Title "ENTER SK" - "Increase the Quality of Services in Hotel, Restaurant and Catering through Language Skills"
Project Number 2011-1-SK1-LEO05-02884
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
To support participants in training and further training activities in the acquisition and the use of knowledge, skills and qualifications to facilitate personal development, employability and participation in the European labour market
To support improvements in quality and innovation in vocational education and training systems, institutions and practices
To improve the quality and to increase the volume of co-operation between institutions or organisations providing learning opportunities, enterprises, social partners and other relevant bodies throughout Europe
To facilitate the development of innovative practices in the field of vocational education and training other than at tertiary level, and their transfer, including from one participating country to others
To encourage the learning of modern foreign languages
To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning
Summary Project “ENTER SK” offered one possible solution to the complex problem of the lack of innovative approaches and inaccessibility of teaching materials for the vocationally oriented language learning in Slovak VET system, in specific field of Hotel, Restaurant and Catering (HRC) related professions. One of the project partners, Private Hotel Academy (SHA) from Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia,was tackling this problem on daily basis; one example being the concrete experience of students participating in practical work stays in school partnership institutions abroad, where they were unable to communicate in foreign language, lacking basic vocational terminology related workplace and work processes and also general communication skills. From this reason, 3 national Slovak institutions and 2 partners from abroad decided to create a partnership network and provided solutions to address this problem. Therefore, project aimed at supporting innovative approaches in vocationally oriented language learning, in specific field of HRC, through the transfer of existing innovative teaching methodology used in CZ – ecoaching platform and specific learning management system/LMS and existing blended learning methodology in UK, using animations and pictures. These innovations are being combined, and along with the development of specific vocational language content in the area of HRC related professions, we believe to increase the quality of services in this area through language skills and accessibility of teaching and learning vocational materials, in EN, DE and FR, for teachers and students. In Slovakia, apart from SHA, ŠIOV contributed mainly to dissemination of project results among other vocational schools in Slovakia; CFME (SK) as a distributor of innovative e-learning methods for schools guarantees the project sustainability and smooth project running, based on previous experience with such a project. 6 support letters, undersigned by Slovak VET schools and one University, expressed the interest of the institutions involved in HRC for further dissemination of project results. In the project, we worked on the main outcomes in the form of online interactive modules based on ecoaching platform, using pictures, animations and videos, providing interactive language exercises for students and teachers.
Description Project reacted to concrete need of lacking innovative teaching and learning materials for vocational foreign language teaching in the professions of HRC in the VET system in Slovakia, where vocational language curricula and related support didactic materials, accessible for schools, did not exist (research supported by 5 vocational schools declaring their interest to participate and evaluate the project outcomes). Therefore, project primarily aimed at filling this gap and supporting vocationally-oriented language learning, through transfer of existing innovative teaching approaches/ecoaching platform and learning management system, based on blended learning methodology and also aimed at development of innovative learning environment with ICT-based content in the HRC professions, directly addressed to one of the European priorities “Promotion of the acquisition of key competencies in VET”. Secondly, project supported the increase of the volume of cooperation between various institutions providing learning opportunities (partnership network of VET schools, public VET institution and SMEs) and in this way ensured easier and more effective transfer of already existing skills and expertise in order to reach project goals.
Open and distance learning
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Information and Communication
open and distance learning
Following objectives were reached in relation to achieving overall project aims:
- to provide vocational teachers and subsequently students with easy to handle, modern tool for effective and interactive language learning/ecoaching platform, and system enabling individual, individualized and differentiated teaching and learning related to HRC/learning management system (LMS), with the minimum of 900 interactive screens thematically divided into 45 online modules for vocational English, German and French
- to provide step by step instruction to methodology of working with specific ecoaching platform and Learning Management System with the aim to enable teachers use the concrete system to its full potential for effective vocational foreign language teaching
- to carry out needs analysis of teachers´ didactical needs that will be used as a base material for vocational language content development
- to use specific tools/PR materials to provide information about project to target groups and other potential beneficiaries/webpages, brochures and posters
- to provide teachers with the practical skills necessary to start using transferred and adjusted innovative tools in teaching process/teachers´ training
- to disseminate project results to broad group of potential users through expert workshop, international conference and international partnership “ENTER SK” network.
Project aims directly addressed the European priority “promotion of the acquisition of key competences in VET”, such as language skills and ICT skills, regarding the increase of quality of services in HRC through language learning in innovative ways, with ICT and modern technologies use.