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A new Erasmus+ international project – “Cultural knowledge and linguistic competences as a means to develop 21st century skills”

The kick-off meeting of a new Erasmus+ project entitled “Cultural knowledge and linguistic competences as a means to develop 21st century skills” took place between 18-20 October in the Latvian capital Riga, organized by Turiba University.

In the past four years the Department of Humanities of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania took part in two Erasmus+ projects („KeySkills for Hotel Industry Staff” between 2014-2016 and „Unity in Diversity” between 2016-2018). The success of both these collaborations encouraged the teachers of our department to continue the hard work of elaborating new teaching materials.

In the new project that has started in September and ends in 2020 embraces 6 partner countries: Croatia, the leader of the project, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Romania (represented by the Department of Humanities of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania), all old acquaintances already, and a new partner, Poland.

The aim of the present project is to develop knowledge and skills indispensable in the 21st century, such as problem solving skills, cooperation, creativity, critical thinking, language learning strategies, IT skills, communicative skills, etc. Special attention is paid to skills and knowledge that are extremely important when seeking a job on the labour market or in developing a cohesive society. Besides traditional adult education, this project will address geographically, economically, socially or culturally disadvantaged groups.

Employing the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) educational method, the partner institutions will develop a hybrid-type material (applicable both online and in classroom, i.e. face-to-face learning), the content of which focuses on the rich cultural heritage of the partner countries. The educational material wishes to develop the students’ knowledge, cultural awareness and language competence through novel methodsand tools (case studies, video materials, interactive games) in order to increase their employability, social inclusion and welfare.

In the first project meeting in Riga the Sapientia team was represented by two lecturers of the Department of Humanities, Dr. Ingrid Tomonicska and Zsuzsanna Dégi. During the meeting we discussed the tasks to be done in the next two years, the finances of the project, and we took part in two workshops, that will help us in the professional design of the learning material. One workshop concentrated on design-thinking, oriented towards problem solving creative thinking, the other focused on the features, problems of adult and elderly education.

After the serious work, in the evenings our Latvian hosts organized a common dinner in the heart of the city, where we could get a taste of the Latvian cuisine. On the last day we had the chance to visit the baroque-style Rundale castle, one of the most beautiful buildings of the country.

Thank you for the excellent organization!

Zsuzsanna Dégi and Dr. Ingrid Tomonicska

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