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Māci un mācies latviešu valodu / Teach and Learn Latvian

Date of Publication

2020-2021

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Latvian

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

A1
A2
B1
B2
C1
C2

Type of Material

Animation
Activity/task
Audio
Game
Guiding resources (online course/book)
Picture/Graphics
Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)
Test
Video

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar
Pragmatics
Prosody

Skills

Listening
Speaking
Critical Thinking
Writing
Reading

Description

This is the official site of the Latvian Language Agency; it offers a well-structured range of teaching and learning materials and tools. This is the best place to look for learning resources, though all the materials are presented in Latvian. In most cases students find this site on the advice of teachers of Latvian. There is guidance regarding the search for materials for learners of a certain age group. More specific thematic areas are covered under the 16+heading.

Case study

Depending on the teaching/learning context ( self-study, formal education, etc), the site can be used as a guide to the existing digital resources for Latvian.
In most cases, the site is presented to students during introductory sessions so that they could choose the most suitable resources. There are sufficient materials for learners of various language levels and various ages, including exchange students of universities and colleges. The existing linguistic material could be often used as supplementary alongside homework activities. The teacher could also offer it to those students who are willing to be exposed to the target language more often than others.

Guidelines

The site contains lots of various learning activities and tools, thus beginners will need teacher‘s advice and guidance. The use is complicated by „Latvian 0nly“ language of the site.

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

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

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:
The rich content of the resource caters to any learners' levels, age, or special interests. Regrettably, the portal navigation is only in Latvian. which makes it difficult for beginners to make the most of the portal without teacher's assistance. Once you open a resource, there might be help/ explanations in another language ( eg. English)
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