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The Danube Delta – a beauty spot of Romania/Delta Dunării - un obiectiv turistic în România

Date of Publication

8.10.2019

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Tourism

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning

Target Language

Romanian

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

A2

Type of Material

Activity/task
Guiding resources (online course/book)
Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)
Test

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary

Skills

Critical Thinking
Reading

Description

The text offers an attractive presentation of a significant tourism area in Romania written in informal and expressive language, accompanied by beautiful pictures of the Danube Delta. The article offers details on the touristic activities typical of the area, as well as on food, accommodation, opportunities for spending the free time (festivals, other events). The resource can be successfully used during the lessons of Romanian for Tourism due to valuable information about the Danube Delta contained in the article, as well as a good model for the creation of a tourist’s brochure in the Romanian language. The test at the end provides pre-set answers in a drop-down list from which the students choose the correct answers; the answers are provided and students can check their results.

Case study

The resource The Danube Delta – a Romanian tourist attraction was tested with students ranging A2 and B1 levels. The vocabulary was adequate for both levels, but some of the grammar structures proposed are a B2 level, so the students needed additional explanations or adapting to their actual level. Many of the vocabulary items explained in the resource (in English) were already known to the students, while others, that weren’t not associated with an explanation, were not – so there was some discrepancy in this respect. The brochures created by the participants about the Danube Delta were interesting and conteined information that was not in the text, thus it can be said that the unit raised the Slovenian students’ interest in this area of Romania. Ioana Carmen Jieanu, Lector de limba română la Universitatea din Ljubljana, Slovena / Institutul limbii Române

Guidelines

1. Teacher announces the title of the lesson – The Danube Delta – Beauty of Romania.
2. Pre-reading activity. Teacher asks the following questions: What is Danube? What countries does this river cross? Where does it originate? Where does it drain? Can you show it on the map of Romania? Why do you think this area would be special?
3. During reading activity. Teacher gives students time to read the text attentively. After reading, teacher asks students to complete the test which checks their understanding of the text. Teacher and students check the exercise together and discuss the given answers.
4. Post-reading activity Teacher divides the group into teams of 2-3 students and gives them the task to prepare a touristic brochure presenting the Danube Delta. The brochure should contain pictures and a brief and attractive presentation of the area.
5. Students print out their brochures and present them to the jury (students from another group). The jury chooses the most convincing brochure.
Achieved results:
- the use of specialised vocabulary from the target field
- the development of the skill of reading a specialised text and extracting relevant information
- the accumulation of knowledge in the field of tourism.
- the development of skills specific for the future profession (creating a touristic brochure).
Risks that have to be taken into account:
- students might face difficulties in creating a brochure; teacher should guide them by offering examples of touristic brochures for other places from Romania.

Review

Category
Rate
Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students

5

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

4

Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills

5

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

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:
The text is divided into sections on various topis (activities, food, accommodation, local feasts), where the key words are highlighted in bold. It is followed by a multiple-choice 10-item quiz on the content presented (with answers in a drop-down list that can be checked at the end) and a short bilingual English-Romanian glossary of the most relevant vocabulary, students can adapt and create their own glossary in their own L1 language. The text can be used for other autonomous activities by students (e.g. extending the glossary of terms from tourism of their own interest, extending the list of region-related toponyms etc.) and also explore the cultural content of the region. The resource is user friendly, intuitive and easily accessible by both students and lecturers.
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