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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 team

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The A1 plane ready for safe touchdown

In March and April our students as well as people from hospitality industry took part in piloting the final part of international K2 „Unity in Diversity” project. On online language platform http://esolams.eu/unity they tried out modules of the A1 course: Welcome, Hotel, Restaurant and Professional Skills. The participants tested their basic language skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) in English, Russian, German and Spanish.

They could try to book a hotel room and ask for information at the reception desk in the framework of the Welcome module. In the role of a waiter they recommended dishes, took orders from guests and had to deal with their complaints in the Restaurant module. In the Hotel module they role-played various jobs of hotel staff and the Professional Skills module taught them to make phone calls and provide information at the Tourist Information Centre. As a bonus all modules contain a gaming section in which topic-related vocabulary is tested in an entertaining way.

Pavel Kluh

Czech project manager

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Joint International Week: Accepting Diversity

On April 23 – 27, 2018 two higher education institutions – Vilnius Business College and SMK University of Applied Social Sciences – under Erasmus+ organized a joint international week: Accepting Diversity in Vilnius, Lithuania. We hosted guests from 14 countries: Turkey, Estonia, UK, Kosovo, Spain, Slovakia, Portugal, Poland, Germany, France, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Laos and South Korea. The conference was about integration of international students and staff members on campus. The topics comprised migrant and refugee integration, attitudes, policies and relocation, documentation and legal requirements, challenges that foreigners face while integrating into Lithuanian society, best practices to integrate international students on campus. Issues and challenges of foreigners’ employment in Lithuania were also discussed, as well as foreign students’ internships and practical training. Different experiences were shared, both by guests, lecturers, admission staff and international students who already study successfully.

During the days of the conference Unity in Diversity project was presented to the participants. Its benefits and outputs were explained and online tasks introduced. Booklets of UID project were included into the info pack for each conference visitor.

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Vakaris Šaulys

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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.