News>The Leonardo da Vinci project „eCuisine – A model for interactive e-learning to enhance vocational conversation and to arouse intercultural awareness in the hospitality sector” concluded

The Leonardo da Vinci project „eCuisine – A model for interactive e-learning to enhance vocational conversation and to arouse intercultural awareness in the hospitality sector” concluded (0)

The Leonardo da Vinci project „eCuisine – A model for interactive e-learning to enhance vocational conversation and to arouse intercultural awareness in the hospitality sector” (Projekta Nr. 2012-1-AT1-LEO05-06979) was successfully concluded.

The project implemented by the Department of languages of Turiba University was aimed at reducing labour mobility barriers, increasing international understanding and cooperation, designing modern teaching aids for language learning that would ensure flexible information gathering methods and support modern innovative teaching learning practices.

The project resulted in an integrated approach to practical acquisition of language learning and intercultural communication. Interesting and interactive language learning materials for students from various education institutions studying gastronomy, hospitality and service were designed.

The project lasted two years (1st October 2012 till 30th September 2014) and was implemented by six partners: Unternehmensberatung Heffeter (Austria), Primrose Publishing (U.K.), Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik (Croatia), Turiba University (Latvia), Vilnius College (Lithuania) and Srednja šola za gostinstvo in turizem Celje (Slovenia). The project consortium consisted of well-established, experienced project partners in the hotel and tourism sector especially in the field of food preparation and service.

Five international meetings were organised during the project in Austria (October 2012), United Kingdom (May 2013), Latvia (September 2013), Croatia (April 2014) and the concluding meeting in Slovenia (September 2014). Project partners exchanged experiences and opinions during project meetings, clarified outstanding issues, summarised the project achievements as well as agreed on further steps that needed to be carried out. Project participants also had the excellent opportunity to try out the national cuisine of the various countries during their visit.

The working platform of the project on the project homepage offers the opportunity to get acquainted with teaching learning materials designed during the project – description of national dishes and learning exercises connected with them.

The project focuses on Austrian cuisine. Dishes specially chosen from the Austrian cuisine along with dishes “highlights” from partner countries were described and included in interactive teaching learning programme and a prototype mobile application. Such an approach facilitated the use of mobile devices in gastronomy and public catering.

The dish descriptions included explanations of ingredients and preparation techniques. In addition information regarding the regions where the dishes are traditionally prepared as well as insights into the national culture and history were also provided. The information is easily and quickly accessible and easy to understand. Translations are available in English, Latvian, German, Slovenian, Croatian and Lithuanian.

Tasks foreseen for A2-C1 level English language learning based on national dishes help understand, analyse and remember dish descriptions and enhance one’s professional language competencies.

Further information is available on the project homepage www.ecuisine-project.eu.

 

Evita Vecvagare
Department of Languages
Turiba University

 

22.10.2014

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