Details of Assessment

Course Assessment:
Classroom Activities, Interaction and Motivation

This NILE Online course is assessed through a Final Assignment which you must submit within four weeks of the end of Unit 8.

There are activities in Unit 8 which help you decide how you will approach your Assignment, and you will do this in collaboration with the course tutor.

There are two parts for you to submit:

  • You must submit a Pre-Assignment Task one week after the end of Week 8. This will be described in Unit 8. This allows the tutor to make sure you are on the right track for your Final Asssignment. The tutor will give you feedback on your Pre-Assignment Task and you should take this into account when writing your Final Assignment. The Pre-Assignment Task is not assessed but you must submit it if you are planning to do the Final Assignment.
  • The Final Assignment is described below. You choose one of the two options. The final assignment includes a Reflection Task which will make up 20% of your final grade.

Your tutor will tell you more about all these Tasks in Week 8. You can see all the dates for these stages here. You can get more information about assignments and how to submit them here.

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Assignments 

Here are the assignments for this course. You choose one of the two options. You don't need to choose this until Week 8 of your course. Your choice will depend on your professional situation and your interests. Please do not start the assignments before Week 8 without discussing it with your tutor.

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Assignment Option 1

a) Class profile:

Write a brief profile of a class of English language learners. Please include the following: level; number of learners; their age; reasons for learning English; learning needs, strengths and weaknesses; likes and dislikes when it comes to learning English.

b) Activities for aims

Look at the list of learning aims below.

  1. To improve oral fluency on the subject of sport.
  2. To improve students’ ability to guess the meaning of unknown words from context.
  3. To improve students’ pronunciation of regular past tense endings
  4. To improve students ability to discuss future events
  5. To improve students’ ability to write about an important event
  6. To improve students’ ability to follow a story
  7. To improve students’ ability to understand  spoken instructions
  8. To improve students’ ability to use linking words
  9. To improve students’ knowledge and use of prepositions
  10. To improve students ability to agree and disagree appropriately

Find four activities (from books, internet, colleagues, your own ideas, etc). Each activity should satisfy at least one of the aims above. All four activities should be for the same class. You can adapt the aim a little to make it suitable for your context if necessary. If these aims are not at all suitable for your teaching context, please contact your tutor to agree on new ones.

For each one:

  • Describe the activity.
  • Say where you found it.
  • Say why it would satisfy the aim.
  • Explain why it would be effective for this class.
  • Describe how learners will interact.
  • Say why learners should find it motivating.
  • Say what classroom management you will need to consider.
  • Say if, how and why you would adapt it.

It is important to show evidence of learning from the course, so please refer to course content, eg. "As we discussed in Unit 4, it is important for students to..."

 c) Storing and sharing

Decide how to store and share these activities. Use a system that you can add to in the future.

You should write about about 1500 words in total for parts a), b) and c) 

 d) Reflection

Write a course Reflection.  Write 300-500 words on the following areas:

  •  what the most important learning outcomes have been for you
  •  what areas of the course have been of particular interest to you
  •  what you learned by completing the assignment
  •  how you will be able to implement these ideas in your teaching or training work in the future.

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Pre-Assignment Task

Do the above task (a and b) but for one aim and activity only. Remember to include the class profile. 

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Assignment Option 2

a) Class description

Describe your class, their needs and any limitations on classroom activities.

b) Choose activities

Choose two activities that you have met on this course that you could use with a class you are teaching. Try to find very different ones.

c) Try out the activities

For each activity you have chosen:

  • Adapt the activity if necessary for your class and the curriculum / syllabus.
  • Use the activity in your teaching. If possible ask somebody to observe you, or video or audio record that part of your lesson. (You don't need to submit this with your assignment - it is for your own evaluation purposes only)
  • Find out if learners found it useful and enjoyable.
  • Write
    • why you chose that activity,
    • how and why you adapted it, if you did
    • the aims
    • about interaction, motivation and classroom management
    • a script of your instructions
    • your own self-evaluation
    • a colleague’s evaluation (if relevant)
    • your students’ evaluation
    • what you would do differently next time you used that activity.

It is important to show evidence of learning from the course, so please refer to course content, eg. "As we discussed in Unit 4, it is important for students to..."

d) Store and share

Decide how to present, store and share these activities. Use a system that you can add to in the future.

If you need to teach each activity with a different class, you will need to provide two class profiles.

You should write about about 1500 words in total for parts a), b), c) and d).

d) Reflection

Write a course Reflection.  Write 300-500 words on the following areas:

  •  what the most important learning outcomes have been for you
  •  what areas of the course have been of particular interest to you
  •  what you learned by completing the assignment
  •  how you will be able to implement these ideas in your teaching or training work in the future.

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Pre-Assignment Task

Do the above task a) and b) but for one  activity only. Remember to include the class description. 

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Reflection on the course and assignment

The final part of the assessment criteria (below) refers to your reflection on the course and the assignment you have produced. Whichever assignment you choose, you must also write a course Reflection. You will write your Reflection after doing your assignment in a separate document which you will upload along with your assignment documents. You can access this through the Submit section.

The Reflection task asks you to write 300-500 words on the following areas:

- what the most important learning outcomes have been for you

- what areas of the course have been of particular interest to you

- what you learned by completing the assignment

- how you will be able to implement these ideas in your teaching or training work in the future.

Assessment Criteria

These are the assessment criteria your tutor will use when marking your assignment. You can also use this as a checklist when you write your assignment.

 The extent to which you have addressed the assignment requirements 

 10%

 Evidence of consideration of your own context and learners in the work produced  

 20%

 Evidence of your learning from the course content and interactions

 20%

 The quality of the work you have produced and its usefulness

 30%

 Reflection on the course and assignment

 20%

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More information about Assignments

Please download and read this document. It will tell you more about the timetable for assessments,  exactly what is assessed and how you can get help. It will also tell you how to submit the Pre-Assignment task, the Assignment and the Reflection task. If you have any more questions please ask your tutor.

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