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La cardiolog/ At the cardiologist’s

Date of Publication

© 2014-2015

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Medicine & Nursing

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Romanian

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

B2
C1

Type of Material

Activity/task
Picture/Graphics
Video

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar
Pragmatics
Prosody

Skills

Listening
Speaking
Critical Thinking
Reading

Description

The video and additional worksheet is part of a larger set of materials created by a team at the Babes Bolayi University of Cluj for learning Romanian as native language on various topics. The unites are graded according to CEFR from A1 to B2 (between 10 and 20 units per level). Not all topics are specialized, but those that are can be easily adaptable to LSP teaching. Each unit consists of a video (with no subtitles) presenting a short scene between 2-3 characters conversing on various topics, using genuine language; the dialogues sound rather natural and can be useful in terms of Pragmatics and Prosody. The work files contain various activities to practice the vocabulary in the videos, as well as tasks focusing on grammar elements to be found in the dialogues. It also includes writing tasks and speaking tasks tailored for each topic. The unit presented there (At the Cardiologist’s) – 8 min 43 secs – presents a dialogue between a doctor and a patient, while the worksheet introduces specialized vocabulary (cardiology, the anatomy of the heart), a matching exercise matching pictures and medical terms, a listening comprehension task (at the end of the file!) a task meant for critical thinking and reading ( a tabulated from presents the medical principle and suggestions for procedures and the students is required to indicate the test best suited) and some grammar exercises (articles) and writing tasks (writing new sentences according to a given model, writing a medical letter following a given model). Speaking activities include a simulation dialogue between a doctor and patient during anamnesis and another one, where the students are given hints of what to present in the role).

Case study

pending

Guidelines

The various activities in the worksheet can be paired in various sequences with the video, depending on the students’ need.
Medical terminology may be introduced with the first activity on the worksheet. Watching the video can pe preceded by questions eliciting the students’ knowledge of the heart’s anatomy, pathology, the type of tests and procedures required to diagnose cardiological diseases etc.

Review

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

5

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

3

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

3

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

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:
The resource meets the needs of the lecturers and students, covering all skills and having a higher degree of specialization (B2). Its dialogue form and the use of genuine spoken Romanian language, along with some elements of humour, offers motivation to the learners. Its value lies less in its creativity, but rather in the comprehensiveness with which all skills it addresses. Many of the tasks can be used as/converted into assessment instruments. Its adaptability consists in the types of activities that can be remodelled for other topics. The resource is technically easy to use and downloadable, so it can be use both online and offline.
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