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Unity in Diversity – a New Erasmus+ Project Started in Slovenia

As our collaboration within the previous Erasmus+ KA2 project entitled “Key Skills for Hotel Industry Staff” proved to be really efficient and fruitful, the partners taking part in it decided to enlarge its scope and address a larger target audience for the learning material dedicated to staff working in tourism and hospitality to vocational institutions. 

Therefore we applied for a possibility to continue this idea. Our application proved to be successful and so we were able to invite new partner institutions to the new project. In this way 9 partner countries are involved in the two-year-long project entitled “Language skills and intercultural issues in the hospitality industry: unity in diversity in the EU labour market”. The project leader is Croatia, the other partner countries are Italy, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania (represented by the Department of Humanities of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania), Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Among the aims of the project the following can be highlighted: a new interactive A1 level language course in 16 languages (CZ, DE, EN, ES, FR, GR, HR, HU, IT, LT, LV, RO, RU, SE, SI, TR), an A2/B1 extended language course also in 16 languages, as well as a B2/C1 English language course, completed with 9 country modules featuring the tourist attractions of the partner countries, and an intercultural module revealing their cultural sensitivities.

The project-starting meeting was held in the institution of the Slovenian partner, in Ekonomska šola, Murska Sobota, where the Sapientia team was represented by Dr. Zsuzsanna Ajtony and Zsuzsánna Dégi, lecturers of the Department of Humanities. During the meeting we discussed the tasks to be completed, the finances of the project and we also took part in two workshops, one on blended learning and the other on case studies, which will enhance the professional accomplishment of the learning material. We also had the opportunity to get acquainted with the new, the Czech, the Lithuanian and the Turkish colleagues, and to deepen our friendship with the old ones.

Many thanks to the Slovenian partners for the perfect organization and let us meet in Vilnius in January 2017!

 

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ajtony,

coordinator of Sapientia team

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