Blogs are an interesting topic for learners, many of whom regularly write blogs (even about learning Polish and their experiences in Poland).
This podcast in the HelloPolish series features a discussion about blogging. Various types of blogs are mentioned (economic, about creative industries or law). The author introduces in her text common terms from law, journalism, economics, without composing an actual specialist text.
The lesson consists of audio material (downloadable in MP3 format) and the podcast script, which also includes a list of terms (downloadable in PDF format).
The material is accessible, perhaps a little below the advertised B1 level. However, the proposed topic is interesting for young learners and can be included in a teaching scenario for students of journalism, law, economics and others.
The lecturer introduces the platform, the selected podcast and invites learners to download both the pdf text and the Mp3 material to their laptop or phones.
1. The lecturer discusses the title, invites learners to take turns answering the questions Do you read blogs? / Do you write blogs?
2. The lecturer suggests that students listen to the podcast (about 6 minutes) and explains the terms used and the expressions that appear in the text.
3. Using the text of the podcast in pdf format, the lecturer invites the students to read and point out unknown words.
4. Students are invited to discuss their experience with blogs, recommend blogs they have read. And those who write/have written blogs are asked to describe their experiences.
This podcast is very useful to develop learners' speaking skills in Polish, also using specialist terms.
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students
The provided tangible improvements
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries
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
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
The podcasts are presented in an accessible manner and deal with current topics that may be of interest to students from several faculties who want to improve their Polish language skills. A plus is that there is no need to register on the platform and audio and text can be downloaded to your computer. A minus might be the more colloquial tone of the podcast and the fact that grammar explanations are extremely few.
The vocabulary provided is useful. However, vocabulary and grammar explanations provided by the teacher are necessary. The material on blogs can be used in the classroom as part of a larger teaching scenario and can be recommended for individual study.
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