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Constantin Levaditi – one of the founders of modern microbiology / Constantin Levaditi - unul din fondatorii microbiologiei moderne

Date of Publication


Target Group


Domain Area

Medicine & Nursing

Learning Scenario

Classroom Context

Target Language


Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level


Type of Material


Linguistic Features



Critical Thinking


The material presents a short film (5:46) about the life and research of Constantin Levaditi, one of the significant personality of Romanian microbiology. The video starts with a presentation of the researcher’s biography, his professional training and the way he chose his career. In the following minutes the film analyses the research conducted by Constantin Levaditi in the medical field, mentioning treatment for diseases such as syphilis, poliomyelitis, herpes, and encephalitis. The video material presents Constantin Levaditi’s professional activity both in Romania and abroad, summing it up by the affirmation of the researcher’s merits for modern science and his contribution to Romanian science and Romanian medical tertiary education.

Case study



Listening, specialised vocabulary, level B1-B2.
1. Teacher announces the topic – Constantin Levaditi – one of the founders of modern microbiology.
2. Warm-up activity: eliciting pre-exsting information from students.. Teacher asks students the following questions: What is microbiology? What research is conducted in this field? What researchers from this field do you know? What findings from this field can you name?
3. Teacher asks students to watch a short film about Constantin Levaditi. Teacher asks students to write down the words from the field of microbiology that they will hear in the recording. If the text is too dificult for listening practice, teacher suggests that students use the written version of the film to check for the correct understanding of the information presented in the video.
4. After watching the video, teacher asks students to compare, in pairs, the list of key words which they compiled while watching the video.
5. Teacher starts a free discussion, asking the following questions: Are you interested in becoming a researcher in the field of microbiology? Why? Do you think that this field is important for medicine? Why? What do you think is the future of this field? What kind of research will be conducted in the future?
Achieved results:
- the use of specialised vocabulary from the target field
- the development of the skill of listening to a specialised text and extracting the relevant information
- the accumulation of knowledge in the medical field.
Risks that have to be taken into account:
- students may face difficulties in understanding a long specialised text; in this case, teacher suggests that they use the written version of the video.


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 video is followed by a text which mostly (even though not perfectly) corresponds to the contents of the film. However, the text is doubled by an audio material which identically replicates the text, which means that the pair can be used for further tasks. The video presents additional information to the text-audio content. Taking into consideration the fact that, apart from the personal life of the sculptor, the film offers details on the Levaditi’s research in the medical field, this material can be used during the lessons of Romanian as a foreign language for the medical field, level B1-B2. The video is engaging and it may enhance students’ motivation.
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