Project Number 503150-LLP-1-2009-AT-LEONARDO-LMP
Product Product 2 - Course Book
Title Product 2 - Course Book
Product Type teaching material
Language learning with VinoLingua
A Course Book for each project language (German, French, Italian and Spanish)consisting of 3 learners´ levels. The Curriculum turns around the real life situations of wine-growers.
Description Based on the didactic programme developed, the partnership is presently working on a coursebook, or rather four coursebooks, for the project languages German, French, Italian and Spanish. These will each include MP3 recordings. Supplementary exercises and practice worksheets relating to the winegrowers' authentic business situations are being compiled and adapted to the respective types of media, i.e. podcasts, videofiles and web-quests; special attention will also be paid to their suitability for informal and non-formal learning as well as self-study. All supplementary study material will be available on the learning platform and in the download area of the project website, which will also provide a link to the wine-related terminology database. A series of sample lessons and exercises for all four languages have already been elaborated, which will soon be made available on the project website.
Target group Winemakers
The VinoLingua course book is divided into three levels, three learning cycles (with a total of 20 learning units) and a didactic progression in three levels following a helix pattern: each of the relevant situations appears a number of times, in different contexts and with an increasing degree of linguistic complexity. Thus, the wine tasting situation is presented six times in the course of the programme, twice at each level, with a more complex linguistic content each time. The first level tells the story of an individual visit to the vineyard (from the perspective of the winegrower), the second the winegrower’s attendance at a wine fair, and the third a vineyard visit by a group. The wine tasting activity is therefore embedded in the visit of the vineyard with the presentation of the business/the family, comments of vineyard and cellar work, and the selling of wine to an individual customer as well as to a wine merchant or online.
The linguistic progression starts with an emphasis on “chunks”, i.e. complex linguistic units which the learner can memorize, recycle and even modify without necessarily understanding their grammatical structure. Little by little the basic grammar of the target language is being introduced, together with “chunks” of a more complex type, with a series of possible variations. At level 3, the learner is systematically led to work with authentic material coming from the video corpus, in order to get acquainted with the features of spoken language.
Each unit starts with an overview of the contents (speech acts, grammar, culture); this is followed by an exercise that asks the learner to connect three sentences with three pictures. The unit itself is divided into two parts: there are two dialogues (or mono¬logues/pre¬sentations), each of which is accompanied by its own list of vocabulary, chunks and grammar. These are then applied in a series of exercises that are meant to consolidate the chunks and practise the grammar.
At the end of the study unit, a personalized “cheat slip” invites the winegrower /learner to choose among the language material he has just learned in order to create a text adapted to his own particular communicative needs: a description of his own vineyard, of his wines, of his selling conditions, etc., which he can memorize and reproduce in his contacts with foreign clients.
Area of application Language for Specific Purpose - Wine, Winemarketing, Wine industry, Wine culture
Product Languages German