Wednesday, March 9, 2016

128.Workshop on MCQ

[Posted for  the Kerala University English Teacher Educator’s Forum - KUETEF]

The Government College of Teacher Education, Thiruvananthapuram hosted a Creative Workshop on preparation of  Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s) on  09 March  2016.  Dr.G.R.Santhosh Kumar  welcomed the Resource Person Prof. Reghunatha Pillai. Guidelines to be followed while preparing MCQ’s  were provided with illustrative examples.  Subject convenors of  the revised   BEd Curriculum and  several other invited  teacher educators  from different colleges  in the  State,  participated in the Workshop.





The following  are  based on notes  prepared during  the Workshop.

* The focus  should be on preparation of questions based on conceptual, theoretical and pedagogical aspects of the BEd course.
* Reduce to  the minimum questions  which merely checks  memory (Eg; Who is the author of……?)
*Prepare  more questions which involves application of theoretical knowledge.
*A question will have a stem and it should have only one correct answer. All the other distractors should give the impression that they are correct too.
*While  preparing  an MCQ, assume the role  of  a judge…overcome the urge to punish the learner.
*The stem should be  simple….No attempt should be made to make the stem display the knowledge of the  question setter…Long quotations   from  books  if used as stem would make it look pedantic.
*The distractor must  be  real, sensible and plausible.
*None of the distractors  should  give the student a clue about the correct answer.
*All distractors should be of the same length(Number of words used in each distractor should be more or less the same.)
*If the distractor contains ‘Year’, arrange them in chorological order.
*If the distractor contains ‘Names’ , arrange them in alphabetical order.
*If distractors contain names of people, all the names should be full.( Avoid ‘Tagore’ for Rabindranath Tagore)
*Do not include  questions that display bias. (Eg; The best work of Tagore is  Gitanjali.  Here  a dramatist or a novelist might  regard  a play by Tagore as  the best work!)
Lapses commonly found in MCQ’s
*Check agreement of subject and verb in the stem.  (Boys  like  Soccer ΓΌ  The boy like  Soccer X)
*Check for correct use of comma.
*For a statement ending with a  blank, do not put question mark.
Do’s and Don’t
*Give proper instruction..  An  instruction  such as : ‘Select the most appropriate answer from the brackets’   is  not appropriate  because   four distractors A,B,C,D  are given.
*Avoid humourous statements  as  distractors.
*Be impartial.  Avoid  questions that hurt  religious  or political sentiments.
*Follow a pattern. If for  the first letter of the first word of   a distractor  capital letter is used,  follow the same pattern for all the other distractors  of the same question.
*Double check answers. Some answers might give  a  different idea  related to the question for the student.
*Avoid stems  that begin :Which  of the  following  is not a…..   If forced to use  ‘not’ make it bold …not .
*As far as possible   begin  a  stem with a question word. Where this is not possible go for  a statement.
*Since  the computer will be shuffling distractors, never include  a distractor  such as ‘None of  the above’ or ‘All of  the above’.

Notes prepared based on material   on  MCQ  emailed  to participants  before the Workshop:
*The goal in  preparing  a  MCQ is to test the student’s  expertise.
*As  far as possible  avoid repeating in  the distractor  the same words  used in the stem.
*Avoid using  ‘never true’  or  ‘always true’.
*Remember: Questions  that are clear to one person  often are imprecise  to another. Find a friend or colleague who is willing  to review  your  questions.
*Start by writing the stem first.  Aim for a stem  that presents  a single problem and make it a problem  related to a significant content in the course. Using  a  verb in the  stem helps ensure  it presents a  problem clearly.
*Check for grammatical consistency between the stem and the options. If a distractor isn’t grammatically  correct, students usually guess that the  distractor is not the correct answer.
*Remember: It is easy to prepare questions based on Bloom’s level 1 and 2-Knowledge  and Comprehension. Only a truly professional test question writer  can prepare a well designed multiple choice items that  can test high levels of student learning.


Posted by                                                                                    
Dr. C. Praveen
Former Secretary, KUETEF and
Convenor, Curriculum Revision Two-year BEd (English)
University of Kerala




Wednesday, March 2, 2016

127. Reference materials sent

 [Posted for  the Kerala University English Teacher Educator’s Forum - KUETEF]

Dear  colleagues,

As requested,  a few  available reference materials on the second semester syllabus  were  sent  by email to members  of KUETEF.

