This teaching resource is a MOOC course, organized by Coursera - a web platform founded in 2012 by 2 Stanford University computer science professors - and delivered by Università Politecnico di Milano. Taught by Federico Boccia, professor at Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering – Politecnico di Milano, the course is a journey through the most famous works of some great masters of the twentieth century. It is divided into three weeks, each dedicated to the deepening of a specific theme: the first week presents the masterpieces of the twentieth century - 11 video (64 min) , the second retraces the work of two masters of Italian architectural culture with 13 videos (tot. 95 min), the third leads to the visit of some recent works by the contemporary masters - 10 videos (71 min.). Each week is divided into short lessons presented through videos with transcripts; at the end of each a quiz is proposed to verify the acquired knowledge. For each week there is a forum where the students can comment the contents of the course.
This teaching resource is a very well-organized MOOC for students of Arts and Architecture in Italian. It presents a very high grade of adaptability due to the great range of pedagogical possibilities that it presents. Due to its flexibility, it displays a good usability and accessibility for both students, teachers, interpreters and translators, thus enhancing the motivations to improve their language skills.
Course materials are useful for both formal instruction and self-study, structured around a number of modules, which can be used in a flexible way to suit students’ needs. In addition, this course could be implemented as part of a more comprehensive teaching unit.
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 course offers a useful point of view for interpreting the events of architecture, or the art of building spaces for our daily life. For what concerns the language competence, this resource has a big potential for both the individual study and for the classroom context since it displays an integrated approach to the development of the students’ language skills. The teacher can also decide to use the materials in a more comprehensive teaching unit in a course aimed at improving not only students’ Language for Specific Purposes skills but also at upgrading their general language competence on the subject of this resource. At last, this resource could be successfully used by interpreters and translators to refresh and upgrade their related vocabulary.
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