This teaching resource included in a reliable and renowned organisation’s website (British council) suits the needs of upper-intermediate students who study English for business. They need to develop their speaking and listening skills at the same time they need to expand technical related vocabulary. This resource assists both the lecturer, as he can use this with his students in the classroom, and the students who, rather autonomously, can also explore it. If used by the lecturer, this resource can be used following a task-based approach, as suggested in the guidelines. If not, the learner can follow the steps clearly indicated in the site.
3. The main contribution of this resource is the possibility to be utilised in the classroom and/or autonomously. I would use it as an asynchronous activity included in the LMS platform. It would be revisited in class as the starting point for oral interaction. In this case, I believe that the podcast could be used as an audio file in a Business English class. After listening to the podcast, we would do the exercises presented on the available web page, which also seem interesting and appropriate.
I would add, however, a synonyms exercise in order to strengthen the terminological knowledge that would be acquired. Thus, a separate list of terms would be presented, with terms whose synonyms could be found within the text transcription. This last exercise would be a way of benefiting more from the audio file and I believe that, along with the other exercises, it would be well accepted by the students.
Podcasts are accessible and easy to use by students and are particularly relevant to improve familiarity with different types of accents and prosodic styles. Its interactive approach makes it appealing and motivating to students.
The only problem is the abstract approach of the topic; although it is business-oriented, the theme is mainly conceptual, with no (apparent) direct connection with daily lives.
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
Overall, this resource matches the needs of lecturers and students as students can use it in a rather autonomous way, while teachers can add this resource to their lesson plans and based on this podcast they can also create/adapt other questions on it, and other types of exercises.
Regarding motivation enhancement, normally podcasts are rather appealing to students and keep them motivated. This particular podcast is rather short so it will be able to keep the learners focused on the listening and on the activities provided. This resource will prove to be effective as it introduces some innovation to LSP learning. Its interactive approach makes it more original and innovative.
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