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The Department of Languages of Turiba University is involved in a new Erasmus+ project “Cultural knowledge and language competences as a means to develop the 21st century skills“. Project No.2018-1-HR01-KA204-047430 (September 2018 – August 2020). This is the third Erasmus+ project related with teaching/learning various European languages the initiators of which are Turiba University and TUSDU (Croatia).

The project is a continuation of the Erasmus+ projects carried out  in the years 2014-2016 "Key Skills for EU Hotel Staff" [the project webpage: ] and in 2016-2018 „Language skills and intercultural issues in the hospitality industry: unity in diversity in the EU labour market” [the project webpage: ].

The current project is intended to elaborate and put forward the results attained in the previous two projects and by attracting new partners, involving new target groups of participants and adding the development of learners’ other key skills it is extending the scope as well.

The project addresses the specific objectives of the Erasmus+ programme in the field of education and training:

1)  to improve the level of key competences and skills (the 21st century key skills and competences, such as problem solving, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, learning strategies, communication, ICT skills, etc.), with particular regard to their relevance for the labour market (improved skills and competences) and their contribution to cohesive society (alongside with other adult learners we address also the people with geographical, social and economic obstacles, and cultural differences, and special education treatment needed, also low-skilled and low-qualified);

2)  to promote the emergence and raise awareness of a European lifelong learning area (through creating OER containing the teaching/learning material related with European cultural heritage and applying innovative methodologies and introducing the wider society with opportunities of using the OER created for lifelong learning purposes, incl. in remote areas);

3)  to improve the teaching and learning of languages and promote the EU's broad linguistic diversity and intercultural awareness (by incorporating the material suitable for increasing learners’ language competence in 10 European languages, the material revealing the rich cultural heritage of the project countries, including minority groups – ethnic Hungarian region of Romania, a unique cultural region of Suiti in Latvia, etc.).

The Consortium is creating innovative learning material, an OER, applying the CLIL methodology (content based language learning) and creating comprehensive blended-learning modules involving on-line learning material and material for groupwork/pairwork in chatrooms and face-to-face sessions to develop the key skills in a complex way. The material is based on exploring cultural heritage of our countries, created in 10 EU languages (our languages: HR, LV, PL, Sl, CZ, RO, HU, + EN, DE, FR as the major foreign languages spoken in Europe) fostering the development of cultural knowledge and awareness, language competences and relevant 21st century skills for adult learners.

The course is targeted at adult learners including those with certain obstacles to learning (geographical, social, economic, cultural, educational) depending on the country.

Turiba University hosted the first project meeting in Riga, from October 18 to 20, 2018. During the project meeting we had workshops on adult learning specifics, special language/teaching methods and methodologies to be used in the project, on developing learners’ 21st century skills, as well as on cultural heritage and language learning.

Six education institutions collaborate in the given project: Turisticka i ugostiteljska skola Dubrovnik (Croatia ), Turiba University (Latvia), Ekonomska sola Murska Sobota, Visja strokovna sola (Slovenia), UNIVERSITATEA SAPIENTIA DIN CLUJ NAPOCA (Romania), Fundacja Pro Scientia Publica (Poland) and VOŠ, SPŠ a OA Čáslav (Czech Republic).

Transnational implementation of the project will contribute to increasing first-hand knowledge of cultural heritage of 6 EU countries (Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Romania) representing various geographic regions of Europe, as well as it fosters experience exchange and the use of each partner’s expertise to attain overall project aims.

We will produce 3 outputs:

  • European Cultural Heritage and skills development course,
  • Culture based multilingual blended learning language course for adult learners,
  • Developing adult learners’ 21st century skills.

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Prof. Ineta Luka
Head of the Department of Languages
Turiba University


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.  This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.