This resource offers un-to-date info and insights into today Bulgaria.
The programme in focus consists in five 20-40 mins episodes of news on recent books available in Bulgaria, the journalists’ choice, and interviews with journalists and writers.
Addresses particularly younger learners in a lively, fluent dialogue between two journalists. Fresh, unbiased, lively. Can be used in conversation, vocabulary-building, discourse, reading classes.
Young people discuss books they like and give reasons in informal educated language, mention of intergenerational dialogue.
1.This 40-minutes episode consists of 4 sections; the book section takes the first 10 minutes; it can be split into two, according to the 2 books presented by each journalist: the documentary novel Chernobyl Prayer (Chernobilska molitva) by Svetlana Aleksievich and poems Kurazh serdtsa (The Courage of the Heart) by Lilia Yovnoova. There are two additional section, an inteview with Bulgarian translator Vida Delcheva and writer Rene Karabash.
2. Pre-activity. Techer presents topic: Speaking about Books and gives handout 1 with short authors’ bio and list of books. Students are asked to name some favourite authors and genres; screened versions of books; popular docudramas (книги, писател-писателница, филм). Teacher has another handout 2 with writers of personal choice.
3. Teacher plays first 5 min of programme: Alex presenting S. Aleksieivh’s book.
4. Activity. Language and discourse focus. 4.1. Conversation: Students are asked to give info on the writer and her other books; to comment on the content of the book presented; to compare the American documentary and the original. Students are asked to comment on Alex’s perspective (books on which successful movies are based are often deeper, have a wider scope and stronger impact). 4.2. Vocabulary: standard with elements of slang (stakhotni, cool) and new borrowings (spinoffite, spin-offs); 4.3. Grammar focus: strings of Genitive can be practised intensively (В новия ни епизод); Чернобилска молитва” на Светлана Алексиевич; на крилете на силата на човешкия дух и надежда; книгата-портрет на цяла една система; 5. Discourse: Гледайте онлайн само по телевизия “Алма Матер” и в социалните мрежи.
Activity +. Teacher asks students to discuss contents of presentation and to create (write out) a similar presentation by working in pairs on writers chosen from handout 2. Students present their piece; practice role play, role switch, dialogue.
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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
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This resource offers lively info on new books with various content; highlights events in the university and in the country in an objective way with a personal touch.
Can used to encourage students oral skills (monologue and dialogue).
Will help improve the students’ need to contextualize their language skills and the teachers’ need to relate to the cultural background of language taught.
Similar resources might be used for all languages, as the journalism students’ exercise in creating pieces of news might be seen as somehow paralleled by the language student’s effort to master their knowledge and skills.
Lecturers could monitor students’ progress and students could assess their own progress and reflect on learning if asked to create similar pieces in class.
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