On April 27-29, 2017 Turiba University in Riga, Latvia hosted the third meeting of Unity In Diversity project partners. The aim of the Erasmus+ project “Language skills and intercultural issues in the hospitality industry: unity in diversity in the EU labour market” (Project No.: 2016-1-HR01-KA202-022160) was to discuss designing the curriculum, presentation of the course structure, creating the videos, reporting on the B2/C1 curriculum, reporting on 30 case studies, face-to-face tasks, intercultural module, reporting and unclear issues of the country modules and preparing for piloting B2/C1 English course.
On 27 April, Head of language department of Turiba University and Ineta Luka welcomed all project teams and opened the meeting, greeted the project partners and wished to have a productive session.
Later on Pavel Kluh (VOŠ, Časlav) presented and explained what a A1 learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing and what input and output materials should offer.
In pairs, partners wrote dialogues which were going to be used as scripts for the videos shot the next day. 6 dialogues were written: Welcome to our hotel, Welcome to our restaurant, Taking an order, Checking-in, Checking-out, Complaints in a restaurant.
On 28 April, partners made necessary changes to the dialogues that had been written the previous day and adapted them to the A1 level. Partners were divided in groups and they shot 6 videos: Welcome to our hotel, Welcome to our restaurant, Taking an order, Checking-in, Checking-out, Complaints in a restaurant. They used dialogues written the previous day as scripts for the videos. Later on the results obtained were evaluated and further objectives were set.
Then Ineta Luka (Turiba University,Riga) took the floor and reported on changes that she had made in the B2/C1 Curriculum. Hilarija Lozančić Benić gave an overview of the work done on the modules Hotel Reception, Restaurant, Restaurant Kitchen, City, Hotel Business centre and Management Offices and explained to all partners how and what to prepare for piloting A2/B1 language course extended to 16 languages and B2/C1 English course.
On 29 April, first half of the day was spent on administrative issues pointed out by project coordinator and she reminded all partners to keep the deadlines especially the interim report will have to be submitted to NA for the first half of project period. The last half of the day of the meeting was dedicated to touring Latvia‘s most beautiful sights. The project partners visited Sigulda and the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation.
After planning future tasks and further activities, the project partners agreed that the meeting has been very productive and the intended outcomes have been attained. The next meeting is scheduled in October – November 2017 in Časlav, Check Republic.
Hilarija Lozančić Benić, TUSDU, Croatia