Working with ELP classes has sometimes been challenging. Today, I ended up disregarding my presentation, changing my example search topic on the spot, and following up with an email to the instructor with some resources that I hoped would be more helpful than what I had shown in class.
Here’s how it went:
- Forces of nature prevented us from meeting before the class
- Mistakenly thought it was a Level 3, but really was a level 2 (my fault)
- There is a huge difference between level 2 and level 3, in understanding language and research
- These students were SO not ready for what I had prepared. I pretty much threw out my PPT completely.
- Started with tour
- Brief discussion of the tour. Strong fascination with the idea of “free”
- Talked about how and where to get help from a librarian
- International Students guide
- Skipped example research topic – too complicated for them. They were doing something very simple – 5 paragraph essay comparing and contrasting “something” about art. Could be as broad as comparing sculpture to painting, or rock music to pop music.
- Talked about how and when to use Google and Wikipedia
- Passed around Wikipedia article – over their heads for the most part, I think. Tried to get across the point that everything they read on the internet isn’t always true.
- Introduced art research guides
- Let them search on their own
- Main problem was that their topics were too broad (see above). I wasn’t prepared for how elementary their research skills were.