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NEWSLETTER THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION Mauritius Branch Creating global understanding through English Issue No. 37 December

NEWSLETTER THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION

Mauritius Branch

Creating global understanding through English

Issue No. 37 December 2012

Our best wishes for 2013
Our best
wishes
for 2013

Inside this issue

Page

Annual Dinner…….…

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Young Commonwealth

Competitions …

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Stratford-upon-Avon revisited – by Philip Li Ching Hum …………

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Essential Dates for Your Diary ………………. 4

E-Teacher Scholarship Programme ……………… 5

International Council Meeting & World Members Conference……

Miscellaneous ……………. 5

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My Experience with the University of Oregon by Ms Nazima Valaydon

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Thank You ………………

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A brand new year!

A

clean slate on which

to

write our hopes and

dreams. This year:

Less time and energy on things; More time and energy on people. All of life’s best rewards, deepest and finest feelings, greatest satisfactions, come from people-- people like you. Happy New Year!

Poem by Joanna Fuchs http://www.poemsource.com

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

I hope you all have had an enjoyable New Year and I wish you well in

2013.

Last year has been an eventful year for us! With the increase in our Government grant, we have been able to do justice to our mission which is to foster the use of English as a means of global communication and understanding.

as a means of global communication and understanding. At the last International Council Meeting the issue

At the last International Council Meeting the issue was raised as to why a country needs an ESU. It was stated that the focus of ESUs is not just on learning English but more on using English which is the language of science, technology and social intercourse, diplomacy, business and entertainment. ESU programmes, including our Public Speaking and Spelling Bee Competitions, provide excellent opportunities for developing and enhancing language skills while creating international connectivity through the use of a common medium.

In August this year, ESU was most privileged to welcome, as Chief Guests to our Annual dinner, H.E. Mr Rajkeswur Purryag, GSCK, GOSK, President of the Republic and Mrs Purryag, and many other distinguished guests including Hon. Lormus Bundhoo, Acting Minister of Arts & Culture, H.E. Mr Nick Leake, British High Commissioner and Mr Troy Fitrell, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy. This was a welcome social opportunity for our members and guests. We were particularly pleased that our dinner this year attracted a number of younger people including three past winners of our public speaking competitons, namely Advik Goorah, Shaun Payen and Sidharth Deepchand - and a runner- up, Ms Reema Chataroo.

We are pleased to have been able to expand more activities this year – workshops for semi-finalists of the public speaking competition – workshops for teachers of primary

We hope to maintain

schools in Rodrigues – additional scholarships to English teachers this momentum next year!

ESU will be celebrating its 20 th anniversary in 2013. We hope to mark this occasion by

special activities and by increasing membership of the ESU family. We appeal to you to encourage your friends and social contacts to support our Union by joining our ranks.

We are happy to keep you informed of our activities and projects though this Newsletter and to invite you to stay in touch with our Executive Committee by making suggestions for future developments of our various programmes.

Thank you for your loyalty which contributed to make of 2012 such a successful year. We should like to share our satisfaction with you all and hope that you will continue to show the same dedication and enthusiasm in the future.

With my best wishes for an active and prosperous period in the year ahead!

Best regards

Mohamad A. Vayid President ESU-Mauritius

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Creating global understanding through English ESU 15 T H ANNUAL DINNER – Xia Chinese Restaurant, Bagatelle

ESU 15 TH ANNUAL DINNER – Xia Chinese Restaurant, Bagatelle

The Annual dinner of the English-Speaking Union was held on Wednesday 22 nd August 2012 in the presence of our Chief Guests, H.E. Mr Rajkeswur Purryag, GSCK, GOSK, President of the Republic and Mrs Purryag, and many other distinguished guests including Hon. Lormus Bundhoo, Acting Minister of Arts & Culture, H.E. Mr Nick Leake, British High Commissioner and Mr Troy Fitrell, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy.

