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Liiklusvanker Metoodiline juhend

(English translation: Carriage: A Methodological Guide)

Date of Publication

2013

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Engineering
Teacher Education

Learning Scenario

Classroom Context

Target Language

Estonian

Language of Instruction

Estonian

CEFR level

A1
A2
B1
B2
C1

Type of Material

Activity/task
Guiding resources (online course/book)
Simulation

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary

Skills

Listening
Speaking

Description

While the resource is originally designed for young pedestrians and drivers whose native language is Estonian, the activities it offers may be effectively used in Estonian-language classrooms of different levels, adjusting the activities to the level of the students. This activities book effectively teaches core vocabulary in the traffic sphere, from traffic signs to drivers' and pedestrians' behaviour in the street, and contains both instructions to role-playing games and downloadable ready-to-use activity sheets. This kind of resource may be an entertaining yet informative addition to any classroom where students have to learn traffic-related vocabulary.

Case study

This resource book offers a range of activities designed for young children whose native language is Estonian. Please do not be set back by the original intentions of the book and rather adjust its activities to the language setting of your classroom. Here are some suggestions:
a. If you teach beginners and elementary students, ask them to follow your instructions (given in Estonian), or solicit answers to your questions on traffic literacy. These may include the actions a driver must perform to ensure safety in the street, knowledge of road signs, or giving instructions on traffic-related topics in Estonian.
b. There are also numerous printable task sheets that can be used in many classrooms in which the goal is to acquire and/or practice new vocabulary (e.g., names of road signs). The learners may also be asked to do crosswords, simple math problems, etc. - all in Estonian!
The resource offers a good range of activities that may be used as warm-ups or mini-activities to diversify the classroom settings or to facilitate switches between more difficult-to-master themes.

Guidelines

1. Download the resource.
2. Use it as an activity book. The resource is intended for selective use.

Review

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

3

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

5

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

5

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

3

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

3

Accessibility
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

4

Comments:
The assessment is based on my experience using a similar resource, in which C1 level students were asked to talk about a graphical image. The engagement of the students, their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the activity as well as the accomplishment of the goal to learn and practice relevant vocabulary were beyond my expectations. This is why I highly recommend that the teacher try and incorporate some of the activities presented in this resource book in their classroom setting.
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