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Video feedback for TMAs

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I am experimenting with giving some feedback in the form of spoken feedback with the student's assignment on the screen with a small window showing me talking, using Screen Pal.  I also provide less detailed written feedback.

I think there are advantages to providing feedback in this form.  One is that the tone of voice perhaps helps to show students that we are "on their side" and although we might make some criticisms, these are made with the intention of helping them.  This kind of feedback also means that students need to engage with feedback rather than briefly skim the written feedback.  Of course, this advantage only works if the students engage with the video feedback.

I emailed students whether they would like video feedback and I had a few replies and so far, I have restricted the video feedback to those who seemed keen to try it.  I am hoping they will comment on whether they preferred it and (more importantly) whether they learn more from it.

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L101 tutor briefing

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I spent yesterday at the tutor briefing for the new course "Introducing English Language Studies" (L101).  It looks like a very interesting course to be working on with a wide range of materials and topic.

I like the variety of genres for assessment - tutor group forum postings for TMA 1, presentation slides and script for TMA 2, a commentary for TMA 3 and an essay for TMA 4.  This should help to raise awareness of the wide range of different uses and style of language even if they are all in an "academic context".



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An article on SATS by Michael Rosen

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Edited by Patrick Andrews, Friday, 20 May 2011, 17:07

A very interesting article about the SATs taken a few days ago by many schoolchildren including my own son:

http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/p/488574/6732581.aspx#6732581

 Students of E303 and E844 might see links with some of the concerns of their courses.

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