Following speeches by Mr Mohamad A. Vayid, GOSK, CMG, President of the ESU-Mauritius and Hon. Lormus Bundhoo, Acting Minister of Arts & Culture, H.E. Mr R. Purryag delivered the following speech:

“My wife and I wish to express our sincere thanks for your most cordial welcome on the occasion of this 15 th Annual Dinner, and for enabling us to continue this long and honoured tradition between Le Réduit and the English Speaking Union of Mauritius.

I remember most vividly the indefatigable efforts of my good friend, the late Sir Rabindranath Ghuburrun, to establish the ESU here in 1993 and, later, become its Patron. I wish to salute the present Patron, Sir Victor Glover, our former Chief Justice and long-time President of the ESU Mauritius, as well as Mr Mohamed Vayid, current President, the Vice- Presidents and the members of the ESU-Mauritius and their guests, gathered in these charming surroundings for the ESU 2012 Annual Dinner.

ESU-Mauritius is a member of a vast world-wide family of more than 60 members, with its international headquarters at Dartmouth House, London, aiming at promoting the values of effective communication around the globe, helping people to realise their potential. I understand that an ESU World Members Conference is being held in Istanbul, Turkey next September, with several most interesting topics as “ English, a language for Global Understanding“, “Entrepreneurship to Enhance Global Dialogue”, “Tomorrow’s Leaders”, and “Challenges Facing International Diplomacy”- which is ample proof of the vitality of the ESU, worldwide, as it creates global understanding through English.

I am happy to note that ESU-Mauritius is working closely with our secondary schools to promote and encourage the

sharing of ideas on the enjoyment and constructive use of English through youth exchanges, talks, debates and competition

- the latter involving programs such as Public Speaking, National Spelling Bee and the Royal Commonwealth Society’s

Essay Competitions. In addition, ESU Mauritius is also active on current affairs’ issues through international meetings and cultural activities.

Over the last decade, English has emerged as a truly global language. It is spoken by nearly two billion people living in some 75 countries. In Mauritius, the fact that our official language is English, is in itself a considerable advantage, and constitute also a competitive edge, in a world driven by competitiveness supported by modern communication facilities and informatics structures.

I seize this opportunity to congratulate Mr Sidharth Deepchand, who was the lucky winner of the last National Public

Speaking Competition. He participated at the International Public Speaking Competition in London. Although Mr Sidharth Deepchand did not reach the finals, he nevertheless was an excellent speaker and we congratulate him for his performance.

I also congratulate Mrs Aruna Beedassy, Educator at the Phoenix State Secondary School who was nominated by the Union and the US Embassy to follow the “E-Teacher Scholarship Programme”.

I am aware that Government funding for the ESU-Mauritius led to some difficulties recently but am glad that these have

been satisfactorily sorted out. I remain confident for the future on that score, as well on the ESU’s projected activities for 2013 and beyond, concerning debate, poetry and recitation for Form III students, besides conversational classes, among others.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to commend ESU-Mauritius for its singular devotion to duty and to thank you all for your kind attention”.

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2012 YOUNG COMMONWEALTH COMPETITIONS RUN BY THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY (RCS) IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION

Prize-giving Ceremony sponsored by the Barclays Bank Plc, held on Wednesday 5 th December, 2012 @ 14:00.

Every year, the RCS encourages young people to use writing, film and photography to respond creatively to global challenges. The Young Commonwealth Competitions celebrate and nurture the creative talents of young people across the Commonwealth by providing a platform for students to compete with their peers in each of the 54 nations which make up this unique association.

The year 2012 marked the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her 60 th year as Head of the Commonwealth. To celebrate this very special occasion, all entries into the 2012 Young Commonwealth Competitions became part of the world’s biggest history project, the Commonwealth Jubilee Time Capsule. All entries related to a single day in the last 60 years since Her Majesty ascended to the throne. People across the world were invited to share their memories and stories – through videos, photos and text - of the last 60 years of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign - from 6 th February 1952 (Accession Day) to 6 th June 2012 - to create a digital Diamond Jubilee gift for Her Majesty the Queen.

