The National Geographic series provides numerous resources on topics that are tourism related, namely, sustainability, pollution, oceanography, etc. By using the site, teachers have access to resources that allow students to expand their vocabulary and reading skills. It will also allow reading and listening skills to be further developed.
These resources (which started to be just the one mentioned first but as class developed others were used and have been mentioned in the guidelines below) have been used with a class of 1st-year students of Environmental Education and Nature Tourism (BA)
No of students: 30
The resource was used after the topic of nature tourism and ocean threats had been discussed.
Students in this group, as they were from the 1st year, were still getting acquainted with the vocabulary and the whole thematic of nature, sustainability, environmental awareness, etc. For this specific group the activities were well accepted and gave me the possibility of being more conscious of the students’ limitations on the topic as well as the language.
This has also been used by another English teacher with a very similar outcome.
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students
The provided tangible improvements
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries
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
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
The topic has been very well accepted by students who, mostly, did not know who Sylvia Earle was. This has made them more curious about finding out more relevant people for the environment.
If we want to follow the activities with more info on the same topic we can use the article and videos available at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/impact/article/sylvia-earle-protecting-exploring-ocean
This page will allow reading and listening skills to be further developed. You can also discuss the Time magazine prize for Hero for the Planet/ Heroes of the Environment.
Sylvia Earle can be used as a “trigger” for many other topics connected to sustainability, human rights, planet threats, etc.
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