This video is easily accessible through the BBC Learning English website. Though rather informative, it is a short video that focuses on a very up-to-date topic, namely the situation of endangered species around the world, in this case, Africa. Apart from listening to the video, the students can read the subtitles, which highlight the most relevant vocabulary regarding the topic. The resource can be used on itself or as a starting point for a debate on endangered species among the students. It combines linguistic features with environmental and sustainability issues which are among the main source of concern in 21st-century citizenship.
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 matches both lecturers and students’ needs. It meets the students’ needs as they must develop their speaking and listening skills and, simultaneously, they can expand related vocabulary. Lecturers have access to a recent resource for their lessons. Technically, it is very easy to use. Lecturers and students easily have access to the link and it has embedded subtitling. Despite not being a not so new technique, the right use of video resources is still rather appealing to students, keeping them highly motivated. This video is short and is a good starting point for students to expand their language proficiency in the field by creating a similar video or presentation on any other endangered animal, thus supporting a class presentation which enhances their speaking skills.
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