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