Hospitality Case Study
Brazil - Tourism, Hospitality and English Language
In 2018, Edinburgh College worked with the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism to offer a bespoke Tourism, Hospitality and English language course for Ministry-funded undergraduate Brazilian students as part of a UK-Brazil partnership training initiative.
In partnership with the UK’s Association of Colleges (AoC), the College welcomed a group of 10 Brazilian students to Edinburgh in January 2018 to study a 3-month course. Students developed their skills in key areas including English Language, hospitality management, marketing in travel and tourism, tour guiding, customer care, e-business in tourism, and professional and personal development.
On completion of the course, students were able to understand the tourism and hospitality sector in the UK, how this compares to the sector in Brazil while gaining knowledge on how their classroom learning operates in practice within the industry in Scotland. Students also gained hands-on practical experience of hospitality management by gaining practical experience working in the College’s commercial training restaurant.
This followed successful delivery of the programme in 2014.
Spain – Language Development and CLIL Teacher Training
Since 2006 the College has delivered English language reinforcement and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) programmes to over 500 teachers from bilingual primary schools in Spain, sponsored by the Madrid Regional Government (Comunidad de Madrid).
These programmes are tailor-made for groups of teachers involved with teaching curriculum subjects through English, developing both subject specific content and English language skills at the same time.
The content and timetable of these courses include CLIL methodology and challenges; bilingualism; Scottish Primary School Education; materials and ideas for the classroom; classroom language; language development linked to needs; British / Scottish culture.
The aims and objectives include:
- to develop awareness and teaching skills in a bilingual (CLIL) context
- to improve personal and professional competence in using English language inside and outside the classroom through topic based sessions linked to Scottish and Spanish teaching contexts and Scottish Culture
- to compare the Scottish teaching context with that of Spain
- to develop ability to evaluate and adapt subject-specific materials
- to explore Scottish and British culture, heritage and traditions
The courses have included talks and lectures from academic specialists in bilingual teaching; local primary and secondary teachers; and talks on Scottish Culture topics.
Study visits are programmed into the course, to give participants ideas and materials for use in their classrooms. Many museums, galleries and other institutions in Edinburgh have well-established education departments offering curriculum-based projects for pupils and CPD for teachers, and evaluation of resource packs for schools are an important part of the course.
Travel and Tourism Case Study
Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF), Cairo, Egypt
Edinburgh College was delighted to be awarded a second Skills for Employability project in partnership with the Egyptian Tourism Federation in Cairo. This project further allows the College to develop our experience in the MENA region. The project developed industry-led customer care and environmental sustainability hotel training packages for employees in the hotel and restaurant sectors in Egypt. The project enhanced the customer experience in Egypt to ensure that visitors return to the country, therefore, contributing to the economy and to raise awareness, among staff, of ways in which they could contribute to environmental sustainability, in the country.
Edinburgh College worked extensively with the Egyptian Tourism Federation and employers to ensure that the training packages and all learning and teaching materials designed by Sighthill Campus staff were quality assured, relevant to the Egyptian context, industry-led and culturally appropriate.
Edinburgh College is continuing its partnership with Peopl1st and the Egyptian Tourism Federation as their Consortium Partner for British Council Sector Skills Partnership-funded project. This project is developing an international customer-facing services training model for partnership use across the visitor economy in Egypt, with the main focus on restaurants and cafes in malls, and then progressing to hotels.
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