Title BE-CuLT - Basic E-Cultural and Linguistic Training for Work Experiences Abroad (Hotel and Catering Sector)
Project Number D/05/B/F/LA-146 312
Product BE-CuLT Website
Title BE-CuLT Website
The partnership has chosen the world wide web as medium to create an flexible e-learning tool. The internet allows to overcome geographic distances and borders, it can bring young learners and tutors close to places far away, and in contact with the people far away.
Target group Beneficiaries are disadvantaged young learners in practice-based vocational education for the hotel and catering sector, who will have a work experience abroad. Beneficiaries are also educational staff who support the young people in their linguistic and cultural learning before, during and after their work experiences abroad.
The project wants to achieve the wide-spread use, in the above drafted context of needs, of an E-LEARNING TOOL that complements the existing tools for linguistic and cultural preparation of training placements. To be accepted by the target groups, the tool will
reproduce in a virtual world real work places in selected countries and companies, so to allow for learning at the work place with their specific linguistic and cultural settings:
-basic English as bridge language (levels A1 and A2) and basic linguistic elements of professional relevance in a host country language, here beginning with DE, FI, FR, IT and NL
-apply methodologies of authentic learning, experiential learning, and CLIL (content and language integrated learning) putting language in an intercultural social context at the work place, so to enable also inexperienced young learners to successfully handle training placements abroad: learning activity is based on game play
-is made available on the internet so to be easily integrated in learning environments and accessible from sending and hosting organisations (training centres, schools, companies) and support the learning process before, during and after the work experience abroad
-is easy to use for tutors of complex work placement constellations, allowing them to produce new contents adapted to their specific needs with the help of common templates and a manual
The use of this tool enhances a better quality of the addressed young peoples work experiences abroad. The project intends to reach a higher degree of personal satisfaction on both sides companies and trainees, and the degree to which the trainee�s professional skills actually are challenged, used and developed during the work experience, in comparison to former experiences made and evaluated by the project partners. A better quality enhances a stronger motivation of companies in the hotel and catering sector to cooperate in the organisation of training placements for the lesser experienced young people, both as sending or hosting organisations.
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Area of application
The tool is ready for use in practice-based vocational education in all European countries and beyond. This does not require any formal procedures in the VET systems, but the tool needs to be known, understood and considered valuable by placement tutors. At this point, the tool lives and grows with its use.The more it is used and completed by the users, the more variety is offers.
To use the tool, a computer with internet connection with sound and a installed \\\"Flash-Player\\\" (Free software) and no presence of a language teacher or a person familiar with the target country is required. This makes is flexible to use in different learning environments, whether in the home or in the target country, and opens it to a wide range of young learners, also the less experienced.
The technical design of the tool allows, later on, the uploading of contents and materials for other levels of language and social skills, for other countries and languages and for other professions and sectorswithout changes. The 5 core partners provide vocational education and training also in various other sectors and for different learners, and they cooperate with partners in nearly all European countries. They have the expertise, the networks and the will to further elaborate the tool. Resources for the development of contents and materials, for additional web-space and for content management may be subject to partnership agreements with industry.The idea of the open source community actually supports an easy transfer, asking for elaboration of the software for different purposes and render them back to the community, also free of charge. The tool may be the basis for others to adapt them to own specific learning purposes.
The website is fully functional on the internet by the 30.09.2007.