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Pop Culture and the Pandemic

Date of Publication


Target Group


Domain Area

Arts & Music
Journalism & multimedia

Learning Scenario

Target Language


Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level


Type of Material


Linguistic Features



Critical Thinking


The podcast series Audycje Kulturalne/Cultural Listening is a project of Narodowe Centrum Kultury/National Centre of Culture in Poland.
It is a complex project, carried out by prestigious journalists, with the participation of cultural people from different fields.
The portal has 6 sections: Literature, Music, Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, Education. It offers an extremely interesting picture of contemporary Polish culture, includes information, virtual galleries, debates on current issues, presentations of cultural events.
Each podcast is accompanied by a portal presentation and a transcript of the discussion, which can be downloaded as a PDF.
It is a portal recommended for students with an advanced level of Polish (B2+, C1, C2), interested in journalism, visual arts, literature, theatre, film, online cultural management, virtual museums and exhibitions, education, etc.
Podcasts are excellent material for Polish translators to improve their abilities.

Case study

The Popkultura a pandemia / Pop Culture and the Pandemic podcast shows how many materials are available on the Internet that were not created for teaching Polish as a foreign language, but can be used for this purpose. The student has the opportunity to listen togenuine language and learn the necessary vocabulary, which he will certainly need when he has to participate in a similar discussion in the future. The recording is clear and easily accessible. The opportunity to download a pdf with the exact record of the conversation opens up many more ways of using these materials. They are useful both in self-study and during the course at the university. During the classes, they can be a starting point for discussion, but you can also prepare some exercises, e.g. for supplementing the text with missing fragments.


The teacher introduces the portal, the sections, how the transcripts can be downloaded in PDF. He explains to the students the importance of listening and reading real material by professional journalists. Announces the topic of the discussion.

1. The teacher suggests that students download the pdf transcript and listen to the audio material (15 minutes), following the text.
2. Give explanations of vocabulary. Check that the terms are familiar. Encourages students to check the meanings of terms in PWN dictionaries, accessible online. Aim this activity to train them for independent study.
3. Students are invited to briefly introduce the podcast maker and her guest, using the
information in the text (and audio).
4. Together with the students, the teacher fixes the main ideas discussed in the podcast.
5. Guided conversation: What films did they watch during the pandemic? On which platforms? How has pop culture dealt with the pandemic? Which of the films mentioned by the film critic did they watch?
6. Students are challenged to present the most interesting aspect, in their opinion, presented in this podcast.

Other activities
Note: The proposed material can be used in two courses. In the second, conversational course, students are asked to discuss:
1. How do the restrictions of the pandemic affect cinema? What will happen to cinemas when viewers are forced to stay at home?
2. In groups of 3, students are asked to do a journalistic exercise and record dialogue on one of the topics presented in the podcast or the guided conversation in the previous course.


Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students


Added value
The provided tangible improvements


Motivation enhancement
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 episode Popkultura a pandemia/ Pop Culture and the Pandemic is produced by journalist Katarzyna Oklińska and features film critic Łukasz Adamski as a guest.
The main topics of the discussion are "What do we watch in the time of isolation?". How has the pandemic influenced film production? How do VOD platforms, Netflix, HBO and others work? How will cinemas survive? What are audience preferences in Poland, etc?
The podcast is about 15 minutes long and can be used both for individual study and in the classroom.
From a pedagogical point of view, the teacher needs to introduce students to attractive online portals and sources that will help them hone their skills.
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