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50 Languages: Estonian vocabulary (individual lexical items)

Date of Publication

n/a

Target Group

Students

Domain Area

Business & Communication
Tourism

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

A1
A2
B1

Type of Material

Audio
Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Prosody

Skills

Listening
Speaking
Reading

Description

This resource is intended for students willing to build their colloquial Estonian vocabulary. This resource contains 42 topics, such as feelings, sports, animals, abstract items, beverages, traffic, people, electric appliances, etc. The starting page is a menu listing all the topics in English ( but you can modify the source language and switch to your native language both on the page you are in as well as at the main page of the resource, https://www.50languages.com). Every topic name is accompanied by an audio recording with the pronunciation of the relevant item (click the rightward looking arrow). Upon clicking on the image representing the selected topic, you are taken to a page where a number of relevant lexical items are provided in English (or your native language, if you have switched to it) and Estonian. Every lexical item, again, is written down in Estonian, and is accompanied by an image, a translation into the source language, and a pronunciation. If you click on the plus sign "+" in the right-most column, a pop-up window will appear, offering you to check if you know the same word in any of the other 49 languages, represented by little flag icons. You can navigate back and forth between the topics by clicking "next" and "previous" on top the page, or make your choice from the main page, in which case just click "Home".

Case study

Every topic can be assigned for individual study, or covered together in class. Every lexical item is accompanied by an image, a translation into the source language, and a recording with the pronunciation by a native speaker of Estonian. This makes learning new vocabulary easy and entertaining enough, while at the same time making sure that proper pronunciation is practiced. There are numerous possibilities to incorporate other languages: all one needs to do is click on a plus sign "+" next to the relevant lexical item and a pop up window appears with little icon flags representing 49 more languages. The same icon flags can be found at the top of the page. This feature makes the resource quite unique in its openness to incorporating other languages (which may serve both as source and target languages) into the learning process. You can navigate back and forth between the topics by clicking "next" and "previous" on top the page, or make your choice from the main page, in which case just click "Home".

Guidelines

1. The link provided has English as the source language. You can see if you can switch the source language to your native language by adjusting the language parameters of top of ANY page within the resource.
2. Select the topic of interest from the list of 42 topics and click on it.
3. You will be taken to a new page which contains the relevant vocabulary and audio recording.
4. You can now practice core vocabulary on the selected topic as well as check or learn the relevant lexical items in other languages by clicking a plus sign "+" next to every lexical item on the page.

Review

Category
Rate
Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students

4

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

4

Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills

4

Innovation
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning

4

Transferability
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries

5

Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning

2

Adaptability
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need

4

Usability
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Accessibility
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Comments:
This is an easily navigable resource for learning Estonian both in classroom and independently. The resource is extremely convenient as you can move to the main page and select the source language, if it is not English. The resource allows learning new vocabulary from scratch, which may be appealing to those just starting to learn the language. It may also be appreciated by those already in lower levels of language proficiency, as there are numerous lexical items on a broad variety of topics. All items are accompanied by an audio recording. The resource is very user-friendly and looks quite light-hearted and easy-going. Meanwhile the scope of the vocabulary offered, and helpful audio tracks provide for an effective learning environment. It is convenient that the page allows navigation to a more advanced level of useful phrases and expressions and at all points offers connections to 49 more languages.
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