Creating effective student-edited, self reflective essays


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TESOL 2014, Portland
Electronic Village
March 28, 2014

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Creating effective student-edited, self reflective essays

  1. 1. TESOL Electronic Village Technology Fair Presentation by Candice Quiñones, @ 3pm, March 27 2014 For More Information Contact: Creating Effective Student-Edited, Self-ReflectiveVideo Essays Rationale Many times, trying to assess speaking and listening using a paper based format can be challenging, but using video, students can tell you directly what they want to say and show you examples of their progress. Using video also opens their eyes to their issues and improvements. From the mouth of a student: “The one thing that I think that will help me to improve my speaking skill and my pronunciation is filming myself because when I’m filming myself, I will see how I speak, and I will hear what I speak. It will help me a lot.” – Apple (not her real name) Sample Videos Onur (7.5 min) - Claire (5 min) - Instructions * The key to being able to create self-edited, self-reflective video essays is designing a course that requires several pre/post video assignments, or regular assignments of a similar nature. Examples of recorded projects that work well: Sample Assignment Descriptions: Pronunciation assessment recordings (pre and post – use the same text) Beginning / End of course partner interviews Weekly self-reflective video journals Periodic self assessments (using the same questionnaire/rating scale) News Reports Class presentations Programs for Video Editing: iMovie Windows Movie Maker Steps: 1. Make sure you have all of your video and audio files in one place. Start watching a few of your first videos, and compare them to their counterparts from the end of the course. 2. Reflect on and take notes of important changes and improvements so you can use them later (pay attention to the guidelines your instructor provided so you can look for those things). Consider the following questions:  What were my strengths and weaknesses at the beginning of the program?  How did these change?  How did the presentations, videos, and interviews I had to do affect my strengths and weaknesses?  To what extent did the assignments help me in making progress towards the goals that I set at the beginning of the program?  To what extent did I achieve my goals? (Do I need to keep working toward some or all of them?)
  2. 2. TESOL Electronic Village Technology Fair Presentation by Candice Quiñones, @ 3pm, March 27 2014 For More Information Contact:  What are some things related to my speaking and listening that I should work on in the future? 3. Choose a video editing program to use. Watch tutorials or experiment with it to make sure you know how it works if you haven’t used one before. 4. Import the files that you know you want to use to the program. 5. Start trimming the original clips to isolate the parts of the video you will focus on in your self- assessment. 6. Film any additional commentary you will need. (See questions in Step 2) 7. Import these files and combine them with your edited clips in the proper order (Usually this is as simple as selecting, dragging and dropping a clip). 8. Add titles/captions, music, transitions, and any other special effects you think you will need. 9. Do a test-run of your video in the editor to see if it came out the way you wanted it to. 10. Make any last minute corrections or adjustments. 11. Export your video, and publish it as specified by your instructor. Adaptations This type of video essay is most easily done with regard to speaking & listening and pragmatics courses, but it can be adapted to showcase learning from just about any type of course with a little creativity. The key lies in designing the course to provide you with material that can be used to make a video. For writing, you can perhaps have students create online concept maps using and then export them as .jpg files, which will allow them to be inserted into videos. You can also make maps in Prezi. You can also have them highlight sentences or paragraphs they are proud of or in which they realize there were a lot of mistakes using PPT slides, which can also be saved as .jpg files or even imported directly into some editing programs. Voice over is another feature that will allow students to show the “pictures” and comment on their progress. For reading, you can have students create slides (saved as .jpg files) featuring books read, tables of reading rate improvement, vocabulary and skills learned, short segments of them describing some of the skills they learned and/or reading aloud. Presentation Link: