The second project multiplier event (E1-B2) was held in Turiba University, Riga, Latvia on September 24, 2015. It was titled “Workshop 2 on Smartphone Apps and FrontDesk 2 program”. The aim of the workshop was to present to language teachers from the local area both the project and the materials that had been produced during the first year of the project implementation.
33 participants attended the event: 22 language teachers, seven industry representatives and four participants representing management of education institutions. 17 participants were invited local participants, six were Latvian project team members (also local) who also taught foreign languages at the University and adult education centres of Latvia, ten were project members from other partner institutions.
The multiplier event was prepared jointly by all partners and managed by Turiba University – the host of the third project meeting. The seminar agenda included project presentation, presentation of the needs analysis report, presentation of the curriculum designed, demonstration of the smartphone apps and FrontDesk program and explanation on how they could be used in improving language skills and service in accommodation and catering enterprises. The workshop participants also had a hands-on-experience while trying out the smartphone app on their mobile phones. They agreed that the application would definitely help finding relevant phrases at their daily work. Next, language learning tasks for A2/B1 language competence levels and the created Moodle Learning platform were demonstrated. These courses were especially welcomed by language teachers who said that they would definitely use the course in their language classes as well as suggest their students for improving their language competence. Moreover, they admitted that they would be using the materials designed for improving their language skills in other foreign languages. Finally, the seminar participants had a chance to get the first-hand information about the next course – B2/C1 English language course – that would be created and also piloted during the second year of the project implementation. Official presentations and discussions continued in social atmosphere and the project team got many useful ideas on how to make the created materials more user-friendly and attractive for the industry needs.
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Dr.paed. Ineta Luka
Manager of Turiba University project team