The unit teaches w-questions to ask for directions. Therefore, the unit could be used as a starting point for orientation in a city. However, the unit only teaches questions but does not provide the answers or useful phrases for giving directions. After listening to the recording, the trainers could move on to introduce phrases for giving directions. In order to practice the words provided in this unit, learners could write role play scenarios asking for and giving directions how to get from one place to another. To make it more realistic learners could use a map to give directions in a real city. The unit could also be used as homework to practice questions to ask for directions. Learners can check their answers by listening to the recording.
Pros and cons:
+ Useful vocabulary for everyday typical situations
+ Clear and slow audio recordings – easy to understand for learners with low language levels
+ Audio recordings and exercises present each sentence or word both in German and English
– The recordings don’t stop to allow the learners to repeat the sentences
– Suitable for learners with basic knowledge in English
– Only one exercise per unit
The course presents useful phrases for everyday situations. The exercises are available to download as PDF-documents giving the trainers the opportunity to print them and hand them out in class. However, the unit offers no grammar explanations making it unsuitable for self-study. The exercise focuses on translating phrases from English to German. It is therefore not suitable for learners who do not speak any English.
|Complexity of the development / implementation of the content||Well-designed and categorized audio lectures. Usability is good and the information is nicely presented and easy to be found. You can download of view/listen transcript in pdf format and audio in mp3 format for each of the 100 courses in 20 topics.|
|Comfort of use||Easy|
|Skills and knowledge required||Basic|
|Hardware requirements||Computer, tablet, Smartphone, headphones|
|Software requirements||No specific software requirements|
|Expected technological tendency/trend||Medium, materials can be easily used in different online platforms or offline in the classroom|
|Mobile friendly||Yes||Registration required||No|