TBL 4 Tourism (“Task-Based Language Learning Toolkit for Tourism: Innovative foreign language teaching methods in VET as support to tourism sector”) adressess a global issue – educators, workers and employers are being made aware of the need for a more flexible and adaptable workforce to meet the demands of the modern workplace. One of the approaches is a different way to teach and learn languages, focusing on English as it remains the leading language of international discourse in the 21st century.
This very innovative project will focus on providing language teachers all over Europe with the knowledge and tools that are necessary to effectively implement a task-based syllabus within their own teaching contexts. This will involve the design of a task-based syllabus, the design of a materials bank which will support the implementation of the task-based syllabus, and the creation of a teacher training programme which will be adapted to the needs of those active in the tourism sector. The project is looking to achieve the following results, and they are describe and justified in much detail in the project results sector, so we are laying out here some different aspects of their use and value:
1. TBL tasks for tourism: A comprehensive identification of jobs in tourism as well as needs analysis and identification of series of target tasks. It is of key importance to teacher and trainers to have a clear view of the needs analysis to help them easily create lessons.
2. TBL pedagogical syllabus with previously identified target tasks that will be synthesised to a series of pedagogical tasks and then be organised into a syllabus. The design of the syllabus will also involve the creation of a series of example materials to support the delivery.
3. TBL training course that will help VET language trainers deliver a task-based syllabus. This course will be delivered in a training session towards the end of the project, and those trained will then be accredited to deliver it to trainers in their own contexts/countries.