World Enough

Had we but world enough, and time
This coyness, Lady, were no crime (...)

Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"

This is the place where two European projects meet: PICTURE and VIRTEX.


PICTURE (Portfolio Intercultural Communication: Towards Using Real Experiences) wants to make use of the contact possibilities of two categories of people (language learners and foreigners) in developing a language teaching module which can be used – be it in different versions - in any kind of foreign language course in the EU, at any level, from university to vocational training, and from age 16 onwards. The core item will be a series of personal interviews with foreigners on intercultural aspects. Students will be prepared for these interviews via CD-based stimulus material (film sequences of actual interviews, assignments).

The main products will be
(1) a module on intercultural communication of about 20 hours (0.75 ECTS), in two variants, in five major European languages.
(2) a database containing the coded responses collected in the questionnaires, available on the internet.

The partnership consists of 18 organisations from 12 countries: BE, BG, CY, DE , DK, ES, HU, IT, NL, PL, PT, UK.

Contact: Cor Koster. Email address: Put the surname in front of @rrbv.nl


VIRTEX (Virtual Experiences)

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VIRTEX wants to develop language material for using English and German as foreign languages in the catering and hotel industry, in order to prepare students for their work placement and make them more aware of cultural similarities and differences. The project aims to provide a way for students to acquire "virtual experiences" for their work placement through a digital learning environment which is available on CD and which contains film sequences - interviews with restaurant and hotel staff, visualisations of most of the situations in which students may find themselves, among them interactions between staff and guests, etc. -, supplemented by experience-based tasks and assignments. These include programmed interviews in which the students have to take over one of the roles in a filmed exchange with other staff or clients. The assignments can be done by students autonomously and individually, without any direct supervision. The results are kept in a "European portfolio".

The project makes use of the experiences gained in the production of an award-winning series of ICT-based lessons called “Talen naar werk” (Language to work with) for non-native catering students in the Netherlands, where the language used is Dutch as a second language.

The partnership is composed of 11 organisations from 8 countries: NL, AT, BE, CZ, DE, EE, LU, UK.

Contact: Cor Koster. Email address: Put the surname in front of @rrbv.nl