Here are the junior high school third grade NELP students taking a vocabulary quiz.
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Here are the first grade NELP students taking a vocabulary test.
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Here are the first grade NELP students taking a practice test for English.
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I just graded the Junior High School 3rd Grade NELP English B Mid-Term.
AMAZING. These third graders are SO awesome. There are ten of them, but they're so closely matched in level. More than that, all ten of them turned in ALL of their homework, and 90 percent of their homework was early. Not only that, they STUDIED for their test! Studied hard!
The English B test is no longer multiple choice. For most of the questions, they have to WRITE the answers. They did an outstanding job. Just super-excellent.
One thing that really touched me was that most of them used a particular term that I only used in class. That means they not only studied, they LISTENED.
They're SUCH a FANTASTIC group of students!
投稿者 nelp : 23:33
The first graders did a fantastic job on their English Alpha test. The test was quite difficult, but many students did a great job. They also did fairly well on the Beta test and the Oral Communication test. Unfortunately, there's at least one question on the Beta test that was very tricky and my students are going to kill me when they find out that most of them missed it.
The second graders all did an awesome job on the Beta test. This term was unfortunately too easy. That will be fixed next year.
One problem was that last term, many of my second graders complained that the readings were too long and too difficult. At the beginning of this term, I assigned the students to read "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe. Unfortunately, nobody read it. Several started it but didn't finish it. Two looked it up online and read it in Japanese. The rest didn't bother. I figured that if my very hardworking second graders couldn't do it, nobody could. So I reorganized the curriculum.
MANY of my students (okay, MOST of my students) complained that Language Development was too hard. So, starting next year, Language Development will still be available, but it will no longer be for a grade. It will be for students who want to do it.
Some of my students complained that the class should be more difficult and challenging. I'm going to have a VERY long answer to that next term. The short answer is: very few of my NELP students read to their full potential this year. Too many of my students are not spending enough time on reading and are reading books that are too easy for them. Too many students are not actually reading their books. They're writing reports by flipping through the books. Too many students wrote book reports that only covered the first couple of chapters of their required reading. I'll have something to say about that before Spring Vacation.
This year was particularly disappointing for the plagiarism. I had a number of book reports that were plagiarized from Wikipedia or the review in Amazon. I had a number of reports that were plagiarized from wikipedia.
Hopefully next year I can make my students understand that THEY decide how difficult the class is,not me.
投稿者 nelp : 22:30
As I often say: NELP exams only get harder. It's natural for grades to go down over time. In fact, it's rare for students' grades to go up. It happens ... but not often. Often a student's English level may be improving even though her grades are going down. It's not for lack of trying. It's just that my class starts out a little difficult and then gets more difficult as we go along. So in general, if a student's grades stay the same, she's probably working really hard and is really learning a lot. If a student's grades improve over time, she's doing pretty awesomely, and if the grades gradually fall, that's kind of to be expected.
That said, I was really shocked at the grades this term. Oh, boy, did they fall. I think in the six years since the NELP program began, I've never seen so many low grades or so many grades that were SO low. I'm in shock. Jaw-on-the-floor shock.
I'm surprised because In a lot of ways, this term was easier than in previous years. The Beta Tests were harder because I reintroduced Language Development, the high level vocabulary questions. They were easier because they had fewer questions. The OC tests were about the same. The first grade Alpha test was kind of hard though. The high school first grade OC test was just ridiculously difficult, but two students still ended the term with very good grades. I was deeply impressed with them. Even the high school students whose grades were not so good ... well, more studying would have been better, but I'm sure they tried.
Overall, the junior high school second graders did the best on their tests. They also had the best homework completion rate and did, as a whole, the best book reports (though I did have some excellent book reports from first and third graders too). I'm very happy with second grade as a whole.
Some of the other students, I think, underestimated how hard the tests would be. Some of them could have studied more.
I see a lot of evidence that many of my junior high students did not study for their OC listening testAT ALL. It would not surprise me if some of them did not crack open their books at all (or even don't know where their Progress in English books are). Note to Mom and Dad: students should be studying Progress in English, on their own time, for homework, on a weekly basis.
I hope to see some higher scores next term. Next week, I'll see my students for our special winter lessons, and their are going to be some very sad girls on Tuesday when I give back the tests.
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I returned exams to the homeroom teachers today. I don't know if the homeroom teachers will give them back to the students today, but I gave them to the homeroom teachers today.
One thing that I always tell the parents and I always hope that the parents will remember is that my tests only get harder. Exam grades in NELP go down, not up. Some of my students could be doing better, it's true. Some of my students didn't turn in important assignments, or turned in too much work too late. Some of my students, I'm sad to say, didn't study as much as they should have. However, all of my students made progress this year, good progress, progress I'm proud of. This term, the tests were very difficult, especially for junior high third grade and the high school students. Their grades dropped considerably due to changes in the curriculum.
I'm happy to say that the new curriculum is much more challenging. However, the grades do inevitably go down as the curriculum becomes more challenging.
Next year, I hope to make the curriculum even more challenging. It won't be impossible. It won't be difficult just for the sake of making it difficult. The changes have a purpose and a goal, and as always, I have the needs of my students in mind. However, it will become harder, and grades will likely go down even more.
The majority of my students did AMAZING work this term, and I'm really proud of my students.
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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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