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  • Topic of this Week: "Life in lockdown (September 26, 2021)"

    Topic 26th, September 2021: Life in lockdown
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    The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live, with many of us enduring prolonged periods in isolation while others have to work against the clock on the frontline. Not easy as it may sound, we all need to adapt to get through this tough time. Although the pandemic has brought us unexpected and difficulties, every cloud has a silver lining. We all hope that the pandemic will soon be over and we will get back to our “normal life”, but are our lives still the same as before?
    Let’s join our club to share your own experiences and discuss more this topic!
     
    Questions:
    1. How is your life in lockdown?
    2. What difficulties/challenges have you experienced in lockdowns? How have you dealt with them? Do you have any difficulties that can not be solved?
    3. Who are most affected by the pandemic?
    4. Do you see any positives in lockdown? What is the first thing you are going to do after the pandemic is over?
    5. What do you prepare for some uncertainties like this pandemic in the future?
    6. How has the Covid-19 pandemic changed the world/you forever?
     
    Thank Ngô Thanh Tâm for your topic

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    WHY TESTING? (July 11, 2021)

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    WHY TESTING?
     

    Testing has long been regarded as a traditional method of assessment. At a typical school, students basically must complete a wide range of tests: oral tests (in which students are picked randomly - I feel shaking whenever I recall these experiences!); 15-minute tests; 45 minute-tests; mid-term tests; end-of-term tests, final exams, university entrance exams and so forth.
    There are two major types of tests: Selected-response test and constructed-response test. While the former consists of test items such as true/false, matching, and MCQ, the latter encompasses fill-in-the-blanks, sentence transformation, short/long answers, or essays. Each type of test reveals its own strengths, and that is the reason why different skills or areas of knowledge require various kinds of tests. For instance, selected-response tests are prevalent among subjects like science, but educators would undoubtedly frown upon the idea of using MCQ in a literature or speaking test!
    Many people cling to the belief that testing is the only way to measure one’s ability. “Stop boasting about your ability, let’s take a test!” remains a norm, especially in Asian culture. Nonetheless, some people believe that gone are the days when testing is the last resort when it comes to evaluating students’ competence. There have existed some other methods of assessments, namely portfolios, presentations, projects, or dissertations, which seem to have higher validity and lower students’ anxiety.
     
    Questions to ponder:
    1. Are you a big fan of tests? What kinds of tests are you fond of?
    2. To what extent can testing be able to measure candidates’ ability? Is testing fairer compared to other methods of assessments?
    3. Test anxiety is a combination of physical symptoms and emotional reactions that interfere with your ability to perform well on tests. Which is more beneficial to you: high test anxiety or lower one?
    4. In what circumstances is testing the best choice? Why does testing remain popular, especially in Vietnam?
    5. Can you come up with other methods of assessments apart from testing?
    Written by: Ngo Huy Tu

     
     

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