Careful - new rules for 2008-2009

Imaginez des cours de planche à voile où les apprenants seraient assis dans une salle de classe et l’instructeur leurs expliquerait exactement comment faire de la planche à voile. On pourrait aller jusqu’à calculer la vitesse en fonction de l’angle de la voile, le poids du véliplanchiste, la vitesse du vent etc. etc. etc. Mais, si à la fin d’un tel stage, on délivrait aux participants un diplôme de véliplanchiste, sans qu’ils aient sorti une planche à voile sur l’eau, vous trouveriez que ce stage est plutôt nul !

Well it’s the same for English. The only thing that counts is what YOU do with it. But since this is part of your University course, you have to be given a mark. And the course log1 fulfils these two requirements.

Its first aim is to get YOU to take in hand your learning, and secondly it provides the proof of the work you have done and what you have learnt, and so it constitutes your continual assessment mark.

A course log has two sections:

a). the diary of events (your log)

b). all the photocopies, lesson notes etc. from your course.

It must be easily accessible for the teacher to mark; therefore the table of contents is important, and you can add an introduction and a conclusion.

a). the diary of events

contains a brief description of each lesson, with your own, personal analysis of your learning. (your teacher will tell you how to go about this)

b). a record of the vocabulary you have decided to learn this year (just writing it down helps!)

Although the following is a good way to improve your English, your teachers cannot manage to include it in the mark.

b). the photocopies can only be organised at the end of the course. You must reorganise in a logical manner all the photocopies you have been given, (e.g. Vocabulary, Phonetics, Grammar, Oral Presentation techniques and expressions, etc. An ‘Extra Work’ section could contain articles you found yourself with comments on these articles, extra grammar exercises which address a specific problem of yours, (brief) accounts of things you found on the web, etc.) You could include the notes you took in class in this section if you wish.

This second section also has two aims:

bi) memory specialists all agree (and common sense knows) that reviewing information at different intervals of time helps it to enter long term storage memory! So making up your course log will make you see again everything you did during this short course, and maybe help you to remember something.

bii) You should have lots of useful information on the photocopies which have been given to you, and so binding them together in your course log will mean you could always find them if and when you need them!

And just one last word, please do NOT use a “porte vues” (one of those plastic books used to slip pages into the plastic sheets) to give in your course log. Either bind it (in a spiral binder) or use a small size ring file. If the individual pages are under plastic covers it is complicated for the teacher to write comments on it ... and you don’t want the teacher (who has become your examiner) to feel cross before (s)he even starts to look at your work!

1A log (which used to be called a logbook) is a record of what has been done. Originally used for boats, the captain of a ship logs the events of the day (i.e. fills in the log book / keeps a log).

A course is a series of lessons. (see the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary for an explanation of the

Am./Br E uses of the word “course”)

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