Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Project Dissemination at XVII International Scientific Conference of Turiba University „Competitive Enterprises in a Competitive Coutry” on March 31, 2016 in Latvia

Competitiveness is an important factor for each and every enterprise and the nation as a whole. The competitiveness of a nation depends on the success of its enterprises to a large extent.  Competitiveness is based on business efficiency indicators at the enterprise level including corporate strategy, management skills, marketing and price and cost efficiency. In this context competitive staff is crucial, the staff with highly developed emoployability skills that correspond to the requirements of the changing international context.

The annual international conference of Turiba University, Latvia was organised by the Faculty of Business Administration. The conference work was organised in a plenary session, parallel sessions of researchers and academics as well as students’ sessions. In parallel sessions 33 reports were presented.

Sandra Smilga from the Department of Languages of Turiba University presented the project at the conference giving a presentation on the theme “Opportunities of Fostering Independent Studies in Second Foreign Language Studies”. In her presentation Sandra analysed the current tendencies in second language learning, focusing on the methods and tools applied for second language learning at A2 and A1 level. Sandra emphasised that language competences in the European labour market are as self-evident nowadays as skills of using information and communication technologies. They are especially significant in the tourism sector where knowledge of several foreign languages at different levels of competences are required depending upon the position in the enterprise. Medium and top level managers are often required to know a second and third foreign language at the B1–B2 level in accordance with the CEFR. The majority of Tourism faculty students start learning a second foreign language as a beginner. The number of contact hours offered is not sufficient enough to achieve the results and regular independent studies are required. In order to foster independent studies learners are offered various modern language learning methods including open learning aids such as online tasks designed for learning professional language especially in the hospitality industry. Sandra presented the international research of language teachers conducted in the five project countries – Croatia, Latvia, Slovenia, Italy and Romania.Educators mainly underlined the importance of communicative competences which also defined the tasks of the project- to design learning materials with a wide range of guest questions and responses and guest requirements in typical situations of work with foreign tourists.

The conference programme is available on:

The full paper in Latvian is available on:

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

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Piloting of the Learning Program has started (Piloting of the RO material)

On March 3, 2016, Sapientia University team has started course piloting of the Romanian study material with their students.   

The first students who piloted the course were the first year tourism management students studying Romanian language – Communication skills in Romanian. The work was done with a small group of four students. First students were introduced with the developed Romanian study materials within the project „Key Skills for European Union Hotel Staff”, so that they could try out solving one set of exercises.

In order to learn how the platform functions, students did A2/B1 module “Hotel Reception/Ski and Village” which was a good practice for them and enabled the students to revise the vocabulary acquired during their regular studies.   

The first impressions were positive. Students found the platform useful and interesting and they admitted that they had learnt many new things and enjoyed doing so. The students pointed out that the module developed for A2/B1 level – Hotel Reception - will help them to independently develop their reading and listening skills in Romanian language.

The course piloting will continue till the end of semester. Thus, these first year students will have the opportunity to try out all the modules in Romanian language. As a teacher, I will use the modules as a supplementary material for my Romanian language course to enhance students’ reading, listening and speaking skills.   

After piloting there will be a survey for students in order to receive a feedback on the Learning platform and study materials, discover mistakes and get recommendations for improvement.

Sapientia University does piloting for other languages as well, among which for English and Hungarian.

Dr.philol. Enikő Pál


Teacher / researcher of Sapientia University

Project team member of Sapientia University


Piloting at TUSDU has started

On 2 March 2016, there was the first piloting the project-learning platform at TUSDU. It was done with students of final year. On that day, there were two groups of students-24  divided in two IT labs.  There was the second piloting-learning platform at TUSDU on 14 March 2016 also with another group of students 24  who attend the final year of their education at our school.

In total, there were 48 students and many of them were very excited to be among the first students to learn  language for the first time using this very interactive learning tool.

The first impressions are very positive and they were very interested in many languages. Students 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.

Hilarija Lozančiić Benić

Project team member of TUSDU, Croatia

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