On 28 June 2021, a project multiplier event was held at Turiba University. During the multiplier event language and culture educators from various educational institutions of Latvia, adult educators from language education centres, representatives of professional associations and other participants were introduced with the project outputs created:
- The English language blended-learning course for adult learners “European Cultural Heritage and skills development course” comprising 18 modules both for independent learning and for learning under the guidance of a language teacher.
- “Culture based multilingual blended-learning language course for adult learners” targeted at learning European cultures containing 18 modules in 9 languages: Latvian, German, French, Slovenian, Croatian, Czech, Polish, Romanian and Hungarian.
- Lifelong learning guidelines for educators of adult learners created based on the results of international research conducted within the project.
Educators of language and culture courses from various education institutions attended the event – University of Latvia, EKA University of Applied Sciences, Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga Technical University, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Riga State Technical School, Riga Secondary School No.64, Riga Style and Fashion Vocational School, English, German and Spanish teachers from adult language education firms „Valodu mape”, „Roks”, „DialogsPro”, representatives of the Latvian Association of Tourism Information Organizations „Latturinfo”, Employers’ Confederation of Latvia, the Association of Hotels and Restaurants of Latvia, Tourism Information Centre of Vecumnieki, publishing company „DR dizains”, „Janne” Ltd., Ltd. „Bulduru DU”, Ltd. „Active LV” and others.
The event was organised considering Covid-19 restrictions in the country. Registration and welcome speeches were held outside, at the University yard. Afterwards, the presentations were given by the project team of Turiba University – Prof. Ineta Luka and language teachers Inese Ate, Kristine Liepina, Anda Komarovska and Sundars Vaidesvarans. During the event, the participants learnt the main methodologies of the project, the design and creation of the Learning Management System, the curricula designed, the various tasks created, etc. In order to learn how the learning platform functions, have a closer look at the tasks and materials created and get ready for using them in their language and culture teaching classes, the seminar participants were split into 3 groups and they also had hands-on-experience in specially organised workshops in computer labs.
The multiplier event was an excellent opportunity for the participants to exchange experience, network and foster further collaboration in language and culture teaching/learning.
We are thankful to all the seminar participants for the interest and initiative shown! The useful suggestions made during the seminar will definitely help improving language teaching/learning as well as raising learners’ awareness of the rich European intangible cultural heritage.
The learning platform: http://e-culture.eu/
The project webpage: http://culture-language.eu/
Dr.paed. Ineta Luka
Professor, Head of the Language department