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Energy Production: Common Terms/ Cum se produce energia - termeni de bază

Date of Publication

no

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Engineering
Sustainability

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Romanian

Language of Instruction

English

CEFR level

A2
B1

Type of Material

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

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Prosody

Skills

Speaking
Reading

Description

Please include information about the general characteristics, the technological solution adopted, the needs addressed, the adaptability to groups of learners most in need of language preparation, and the methods for the validation.
Please, provide a text between 100 and 300 words.
The resource is part of a pod called Romanian 101pod presents a set of on the various topics, one of which is Energy Production: Common Terms. The pod contains a set of related terms putere, amplificator, baterie turbină etc. (and related information e.g. gender, English equivalent, pronunciation accessible by clicking on the speaker icon), phrases (complex terms energie nucleară, panou solar, rețea electrică) and (few) sentences (Nu e nicio baterie în lanternă./ There is no battery in the flashlight., Preţul benzinei este în creştere. /The price of gasoline is rising.). In some cases of sentences more examples are provided. It fosters autonomous learning, as each item can be replayed if necessary to acquire correct pronunciation). Lack of context for mot items is a problem, but this can be balanced by use of other references (e.g corpora). It can be used by students in technology and sustainability to expand topic related vocabulary.

Case study

pending

Guidelines

The resource can be used as a pre-reading activity in which most (or all?) terms and phrases are found in a text on the topic, in order to introduce the new vocabulary.
Alternatively, the trainer/teacher can:
- introduce the topic
- elicit already known vocabulary related to the topic
- present the site containing the new set of lexical items
- ask students to practice pronunciation (individually or in class)
- ask student to identify a context for each lexical item presented in a corpus such as CoRoLa (lexical item can be presented selectively, not all need be presented in the same lesson)
- check contexts by asking students to read out loud their finds
- ask students to identify 3 contexts in a corpus such as CoRoLa where the lexical items are present, delete them and present the gapped version to colleagues to suggest the missing word/phrase;
- alternatively, the trainer can do this type of activity for students’ assessment

Review

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

3

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

2

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

1

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

4

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

3

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:
The resource can be used to introduce new topical vocabulary related to Energy and to less advanced learners (A2-B1) providing pronunciation, which is of lesser interest since this can be accessed in most references available on the Internet; its interest lies in the compilation of topical vocabulary and partial contextualization of this set, so it is not particularly innovative, however, the possibility of immediate checkup and correction may be an element to enhance motivation. It is hardly transferable, since it refers strictly to the English -Romanian pair, however, it is versatile and can be used for various types of activities.
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