The topic of the podcast (duration – 3:04) is the 47th edition of the UN Council on human rights. Following the discussion of the crises in Myanmar, Belarus and Nicaragua, as well as systemic racism and police violence against the people of African origin, the UN High Commissioner for human rights presented a report on serious violations of human rights in Tigray, Ethiopia, caused by hunger – a report which draws attention to the dramatic situation in the region. In what follows, High Commissioner mentioned the Chinese region Xinjiang in which some serious human rights violations were observed in re-education camps for the Uyghur minority. Moreover, the report discusses the situation in Russia: High Commissioner insists that Moscow respect civil and political rights as the legislative elections are approaching.
Human rights in the UN Council / Drepturile omului și Consiliul ONU
The podcast on the real-world problems, with multiple educational, cultural and social value, has been used in a 90 minute module with B1/B2/C1 level students who major in Philology. The goal was to develop and test listening skills on human rights and law terminology. The material and the exercises was adapted to students’ linguistic levels; listening activities included pre-teaching of specialized vocabulary. The exercises were resolved successfully, students’ self-confidence and motivation increased during the class. The podcast could also be used in different types of modules to develop and test students’ capacities to critically write and speak on the subject. It is suitable for both individual and group work, online and offline. Mirjana Ćorković, Faculty of Philology, Romanian Language and Literature Department, University of Belgrade
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 podcast (duration – 3:04) contains a set of terms from the legal and political fields, and its topicality will, no doubt, be of interest for students, enhancing their motivation, all the more as it presents a situation of genuine use of language. Overall, this resource meets the needs of both students and lecturers, as students can use it rather autonomously, while lecturers can add this resource to their set of teaching resources and, based on the video, they can create/adapt other activities/questions/tasks related to the topic. Thus, we recommend using this material during the lessons on the specialized vocabulary in the field of Law and International politics, level B2-C1.
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