I’ve been researching this week as I am “home alone” in my new town. Today I’m watching the IndwellingLang/ Musicuentos Black Box Videocast #2 about Bill Van Patten’s article on Mental Representation and Skill.
At 4:37, there is a description of what “skill” is as it applies to language:
1. Interpretation (reading, listening)
2. Expression (writing, speaking)
3. Negotiation (conversational interaction, turn-taking)
I’ve been using the three ACTFL strands lately for my grading categories– Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational–but I think I might switch to the three parts of the skill of using a language that Van Patten mentions here. The third would include what I always think should be part of a language class, despite the fact that it’s behavior. (I’m a Marzano fan.) Speaking a language correctly does require that you’re waiting for your turn as well as participating, whether that is with short answers or longer questions.
What do you think? Up until now, Presentational has taken up very little space in my overall percentage for students at the beginning level, and it has increased with the language level being taught. But that meant that speaking and writing were in two of the big categories (interpersonal and presentational).
If I use these Van Patten categories, speaking and writing would still be limited as a percentage of the grade at the lower levels. Otherwise I was having two of the big categories attend to something that I wasn’t even really marking in level 1 for the first semester.
(I hate grades.)
PS I want to participate in more discussion about the three questions Slocum Bailey raises at the end of the video.