September 2012 Formative vs. Summative Assessment: Does It Matter? by Deena Boraie Assessment terminology has become a minefield because it often obscures distinctions between concepts, which in turn affects classroom practice. Understanding assessment concepts is key to assessment literacy, and teachers who are assessment illiterate can have a negative effect on the quality of education and on students’ learning (Popham, 2009). Confusion in Assessment TerminologyThere are several questions that many teachers and administrators ask:
ielts-simon.com: Daily lessons with an ex-IELTS examiner Here's the full essay that I wrote with my students for the question below. Some people think that strict punishments for driving offences are the key to reducing traffic accidents. Others, however, believe that other measures would be more effective in improving road safety. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. People have differing views with regard to the question of how to make our roads safer.
Randall's Video Snapshots: For ESL/EFL Students The movie clips called Video Snapshots are designed to provide additional learning content related to other listening activities on my site. To learn more about this project, read the Frequently Asked Questions below: Current Videos (Click the picture to watch the video - Click the link below the picture to visit a related listening activity). Five mixed messages that have severely damaged modern language education Introduction Over the decades, since the 70’s pedagogic revolution which saw the total rejection of Grammar-Translation methodology and Audiolingualism, teachers have been the recipients of scores of mixed messages about how languages are acquired and should be taught which have greatly damaged the teaching profession and Modern Language provision at large. I referred to them in the title as ‘mixed messages’ because they have often been the result of the overgeneralization , misinterpretation, vulgarization or distortion of research findings, hypotheses or even theories of some validity, which have given rise to ‘myths’ about language teaching and learning that have been haunting the teaching profession for decades and still shape in many cases the way many of us teach. 1.Languages are acquired by children subconsciously, hence no need to teach them grammar – This belief is at the root of the ban on grammar teaching that affected MFL provision in England for decades. 2.
IELTS Free Test Preparation Exercises & Materials The IELTS, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world. IELTS is accepted by most academic institutions in English-speaking countries, and various professional organisations across the world. It is also a requirement for immigration into several English-speaking countries. Below you will find materials to help you prepare for the IELTS examination. ESL Listening Comprehension Exercises: Movie clips to practice English SECTION 1: Movie Clips Learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to learn a new language. The exercises below use movie clips to help you to better understand spoken English.
Future - The secret “anti-languages” you’re not supposed to know Could you erectify a luxurimole flackoblots? Have you hidden your chocolate cake from Penelope? Or maybe you’re just going to vada the bona omi? If you understand any of these sentences, you speak an English “anti-language”. Since at least Tudor times, secret argots have been used in the underworld of prisoners, escaped slaves and criminal gangs as a way of confusing and befuddling the authorities.
Integrating pronunciation into classroom activities In my work as a teacher trainer I have been surprised at how often experienced teachers are reluctant to tackle pronunciation issues in class. I can think of at least two reasons why pronunciation tends to be neglected: firstly, the lack of clear guidelines and rules available in course books, and secondly the fact that isolated exercises once a month do not seem to have much of an effect. This is not surprising, however; like all other areas of language teaching, pronunciation needs constant attention for it to have a lasting effect on students, which means integrating it into daily classroom procedures. I find that addressing issues regularly during the language feedback or group correction stage of a lesson helps to focus learners' attention on its importance and leads to more positive experiences.
Study English: formal writing Transcript MARGOT POLITISHello. I'm Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation. Today we're going to talk about businesses and different ways to discuss economic information.