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Kitao & Kitao-Testing Communicative Competence. The Internet TESL Journal S. Kathleen, Kitao Doshisha Women's College (Kyoto, Japan)s.kitao [at] Kitao, Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan)k.kitao [at] Testing language has traditionally taken the form of testing knowledge about language, usually the testing of knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. However, there is much more to being able to use language than knowledge about it. Dell Hymes proposed the concept of communicative competence. He argued that a speaker can be able to produce grammatical sentences that are completely inappropriate.

The Communicative Approach to Testing What Communicative Language Tests Measure Communicative language tests are intended to be a measure of how the testees are able to use language in real life situations. The "communicativeness" of a test might be seen as being on a continuum. Tasks Communicative tests are often very context-specific. Evaluation Examples of Communicative Test Tasks Speaking/Listening Information gap.


Asia TEFL. Born to Learn ~ You are Born to Learn. Supercharge yourself. Think, talk and work more creatively. Problem-based learning. Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of problem solving.

Problem-based learning

Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge. The PBL format originated from the medical school of thought, and is now used in other schools of thought too. The goals of PBL are to help the students develop flexible knowledge, effective problem solving skills, self-directed learning, effective collaboration skills and intrinsic motivation.[1] Problem-based learning is a style of active learning. Working in groups, students identify what they already know, what they need to know, and how and where to access new information that may lead to resolution of the problem. Meaning[edit] Barrows defines the Problem-Based Learning Model as:[4] 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. In order to instill a project based learning environment into a classroom, the teacher must revolve his or her teaching style around five main criteria.


Learning. Khan Academy is an Indictment of Education. The fact that TED, Bill Gates, and the media love Khan Academy shows the failure of education.

Khan Academy is an Indictment of Education

Khan Academy looks great because our country has reduced teaching and learning to preparing students to bubble in answer sheets for multiple choice tests. But if we shift the purpose of education from consuming knowledge and stating answers to creating knowledge and exploring solutions, the fallacy of Khan Academy “reinventing education” is blatently apparent. Khan Academy can help students find the answer to this exercise: But can it help students find a solution to this problem?

New playing fields are going to be built on the lot across the street from our school. Khan Academy works here: But does it work for this problem here? Khan Academy can show students how to do this: But can it show students how to do this? Khan Academy and iPads could make math classrooms look like this: But shouldn’t math classrooms sound like this?

And lastly, take these 8 students from The Independent Project: Like this: