THE CREATION OF LANGUAGE LEARNING COURSES for occupational purposes with online/multimedia support (moodle) for officially recognized professional qualifications in Europe

The principal objective which encourages us is to work towards the improvement of quality and efficiency in officially recognized professional education in the area of professional language qualification on the European level as recommended by both national and European guidelines, namely: (a) Report of the National Institute of Qualifications – INCUAL-; (b) the draft of the Royal Decree dated 27/03/2006 which regulates the educational system for the employment of professionals, and (c) the working document "Study on the formative needs for European Community languages within the framework of professional education", elaborated in December 2002 by the National Employment Institute.
Undoubtedly, the lack of consensus in establishing equivalency levels regarding the knowledge of languages is one of the main problems faced by the Division of Linguistic Policies of the European Council in order to certify the level of linguistic knowledge of the members of the European Union with respect to the performance required in those occupational professions that demand it.
For this reason, our project of technological development, innovation and technological transfer (Research-Business Groups) is based on the creation of language learning courses for occupational purposes with online support (moodle) and multimedia following the aforementioned European guidelines. The languages for which courses would be designed are English, French, Portuguese and Italian, while the occupational areas (due to the interest of our Autonomous Community) would be Commerce and the Tourism/Hotel sector.
The basis upon which we specify our proposed objectives can be summarized as follows:

  • (1) The need to adapt linguistic competence linked to specific occupations by making the existing offer suitable enough to meet the European legislative requirements on these topics and environs.
  • (2) The appropriateness derived from the creation of online / multimedia courses would allow for an extension of formative equivalencies in languages for as many professionals and users who express an interest, regardless of their geographical location or incompatibility with work schedules, by enabling them to follow the instruction offered.
  • (3) The design and development of courses through information technology would serve a wide-range group of technologically prepared professionals, a fundamental skill for European staff, in a transversal manner.

Keywords: Languages for Occupational Purposes, Online Language Teaching; Professional Qualifications; European Equivalency