Kick-off Meeting of the New Erasmus+ project „ Language skills and intercultural issues in the hospitality industry: Unity in diversity in the EU labour market” in Murska Sobota, Slovenia (8)
The Kick-off meeting for the Erasmus+ project „ Language skills and intercultural issues in the hospitality industry: Unity in diversity in the EU labour market” (Project No.: 2016-1-HR01-KA202-022160) was held in Murska Sobota, Slovenia from the 13th till 15th October, 2016.
This project is a continuation of the project „Key Skills for European Union Hotel Staff” [http://language4hotel.eu/] (Project No.:2014-1-HR01-KA2014-007224) and the project will be implemented during the period of 1st September 2016 – 31st August 2018.
It intends to elaborate and enhance the results attained in the previous project „Key Skills for European Union Hotel Staff” and all the materials will be available in 16 languages - (EN, IT, HR, LV, SL, RO, HU, FR, RU, ES, GR, CZ, DE, LT, SE, TR).
The Kick-off meeting was organized by the project partners - Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota (Slovenia) and it was attended by all other project partners: Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik (Croatia), Primrose Publishing (UK), IPSSA Nino Bergese (Italy), Universitatea Sapientia din Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and Turiba University (Latvia), as well as the new project partners Provincial Directorate of Education in Turkey Kutahya (Turkey), VšĮ Vilniaus verslo kolegija (Lithuania) and Vyšší odborná škola, Střední průmyslová škola a Obchodní akademie, Čáslav (Czech Republic).
Turiba University was represented by the head of the Language Department, prof. Ineta Lūka and the secretary of the Language Department, Evita Vecvagare, because the Language Department is responsible for the project implementation in Latvia.
The meeting started with a warm welcome by the Director of Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota after which partners started to discuss the results of the previous project as well as the issues connected with the new project. Later on the new project members were introduced with the project webpage, e-learning platform, FrontDesk program, Smartphone applications and digital maps, developed during the previous project [http://esolams.si/elearning/]. During the afternoon working session prof. Ineta Lūka acquainted participants with the Blended learning approach – characteristics, advantages and disadvantages, course design and the blended learning tools. During the Brainstorming session the Project Sustainability plan was created, so that the project outputs would be exploited beyond the life cycle of the project.
On the second day of the meeting partners continued to discuss administrative, financial and technical issues of the project. After that there was a workshop on Case studies where prof. Ineta Lūka provided in-depth insight into differences in perspectives and in structures of Case studies as well as different examples of Language Case studies in hospitality industry were discussed. After the workshop project partners went on a guided tour of the town. Murska Sobota is a small town in Northeast of Slovenia and it is located only 15 km from the border of Austria and Hungary.
The third day of the meeting was spent on discussing technical issues of the project - the Slovenian colleagues introduced others with the Moodle platform and its characteristics, and demonstrated how the materials and tasks should be uploaded onto this platform. Project partners also agreed upon the dates for the second meeting in Lithuania in January 2017.
Latvian project members are grateful to our Slovenian colleagues for their hospitality and excellent organization of the meeting.
Detailed information regarding the project, its objectives and outcomes can be found on the official project webpage www.languages4all.eu
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