European Linguistic Standard for Tourism

Why was SLEST 2.0 established?

  • To allow professionals in tourism optimal learning opportunities by using specific online exercises, and to enable effective learning without the need for constant teacher supervision e.g. by means of e-learning and/or correspondence courses.
  • To allow learners to choose between a fully autonomous or a tutor supported training.
  • To establish a specific network in Europe in the field of interest of this project.
  • To adapt teaching and examination contents to the real requirements of the tourism industry.
  • To increase the chances on the job market for professionals in the field of tourism.


What does SLEST 2.0 aim to achieve?

  • Guarantee an effective competitive majority and recognise professionalism in Tourism across Europe
  • Establish and highlight an advanced qualitative standard in L2 learning and teaching
  • Adapt the learning objectives to the concrete language needs
  • Comparability for the main European languages, directed at the needs of the user
  • Creation of the basics for optimal preparation for the examinations which are valid for all target groups
  • Establish a common European standard based on the indications presented in the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


Who are the main target groups?

Professionals who already work in the field of tourism, with focus on the following professions:
  • Waiters
  • Tourist guides
  • Travel agents
  • Receptionists in hotels


  SLEST 2.0 CEFR levels

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to his/her profession.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and areas of profession.
  • Can express him-/herself simply about professional topics and personal interests with a very limited repertoire in words and with simple grammatical structures
  • Can sustain professional situations with a predictable content with simple linguistic means, but the conversation will be somewhat limited because of a restricted vocabulary.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while working.
  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on professional matters regularly encountered in work.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are connected to his/her profession.
  • Can describe experiences, events, tasks etc. connected with his/her work and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.