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Let's speak English
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Let´s speak English Language training for teachers is vital to be able to fulfill the internationalization requirements in the new curriculum. Merely mediocre language skills are not enough to meet all the expectations. English is a must for subjects like restaurant management, service design, business and service management as well as several interdisciplinary subjects. More and more, parts of teacher training (service design, food technology) are presented in English. It is necessary to have good English skills to be able to understand these presentations and to put them into practical use in lessons. Additionally, there has been a sharp rise in the numbers of our third year students who choose a foreign country for their obligatory internship. This also requires language skills for the project coordinators, as they need to communicate with the partner institutions in Europe. This means having good oral and writing skills in English, since communication needs to take place not only in oral conversations, but also by email. Also, good language skills are also needed for the supervision of the final theses in nutrition (4th and 5th year students). Good specialist literature and scientific studies are often only available in English. All students must sum up their final thesis in an abstract. Teachers need good language skills to counsel students and assess the papers. In the subject “looking after and advising guests” teachers communicate only in English in selected lessons (CLIL). They need good language skills to deal with English parts in advanced training. With great commitment the participants support and counsel the students who want to spend their obligatory internship abroad. They need this language course to be able to communicate more skillfully with the partner organizations abroad and to improve their ability to support students. They are supposed to complete the course: "Kombibusinesskurs” (12,5 lessons business, 12,5 private lessons hotel management und tourism) from 12 July – 18 July 2015 in Portsmooth - Great Britain. For the above mentioned reasons the applicants want to improve their language skills in summer 2015. In addition to an improvement in their language skills the participants also expect personal development. The training will allow them to manage professional challenges more easily. Self confidence and motivation will be increased. Vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and flexibility of expression will be improved. Getting to know other cultures and specific features of different countries will lead to an increase in tolerance and mutual respect. The most important goal of the project is increasing language skills. The training is supposed to reduce the fear of speaking and improve self confidence in using the English language. Communication with institutions in Europe will be improved and facilitated. On a longer term, the participants want to establish partnerships with other schools for professional and cultural exchange and form international contacts.
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