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Education, the knowledge society, the global market all connected through technology and cross-cultural communication skills are I am all about. I hope through this blog to both guide others and travel myself across disciplines, borders, theories, languages, and cultures in order to create connections to knowledge around the world. I teach at the University level in the areas of Business, Language, Communication, and Technology.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Updating new skils

My daughter was telling me about one of her most memorable classes this year when the class received the classic assignment that began: read everything carefully before starting. This is used to ensure students will learn to follow instructions ending in the last instruction being just do item 1 and 2 (there are 50 lines).

I started to wonder how we would update this based on work literacy skills we are trying to develop. Here are some of my suggestions:

  • Have clues in a number of links that when put together will give the same instructions (do only item 1 & 2).
  • Give students a time limit to complete the exercise that forces them to skim (tell them the assignment is to develop their skimming skills)
  • Change the font and format so key words stick out (including the last sentence)
  • Have students work in groups to do the activity (someone should catch the last line)
Does anyone have other suggestions?

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