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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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EFL Classroom assessment

Andrew Finch from Kyungpook University in Daegu, S. Korea speaks about the need for a new kind of assessment in our EFL classrooms.

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Comment by ddeubel on March 4, 2009 at 5:56am
This is highly recommended for all teachers to watch and think regarding assessment. Thanks Dr. Finch!
Comment by Ellen Pham on April 17, 2009 at 7:26am
Right on, Dr. Finch! I just left a comment on Michael Stout's blog about my experience as a graduate student (teacher training program, about 14 years ago) with group testing.. It was in response to his Negotiated Rules blog... I'll repost here:

First I have to say, Adorable! It is as much about the feeling, or emotional base you (all) are creating for the class, as it is about the rules themselves. Also, what insight you (all) get when you negotiate rules for the teacher, too.

About the testing... have you tried group tests? I had a professor who did this in graduate school. It was a highly motivated group, it turned testing into a learning experience, and though I still studied/ prepared hard for the exams, it took all the fear out of it.

He did two types, In the first type, the group (4 students, as I recall) had to submit one test. Interesting, and a big learning experience when everyone did not agree on the same answer. With the second type, which I believe was done for the final exam, we had the support of the group but could submit individual answers.

I don't know anything about your teaching situation, Michael, ages, # of students, school policies, what exactly the students are preparing for, so I can't tell if these ideas are practical, but the process of not working alone and being able to pool knowledge really changed the character of testing in a positive way... no negatives that I can think of.

I think much of the emotional benefits of group testing could be gotten with pair testing, which might be more practical to implement. But, contrary to general opinion, group testing produced more learning benefits than individual testing could.

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