This last photo deserves it's own entry: the New NELP Class (2010-2011)
Two students, unfortunately, aren't in the picture. One was not able to come to orientation, and one came after the orientation, and so couldn't be in the picture. However, in April, I'm sure there will be a picture with the whole class.
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Here are pictures of the junior high school third grade students: taking quizzes, preparing for their public service announcement video project, and preparing for our big debate.
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Photos from the Seishin Girls' High School Speech Contest. There were eight recitations, including one by one of my junior high school third graders. There were also eight original speeches, including three by members of my high school first grade class, and one by one of the high school 8th period NELP students.
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Here are photos of the junior high school first grade students and their special projects video.
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Here are two photos of the junior high second graders. I'm afraid I don't have many photos of second grade.
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Here are pictures from the high school NELP classes
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Here are pictures from Brian's Junior High School 3rd Grade English Alpha Class. Brian's class has been using a page-layout program called Scribus (an open-source (and in my opinion, superior) alternative to programs such as Microsoft Publisher). They've been working on a newsletter project.
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It suddenly occurred to me that I haven't posted any pictures of the NELP program in quite awhile. I have quite a lot of catching up to do, so here they are. In order not to over-tax anybody's computer, I'll break this into sections.
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We had orientation for NELP yesterday. I'm VERY happy that ELEVEN students came for NELP orientation. I think they will be a great class. I can already see that every student has something valuable and special to offer the class, and I can see that there will be a great variety of strengths and talents in the coming year. I'm REALLY looking forward to teaching this group of students.
Every one of my NELP classes has been special, each in a unique way. Each year, the atmosphere of the new class is a little different. Each class shares many qualities with the other classes, but often there's ONE quality that really stands out.
One of my NELP classes is the hardest working and most improved class of any group of students I've taught since I began teaching in 1992. One class is simply the nicest group of students. One class is so easy to teach because they enthusiastically jump right in and try whatever I ask them to try. Another class is so competitive and constantly push each other to do better. One class is without doubt the funniest group of students I've ever taught. As I say, they all share characteristics (for example, they're all very smart and very hard-working as a whole), but each has a special quality that stands out. I'm really looking forward to seeing how my new NELP class will shine in the coming year.
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Final exams are getting an upgrade this year. As with last term, junior high Oral Communication exams will be 75 questions instead of the usual 60, however, the questions for parts four and five will be in their test booklets, and this was very positively received by the students last term.
The due to our debate project, the junior high school third grade English Beta exam (reading) will get a major overhaul. To third grade parents: expect Beta exam grades to plummet. This exam will be one of the hardest tests in the entire NELP curriculum. One of the things that makes this test difficult is that students won't be able to simply memorize information. They'll have to understand it and apply it. This exam will cover many of the debate topics we've discovered, including organization, points and motions, fallacies and logic, and the Toulmin Method.
Also the high school exams are getting a very new look. Up to now, the high school oral communication exams were skills-based tests that involved four long listenings with 15 to 20 questions each. Now, the test will consist of ELEVEN parts:
1. announcements (an announcement followed by five questions)
2. completion (five completion exercises)
3. comprehension (vocabulary) (five exercises testing comprehension of a sentence)
4. conversations (long) (a conversation between two people followed by five questions)
5. dictation (taking notes on information in a long listening)
6. practical listening (following instructions - this term involving directions on a map)
7. picture practice (identifying five pictures)
8. pronunciation recognition (showing recognition of basic English sounds and the phonetic alphabet)
9. short conversations (five short conversations with one question each)
10. stories (a short story followed by five questions)
11. long listening (a long story or article followed by ten questions)
The tests will involve themes and vocabulary from our quizzes, so hopefully the students will be able to prepare much better for the test, and the test is a good combination of content and skills assessment, and so I feel it is a much better test than before.
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