Mobile Phones: Are They Making our Lives Easier

Recently I had the pleasure to present a workshop on “Mobile Phones: Are They Making our Lives Easier” at Modern College of Business and Science in Muscat on August 5th, 2012.

Here is an overview of the topic approached along with resources for expanded knowledge on the points discussed: Continue reading

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the “missing” factor in evaluating language-production, part (1)

As an educator, you are inevitably faced with the fact that your target students have to be evaluated, in a way or another, at the end of the day. Some would be evaluated daily, some weekly, monthly, or even per a semester. That is all important. Better yet, evaluating a language is, by all means, always full of wonders. The persistent need to evaluate speaking abilities is increasing now more than anytime in the past; most apparently evident in the divine practice of an “oral-presentation”!

Evaluating a presentation has always been intricate and seemingly challenging to me at times. That is because of the intervention of different skills within; skills that I think are not necessarily related to the evaluation target (i.e. evaluated items) in the first place. Take for instance, that for a presentation to be successful, a student has to be equipped with: public speaking skills, searching skills, outlining or organization skills (this includes powerpoint-related skills), and let’s not forget, confidence and rapport skills. Otherwise; the existence of a good level of accuracy would not necessarily qualify a student to achieve the highest grade when doing a presentation! Continue reading