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Personal finances

Date of Publication

2021

Target Group

Students

Domain Area

Business & Communication

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Portuguese

Language of Instruction

Portuguese

CEFR level

A2

Type of Material

Guiding resources (online course/book)

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar
Pragmatics
Prosody

Skills

Listening
Speaking
Writing
Reading

Description

The resource was developed in Moodle environment. It includes exercises for the training of reading and listening production and comprehension, and all the exercises are easily changeable and adaptable according to the lecturer needs for each specific class. The Moodle platform can be easily downloaded and/or uploaded, giving the lecturer the possibility to create and restore backups of a particular module/exercise and to share it with the students or other teachers. Moodle includes a tracking system, which works perfectly. This tracking system together with the completion tool help lecturer and students to verifying the learning progression. The student needs to have, at least, an A2 level of proficiency (CEFR) in order to successfully complete the module.

Case study

The teaching module was both used in classroom context and e-learning (online course). In both cases, students were enthusiastic, and the success rates were above 70%. The module is entitled "Personal Finances" and it contains exercises that allow working on different language skills, e.g. communicative competence, and linguistic and textual competence, through a diverse set of reading and writing comprehension and production, and auditory discrimination activities, among others. Some exercises were done in the classroom, with the help of the teacher and/or autonomously, and others were sent to them as homework. In either case, feedback was immediate.
Another added value of the module is that it includes a glossary of terms related to economic topics, a grammar booklet, and a set of information on how the Portuguese manage their personal finances (taxes, bank loans, etc).
The overall results were quite positive, as, in addition to the results in terms of developing communicative competence, the students always maintained interest and curiosity.

Guidelines

The resource can be used on Moodle, and it can also be upload and restored by the lecturer. There is no special configuration needed, the lecturer can easily restore this module in his/her own learning platform (e.g. Moodle). Students just need to follow the guidelines on Moodle/of the teacher, the structure is user-friendly, so the students just need to follow the instructions, step by step.

Review

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

5

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

5

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

5

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

4

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

5

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

5

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:
Some exercises were performed in the classroom, for example, those that involved interaction between students, which allowed to maintain the students' interest and motivation. The fact that they were able to do some exercises at home promoted the development of independent research skills and autonomous work.
Overall, this teaching module meets the needs of the students as they can use it automatically and independently. It is very easy to use, the student just needs to access the module.
Teachers can easily add this online course to their learning environment, and select the activities they wish to promote with their students. The activities included in the teaching module are easily adaptable to other activities / questions / tasks related to the topic. This online course can also be adapted to other languages.
In conclusion, it can be further used for other language projects, with the due changes.
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