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Slovenian for beginners in 100 lessons
Slowenisch für Anfänger in 100 Lektionen

Date of Publication

Jun 2, 2020

Target Group

Students

Domain Area

International Relations

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning

Target Language

Slovenian

Language of Instruction

German

CEFR level

A1
A2

Type of Material

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

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary

Skills

Listening
Speaking

Description

In this YouTube video we can find 100 lessons of Slovenian as a foreign language. Each lesson is around 3 minutes long and is ideal for individual learning at levels A1 and A2.
The language instructional activity is suitable for both beginners’ learners of the Slovenian language, as it introduces basic communicational terms. Since the language of instruction is German, a basic knowledge of German is required in order to fully master the material. The video is great for individual language learning, but can also be used for classroom teaching, where the teacher can make learners practice the terms the video offers with additional tasks. Although the emphasis is on vocabulary development, the terms also add some grammatical knowledge. The curriculum improves the reading, the listening comprehension and speaking skills of language learners, but as an additional task, literacy can also be developed.

Case study

In this video we can see how to learn Slovenian quickly and easily. Ideal for beginners and slightly advanced. The course covers levels A1 and A2 and contains the basic vocabulary. The students immediately learn to speak complete sentences without errors. No grammatical knowledge is required.
The material would either be tested in classroom context or as a take-home project. Students would be instructed to repeat the expressions of basic Slovenian. Pronouncing words and expressions out can help acquiring the language easily.
Learners would start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that can be used in everyday life. The prosody of the language could be studied at the first time, and learners can not only listen and repeat the expressions, but can write them out in their vocabulary with the meaning in their own mother tongue.

Guidelines

Lead-in activity/warmer: Eliciting information on learners’ knowledge of Slovenian vocabulary. They may come up with some words or expressions, or some international vocabulary that would motivate the group members to use Slovenian.
Step 1: Pre-watching activity. Tell the students that they are going to do some activities that teach Slovakian language. The activities allow students to recognize and practice basic conversational terms. Students do the preparation task first and are instructed to do some of the activities.
Step 2: Doing the activities: reading, listening and repeating some basic words and expressions. Students get knowledge about the most useful phrases of elementary communication.
Step 3: Students give feedback on their success. They are instructed to repeat the terms loudly, then they can write them in their vocabulary, and by analyzing the terms they may learn some new words and basic grammar.
Step 4: Learners can work in pairs. They can ask and answer the questions they have learnt and can react to the phrases. After collecting some more vocabulary they would be able to communicate meaningfully.

Review

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

3

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

3

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

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

2

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

4

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

5

Comments:
The material is informative for both students and lecturers because students can work individually and with the help of the teacher. The instructional language of the material is German. It is possible to adopt the contents to students’ need because the material can function as a teaching source and can be supplemented or accompanied by other sources or material. The material is intended to a larger audience, and it is useful for both individual and classroom use. It is a well-constructed site to learn Slovenian as a foreign language. The basic expressions provide not only a fast progress but motivates students to do some more exercises as well.
It is very convenient that the individual lessons are very short, so that the students can hear the topics several times and allows rapid progress.
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