Project Number NL/08/LLP-Ldv/TOI/123012
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
• The reason for the project Virtex 4all:
Very few hotel and catering students look for a work placement abroad. At the moment the students are not sufficiently equipped with practical foreign language knowledge and intercultural communication skills. Teachers don’t have a complete teaching method at their disposal. The programs that are available are often limited. Interactive learning programs such as the program Virtex have not been integrated in a complete language learning method. The project Virtex (http://www.worldenough.net/virtex/), which has been awarded the first prize for innovative and practical foreign language projects in 2007 by the organization of all language teachers in the Netherlands (Levende Talen), is not used as much as it should be because teachers see it as an extra and don’t have time to get to know the program. Furthermore teachers don’t avail themselves of tests that include interactive programs and that are in accordance with the Common European Framework (CEF).
Traditionally, foreign language teaching and learning usually take place in the classroom, with little or no opportunity to use the language in an authentic professional situation. Old-fashioned paper-based methods are used, mostly course-based from basic to advanced. Virtex is innovative and competence based, and presents several themes from real life situations at different language levels.
Virtex4all aims to combine the best of these two worlds in a total language learning approach that is cost-effective and easy to use by language teachers in hotel and catering education.
VIRTEX4all wants to join Hotel and Catering teachers and reflect on their language teaching and reflect on their methods and to adapt and make a good choice together for a new complete method with most of the learning material on Internet.
In gaining most learning benefit from ICT in Europe it appears that some didactic approaches will bring more success than others in Europe. We can bridge the gap between old-fashioned methods (course based) and more innovative (competence based)both on Internet.
Open and distance learning
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
open and distance learning
program or curricula
The website can be used for learning English and German in Hotel and Catering Education: