La Mappa Misteriosa is a course for beginners, designed to match the Breakthrough Level of the Languages Ladder
There are 12 episodes, each covering language topics
such as directions, shopping, etc. Find a full outline in the syllabus
Each episode is a combination of video with language teaching and practice, focused on developing communicative skills
. The language is presented in small bite-sized chunks. Learners are encouraged to practise and to speak out loud to the characters they encounter.
Each episode is accompanied by a consolidation learning section, bringing together all the key vocabulary
, explaining the grammar structures
and providing extra practice
Learners can also review the key scenes, tagged with the key language objective
, by using the green bar
at the bottom of the video screen.
First, have a look at the user guide
to find out the essential details. If you have the right set-up, such as an interactive whiteboard
or a projector
with speakers, you could use it for whole class teaching.
As the episodes contain various themes, we recommend allowing enough time to go over each topic with the students, e.g. two sessions of around 30 minutes
for a class of absolute beginners. Learners can then be encouraged to watch the full episode or some of the key scenes more than once.
There are a number of activities you can try:
- Turn off the English subtitles
- Use the video conversations with the characters as role-plays
- Pause the video
at any point and students can describe
what they see or find words starting with a specific letter
At a higher level:
- Discuss what has just happened
- Think of what will happen next
If you don't have access to a computer suite or whiteboard, then La Mappa Misteriosa can be used as homework
to either prepare for or reinforce class work.