VOCAL project

The VOCAL project (Vocationally Oriented Culture and Language) is a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project and part of the Lifelong Learning Programme. It follows the method and structure of the earlier successful EU project entitled Problem SOLVE (


The VOCAL project is based on preparation for student mobility placement abroad in vocational settings and these learners are the main target group addressed by VOCAL. Preparation offered is on the level of both practical language skills and cultural awareness related to vocational training settings.


The main topics included are:                                                    The new feature in the VOCAL materials is an additional LSP (Language for Specific Purposes) component relating to:
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Socialising
  • Emergencies
  • At Work.
  • Business
  • Tourism
  • Banking & Services
  • Engineering.

This linguistic and cultural preparation is achieved by means of a virtual journey which can be undertaken by prospective mobility students accessing the materials on the user-friendly website. The web-based packages take cognisance of the various learning styles and the interactive materials provide an autonomous learning environment incorporating authentic contemporary situations in an outside classroom environment.


Materials include:

  • General and Cultural information for each host country. 
  • Useful Words and Phrases relating to the virtual situations they may encounter. 
  • Virtual Tours in a variety of work placement scenarios.
  • Interactive tests and exercises.

The on-line materials generated by the project are bilingual (i.e. designed in the target language of each partner country and also available in English).

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