This resource was used in an English class of 30 students studying the C2 degree in International Relations. As part of the syllabus, students were discussing the topic of Human Rights. For the lesson purposes I didn’t use the whole podcast as this could be boring and tiring for students. I wrote down a script covering the first 5 minutes of the podcast. Instead, students listened to the first five minutes and, while listening, they had to fill in the blanks with the most appropriate words or expressions, according to what they heard. The audioscript (check further documentation) did not match exactly the said words, but it contained the main ideas of the podcast. This became more demanding as students had to pay closer attention to what was being said. Students listening to the podcast twice. Overall, this listening exercise went really well. Despite some problems in identifying some words, students were engaged and, at the same time, shocked with what they heard. This was later discussed. This way, sts could also develop their critical thinking skills. This exercise was used as warmer for the lesson where immigration and refugees issues were discussed.
This resource has also been used as an exercise of the listening exam for students of the BA in International Relations (level C2).
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 resource corresponds to lecturers’ needs mainly. Indeed, it supports teachers in their lessons to illustrate how the specific vocabulary from such as specific area as human rights/immigration policies may be used, enabling students with complementary listening for a better domain of the referred concepts. Furthermore, it challenges students to listen carefully to the podcast and pay attention to details to later use it within the very contexts of speaking and writing. Learners may also listen to it own their own, even though they will feel more guided if they have a specific task associated with it. This podcast has the seal of The Guardian and is based on deep research and reliable journalism. It is of easy access and usage as well.
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