HelloPolish! is a podcast for learning Polish at different levels of study, from A1 to C2. The authors upload new material every two weeks. The podcast uses authentic Polish language, provides information about Polish culture, customs, movies, books, tourist attractions.
The site contains complex resources (audio, texts and activities) and allows students to develop their vocabulary, listening, reading and conversation skills. The audio (MP3) and text (pdf) can be downloaded to any device, so students can also work offline.
Phrases and expressions to be explained at the end of the text are marked (bold).
The vocabulary presented includes both specialist and colloquial terms used in everyday communication by young people.
The list of terms explained also provides collocations.
Each unit also includes a series of exercises (in a downloadable PDF document), together with the exercise key.
Thanks to the materials offered, the students can broaden both their vocabulary and knowledge about Poland (in this case about Lublin). The materials are very easy to download. They are clear, accessible and interesting. It’s important that the student can also listen to the words in the dictionary. With the verbs in it, the basic forms are given immediately, which facilitate the correct conjugation. Sometimes the information about cases used with verbs is missing. Vocabulary explanations are only in Polish, but at the indicated level it shouldn’t be a big difficulty. On the contrary - it should motivate students to work independently. The practice part could profit by more exercises, but this is not a serious problem.
The teacher presents the chosen unit and how the lesson will be organised.
1. Students listen to the podcast (about 8 minutes). The audio material can be downloaded to any device in MP3 format.
2. Students read the podcast transcript aloud. The teacher suggests phonetics exercises, reading and listening in one-minute segments.
3. Students read the list of expressions and terms provided by the author of the podcast. Together with the students, they check terms and collocations in the dictionaries available online.
4. Using the list of terms and expressions provided, the teacher proposes a guided conversation about the city featured in the podcast, Lublin.
5. Students solve the two exercises proposed in the unit and check their answers with the exercise key.
1. Each of the students is invited to present, using the learned expressions, a city in his/her country (guided conversation).
2. Using the sites that offer virtual tours, students will work in groups of three and describe the main tourist attractions of the chosen area or town.
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
The units can be accessed very easily from the address given. In the menu, users find the sections and the podcast library, where the units are presented with the level of study specified. For better orientation on the site, section names are translated into English.
In materials and exercises, the authors use only Polish, without translating terms or phrases. If students have difficulties, the teacher recommends that they check terms using the available online dictionaries. The audio recordings are about 8 minutes each and are of fairly good quality. A minus is that there are not several readers of the material (different voices, different tones and vocal timbres).
The resource is complex (audio, text, and activities) and provides opportunities for the development of vocabulary, reading, listening, and conversation. The same structure can be adapted for other existing podcasts and/or other video materials. The resource presents Lublin in an attractive manner and can increase student interest and motivation.
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