Those  teacher educators who have not become a member of KUETEF   can contact the Secretary,  Mr.Jijan    ekjijan@gmail.com

Kindly visit the following sites for  Online tutoring resources/tools:

Khan Academy is a free online resource and can be accessed at   https://www.khanacademy.org/

Online Writing Guides and Citation Help


Online English Grammar

25 Tutoring Tools For The 21st Century

Warm regards



Posted by                                                                                    
Dr. C. Praveen
Former Secretary, KUETEF and
Convenor, Curriculum Revision Two-year BEd (English)
University of Kerala



Sunday, February 28, 2016

126. Materials for Transaction- BEd

 [Posted for  the Kerala University English Teacher Educator’s Forum - KUETEF]

Dear  colleagues,

Usually   during  KUETEF  meetings,  materials for transaction of the BEd curriculum  are disseminated.  I have been  receiving  requests from newly joined teacher educators  for materials  previously supplied.

Please  contact  senior teacher educators who   attended previous  KUETEF meetings held at Karmela Rani Training College, Kollam in 2014 and 2015.

Alternatively you  can   contact me at profcpraveen@gmail.com  and I can connect you to the our  colleagues for  collecting the required materials.

Warm regards




Posted by                                                                                    
Dr. C. Praveen
Former Secretary, KUETEF and
Convenor, Curriculum Revision Two-year BEd (English)
University of Kerala



125. Transactional Strategy- MEd

[Posted for  the Kerala University English Teacher Educator’s Forum - KUETEF]

As per NCTE guidelines the  University of Kerala  had   revised its  PG curriculum for  the  newly introduced  two year  MEd course.

During the two-day Workshop on ‘Aggrandizement of the UG and PG Curriculum’ organized in Govt. College of Teacher Education, Thiruvananthapuram on 10 and 11 February 2016, I was directed to contribute to the workshop.


Those  attending  the  Workshop had  expressed difficulty  in transacting  the newly  introduced papers on  Academic Writing and  Expository Writing. So, I had prepared the following  handout  for  the participants.  Dr. Sivadasan, former Dean of Education, of the University of Kerala and the participants of the workshop appreciated  the contribution.

        

Government College of Teacher Education, Thiruvananthapuram
Two-day Workshop on Aggrandizement of UG and PG Curriculum   in Teacher Education
10 and 11 February  2016

Proposed Teaching Strategy for Self Development Courses (PG Course)

[Prepared by Dr.C.Praveen, Faculty, PG Department, Govt.CTE,Thiruvananthapuram]

Sem 2: Communication and Academic Writing (P 87-89)
Unit 1: Communication
Unit 2: Academic Writing
*Seminars/Assignments
*Workshop/Practical
*Reflective Practicums

Proposed transactional strategy: Communication
*Introductory lecture
* Use of  illustrative multimedia
*Class room performance tasks –individual, pair, group
*Modelling by teacher if necessary

Proposed transactional strategy: Academic writing
*Introductory lecture
*Supply of specimen essays, journal articles
*Analytical reading of texts in  pairs  in workshop mode with teacher  assistance
*In class writing  refining tasks
*Home assignments
         
Tasks  focussing on   the following aspects of  Academic writing
(Workshop mode)
1.An  argument-Makes a point and supports  it.
2. The point (“claim” or “thesis”) is a clear, declarative sentence…is debatable  not a statement of the obvious.
3.Organization: A  clear introduction, body, and conclusion.
4.Support: Text as support and quotes and points to support.
5.Documenting: Following MLA style
6.Signaling:Transition sentence while moving from one point  to another.
7.Turning  ordinary essay into MLA document format
8.Grammar correctness


Sem 3: Communication and Soft Skill development (P100-102)
Unit 1: Communication
Unit 2:Soft Skills
*Seminars/Assignments
*Workshop/Practical
*Reflective Practicum

Proposed transactional strategy: Communication
*Introductory lecture
* Use of  illustrative multimedia
*Class room performance tasks –individual, pair, group
*Modelling/ Grooming  by teacher

Proposed transactional strategy: Soft Skills
*Introductory lecture
* Use of  illustrative multimedia
*Supply of  Check list to students- For Self check
*Class room performance tasks –individual, pair, group
*Modelling/ Grooming  by teacher


Sem: 3: Expository Writing Practice (P103-104)
Unit 1:Expository Writing-(Narrative, Persuasive, Descriptive, Expository- difference from Academic writing)
Unit 2:Expository Writing strategies (Revising, drafting)
*Seminars/Assignments
*Workshop/Practical
*Reflective Practicum

Proposed transactional strategy: Expository  writing
*Introductory lecture
*Supply of specimen essays, journal articles
*Analytical reading of texts in  pairs  in workshop mode with teacher  assistance followed by in class writing  and  refining tasks
*Home assignments

Tasks  focussing on   the following aspects of  Expository  Writing(Workshop  mode)
* Idea to be investigated
*Expounding the idea
*Evaluating  evidence
*Setting  forth an argument concerning that idea in a clear and concise manner
*Writing a clear thesis statement
* Clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body, and conclusion.
*Body paragraphs that include evidential support.
*Evidential support (whether factual, logical, statistical, or anecdotal).
*A conclusion that does not simply restate the thesis, but readdresses it in light of the evidence provided.
*Writing the common method for expository essay -five-paragraph Essay-an introductory paragraph; three evidentiary body paragraphs; a conclusion