More than 37,000 people took part in the Jubilee Time Capsule which became the world’s largest history project and a remarkable record of Commonwealth events over the last six decades.

On Wednesday 14 th November 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society and the English-Speaking Union, attended a special presentation at the RCS where she received the diamond (re) Collection containing the top 60 entries chosen by a panel of distinguished judges as well as stories and memories of more than 37,000 people during the sixty years of the Queen’s reign. These entries were uploaded onto a tablet computer which will later move to the Royal Collection in Windsor. This will be the first artifact on a tablet computer to enter the Collection. To read the top Diamond (Re) Collection, please visit www.jubileetimecapsule.org

In Mauritius, 150 participants entered the competition this year. The best entries for Mauritius, which received gold and silver awards, were rewarded with certificates remitted by Sir Victor Glover, Patron of ESU-Mauritius who is also the Hon. Representative of the RCS in Mauritius. The awardees also received cash vouchers offered by Barclays Bank Plc, as well as prizes from ESU President, Mr Mohamad A. Vayid, H.E. Mr Nick Leake, British High Commissioner, and H.E. Mrs Shari Villarosa, Ambassador of the United States of America.

Shari Villarosa, Ambassador of the United States of America. Junior Prize winner, from Malawi, presented H.M.

Junior Prize winner, from Malawi, presented H.M. The Queen with a tablet computer.

 

Award

Winners

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Essay Competition

Gold

Shareeza-Saba Seeroo of Bon Accueil State School

Award – Senior (14 to 18 yrs)

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Essay Competition Silver Award – Senior (14 to 18 yrs)

Videhn V. Aukhogee of Droopnath Ramphul State College

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Essay Competition Silver Award – Senior (14-18 yrs)

Meghna L.D. Jokhoo of Droopnath Ramphul State College

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Essay Competition Silver Award – Senior (14-18 years)

Yeshwanee Seepaul of Rajcoomar Gujadhur SSS

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Essay Competition Silver Award – Senior (14-18 yrs)

Bibi Zainab Mungloo of Bon Accueil State College

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Essay Competition Silver Award – Junior – Under 14

Vedanth

Tulsi

of

Sir

Leckraz

Teelock SSS

 

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Essay Competition Silver Award – Junior – Under 14

Deveejan Sohorye of Sir Leckraz Teelock SSS

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Essay Competition Silver Award – Junior – Under 14

Yajushi Karinta Rani Domah of Droopnath Ramphul State College

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Photography Bronze Award – Junior – Under 18

Pravi Leung Pack Wing of Camp de Masque State College

18 Pravi Leung Pack Wing of Camp de Masque State College ESU MAURITIUS – 6 T
18 Pravi Leung Pack Wing of Camp de Masque State College ESU MAURITIUS – 6 T

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Creating global understanding through English Stratford-Upon-Avon revisited By Philip Li Ching Hum, Member of the

Stratford-Upon-Avon

revisited

By Philip Li Ching Hum, Member of the Executive Committee of the English-Speaking Union (July

2012)

“Britain remains one of my favourite destinations emotionally, intellectually and culturally”.

Amid an atmosphere of joy and festivity of Olympic Games we undertook the voyage to the British Museum where lies a priceless treasure of various civilisations and Stonehenge which is a source of fascination to many before making our way to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The coach made a meteoric stop at Coventry and we were able to admire the unequalled scenic beauty of English countryside.

As soon as we reached Stratford-upon-Avon, we were greeted by a towering statue of Shakespeare with four characters from his plays (Hamlet, Falstaff, Prince Hal and Lady Macbeth). The Gower Memorial stood as a relic of the glorious past of Shakespeare. We stood mesmerized at how a place like Stratford-upon-Avon could have produced such a genius as Shakespeare. We strolled across the peaceful village and we felt rejuvenated and refreshed. It is a perfect place for a tranquil respite. It enthralls, diverts and distracts visitors and townfolk alike.

