Introduction: Portuguese Communication Exercises is a compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Portuguese from various locations throughout Brazil and Portugal demonstrate various language tasks.
Type of Material:
In the classroom, for group activities and demonstration purposes, and at home for independent use.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Learners will develop listening proficiency and at the same time will learn to formulate their own appropriate responses to the same questions.
Target Student Population:
All levels of learners of Portuguese.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic Portuguese proficiency.
The videos in this series are conveniently categorized by proficiency level such as beginning, intermediate, advanced, and superior. For example, the first basic activity has four different native speakers, male and female, describe typical classroom objects, not in a typical label and repeat mode, but in a natural free-flowing monolog. The user can see the speaker pick up the object as it is described. It is also possible to see the transcription in Portuguese or suppress it by clicking N on the screen. An English transcription is also available on demand by clicking E. There are fifteen basic videos, thirty intermediate, twenty-eight advanced, and at the time of review, eleven superior videos. The variety of topics is vast and complement most Portuguese language programs.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The video clips are informal and engaging. Vocabulary is spoken about in cultural context. Short of visiting Brazil, this is an excellent way for learners to experience the target language as situated in the cultural milieu. Moreover, the transcript aids are an effective tool for the self-directed learner.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The interface is elegant, straightforward, and easy to use. MAC and PC instructions are clearly presented on the screen. Sound quality is very good.
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