This blog exists for you to pass comment on your mate's work, whether it be recordings produced in class or as speaking tests.
As with everything there are a few rules which must be observed:
- only leave your first name on a comment
- don't leave your email address
- try to leave 2 positive comments followed by one constructive criticism (if appropriate)
- no personal comments
- rude, abusive, inappropriate comments will not find their way online
ALL COMMENTS WILL BE MODERATED BY MYSELF BEFORE THEY GO ONLINE
The following podcasts have been produced by my Higher pupils to help younger students understand the finer points of the present tense of regular verbs in French. Have a listen. Which one do you think will help you learn better? Why? Which one do you think might not help you learn? Why?
Here's where you will assess your mate's work. Use the worksheet you have been given and listen to 3 of our friend's assessments. Give them a mark for each category. Then write a brief report for your friend in the form of a compliment sandwich (2 things that rocked about the work and one area for improvement). It is this report you are going to write as a comment on this post. Here is an example:
Roger: You answered most of the questions clearly but sometimes they were just short basic answers. You used opinions to talk about school subjects.
Remember you have to write about 3 people each time so show who you are writing about by writing their first name.
To listen to your friend scroll down in the player below, find your mate's name and click on it. Easy.
Those fine people at LTScotland have collated a selection of resources intended to help this years cohort of NQ candidates prepare for their exams. Also useful I would suspect for us teachers and parents.
It includes a Exam Guide 2008 produced by the Sunday Herald, although having just looked at it there is no specific guide for Languages...why not!!! The Herald itself has a couple of podcasts available to download, which give tips and advice on how to approach exams.
What seems a long time ago I tasked 2F with producing podcasts to explain various aspects of German grammar. After a long gestation period here are the results.
Your task is to listen to each and every one of the podcasts and rate them. You must assess how well the podcast has taught you about the grammar point and also think about how well the podcast has been scripted, then you must leave a comment on this post by clicking the comments button below. Try to express your comment in the form of 2 THINGS THAT ROCK AND 1 THAT SUCKS, eg "the podcast was well scripted and I learned a lot about irregular verbs, but there appear to have been some errors in pronunciation." NO TEXT SPEAK EITHER PLS PLEASE.
In particular I want you to look out for and identify any grammar mistakes made in the presentations, with a view to rerecording a wholly accurate versions.
He starts with having a wee go at the Panorama programme last week (which I didn't see so can't comment on, but most of the post is a series of 7 valid, well thought out tips about how to stay safe online. This is not some aloof educator from the blogosphere or some random teacher (like myself) sounding off but a student who has decided to pass on his advice to others from his own experience of using the web. I particularly like his advice on why it can be a good idea to use vice and video chat:
...if someone is cool with you seeing what they look like on webcam, or are cool with having a chat on skype with them when they have the required gear then they are most likely going to be who they say they are.
I would like to recommend to any teacher reading this that they pass on Sean's blog address to their students and allow them to read the advice for themselves. I will be cross posting this to my other blogs and passing it on to colleagues.