Leonardo da Vinci Programme


Primrose Publishing has been a key partner in a 4-year Leonardo programme, funded by the European Union, to develop advanced-language training software to help students preparing for professional examinations in Business and in Tourism, in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, with Slovenian and Hungarian as additional working languages.

The Leonardo project lasted from 1 Jan 1999 to 30 April 2003 and was in two parts of roughly two years each. The name was "Promotics" which is an acronym for PROfessional MObility Through International Communication Skills.

The partners included the Universities of Cambridge and Le Mans, the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie in Paris, the Ministry of Education in Vienna, the Dante Alighieri Language Centre in Florence, the CEBS Teacher Training Centre in Salzburg, a technology school in Ljubljana. and a leading Business School in Budapest.
The resulting software makes extensive use of the Tick-Tack Business and Travel & Tourism programs in the seven languages.

As Promotics II
Tele-Tutoring for Language Instructors


The aim is to develop a tele-tutoring system for language teachers to enable them to download data from an internet database to aid in language teaching.

Promotics II is the continuation of the Leonardo project Promotics I. The target group comprises language teachers. The aim is to promote language skills through the teaching of foreign languages. The project will provide an aid for language learners in the form of a CD-ROM. Promotics II targets trainers and language teachers. German, English, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Italian and Slovenian are the languages supported.

The project will offer occupational terminology lists, on-line direct-learning software and chat fora for language teachers to exchange experiences, teaching methods and teaching skills. The aim is to improve language learning in Europe, to integrate inter-cultural competence in language learning and to network language learning centres. The long-term objective of Promotics II is to offer all schools with internet access a platform for language learning.

As part of the project, internationally recognised certification procedures are to be developed for on-line language learning. An on-line service centre will be set up for the core functions of Promotics II. This centre will be staffed by experts and will target multipliers throughout Europe in order to guarantee widespread dissemination of the project.