The atmosphere in Stratford-upon-Avon is unique. A medieval grid pattern of streets is still preserved at the heart of the market town and despite four centuries of change, time seems to have stopped with Shakespeare. If only these medieval stones could speak!

The birthplace of Shakespeare is a fascinating building. Today the parlour, hall, workshop and bedchambers are furnished as in 1574. All the pieces of furniture are preserved preciously. The house had fallen into decay at the beginning of l9th century but following a national campaign in 1846 it was subsequently restored for posterity. The 'truly heart-stirring relic of England's immortal bard' was saved and thus becomes a place of pilgrimage for millions of lovers of literature coming from different parts of the world. It is a living memory to his enduring international appeal.

In the garden a bust of the great Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore, who was immensely inspired by Shakespeare's works, welcomed all visitors. In the Shakespeare Centre there is a poem by the Muslim poet Dr Sir Muhammad Iqbal in English and Urdu. In the garden, we had the pleasure to enjoy a live performance with costumed actors performing excerpts from our favourite plays.

Upon my request, they enacted the scene of Hamlet : 'To be or not to be'. We could feel Hamlet torn between.

We have also the introductory exhibition to our visit to Shakespeare's birthplace. Life, love and legacy is the huge poster that greeted us inside. We have photos of great actors who have played Shakespearean characters like Laurence Olivier. This is the world of that great genius who interweaves theatre with magic. We could admire genuine treasures and artefacts associated with the man himself. The Anne Hathaway's cottage is Shakespeare's most romantic house. We had to walk a long way across the woodland. It was the place where the young Shakespeare courted her before they married. The house with its charming cottage and gardens and traditional orchards and sculpture trail stands as a witness to his love for Anne. Archaeological excavations still continue in one part of the village to unearth the mysteries of Shakespeare.

For millions of Shakespeare's enthusiasts across the globe, Stratford-upon Avon is a shrine. We can discover the world that shaped the man. It is amazing that Shakespeare has produced such an array of characters ranging from Touchstone to Lady Macbeth, that he has created such a world dissimilar in atmosphere as Forest of Arden or Illyria and Inverness.

The power of his poetry and the depth of his understanding of human condition transcends limitations of language and of space. It is no doubt a special place that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

Shakespeare was buried at Holy Trinity Church with a blessing and a curse engraved on his grave. Blessed be the man that spares these stones And cursed be he that moves my bones.

ESSENTIAL DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Public Speaking Competition : Members are welcome to come and watch the finals, earmarked for Thursday 28/3/13 @ 10:00 at the Town Hall of Curepipe. The National theme for the finals will be “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. The standard of the competition every year is excellent and is sure to be enjoyable. If you wish to attend, please call us on 208 8591 to ensure that there is no change in the date. ESU is now delivering workshops to help participants improve their public speaking skills. We are incredibly grateful to Mr Barlen Vyapoory who conducts these workshops. The theme for the 2013 International competition will be “Ideas are our greatest weapons”.

The National Spelling Bee Competition: The finals will be held on Thursday 30/5/13 @ 10:00 at the Town Hall of Curepipe. The competition in Rodrigues will be held on 20/6/13 at Marechal College.

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THE E-TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

Our congratulations to Mrs Sindhamani Seeneevassen, Mrs Atmeetyam Ramgoolaam, Mrs Wedsha Appadoo- Ramsamy and Ms Deeya Ramparsad who successfully completed their respective on-line courses earlier this year.

In July 2012, nine more teachers were nominated for the 2012/2013 distance learning programme.

- Ms Nazima Jafferbeg Valaydon of Alpha College

- Ms Sanjiveni Veerasamy of Royal College Port Louis

- Mr Deepak Maunthrooa of Royal College Port Louis

- Ms Chaya Surajbali-Bissoonauth of Dunputh Lallah SSS

- Mrs Noorjahan Lallmamode-Dauhoo of D’Lumière Personal Training & Grooming Institution

- Mr Radhesh Ramkalawon of New Eton College

- Mrs Vijalaxmee Groodoyal of Pamplemousses SSS

- Mrs Vydia Appiah of PDS Avyga Government School

- Ms Atimine Felicité of Le Chou College, Rodrigues

We are delighted to report that Mrs Chaya Surajbali- Bissoonauth achieved an outstanding performance of 100% in the course “Special Education and Differentiated Instruction in the EFL Contexts”. Our warmest congratulations to Mrs Surajbali-Bissoonauth!

