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.
The teacher presents the platform, the elements on the portal, explains the structure of the units to the students.
The teacher presents the unit theme, On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
1. Students listen to the audio recording (8 minutes) from the main menu. They can download the MP3 envelope to their computer.
2. Students read the podcast transcript aloud, pronunciation exercises are done. They can download the text in PDF format to work offline.
3. The teacher provides explanations of vocabulary and grammar. They suggest recognising grammatical forms in the text.
4. Students solve the two exercises proposed by the podcast author and check their answers.
5. The teacher challenges students to
discuss (guided conversation) social media. Do they have Facebook or Twitter accounts? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using social media?
6. Using excerpts from the text about Facebook ads, students are invited to discuss how social media influences online commerce.
The teacher suggests that students search on Facebook or other social networks for official pages of cultural institutions (theatres, museums, publishing houses, philharmonic) and write down the most important aspects, discuss the importance of being visible on the internet.
Students interested in internet marketing are challenged to observe and note technical aspects, logos, visual presentation modes, etc.
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 5 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).
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