Welcome to Let’s Grow! This is an English-English formative English learning method. If you are a student at the GSG Leo vroman you can log in on the right.
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In 'Let's Grow!' students work at their own pace. Giving them more time to slow down if they find something difficult and accelerate when something is easier for them. Another way in which it's student focussed is the role of the teacher. The teacher faccilitates learning by providing materials, asking questions (coaching) and answering questions. This does mean that the student needs to actively pursue learning.
LOB, Process and Learning Goal Reflections
Reflection, if done voluntarily, is a great tool to grow. We offer reflection tools focused on how the process went, what you've learned English wise and how your efforts relate to your ideas of yourself in an academic or profession related sense (LOB). It's always up to you to reflection and on how many of the three aspects. You will collect special XP that you can use for perks if you choose to do the reflections though!
Drama in the English Speaking Classroom
Role plays and other fun drama related activities like playing the weakest link, becoming a shared conciousness in answering questions word by word, help students forget that they're practising with a language. It is fun, it helps you grow as a person and it helps you grow language wise. We will often do drama related activities in the classroom based on projects and tasks.
Achievements, badges and ranking
Achievements like finishing two three tasks in four weeks, 100% score on a formative vocab quiz and reflecting on a task three times in a row grant you badges and extra XP. In addition to achievements you will be able to see a top ten learners in the future as as a collection of your gathered badges.
The skill tree originates in gaming. Tech trees for example, show you what to develop next in order to be able to develop what you need to be able to do certain things in your game. We do the same for language tasks. Which skills and knowledge do you need to perform a task? Let's Grow!
Focus on Communication
Language is used to communicate. Especially in speaking output an emphasis is placed on fluency and communicative effectiveness rather than grammatical correctness. Speaking English continuesly is encouraged. This method is English-English to contribute to the immersion.
Let's grow is a formative method. This means that all student language production is repeatedly reflected upon and changed accordingly to grow several skills. Doing a test, be it a task, project or an actual test, is never the end, simply the beginning.
'Let's Grow!' is build using The European Frame of Reference (ERK). Students do tasks based on their goaled level working on tasks that are built around the ERK's 'can-do statements'. For more information about the ERK, visit their website: http://www.erk.nl/
What is the easiest / most interesting / most difficult about the assigbnment you're currently doing? What am I going to see you do in the next five minutes? You're going to make a planning? > What does a good planning look like? Which steps are you going to take in order to write this paragraph? Where can you find the sources to help you if you get stuck? Describe what I can see you do if you get stuck somewhere. Make a list of five things you need to do to finish this on time and order them from most important to least important. These are all things your teacher will say and ask to get you to think about what will help you grow. If you get stuck somewhere we will notice because you will get behind on schedule. A conversation like this is never to punish you but always to help you grow.
'Let's Grow!' will eventually become a gamified platform in which all actions towards becoming more proficient in English, be it reading instrutions, doing a task or practising for a task, lead to xp that can be used elsewhere. We will work with ranks, scoreboards and badges.
Vocabulary and Grammar as a means to an end
You don't get summative grammar tests or vocab tests. We will, from time to time, check how much you've grown 'organically' through working with the tasks. You will study vocab and grammar whenever necessary in order to complete tasks and projects. This means mastering the vocabulary and grammar are no goals themselves but merely necessary steps to complete the tasks.
Language Speaking Games
Similar to 'Drama in the English Speaking Classroom' but mainly focussed on acquiring new vocabulary through fun board games. A game of Taboo, Route 66 and more are all 'Let's Grow! Classics'.
In 'Let's Grow!' you get XP for doing 'small things' and you get XP for proving that you are able to do 'larger things'. These 'larger things' are tasks and the 'small things' are practice activities that help you grow so you can prove that you're able. XP is necessary to advance to the next year of school. This means grades no longer determine whether you move on to the next year. However, The total amount of XP is converted into a grade a few times a year and at the very end. Sufficient XP for the point in time means you have a 5.5 on your list. Hence you start with a 5.5 in magister. To keep your 5.5 you need to stay on schedule. Getting behind means dropping to lower grades like a 5.4, 5.3, and so on. If you want a higher grade you will have to stay ahead of schedule. The more you're ahead, the higher your grade will be 5.6, 5.7, and so on. You can find the conversion table by clicking here.
Focus on Process
Let's Grow! works with several task phases. These phases provide structure, help students give peer feedback, reflect on their work and undertake action accordingly.
There are several periods in which students work at their own pace. This means a student can be on schedule, fall behind on schedule or be ahead of schedule. In the remaining periods (start, middle and end of the year) students work in groups on projects.
The tasks students work on are complete tasks that may require a bunch of sub-tasks. It may also require practising things like vocabulary, grammar or learning about certain aspects of the English speaking world. Examples of tasks are: make a brochure, write an essay, write instructions for a game, complain to the school about the heat.
Tasks and Projects instead of Tests and Grades.
We don't give traditional summative tests. Instead, we do projects and tasks for xp in which we formatively evaluate the student's output, set a new course based on areas that need some work and finally award the xp necessary to continue onto a next tasks.
Writing and Speaking through Reading and Writing
Listening and Reading are passive skills. Writing and speaking are active skills. Corresponding (writing / reading) is a combination just like having a coversation (speaking / listening). The tasks are output (active) based. This means you will speak and write based on read or heard input from other sources or each other.
Never skip another step
In 'Let's Grow! students never stop working on a task before they master it and have proven so. Students ought to ask questions, get help, do research and use all the sources we have made available to practise until they grow enough for the next task.
Spaced repetition (click to go there) is used to battle the forgetting curve (Ebbinghaus's forgetting curve). By trying to retrieve information just before you forget it your learned knowlegde lasts longer and, if repeated at the right time often enough, will lead to the knowlegde becoming "permanent". DuoLingo, Memrise, Anki and other plaforms offer services to practise knowlegde in a spaced manner but you can create a system yourself as well. Read more on https://www.quora.com/Whats-the-best-spaced-repetition-schedule