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LATEST IN LEARNING

Assessing Englishes…

As English has developed into Englishes, Dr Lynda Taylor, from Cambridge ESOL, raises the question of whether teachers and testers can set fair, appropriate standards for assessing language learners.

IN THE FIELD

L’évaluation au plus juste

Hélène Klucik et Fabienne Receptor proposent une démarche permettant aux professeurs d’élaborer leurs propres grilles, afin d’en faire des outils à la fois rigoureux et flexibles. Vous pouvez télécharger les grilles d’évaluation d’interaction orale niveau B1 Grille_élèveB1.pdf and B2. Grille_élèveB2.pdf
Celles-là et d’autres sont disponibles sur le site de l’académie de Paris.

INTERACTION

La pédagogie ou la liberté

Claudine Martina continue d’explorer le monde étrange des habitudes pédagogiques. Dans ce deuxième volet, elle remet en cause la séance de corrigé de devoir et la notion de moyenne trimestrielle.

TO THE POINT

Freedom Writers

New Standpoints’ exclusive interview with Erin Gruwell, whose book about her experience teaching in a school in a disadvantaged area in southern California, The Freedom Writers, was made into a film with Hillary Swank. Ms Gruwell has since created the Freedom Writers Foundation.
The worksheet is based on the film trailer.

PANORAMA

Latinos and the changing patterns of immigration in the USA

Hispanics make up a composite community in the USA: different origins and different generations, yet all united by the American Dream. Mario Menendèz explains their role in American society and the difficulties they may encounter. For the full text of the interview with the “provocative” (some say “reactionary”) Samuel Huntington that is excerpted on p. 15, see the website ThoughtCast.

CAMEO

Media Mogul Murdoch

Elaine McCarthy describes the world’s most powerful media mogul, Rupert Murdoch.

CULTURAL HORIZONS

Redtops v. Qualities

Can the printed press survive the digital era? Jean-Claude Sergeant shows that the outlook may not be as gloomy as one might fear: Fleet Street has proved capable of adapting before.

YESTERDAY

Prohibition

Didier Aubert takes a look back at the Roaring 20s and Prohibition in America, a tumultuous period that helped define the country’s mythos of good guys and gangsters.

SEASONAL

Feasting, Fasting and Fun

Pancake Day, Mother’s Day and St Patrick Paul Giggins gives us a refresher course on spring festivities.

BACK TO LITERATURE

Dream & Drama: Studying A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Cédric Gauthier offers suggestions for helping students grasp the subtle intricacies between dream and drama in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Royal Shakespeare Company provides excellent tips for Exploring Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can find Henry Fuseli’s painting “Titania & Bottom” on the Tate’s site, and information about the Globe Theatre at BardWeb.

TOP OF THE CLASS

New publications, calendar, special events and news briefs, including a review of the film American Teen. See the trailer and an interview (in English, with French sub-titles) with Antonio Campos, the 25-year-old director of the film Afterschool set in a private East Coast boarding school that could be considered the diametrical opposite of the school in Freedom Writers.