PAN European Language and Culture Initiative



PAN European Language & Culture Initiative project VOCAL (Vocational Orientated Culture and Language) a dynamic multi-lingual, multi-cultural online facility that will provide vocational students planning to work abroad with essential skills.

Project VOCAL will comprise online learning modules that will enable students to experience language and cultural problem solving via a â¿¿virtual journeyâ¿¿ of a placement abroad.  This online preparation tool will encourage students to interactively troubleshoot potential challenges they may encounter while training in a different country which will give them a head start when they seek work abroad.

The EU Commission has invested more than ⿬300,000 in project VOCAL as part of the LdV (Leonardo da Vinci) Transfer of Innovation project under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.  European countries including Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, Hungary, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Lithuania and Ireland are all involved in this important initiative.

According to Michael Carmody, President, Institute of Technology, Tralee:  "This is an exciting and unique opportunity for the Institute to lead in a project with the best researchers in the world. The project demonstrates the strength and relevancy of research at the Institute globally.⿝

There are three Irish Institutes involved in the project: IT, Tralee is the coordinator and responsible for the Irish PAN European Language & Culture Initiative 2 language element, IT, Blanchardstown is looking after the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) component and ITT Dublin is the quality manager.  Vocal is a follow on project from the award winning previous project "Problem SOLVE -which combined three key elements of language (general & specific), cultural and vocational background via a website which educated and motivated students planning to work abroad.

For More Information:

Brita Lyons, IT, Tralee : PH: 0 66 719 1705 

Brita Lyons
Marketing Officer
Institute of Technology, Tralee