Posted by                                                                                    
Dr. C. Praveen
Former Secretary, KUETEF and
Convenor, Curriculum Revision Two-year BEd (English)
University of Kerala



Sunday, February 21, 2016

124. Specimen QP EDU. 10

[Posted for  the Kerala University English Teacher Educator’s Forum - KUETEF]

Specimen  Question Paper - Restructured Two Year Curriculum 2016
Sem II EDU. 0. 10  :Techno Pedagogic Content Knowledge Analysis: English

Time:2 hours                                                                                   Marks:50                                                                                                                                                                                             
                
PART A: MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS

I. (1-5) Answer all questions choosing the correct answer from the
    alternatives.

1. . ............................. is an example of Learning Management System.
a)Moodle         b)   Wikipedia    c)  CD-ROM  d) PowerPoint

2 . A Wiki is an .........................................................
    a)  Online dictionary           b) Online database
    c)  Online calculator           d) Online Search Engine

3. Forum is a …………………….
    a) Discussion area b) Spam storing area
    c) popular  Anti virus        d) Search Engine
  
4. Copy writing involves ..................................
    a) copying from a book               b) writing taglines
    c) copying, cutting and pasting    d) copying  and pasting       

 5. The  expansion of CALL is………………………………
 a) Communication And Language Learning           
 b) Computers And Language Learning
 c) Computer Assisted Language Learning
 d) Communication Aided Language Learning

                                                                                                (1 X 5 = 5)


PART B: FILL UP THE BLANKS

II. (6-10) Answer all questions and fill up the blanks.


6. ..........................is contracting out  an internal business  process.

7. Podcast  is a portmanteau  of the words.......... and  broadcasting.

 8.LinkedIn is an   example of  a  social network meant for …………………….

9.The names  Fannie and George Shaftel  are associated with ……….. Model of Teaching.

10. Concept Attainment Model belongs to the …………….   family of Models.
                                                                                                 (1 X 5 = 5)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


PART C: VERY SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS

III. (11-15)   Attempt all questions in two or three sentences each.

11. Suggest  how  Teacher -Teacher networking  can improve instruction.

12. Mention the  unique features of any two popular English Teacher Blogs.

13.Give an example of computer-based language instruction.

14. What is an advance organizer?

15. Mention two uses of the Synectic Model  in the English classroom.

                                                                                                (2 x 5 =10)


PART D :  SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS

IV. (16-21)  Answer any four questions not exceeding  a page and a half.

16. Write short notes on the interrelationship between Content Knowledge,
       Pedagogic Knowledge and Technological Knowledge.

17. How  can Wiki  help in learning English?

18. Write ten frames  as found in Linear Programmes for  teaching a language item in English.

19. List down the requirements  to be followed while submitting  an article to be  considered for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

20. Write short notes on self instructional modules.

21. How can setting up a Learning Management System in  an  institution
       help a teacher of English?
                                                                                                 (5 x 4 = 20)


PART E: ESSAY QUESTION

V. (22-23).Answer any one question not exceeding three pages.                            

22. Illustrate the  use of the Role Play Model by choosing a content from the  secondary level SCERT Course book. 

23. Write a short essay on the pedagogic practices related to ESL in Asian countries.
                                                                                         (10 x 1 = 10)

                                         * *  * * * * *


                                        Key
1.a. Moodle
2.b.Online data base
3.a.Discussion area
4.b. writing taglines
5.c.Computer Assisted Language Learning
6. Outsourcing   
7.iPod
8.professionals
9. Role-play
10. Information Processing

Posted by                                                                                    
Dr. C. Praveen
Former Secretary, KUETEF and
Convenor, Curriculum Revision Two-year BEd (English)
University of Kerala



123. Specimen QP EDU. 0.9


   [Posted for  the Kerala University English Teacher Educator’s Forum - KUETEF]

Specimen  Question Paper - Restructured Two Year Curriculum 2016

Sem II EDU. 0. 9    : Curriculum and Resources in a Digital Era: English Language Education

Time:2 hours                                                              Marks:50                                                                                                                        
PART A: MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS

