Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Teachers’ Workshop at Turiba University

On February 10, 2016, a workshop was held for lecturers of Language Department of Turiba University, Latvia. The language teachers were introduced with the developed study materials within the project „Key Skills for European Union Hotel Staff”, so that they could use the modules in the study process for students of Tourism study programme later on.

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 independently develop their reading and listening of the chosen foreign language (EN, IT, HR, LV, SL, RO, HU, GE, FR, RU, ES, GR). The teachers will also be using the modules as a supplementary material for the following language courses: English, German, Spanish, French, Latvian and Russian to enhance students’ reading, listening and speaking skills.

The 6 in-depth modules developed for the English language (B2/C1 level)-Hotel Front Office, Catering Service, Conference and Business Services, Off site Services, Financial Management and Hotel Management will be piloted as a component of the regular language course as well.

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


Evita Vecvagare

Team member of Turiba University, Latvia


Piloting of the Learning Program has started

After the teachers’ workshop held on February 10, 2016, Turiba University team has started course piloting with their students.

The first students who piloted the course were the first year tourism students studying English for Special Purposes. In order to learn how the platform functions, students did A2/B1 modules “Restaurant” and “Restaurant kitchen” which was a good practice for them and enabled the students to revise the vocabulary acquired during their regular studies. Next, we continued with B2/C1 module “Catering Service”.

The first impressions are positive. Students enjoyed the platform and evaluated the learning process as interesting, useful and they admitted that they had learnt many new things.

The course piloting will continue till the end of semester and Turiba University will pilot not only English modules but also modules in other languages, for example Russian and Spanish.


Dr.paed. Ineta Luka


Project manager of Turiba University, Latvia



The Swiss Connection

On February 9, 2016, a group of colleagues has visited the Faculty of Economics, Socio-Human Sciences and Engineering, Miercurea Ciuc of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania from Höchere Fachschule für Tourismus (HFT) Tourismus Akademie, Luzern and Thun, Switzerland who were also interested in the activities of the Department of Humanities.

On this occasion Zsuzsanna Ajtony, lecturer of the Department, manager of the Sapientia team, presented the Erasmus+ international project the department is involved in, entitled “Key Skills for EU Hotel Staff”. Marcel Furer and Daniel Mahler were given leaflets of the project. After having been presented with both the apps and the e-learning platform, they showed great interest in our project and asked questions.

After the meeting, we agreed that in the near future Swiss students will visit our faculty for a study trip and we included a possible future collaboration in the domain of tourism and languages.

Zsuzsanna Ajtony

Project Manager of Sapientia team





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