SOAS University of London

Romanian Online

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Overview

The project aims to offer an alternative type of Romanian language course for people who cannot come in to SSEES to classroom based courses, and to enhance recruitment of students.

Aims and Objectives

The project aims to disseminate Romanian language to as many people as possible, and to create a precedent of an online course in order for other languages to be able to follow suit. Specific objectives are:

  • to create 12 lessons as a pilot course initially, with the view to expand it in the future to other levels and other languages
  • to train Ramona Gonczol in online teaching as part of this project and to be able to train other teachers in the near future by creating new online materials and adapting existing ones to online teaching.

Products, Outputs & Outcomes

  • 12 lessons of 1h each that cover all four skills, productive (speaking, writing) and comprehensive (listening, reading) as well as basic grammar
  • Presentation slides of language points for each lesson
  • Online exercises and activities pre prepared as well as done on the whiteboard
  • Extra material accessible offline (homework practice, reference sheets of grammar tables and points, reading texts, listening files, vocabulary sheets)

A typical lesson will consist of the following:

  • 5-10 slides presenting/introducing the new language points briefly; electronic handouts on which students can work on for practice
  • speaking practice with the teacher (open class) as well as in groups of 3 and pairs, monitored by the teacher
  • short MP3 files with listening practice accessible to all students at the same time
  • question time at the end of the lesson to clarify any of the new language points presented in the lesson

For reading and writing skills, offline materials will be created and given to students and corrected by the teacher offline and emailed back to students individually, in Moodle for instance.

The first hour or two will be used to train the new students on how to deal with the software and to familiarise them with online learning as well as to set the objectives and the outcome of the course in order to create realistic expectations and avoid disappointment. The lessons will take place at a scheduled time once a week and will follow the beginner’s curriculum, adapted to online teaching.