Mrs Chaya Surajbali-Bissoonauth : It has been a wonderful learning experience. The online course allowed me to discover and reflect on avenues of different teaching and learning.

a community of

practitioners. Participants from different parts of the globe worked together and shared views and ideas that allowed us all to

grow. I use the word grow as the experience of the SPED in TEFL course made us mature, learn from others and think about our own practice.

I have, during the past ten weeks, been able to think over my practice, go through those pre-conceived ideas I might have had about education and educating and understand the full value of inclusive education for my context and my practice.

It

also

allowed

me

to

be

part

of

We also convey our warmest congratulations to Mrs Nazima Valaydon who obtained 99.42% for the TESOL course – Introduction to Pedagogy and Practices for Teaching English to Speakers of other languages. Well done!

Congratulations also to Mrs Lallmamode-Dauhoo, Mr Maunthrooa and Ms Veerasamy who brilliantly completed the course.

Mr Ramkalawon, Mrs Groodoyal, Mrs Appiah and Ms Felicité will start their course in early 2013.

We should like to thank the US Embassy for giving the ESU the opportunity to nominate teachers for this very enriching experience. We encourage all English teachers to take part in the programme.

THE ESU INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING & WORLD MEMBERS CONFERENCE The International Council Meeting took place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 19 September during the World Members Conference (18-21 September). Those who attended reported that it was a truly memorable experience. The conference was a platform for sharing information about and celebrating ESU current work worldwide. There was a fruitful debate on the challenges and opportunities facing the ESU in tomorrow’s world. Participants had the opportunity to renew friendships from across the ESU family worldwide while discovering Istanbul and exploring Turkey. ESU- Mauritius was unfortunately not able to send a representative. Looking to the future, the next International Council Meeting will be held in Brasilia from 16 to 18/9/13.

MISCELLANEOUS

Mrs Pratima Beedasy represented the ESU at the 18 th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers held in Mauritius in August 2012. The Commonwealth Consortium for Education held its General meeting in Mauritius to coincide with the above Conference. Thank you to Mrs Kovilah Veeraragoo who attended the meeting on behalf of ESU-London. Royal Commonwealth Society : Deputy Director, Ms Catherine Clark was in Mauritius for the Education Ministers meeting. ESU President and Patron had a very fruitful meeting with her. Municipal Council of Curepipe organized an essay competition on the theme “Sir S. Ramgoolam is the living legend which Mauritians of every generation will recall”. Mrs K. Veeraragoo represented the ESU for the marking of essays. We thank her for her efforts! Mrs Aujayeb, member of the ESU, invited the ESU to the launching ceremony of her three latest books:

Waves of Life, Poésies Spirituelles, Satyam Shivam Sundaram (a translation work). These books are available from our library. The 2013 Young Commonwealth Competitions: The smell of newly sharpened pencils is in the air!!! The theme for 2013 is “Opportunity through Enterprise”. For more information, including topics and rules of entry, please visit: http://www.thercs.org/youth/429. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – Messrs Parmanand Nunkoo, OSK, and Aniroodh Ramjeeawon, PDSM, represented the ESU at the 6 th regional conference held in Mauritius in October 2012. National Forum on Review of CPE – Mr Prem Burton, CSK, Vice-President of ESU-Mauritius represented the ESU at this forum organized by the Ministry of Education in December 2012. Workshop on Good Governance organized by the Ministry of Arts & Culture – Dec 2012. ESU was represented by Messrs Parmaseeven Veeraragoo and Barlen Vyapoory, both members of our Executive Committee.

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Creating global understanding through English MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON! Nazima Valaydon of Alpha

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON!

