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Marcin uwielbia podróżować / Marcin loves travelling

Date of Publication

25.10.2017

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Tourism

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Polish

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

A1

Type of Material

Activity/task
Audio

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar

Skills

Listening
Speaking
Reading

Description

The website created by Małgorzata Januszewicz (an author with experience in teaching Polish as a foreign language and a PhD in the field) offers 23 free lessons for levels A1, A2. Each lesson includes:
a) a recording (50 seconds - 1, 20), which can be downloaded in Mp3 format
b) a transcript of the recording (can be read online and downloaded in pdf format)
c) handouts (pdf)
d) exercises (pdf)
The blog is also very interesting, for those who know Polish at an advanced level. The notes, observations, grammar, vocabulary and writing explanations are accompanied by videos with Polish subtitles. On the blog, the author also proposes lesson plans and materials, which can be very useful for students (for individual study) and teachers of Polish.
https://malgorzatajanuszewicz.pl/lekcje-audio/

Case study

The material for learning Polish by A1 level learners is made up of an audio recording accompanied by four downloadable pdf sheets which can be accessed freely from the link above.
The downloadable set of documents is designed to address a wide language content ranging from a short text in Polish (a transcription of the audio recording), a sheet specifically targeting a grammatical aspect (in our case, a verb), the initial text with gaps to be filled out by learners of Polish, followed by an exercise, and another exercise sheet with sentences printed on individual lines so as to be cut out by students and arranged in the right order as to recreate the original text.
The layout and design of the materials are part of a structured approach for learning Polish. The downloadable sheets in pdf format make the materials easily accessible and available and the user-friendly and learner-oriented content contribute to a better understanding of the grammatical issues approached.
The innovation of this material lies in the pairing of an audio recording with the text, affording thus the student the possibility to improve both the listening and the reading and comprehension abilities. It equally provides a verification tool for the learner of Polish so he/she can verifiy in real-time their understanding of the text and of the grammar issues.
The materials are selected to meet the needs of an A1 learner of Polish both in terms of their difficulty and their adequacy to the level of proficiency. The sheets are clearly laid out, easy to use and learner-oriented, providing both reading and listening skills.
Students and learners of Polish can only benefit from such materials since, as beginners in the study of language, they need to improve their skills in comprehension, listening, reading and writing, and, at the same time, be proficient in grammar. The material provided is thus a great tool for learning Polish, laying the groundwork for a better proficiency in Polish language. 

Guidelines

The teacher shows the students the website and all the sequences of the lesson.
Students listen to the audio material twice.
The teacher explains the vocabulary.
Students take turns reading the excerpt and completing the exercises.
Students read the material on verb conjugation and make sentences using the model provided.
Guided conversation:
a) What hobby does Marcin (the character in the text) have?
b) What is your hobby?
c) Do you like travelling? Why?

Other activities
Students are invited to search the internet for photos illustrating travels and hobbies (two photos each) and describe them to their coleagues, using the vocabulary they have learned.

Review

Category
Rate
Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students

4

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

3

Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills

3

Innovation
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning

3

Transferability
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries

3

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

4

Adaptability
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need

4

Usability
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

4

Accessibility
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

4

Comments:
In this episode, for Polish A1+, the author proposes an audio recording about travel and sport.
Students can learn some geographical and martial arts terms and appropriate structures and expressions.
The lesson also includes fill-in-the-blank, exercises grammar exercises, verb conjugation (in pdf format, can be downloaded).
The pdf document (which can be downloaded and printed, cut out) is useful in class for exercises to reconstruct the text from the sequences.
The site is logically constructed, access to materials and transcripts is easy, from the main menu. Students can listen to and watch transcripts at the same time. The author's diction is good, the pace appropriate to the level of Polish language study.
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