The “Becult extend” website draws on a variety of different theories and approaches. The basic underlying principles are Computer Assisted Language Learning, Content and Language Integrated Learning, Autonomous Learning, and the promotion of intercultural competence. In the following, these principles are elaborated, as well as a discussion of other theoretical issues and their impact on the development of the website and organizational aspects of program application. The web tool was designed within the framework of an EU Leonardo program to enhance the mobility of young people in Europe in combination with professional vocational training. Its purpose is to help prepare young people to work in the hotel and gastronomy, tourism and retailing sector. The web tool can be used flexibly. There is no need of a trained language-teacher in order to work with the web tool; a cooking teacher, a staff manager, a social-worker, a senior colleague, etc. can take the role of a tutor. “Becult extend” can be utilized not only to prepare students for foreign placements, but for a variety of other uses as well. For example, restaurants or hotels can use the web tool to train their employees to interact with guests and clients from foreign countries.
Consistency with the European policies in the field of language learning