This can be very helpful when preparing for a test like the TOEFL iBT. Any candidate needs to draw up an action plan to achieve the final prize, which ultimately, is the desired score.
Simple, isn’t it? Or is it…
There are 2 sides to motivating learners to work independently. One is through assessment and the other is through engagement with the process and outcomes (the prize). Let’s look at establishing the prize.
Working with learning portfolios, learners need to set goals, fill the portfolio with task output (e.g. voice recordings or pieces of writing) that prove by the end of the semester that they have achieved those goals. We don’t have to adopt portfolios to borrow a little from portfolio philosophy to help us establish the prize for our learners.
There are different sets of prizes – long, short and medium term rewards. Spend time getting to know your learners’ final aspirations for their careers or travel or social lives. Get…
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