I. (1-5) Answer all questions choosing the correct answer from the
    alternatives.

1.Critical pedagogy was advocated by…………
a)John Dewey       b) Paulo Freire     c)Vygotsky  d) Tagore               
2. SCERT denotes………
    a) State Council for Education Research and Training
    b) State Committee for Evaluation Research and Training
    c)State Council for Extension Research and Training
    d)State Council for Extension Reading and Teaching
3. Dyslexia is a learning disorder related to………….
      a) Speaking    b) Listening       c) Reading  d) Writing
4. Source Book serves as a guide to……………
      (a) Learners    (b) Parents     (c) Teachers  (d) Principals                       
5. Project work enable students to improve……………
     (a) Writing skill (b) Research skill  (c) Listening skill (d) Concentration
                                                                                            (1 X 5 = 5)


PART B: FILL UP THE BLANKS

II. (6-10) Answer all questions and fill up the blanks.

6.  ………………………  serves as a means for the students to be aware and understand what they will be taught  during  a course.
7. ……………………………….. are set up to  provide appropriate individualized supports and services to all students without the stigmatization that comes with separation.
8.  ………………… are also known as discussion boards or message boards.
9. The type of classroom that  allows both learners and instructors around the world  to participate in live classes through MOOC programs is………………..
10. The main purpose of ………………………type  of writing is to explain.
                                                                                                (1 X 5 = 5)


PART C: VERY SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS

III. (11-15)   Attempt all questions in two or three sentences each.
11. Differentiate Curriculum and Syllabus.
12. What is Learning Disability?
13. What is Concentric Approach and Spiral Approach in curriculum construction?
14. Mention two characteristics of persuasive writing.
15. What are the values of e-library?
                                                                                                (2 x 5 =10)
PART D :  SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS

IV. (16-21)  Answer any four questions not exceeding  a page and a half.

16. What are the advantages of maintaining a Work Book?
17. Write short notes on the advantages and limitations of text books in English.
18. Illustrate the advantages on regular Online forum participation for learners of English.
19. How will you help  students  with learning disability?
20. How can film adaptations of novels be used for language teaching?
21. What are the basic assumptions of Critical Pedagogy?
                                                                                                (5 x 4 = 20)
PART E: ESSAY QUESTION

V. (22-23).Answer any one question not exceeding three pages.                             
                           
22. Attempt a  critique of the SCERT English  Curriculum  by  comparing it with the  CBSE curriculum.
23. How can e-resources  be effectively employed for  teaching English?  Illustrate with suitable examples. 
                                                                                                  (10 x 1 = 10)
                                         * *  * * * * *

                                        Key
1.b. Paulo Freire    
2.a. State Council for Education Research and Training
3.c. Reading
4.c.Teachers
5.b. Research Skill
6. Syllabus  
7. Inclusive schools 
8. Online forums
9. Virtual classroom
10. expository

Posted by                                                                                    
Dr. C. Praveen
Former Secretary, KUETEF and
Convenor, Curriculum Revision Two-year BEd (English)
University of Kerala



122. Meeting of Convenors of Curriculum

[Posted for  the Kerala University English Teacher Educator’s Forum - KUETEF]

A meeting of the subject convenors of the revised  Two-Year BEd. curriculum  was held on  20 Feb 2016 at Govt. College of Teacher Education, Thiruvananthapuram The modus operandi for   developing  Multiple Choice Questions and the conduct of the Online exam  were discussed.




The decisions taken (Received by email from the Chairman, BOS in Education (Pass).


*The question Bank of Edu-14 will have 600 multiple choice items and for EDU-15, 400 items for each  optional subject.
*Subject committees have to be constituted for EDU-14 and  12 optional subjects under Edu-15 for the preparation of question Bank. The committee for Edu-14 consists of Convener and Seven  members.
For  Edu-15, for each optional subject there will be separate subject committees with Convener and Four members.

*Phases in the preparation and  finalization of Question Bank:
*Listing out  all the important   learning points/elements  in the subject concerned ( for all the semesters/papers under edu-14 & 15), its discussion and finalization in the  one day workshop on 9-03-2016 Wednesday at Govt. College of Teacher Education, Thiruvananthapuram.  However the conveners are requested to consult  the committee members and to list out the  learning points sufficiently early and to attend the workshop with readymade materials.

*Preparation of multiple choice items for the Question Bank in the subject concerned. This can be done by the Subject committee in consultation/assistance of the concerned subject associations. (four day workshop) April-2016

*Consolidation/Finalization of the Question Bank.  (Two day Workshop)-May-2016.

* It is decided to convene a one day workshop on 09-03-2016 Wednesday at Govt. College of Teacher Education, Thiruvananthapuram  to prepare/finalize the learning points identified in each subjects. Detailed guidelines for the writing of question items will be given/discussed in the first session of the workshop by External experts. 

* For Edu-14 the medium is English. For Edu 15- for subjects Question Bank will be in English and for Languages in the concerned language.
     
                                                                                     
Posted by                                                                                    
Dr. C. Praveen
Former Secretary, KUETEF and
Convenor, Curriculum Revision Two-year BEd (English)
University of Kerala