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Learning Languages through European Intangible Cultural Heritage – Project-closing Event at Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Miercurea Ciuc

On June 16, 2021, the Campus of Miercurea Ciuc of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania hosted the closing event of the third Erasmus+ project that the Department of Human Sciences participated in. The project is entitled Cultural knowledge and language competences as a means to develop the 21st century skills (No. 2018-1-HR01-KA204-047430), and it aims to enhance language learning and teaching primarily for adult learners, to popularize the linguistic diversity of the European Union and intercultural awareness, as well as to develop 21st century key skills and competences, like problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, learning strategies, cooperation, communication, IT skills.

Bi- and multilingualism is one of the elementary conditions of our contemporary life, linguistic, intercultural and digital competences play a significant role in finding a workplace. This is also the central concept of our project, within which teachers from partner institutions in six European countries (Czechia, Croatia, Poland, Latvia, Romania and Slovenia) created a colourful learning material in ten languages, based on the intangible cultural heritage of the partner countries that can be used both online and in face-to-face education. The language course is interactive, it is based on gamification principles, and it contains several video and audio recordings, online tasks, and games, through which it not only helps to develop 21st century competences, but learners can find out interesting details about the rich European cultural heritage. The language course is available online for those interested, after a short registration process, on the following link:

Participants from several adult teaching institutions, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, institutions dealing with people belonging to disadvantaged groups were present.

On the project-closing event, the Dean of the Faculty of Economic, Socio-Human Sciences and Engineering, Dr. Ede Lázár greeted the participants. His welcoming words were followed by the presentation of Dr. Zsuzsanna Ajtony, head of the Department of Humanities, also manager of the Sapientia project team, who introduced the project and its methodology. Two project members, Dr. Zsuzsanna Dégi és Dr. Enikő Tankó presented the English, Hungarian and Romanian course material developed by the team, relying primarily on the Transylvanian intangible cultural heritage. Due to the pandemic situation, the course could only be briefly tested by the attendees on the mobile phones, and everybody present showed great interest in the rich material and would be willing to use it in the future, according to their own needs.

Many thanks to the team members for their creative ideas, their hard work all through the three projects and for the merry times spent together!

 Dr. Zsuzsanna Ajtony

 Sapientia team manager