations to improve the style of navigation, students enjoyed the platform and admitted that it is useful and adds a lot to independent studies in tourism and hospitality sector as well as making the studies more interactive.

Vakaris Šaulys

Lithuanian project manager

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Piloting at Sapientia University

On 2nd May 2018, there was a piloting of the E-learning platform for A1 modules held at Sapientia University. It was done with 14 first year students of Economics. The purpose of this session was to get the students acquainted with the E-learning platform and the study materials it provides.  

 

The first impressions were quite positive. Students seemed interested in trying out new ways of language learning. They admitted that they have little experience with e-learning; they have never used an e-learning platform such as this one for language learning. 

 

After a brief presentation of the platform itself and how it works, students tried out different A1 modules, by their choice, in accordance with their field of interest. They found the platform accessible and easy to use and many of them found the learning process interesting and useful. Almost all of them tried out at least one of the games found in these modules.

 

After the piloting, there was a questionnaire student filled in. Some general information about the students is listed here, as follows: 3 students are between 15 and 19 years old, 10 of them between 20 and 25 and one is older than 25. In all cases, their mother tongue is Hungarian, so 14 of them wrote C2 next to Hungarian. 13 of them marked A1 for English and one of them marked A2 for English. Their knowledge of Romanian ranged from B2 to A2. 3 students also marked German (A1 and A2 levels, respectively) and 2 students chose A1 level for French.

 

Their evaluation of the Learning Platform and of the module they did range from highly favourable to complimentary. 10 of the students answered that they would most certainly suggest the platform for other learners and 4 of them said they would possibly recommend it for other users.

 

More detailed information on their feed-back is provided in a separate Excel document.

 

Enikő Pál,

Romanian team member

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Piloting at Sapientia 2

On the 2nd of May 2018 two pilot sessions of the A1 level modules (Welcome, Hotel, Restaurant, Professional Skills) took place at the University of Sapientia in Csíkszereda, Romania.

The first group consisted of 9 students, all of whom are students of the University of Sapientia studying economics. The second group consisted of 6 students studying engineering at the same institution. The participants marked English, Hungarian, Romanian, and German as the languages they master with varying proficiency, ranging between A1 and C2 language levels. With a single exception the age of the students ranges between 18 and 25.

All the students tried out the Hungarian version of the A1 level modules, some of them also worked on the Romanian and the English ones. The vast majority of the students found the tasks and the games useful, interesting, and creative. The participants considered that the exercises included in these modules developed their reading skills, enriched their vocabulary, and improved their grammar habits. Interestingly, the students felt that they benefited more from written exercises than from video or audio materials. Games and face- to- face tasks were unanimously appreciated and enjoyed by everyone.

The comments written at the end of the questionnaire corroborate the good results obtained by the A1 modules on the value scale: some commenters emphasized the usefulness of the tasks once again. Two commenters complained that they were unable to access the correct solutions to the crossword and hangman games they had played.

With respect to the way the content is organized, students made oral comments about the friendly design, and the straightforward, user-friendly structure of the e-learning platform.

  Aliz Farkas

  Romanian project team member

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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.