This video addresses the needs of both lecturer and students as a warmer for a discussion around a topic that is common but not usually well planned. Nowadays financial literacy is a relevant topic for young adults and digital natives. This short video allows students to go beyond their immediate financial needs and question their long-term life planning regarding responsible money management. Since this is an emerging topic, the resource can be adapted to different groups of students, ranging from B1 to C2 in the fields of economics, accountancy or business in general. Although from 2018, the idea underlying the video is quite timely and still relevant. As for the method, it is suggested to address the task-based learning, as indicated in the guidelines.
This resource should be used in a language specific context, to students of the business and management area. The language contained in the video can be captivating and stimulate a debate on money and financial literacy. This debate could enhance speaking skills in a real context but also an imaginary one. If someone wins Euromillion how does this change financial planning in the future? As such, the resource can be a good basis for the enhancement of speaking skills, but also of financial knowledge in general, while reinforcing grammar skills such as the use of the future tense and if-clauses.
The video is also a good source for reading keywords and keyphrases which could be replicated in written form, through an exercise in which students could give recommendations or suggestions to someone while using modal verbs.
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students
The provided tangible improvements
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries
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
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
This resource matches both lecturers and students’ needs. It meets the students’ needs as they must develop their reading skills and, simultaneously, they can expand related vocabulary and improve their grammar. Technically, it is very easy to use, since it is accessible through YouTube. Despite being a video, no words are spoken and the contents appear written on screen, making the resource still attractive and thus keeping the students’ motivation. This video is short and is a good warmer to engage students in a debate that can reinforce the use of verbs in the future tense, through rewriting techniques or enhancement of speaking skills.
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