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.
Romanian project team member
On 16th April 2018, there was a piloting of the project-learning platform at Sapientia University. It was carried out with 2nd year students majoring in engineering. There was a group of 9 students working on five laptops, but also using their smart phones.
The first impressions are rather positive as students seemed interested in learning languages. Students liked the platform and many of them evaluated the learning process as interesting and useful. During the piloting held on 16th April 2018, there were 9 questionnaires filled. 6 students are between 20 and 25 and 3 are older than 25.
Their knowledge of languages ranged from C2 to A1. Their mother tongue is Hungarian (all marked it with C2). Other languages they speak range from A1 to B1 and they include English and Romanian.
In question number 4 students evaluated the Learning platform. Most of them answered that they agree or mostly agree with most of statements in the task. Most students have tried out the A1 modules in Hungarian, Romanian and some of them in English and German. Most of the opinion expressed is rather positive. No student expressed their opinion related to case studies or face-to-face tasks.
In the last section students had to write their comments regarding their experience with the platform. Almost every student wrote a comment. They mentioned that the platform was interesting and useful, they mostly liked it. However, in their opinion it could be visually more appealing. They also mentioned that they could use it better if the platform had more varied topics, for example something connected to engineering, and if other language combinations were available (e.g. Hungarian guidance in learning Spanish).
Romanian project member
Piloting at the SAPIENTIA University was carried out on 27 March, then on 24 and 25 April 2018. The piloting involved trying out and doing some of the exercises/tasks of the Hungarian and Romanian A1 level modules on the project’s e-learning platform involving modules such as “Welcome”, “Hotel”, “Restaurant” and “Professional Skills” with additional games and learning materials. The piloting was done in the university’s IT labs and seminar rooms. On each day a different group of students were involved in the piloting sessions.
On 27 March a group of 1st year Philology students took part in the piloting session. The mother tongue of all 9 students is Hungarian and they mentioned Romanian, English and German as other languages they speak. As they are majoring in Romanian Language and Literature – English Language and Literature they were mostly interested in the Romanian A1 level modules and they mentioned that if they had learnt Romanian in such a way they would have acquired the language better.
The students (N=6) who participated on 24 April are 2nd year students majoring in different engineering studies, some of them attend Engineering and Management in Catering and Agrotourism. They enjoyed the tasks and the games and they were happy about their achievements.
The last group (N=9), on 25 April, were also 2nd year students. These students are majoring in either Romanian Language and Literature – English Language and Literature or World Literature and Comparative Literature – English Language and Literature. All participating students in this group attend the teacher training modules as part of their university courses. Therefore, I told this group to look at the tasks and the learning activities on the e-learning platform as a possible teaching aid and to find contexts where this platform can be used in their future teaching career. Many students from this group added additional comments and reported that the tasks are useful and enjoyable.
The total number of participants is 24 students. All students are Hungarian native speakers and have learnt Romanian, English and German languages at school. Their age ranges from 18 to 30, however the majority of students fall within the 20-25 age group.
Romanian team member
On May 29, 2018 the last workshop of A1 course piloting was held at Turiba University. This was a workshop for adult learners.
The course piloting of A1 modules has been in progress since February at Turiba University. During that period 53 VET students piloted French, German, Spanish and English A1 level courses.
Apart from the students, a group of adult learners have been learning A1 English course to update their language skills necessary for work at supportive functions of the University (financial sector, technical staff, the staff of the library and publishing house, secretaries, security, etc.). They all benefited from increasing their English language competence that is essential in an international university on daily basis when contacting our international students from all over the world. They highly appreciated that opportunity and were glad that the language learning materials created will be available for them for self-study after the end of the project and they will be able to proceed to A2/B1 level and possibly to B2 level as well.
Latvian project manager