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The meaning of the names Constantin and Elena (Constantine and Hellen)/ Sensul numelor Constantin și Elena

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Target Group


Domain Area

Arts & Music

Learning Scenario

Classroom Context

Target Language


Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level


Type of Material


Linguistic Features



Critical Thinking


The audio recording (3:01 min) and associated text offer a presentation through images and sound of some cultural data related to a couple of the most frequently used names used in Romania. The content introduces lexical material related to history and literature (mythology) in authentic contemporary Romanian speech, as well as possible etymologies of the two names. It also connects the two names with neologisms formed with neoclassical affixes, thus helping the students identify such affixes and words in which they are present (e.g. helio- heliofobie, helioterapie). It may increase students’ motivation as it opens a window into Romanian anthroponymy, also provides cultural information and possibly provides correlations with their own cultures/history/literature and mythology.

Case study



Reading, specialized vocabulary, level B2.
1. Warming-up activity. Teacher asks the following questions: What Romanian names do you know? Do you know the meaning of these names? What are the most frequent names in your country? What is their meaning? Why do you think they are so popular?
2. Pre-listening activity: Students are provided with a handout or some other form of electronic format with words and definitions/synonyms for matching activities to prepare the vocabulary in the text; a matching activity of names and their hypocoristic forms.
3. Students listen to the recording.
4. Students read the text, checking their answers in the previous activities.
5. After listening / reading activity. Teacher asks the following questions: What names are discussed in this article? What is their history? What variants of these names are there in the Romanian language?
6. Teacher asks each student to choose a name from his/her own culture and prepare a short presentation (about 5 slides) on its history. Students present their projects in front of the group.
The results obtained:
- the expansion of the specialized vocabulary in the field of Humanities (history, mythology);
- the accumulation of knowledge in the field of Humanities
- the development of the skill of reading / listening to a specialized text and extracting the relevant information.
Risks to be considered when using the resource:
- some terms may belong to (sub) domains unknown to students or general language; teacher might introduce these terms before presenting the material during the lesson.


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 text and the recording can be used especially by students in the field of Humanities in the classroom environment or autonomously. It is easily accessible technically and available to both students and lecturers. Various activities and skills (listening, speaking, writing) can be activated using materials adapted/relying on this text/audio. 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 lesson plans and, based on the video, they can create/adapt other activities/questions/tasks related to the topic. This resource is easily reachable online, for both students and lecturers
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