Piloting at TUSDU started on 20 March 2018 there was the first piloting the project-learning platform for A1 at TUSDU. It was done with language teachers. On that day, there was one group of teachers.
In total, there were 8 language teachers and many of them were very excited to be among the first teachers to be part of piloting the project and using this very interactive tool.
The first impressions are very positive and they were very interested in many languages. Teachers enjoyed the platform and evaluated the learning process as interesting, useful and they admitted that they had learnt many new things since Italian, French, German and Spanish they have been learning for several years.
Detailed results of the feedback forms will be analysed in the course piloting report at the end of the semester.
Hilarija Lozančić Benić
Croatian tema member
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.
Czech project manager
On the 13 March 2018 I prepared the presentation of our European KA2 project »Language skills and intercultural issues in the hospitality industry: unity in diversity in the EU labour market« for the members of the school board of Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota. The school board is composed of representatives of the Ministry of Education, the local community, the strategic board, parents, school employees and students of the secondary school as well as students of the higher vocational school, so this was a nice opportunity to disseminate information about the project. I briefly informed them about the project partners and the goals of the project. Then I presented the material on the e-learning platform. I showed them some of the tasks for A2/B1 language level available in 16 European languages and some tasks for B2/C1 language level available in English. Next I presented the language course for A1, also available in 16 European languages. I also informed them about the piloting phase of the A1 language course which is currently going on and that the project will end in June. I handed them out project flyers and asked them to contact us if they were interested in more details and to provide other people with some information about the project. All of them were quite impressed with the project so far and they look forward to the possibility of using some of the project materials after the project finishes.