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The Night Podcast

Date of Publication

recent and up-to-date, regularly udated

Target Group


Domain Area

Arts & Music
Journalism & multimedia

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language


Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level


Type of Material


Linguistic Features





This source gather a series of podcasts presented by Bulgarian journalists on various cultural topics.
It is an extension of the Bulgarian National TV.
Content is organized on topics of interest for today and is weekly updated.
Stream comes under: Bulgarian history, the American Dream, MeGra, Art Detektiv (covering art events, reviews, interviews), 25 years life is tasty (food critic).
Podcasts come without scripts, but each podcast has a short introduction.
Duration of podcasts varies around 15 to 25 minutes. Stream functions properly.
There are connections to social media and in several cases to the authors (journalists, interviewees' sites, blogs etc.).
Source is suitable for upper intermediate and advances level students, as it exhibits fluent Bulgarian.

Case study

2. Source was tested at the Kliment Okhriddski University of Sofia + Ca Foscari University, Venice.
Students were asked by lecturer to choose a topic:, Veliko Turnovo, the capital of Bulgaria in the Middle Ages. An interview on art restoration and conservation.
Lecturer prepared some photos and a short video on icons.
A short text on the basics of icon art ant theology was also available.
Students were asked questions about the


1. Presentation of topic and basic vocabulary; presentation of problems discussed: the icon as a piece of veneration in Christian Orthodox tradition; canon and local variations; icons and science,
2. Listening to the podcast; as it addresses specialized background, podcast can be split.
3. Discussing vocabulary/terminology, phrases, idioms on
4. Students are given reproductions of icons in various stages of restauration and ask to
prepare a short report on the photo.
If this is their first exposure to the topic of icons, students can be invited to comment on the cannonical representatio of the holy persons, feasts and calendar.
5. Re-enacting topic in role-play (interview).


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


Part of the column “Tracks by Bulgarian National Television. BNT ”, the podcast is very suitable for advanced (levels B2-C2), for group, individual and / or independent work. It would be most suitable for C-level students, as it contains a wide range of content. Prof.Assia Assenova, Kliment Okhriddski University of Sofia + Ca Foscari University, Venice.
Tracks by Bulgarian National Television. BNT is a resource that could be used effectively for exercises and activities related to listening, comprehension, speaking, writing. The content offers a wide range of methodological approaches and stimulating didactic solutions. It is able to initiate activities such as writing an essay, conducting discussions on topics chosen by students, setting long-term assignments related to research, preparing and presenting presentations (individual and group) on various topics, the criteria of which could also be the most diverse in view of the interests, experience and specialty of students.
Prof.Assia Assenova, Kliment Okhriddski University of Sofia + Ca Foscari University, Venice.
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