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What is SLEST 2.0?

Partner organisations from six European countries, representing the educational field as well as professionals of the tourism industry are preparing a tutor supported, semiautonomous language learning environment in the field of tourism.

Amongst these partners are two universities (Málaga and Selcuk) and four institutions which work in the field of vocational training (AJT, ECBM, ETC, and UET), and they will be supported in their work by various other organisations, representing mainly small and medium-sized companies in the different countries.

In addition to this, the areas of research, training, further education and application are guaranteed to be present within the SLEST 2.0 project (European Linguistic Standard for Professionals in Tourism 2.0. Project Number 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-66445)

The SLEST 2.0 online language learning materials cover a vast area of professional activities, including the four traditional language skills : Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing (which may sometimes need the help of a tutor). In addition, there will be, amongst other features, a glossary, and further indications of standard phrases used in different professionals situations.

The levels of linguistic competence to be attained are closely linked to a range of specialist topic areas which have been declared as decisive by hundreds of professionals in the field of tourism during a survey. The single tasks are at levels A2 (basic) and B1 (independent)  of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The language skills can also be assessed, and an examination will cover a range of topics, and subtopics, in the field of tourism. The topic areas are the same for each profession and level.


SLEST 2.0 final seminar and round table

The project’s final seminar and round table took place in September 2015 in the Faculty of Toruism of University of Málaga. In the seminar, named "Tecnological and Methodological Advances in the Teaching of Languages for Tourism ", attended the project partners as well as experts from Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Professionals, multipliers, and stakeholders  (specific) language teaching or persons working in the field of tourism were also invited as specialists.

The first part of the seminar concerned the presentation of various innovative aspects in foreign language learning and teaching, such as OpenSim and intercultural communication (TILA Project) and Gamification (Yeepa). The main conclusion was that ICT must be underpinned in a pedagogical base in order to generate significative learning.

The second part was focused on SLEST 2.0, its results from piloting, main ideas and futre plans.


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