Created by beginner students of Mandarin in Higher Education, this role play scenario is performed in a location that is appropriate to the content, helping increase the authenticity of the task.
This activity captures reflection in a foreign language. It follows a standard video production approach and works especially well within adult education. It is also a useful way of capturing a particular use of language, in this case tense.
A compilation of Creative Commons licensed images and good quality audio recording of a poem produced by a student in Higher Education who has completed a Beginner’s course in French. Combining an audio track with a collection of images to create a video poem is a simple technique and ensures that the meaning and delivery of the poem is examined. The resulting reosurce can be used by others for commentary or remixing.
In this example the students have been sent a model answer to a question using screen cast technology. The teacher has highlighted the key points that should have been included in the answer using a word processor and then created the video where the teacher talks through the answer and what should be included. The teacher then sends the model answer to the students, who can then use the video to evaluate their own work. This can be an excellent way of doing self-evaluation since the students can listen to the video and decide what mark they should get, what was missing from their own essay etc.
The idea of the model answer video is to encourage the students to reflect and think about their own work. It is cognitively more demanding to get the students to think about their own work rather than simply provide feedback to the students. It works best where all the students are all writing the same essay since it would be impossible to create model answers for each question if each student did something different. Model examples of presentations, telling a story, describing something could all help students reflect on their own work.