Nazima Valaydon of Alpha College Beneficiary of the 2012 E-Teacher Scholarship Programme

Hence, higher-order thinking skills which involved analysis, interpretation, and multiple perspectives were assessed

The new assessment models involve long-range projects, THE action plan. I was aware of how and on what knowledge and skills I was to be assessed, marking criteria being given. Assessment was conceived of as both an evaluative device and a learning activity.

Since in this course I was working on a research project/action plan that had stages, where they would turn in drafts and had conferences with the professor, and where the learning over time was documented as part of the project in addition to the final product, hence, that was an example of an authentic assessment. The course taught me what to do in classroom situation by asking me to first experience them as a student. I learnt by doing.

Never before had I been so result–oriented and motivated by prompt feedback, indeed the speedy constructive feedback gave a special edge to the course.

The Professor, moderators and guests were need analysts, group process managers , counsellors, facilitators as well as acting as independent participants within the learning–teaching group, organizers of resources and a resource themselves, guides, role models and … friends.

Hence, I seize this platform to say THANK YOU to ESU and the US embassy for giving me this opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn, to be comfortable with the 21st Century teaching and learning styles, and be the digital immigrants that are ready to serve the digital natives.

With Gratitude Nazima VALAYDON (The learner)

THANK YOU A big THANK YOU to our benefactors this year: HSBC Mauritius, HSBC Global
THANK YOU
A big THANK YOU to our benefactors this year: HSBC
Mauritius, HSBC Global Education Trust, Mauritius
Commercial Bank, Barclays Bank Plc, Reinsurance Solutions,
Ken Lee Export Services Ltd, Currimjee Foundation, Jade
Properties, Onsiong Associates Ltd, Leal & Co Ltd, Mauritius
Telecom Ltd, Air Mauritius Ltd, Schindlers Mauritius Ltd, La
Bonne Marmite, Food Canners Ltd, Mauritius Eagle Insurance
Ltd, British Council, British High Commission, US Embassy and
the Municipal Council of Curepipe.
Thank you to our Masters of Ceremonies, Messrs Sanjit
Teelock and Barlen Vyapoory and to all Members who
helped us throughout the year.
If you would
like
to
lend
your
support
in
any
of
our
activities, please contact us on esumau@ntnet.mu

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I have relished the camaraderie and atmosphere

prevailing on the on-line blackboard of Oregon, 27 contributors from 27 different countries! There were two deadlines per week and most of the time we had to reflect on a minimum of 5 pedagogical issues which were scrupulously assessed; however, the course requirements showcased our talents perfectly.

After these 12 weeks of intense reflection, critical thinking, auto evaluation, contributions on thought-provoking issues,

a challenging action plan and sleepless nights, I am

enjoying the pride of having scored 99.42% for the TESOL course.

Among the 10 modules such as project–based learning, learning strategies, using authentic material, I have learnt about new kind of assessments: “authentic /alternative/performance assessment.” These are being hailed as the true path to educational reform` not only through the prescribed reading materials and great

videos provided but also through this priceless experience

of being a student on this course.

The assessment was performance-oriented, the aim was

to measure not only the correctness of a response, but

also the thought processes involved in arriving at the response, and that encouraged me to reflect on my own learning in both depth and breadth, that instruction pushed me into a more thoughtful, more reflective, richer mode as well .

I was taught to alternative assessments as one is taught in ways that emphasize reflection, critical thinking and personal investment in one’s own learning.

I was subject to authentic assessments which were viewed as "direct" measures of student performance, since tasks were designed to incorporate the contexts, problems, and solution strategies that we would use in real life.

One of the assignments of the course was to comment/challenge other contributors’ posts. While I tackled this task, I experienced authentic assessment wherein tasks were by design informal. The goal was to help us prepare for the complex ambiguities of the “real” world: our school, classroom and students. Authentic assessments focus on processes and rationales. There was no single correct answer as for our posts; instead, I was led to craft polished, thorough, and justifiable responses, performances, and products.

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TEL: (230) 208-8591

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