This course is part of COURSERA, which organizes MOOCs. This specific course is delivered by the Universidad Austral. Though this teaching resource does not explicitly cover all five skills defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR, 2018) – i.e., reading, speaking, listening, writing and mediation –, it displays a huge potential for an integrated approach to all of them, so as to facilitate a harmonious development of students’ language competences. Therefore, the adaptability of this resource shows a high potential for language learning objectives, both as specific and as general Spanish.
What follows is a series of methodological guidelines as to how this resource could be used in a real classroom setting, ranging from face-to-face tuition through blended learning to virtual scenarios. This teaching resource would be implemented as part of a much more comprehensive teaching unit. The target group should be no larger than forty-five Higher Education students attending a specialisation course aimed at improving not only their Language for Specific Purposes skills – though this is the main target group –, but also at enhancing their general language competences on the subject of this teaching resource. The advised approach to implement this teaching resource is largely communicative and the most appropriate methodology is eclectic, active and learner-centred, including cooperative learning, project-based learning and flipped classroom.
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
This course is a well-organized MOOC for students of Environmental Studies in Spanish. The adaptability of this teaching resource is very high due to the wide range of pedagogical possibilities that it offers. In addition, its technical usability and accessibility for both lecturers and students can be said to be flexible enough for different learning scenarios. As a result, the motivation enhancement and the comprehensive approach of this teaching resource is assessed by these evaluators as highly suitable for the target groups in the context of Language for Specific Purposes.
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