Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Project dissemination and piloting the learning program at Turističko-ugostiteljska škola in Split

On 19 May 2016 TUSDU team visited Turističko-ugostiteljska škola in Split and presented the project information to the language teachers and principal at their school. After gaining main information about the project language teachers tried online learning program. TUSDU project coordinator Hilarija Lozančić Benić presented curriculum, guidelines and project website. All 12 language teachers were really interested in Modules created on the ELearning platform. They had a chance to try both of them A2/B1 and B2/C1 Modules. The teachers pointed out that the Modules developed for A2/B1 level – Hotel reception, Restaurant, Hotel Business centre, Restaurant kitchen, City, Management offices – will help students to develop their reading and listening of the chosen foreign language at their school.

After piloting, language teachers did questionnaire, which will help to improve online learning program.

Hilarija Lozančić Benić

Project team member of TUSDU, Croatia

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Piloting the learning program at Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota

In March 2016 teachers at Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota has started course piloting of the Slovenian, English and German study material with their students. Students from the secondary school unit have taken part as well as our college students.    

The first students who piloted the course were our second year economy college students who tested the English material. There were two groups of students, testing the material for the A2/B1 level and B2/C1 level. Before starting the piloting session each group was informed about the project itself, the results so far and how to use the tasks on the e-learning platform. We went through all the modules so that they could see the types of exercises and how to solve them.

The first impressions were positive. Students found the platform interesting and useful and they enjoyed learning English online. Most of them checked their language knowledge and some of them improve it as well, especially the students who learn English as a second foreign language. Their first foreign language is German. They mostly liked and enjoyed the Module City where they had to explore the village, seaside and ski resort maps to solve the tasks. The students solving the tasks on the higher language level B2/C1 found the modules and the tasks quite challenging but thought that most of the reading texts were too long.

In April, students from the secondary school unit started to participate in piloting. They were of different age and from different programmes, such as economic technician, logistics technician and vocational grammar school. They were second year, third year and fourth year students. They tested the material in Slovenian, English and German. All of them were informed about the project and the results and about how to use the e-learning material before starting the piloting. Regarding the English material, they mainly tested the A2/B1 level but some of them also tried the B2/C1 level.

The students liked solving the tasks online, especially the tasks of the Module City, where they had to use the village, seaside and ski resort maps. Although they found solving the tasks quite time-consuming, they still like them the most. Many students found the module Management offices very useful because of the different topics. In addition, most of them liked the module Restaurant kitchen, where they had to find out about national dishes of different countries.

In April also our first year IT college students started to participate in the testing and although it is not their field of interest, they found the tasks quite interesting. They were also informed about the project and the results and about how to use the e-learning material before starting the piloting. They tested the English material on both levels.

In April, we also had the opportunity to invite our part-time students to do some testing. They are first and second year economy college students and they tested the e-learning material in English on both levels and in German. They liked the tasks and found them very useful. They especially liked the idea of having free access to them so that they can learn and improve their language skills at home not only at school.

So far the general impression of the project and especially the e-learning material has been good. The students have spotted different sorts of mistakes, such as spelling mistakes and   grammar mistakes but also words or answers missing. They also found some old-fashioned words – words they have never heard before or felt that they are not used anymore.         

The course piloting will continue in May, whereby we are already trying to correct mistakes found by students and teacher.  

Although we have already collected some feedback in class while working on the computer there will be a survey for students after piloting in order to receive a feedback on the e-learning platform and study materials, discover mistakes and get recommendations for improvement.

Erna Vöröš

Project manager of Slovenian team

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The “Skills4Hotels” project dissemination for professional circles

On 4 April 2016, representatives of Pearson Publishing House, branch of Latvia and the professors of the Faculty of Modern Languages of the University of Latvia visited Turiba University. We had a brief but very productive meeting during which we discussed possible further collaboration in language teaching/learning, including disseminating the project outcomes as well as the opportunities of introducing more language teachers with them. It was decided to organize a one day joint seminar at the University of Latvia for language teachers’ professional development. We also discussed possible opportunities on using the language materials for preparing students for taking international LCCI specialized exams in Business English and Tourism English for B1 and B2 levels.

Dr.paed., prof. Ineta Luka
Head of the Department of Languages
Project manager of Turiba University
Latvia
 

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