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Slushay nauka / Listen to science

Date of Publication

after 2005

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Engineering
Journalism & multimedia
Medicine & Nursing
Sustainability
Teacher Education

Learning Scenario

Classroom Context

Target Language

Bulgarian

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

B1
B2
C1
C2

Type of Material

Audio
Video

Linguistic Features

Grammar
Pragmatics
Prosody

Skills

Listening
Speaking
Reading

Description

This extensive free (over 500 items of audio and videos) weekly-updated resource available on several links and can be used on computer and phone.
It includes interviews with prominent Bulgarian scientists and relates to articles in the periodical Bulgarska Nauka (Bulgarian Science, established in 2004) whose extension it has been for some years (not clear). It is embedded in the periodical portal.

Case study

OED is updated periodically, interviews are carried out in fluent standard educated Bulgarian with colloquial in all types of discourse (description, short narrative Content is accessible to students from level B1, engagind and informative. Content is highly structured and can be integrated to students with an interest in both general Bulgarian and in BSL.

Guidelines

Videos last about 15-30 minutes.
1. Pre-activity: Teacher introduces the topic Career paths. Higher education in Bulgaria> Students give reasons for studying medicine (vocation, family tradition, current medical situation etc.) in a particular country, in a system organized in several stages, in a particular language or in a world language.
2. Activity. Teacher introduces fragment of video An interview with the rector of Medical University in Plovdiv – and asks questions. https://nauka.bg/podkast-pleven-sazdava-badeshtite-medicinski-specialisti/ which presents the university and its challenges, the way different medical specialities are represented and the time assigned to students working with patients (conversation, filling in the forms, preparation for the operation etc.).
3. Teacher asks students to give the main info and asks students to organize a press conference on the topic. Questions about the medical system and education in their countries.
4. Vocabulary practice; FAQs
Медицинско образование /Medical education
Цели и задачи / Scope and aims
Лекари задачираз / Prominent Bulgarian doctors working in different branches
Актуални новини и събития / News
Стани член / Become a member of the students’ association
5. More practice: reading the infor in students section on Bulgarian university webpages: СССтуденти За наc.

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

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:
It addresses the needs of both parties by offering standard academic Bulgarian with the occasional colloquialism.
Students with an interest in science and general students will be motivated by the dynamic manner of presentation, the direct approach and the background.
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