" Be My Guest: Russian for European Hospitality "


Key Activity 2 Languages Multilateral Project  -  Ref. 135699-LLP-1-2007-1-BG-KA2-KA2MP

Website address: www.russianonline.eu






Learning languages is becoming increasingly important in the European Union and there is a need for sustained efforts to improve the linguistic competences of the European population both in the official languages of the EU and the languages of global communication. Russian language is one of the six official and working languages of the United Nations and according to the published statistics takes the 5th place in the world as it is spoken by 285 million people. Among them 160 million people consider Russian their native language putting it at the 7th place in the world by the number of native speakers. In Europe teaching Russian is primarily offered by the formal education system (schools and universities) while the opportunities to learn Russian within non-formal education or adult training system are very few.

Taking into consideration that the flow of Russian speaking people (tourists or frequent business visitors), including inhabitants of new EU members, is constantly growing, this project seeks to make its contribution through the development of a basic online training in Russian. This online course will be addressed to staff working in hotels, restaurants and recreation industry as well as people providing home accommodation or living in the regions where tourism is particularly important. It will give them an opportunity to acquire or enhance language competence. The developed training will be also useful for owners of small and medium business establishing and developing business contacts with Russian-speaking partners.

The project seeks to analyze the experience of teaching Russian in the 4 countries participating in the project, to identify good practices that can be applied in the modern language learning context and to create a basic online course suitable for use in various domains (self-study, vocational and language schools, staff qualification courses). The developed training will improve the language skills of people engaged in the recreational field and the employability chances of young adults wishing to work in this area.

This project also supports the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning, as it envisages the development of an online course and encourages adults of various age groups to use ICT to facilitate their learning and make it more attractive and flexible considering their individual professional or/and personal needs.



The main activities of the project, planned for two years (2008-2009), will be:


1.     Creation of the project website, which will consist (presumably) of three main parts:

-     Information - general info about the project for wider public, objectives, partners and results of the project, dissemination events;

-     Restricted access zone - for the project partners - working plan, reports, documents related to the project management and other working documents;

-     Learning zone - Online Russian language course


2.     Development of the learning content:

-     Analysis of existing successful practices and learning materials with the view of adopting positive experience in the project's developments

-     Setting methodology, approach and structure of the course

-     Defining the level and language competences that the users of the course would acquire in the context of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

-     Elaboration of learning units - themes, vocabulary, grammar content, drills taking into consideration the online concept of the course

-     Translation of the course content into the partners' languages

-     Technical analysis of the linguistic input and defining technical specifications and requirements; development of software and graphic design; development of beta version of the course

-     Testing of the beta version


3.     Piloting in the partners' countries:

-     Choosing suitable audience for piloting (hotel and restaurant schools and training centres etc.)

-     Development of piloting schedule

-     Piloting feedback and evaluation

-     Improvement and finalizing of the product


4.     Development of intercultural training elements (e.g. what we need to know to communicate with Russian speaking people, how to avoid cultural misunderstandings etc.) Uploading to the project website.


5.     Development and implementation of dissemination strategy.



Website in 5 languages (the languages of the partners + Russian) as a tool for dissemination and coordination of the project

Online Course (website)

Piloting & evaluation.



The project is undertaken as a multinational partnership including institutions from 4 European countries: Bulgaria, Italy, Malta and Spain: