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Academic Insights – Succeeding in exams

Date of Publication

2021 (ongoing)

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Teacher Education

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

English

Language of Instruction

English

CEFR level

B2

Type of Material

Video

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary

Skills

Listening
Speaking
Critical Thinking
Writing

Description

This session is part of a course strongly focused on Student Life in general and exam skills in particular. This video provides information for students and addresses their general needs in academic life when confronted with the burden of exams. It is easily adaptable to different language levels, starting at B2, maybe even B1. The resource can be used as a stand alone or in conjunction with a series of other videos appearing under the same general heading, which can help complete a set of vocabulary skills in the field of academic English. The situations depicted are applicable in other languages and situations of students’ lives, making this resource an adaptable example for a task which can become a podcast, for instance.

Case study

awaits validation

Guidelines

This short video is suitable to be used within a wider didactic unit focused on Student life in general.
Warmer – The lecturer starts by writing the topic ‘student life’ as the main idea in a mindmapping app or on the IWB, motivating students to speak about it
Step 1 - Students develop a brainstorming session through which they add branches to the main topic, thus creating subtopics. The whole group debates about the importance of the different subtopics.
Step 2 – The lecturer asks whether students view exams as something stressful and asks what can be done to overcome this aspect of students’ life successfully. By the end of this brief debate, the video is presented.
Step 3 – After watching the video, the students share if they agree or disagree with the skills referred to.
Step 4 – As homework or as a new activity, the lecturer asks the students to write an argumentative text about the importance of success in exams.

Review

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

4

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

4

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

2

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:
This resource matches the needs of both lecturers and students, since its contents are applicable to different situations of the academic life, both from the teaching and learning perspective. The resource can be accessed through different devices, making it easily accessible and usable, thus undemanding from the technical point of view. It allows students to reflect upon their posture regarding the subject matter and, at the same time, helps them overcome any insecurities they might have. As such it is motivating for students to improve their language skills and even inspirational. The resource can be applied to other language learning contexts and cultures.
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