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Portuguese with Carla - European Portuguese speech in a hospital

Date of Publication

12-02-2017

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Medicine & Nursing

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Portuguese

Language of Instruction

English
Portuguese

CEFR level

A1
A2

Type of Material

Video

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar
Prosody

Skills

Listening

Description

This is one of 50 videos on European Portuguese within the Youtube Channel “Portuguese with Carla” and the corresponding website (https://portuguesewithcarla.com/). It’s a 40-minute audio file that replicates a visit to the hospital and a short conversation with the doctor. After the simulation in Portuguese, the authors of this podcast (Carla and Mawn) go through the whole situation by showing each of the lines on the screen and translating them orally into English. They then break it down in Portuguese again, with the aid of English once more. At 30’, the authors start providing instructions on how to use this video again and learn Portuguese, and discussing an article on how to learn vocabulary.

Case study

to be validated soon

Guidelines

This particular video can be used as part of a unit on survival techniques that must be mastered by language learners when living in a Portuguese-speaking country, particularly Portugal. It may also allow working with technical vocabulary on medicine or nursing.
Thus, if students are to work on this video for homework, they can prepare and practise the dialogues for all the characters in advance, so that they can engage in a role play activity in class. Then, in class, they can rehearse with their colleagues all the lines and then act out in front of their colleagues. Alternatively, they can record their role plays and subsequently subtitle their own films or their colleagues’. Later, they can gather in groups and comment on the films, colleagues’ accents and other relevant aspects.

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

4

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

4

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

5

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

4

Comments:
Overall, this resource meets the needs of both students and lecturers, as students can use it rather autonomously, whilst lecturers can add this resource to their lesson plans and on the topic of preparing a role play activity on the topic of hospital talk. Technically, it is very easy to use as it is available on YouTube and this video in particular is well prepared, reliable, and useful for those wanting to learn some survival Portuguese in the area of medicine and nursing. Students can easily follow instructions and information as it is also supported by the English language which mediates the learning of Portuguese.
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