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Ziņas vieglajā valodā / Easy Language News

Date of Publication

2021

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Arts & Music
Business & Communication
International Relations
Journalism & multimedia
Medicine & Nursing
Tourism

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Latvian

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

A2
B1
B2

Type of Material

Audio

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar
Pragmatics

Skills

Listening
Speaking
Critical Thinking
Reading

Description

This site can be used either as an additional teaching resource or a self-study resource, It is a daily news programme (text and recording) that covers hot news in an easy language. The resource is updated on a daily basis; one can listen to and discuss the most important news of the day. Such recordings are useful due to the fact that pieces of the most important and specific information are presented concisely and in a listener-friendly language. They introduce the new vocabulary of topical issues, therefore, can be very helpful to learners in acquiring target words or engaging them in discussions.

Case study

The resource is mostly used as an additional learning material for homework. Some common tasks include: listening to the news and commenting on the most important events, reading the corresponding text. Students can choose news items according to their needs or interests. and prepare them to present in the classroom. Such an activity is very useful for the beginning of a language class when some warm-up activities are in need. The task could be done in a rotating manner when every time a group of students has to prepare a news brief and tell it to the rest, address a problematic issue related to the news, discuss it together with the other learners (support or refute the presented ideas).

Guidelines

Freely accessible and easy to use.

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

4

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

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

1

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

1

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:
Due to its daily updated content ( the current news), the site is a very motivating teaching/learning tool. The possibility to combine listening and reading, as well as the possibility to listen to the same piece of information several times, is of practical use for students with lower levels of Latvian. For the students having higher levels of language proficiency, this site is just a resource to develop their linguistic competence autonomously.
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