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A healthy life-style

Date of Publication


Target Group


Domain Area

Medicine & Nursing

Learning Scenario

Classroom Context

Target Language


Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level


Type of Material


Linguistic Features



Critical Thinking


The resource consists of a slideshow video which presents on slides the most important vocabulary items, content and ideas related to a healthy diet and the hazards of eating junk food and of obesity. The pace is adequate for the target level and the content is interesting. It is associated with a colourful worksheet introducing new vocabulary and phrases through a matching exercise, extra reading with a fill-in exercise and a set of questions associated with the audio material. The technical solutions are simple, yet efficient and easily adaptable. A speaking follow-up activity is suggested.

Case study

The resource was tested online with students from the preparatory year at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania, within the practical course of written and oral communication (Romanian as a foreign language). Most of the students are at A1-A2 level, after 9 weeks of study. - The resource is adequate for B1 students (CEFR) in the medical field. The resource was used in two sequences, both approximately 120 minutes long and the text, vocabulary and grammar were covered, all in the estimated language level B1. The topic was interesting and exciting. Although they were at level A1-A2, they did not have great difficulties in understanding the new vocabulary. The more difficult area was grammar which required a longer time for understanding – but it was also motivated independent study. The materials are easy to access, visually and acoustically interesting, and are clear. The fact that reading is at average speed, adapted to the current ability of students, was appreciated as one of the pluses of the resource. The students appreciated it as effective especially in the vocabulary development segment. The vocabulary exercises and the grammar questions had not yet been studied at A1-a2, but difficulties were overcome by direct translation. A minus is the fact that the text is spelt without diacritics. Assistant Professor Gina Nimigean, PhD, The Faculty of Letters, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi


Please produce a check list / guidelines on how to use the resource
Duration - 4 min 20 s
1. Warm-up activity: elicit students` knowledge and attitude towards a healthy life-style and a healthy diet, and factors that can affect health;
2. Use the activities in the order in which they are presented in the work-file, also using the associated audio material;
3. Possible follow-up activity : using the lexical material students can be asked to write a short (2 paragraphs) popularization article for a magazine presenting the hazards of fast food.
The audio is based on an article from a Romanian TV channel, so the audio can be used along with/instead of the written text.


Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students


Added value
The provided tangible improvements


Motivation enhancement
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 resource is complex, well balanced and provides opportunities for the development of vocabulary, reading, listening, and conversation. The same structure can be adapted for other topics using existing podcasts and/or other audio materials. The variety in tone and approach can contribute to increasing student interest and motivation.
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