This year we enjoyed the company and work of a new trainee teacher. Vanesa spent about 3 months with us and she had the opportunity to observe everything teachers and pupils have to do at school.
It seemed her previous idea was quite different from what she found, especially because she was lucky to experience how a bilingual sections works. She met two groups of driven students with a very good level and doing different things at a different speed.
Of course, she chose one of those groups to carry out her teaching plan. She had doubts about the possibility of doing everything she had planned in her ideal unit, with lots of innovative activities and a final project, where she wanted the students to create their own film reviews in the form of blog entries.
Finally, most common activities went really fast, faster than she had imagined, and they had time to do everything. The last activity was learning how to subtitle film scenes. Vanesa gave us a very interesting lecture on how to do it and the challenge of finding the correct translation for phrases or jokes. We did not have enough time to do a complete work on this field, but anyone who wants to try it has the necessary tools to start.
I want to congratulate both Vanesa for her work and interest, for her enthusiasm, and the students for their great work this year. The only bad thing is that they probably will not have bilingual section in 4th year, as there is not a teacher who wants to do the job. By the way, congratulations to Bibiana, the biology teacher, who did a great job although it was her first year as a teacher and the difficulty of a bilingual group was challenging. The result was great.
Finally, here is the link to the bog Vanesa created and where the students entered their reviews.
Only it is a pity I do not have their presentations, which were awesome.
Good holiday to everyone. I hope next year we can do nice projects, even without the bilingual section.
Links to reviews:
Vanesa's example: Peaky Blinders
Teacher's trial: Agatha Christie and the truth of murder
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