These two podcasts can perfectly be used separately, but we suggest the use of both in the same lesson as it becomes more meaningful.
Introduction (warmer): brainstorm the pros and cons of the representations of the workers’ day/acknowledgment of the various jobs/professions in the current sociopolitical context of a democratic regime. Elicit from the class ideas, words, representations associated with the celebration of the 1st May in 1974, highlighting some of the main changes over the last 47 years in Portugal and in the world concerning the differences between dictatorial and democratic regimes. Need to contextualise the 1st May (how and when it came up and it is celebrated in different countries)
Step 1: Students listen to the first podcast, about the 1st May 1974 (duration of the 1st podcast: 5,38 minutes). While listening, students must take note of the reactions by the different interviewees, writing some keywords that define the 1st May 1974, the reasons for celebration and the symbols of the revolution (e.g. liberty vs fascism, Armed Forces, PIDE, revolution, indignation, carnations, the vindication of rights, People united shall never be defeated (“O Povo Unido jamais será vencido”).
Step 2: Contextualization of and reflection on the representation of the workers day.
Step 3: Students listen to the 2nd podcast, comparing the differences between the two moments described.
Etapa 4: Writing activity: the value of the 1st May/workers’ day for the new generation/career expectations.
Follow-up activity (or homework): in groups of 3/4, students prepare a podcast, based on what they’ve heard. One student will interview the other students about the importance of the 1st May in our society and in the context of International/Lusophone Relations; or about the workers’ conditions (labourers/working class) in different countries across the world.