It is the nature of our mind to evaluate, we do it all the time. In the classroom the teacher naturally assumes the roll of “evaluator”, leaving students out of perhaps the most important motivational process in the classroom.
In a class where learners are self-directed, full participation in the learning process becomes a necessity. With this in mind we created an assessment-grading system that satisfies teachers’ and administrators’ assessment requirements while providing an unprecedented level of student involvement in the total learning process.
We have found that training learners to evaluate themselves and each other helps them to become more self-directed and more interested in their own learning. Evaluation in TALK is not only easy, it is practical and effective.
QUANTITY RESULTS IN QUALITY
Quantity results in quality if every learning step is taken in the right direction towards the goal. One of the main TALK learning goals is to develop the habit of communicating easily and effectively in the target language.
Put differently, if you practice Russian commu-nicatively for, say, 100 hours and your friend only 3, then, who do you think will be better at communi-cating in Russian? The answer is obvious: you.
THREE EVALUATION TOOLS
Below are short descriptions of three evaluation tools you can choose from depending on how much you want your learners to be involved:
o The Self-Assessment Sheet,
o The CS SHOW’s Sheet.