Last 3 Weeks: I Worked 1 day / 2

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Saturday, November 10th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

§ 1 I’m glad that these past three weeks, I’ve worked every other day. Therefore, since the very beginning, I now average better than a day on four. In fact, I worked nine days, on 33 work days. I hope the pace keeps up and even gets better…

Yesterday, Friday, 2007nov09, I went back to St-Louis Adult Center: it sure isn’t the same dynamics as high schools… Some students worked individually, others played the game Who wants to be a millionaire?, while yet others played Scrabble, in English, indeed, and we even played « au bonhomme pendu », in English too, of course.

On my way there, on the bus, I started reading again le Programme de formation de l’école québécoise, and that, specifically within the domain of English second language: those 50 pages, all in English, rather than in French for the rest of the Programme de formation, explain the reorganisation of English Teaching and Learning. The most striking fact is that from the four skills or competencies, they made three: speaking and listening skills instead became one competency, that is, oral interaction, whereas reading became reinvesting one’s understanding of texts, which could be textual, graphic, a video, etc. Finally, writing became writing and producing texts.

Some will say that all that terminology is only changing four quarters for a dollar, but it goes farther than that. However, for the moment, I will not get deeper into the subject, since I’m still digesting all those concepts, which actually are not so different from what was previously going on in English, second language, teaching and learning…

 

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