Radosveta Valkova

Radosveta Valkova

I am an Assessment Solutions Consultant with the EAAST team at the British Council in China. My work experience is quite varied: a project manager, financial consultant, and an English teacher.

Location China

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  • Welcome, Syafiq! Good luck with your studies! I'm sure you'll find the course interesting and helpful.

  • Welcome, Nishani! Enjoy the course!

  • Manesha, do you think it might be better to plan ahead and make any changes during the lesson?

  • I like your thinking, Neza! :)

  • Which approach is better, Dilini?

  • HF, do you think understanding the rules makes it easier for students to produce language?

  • Thank you for your suggestions, Mariia! :)

  • Good question, Rocio. I'd say it depends on the teacher, program, what you're trying to teach, and of course the students themselves.

  • Good observation, Maite! :)

  • Sabankilie, do you think this is a good approach? :)

  • Thank you for sharing, Silvia!

  • Good approach, Prabha!

  • Good observation, Prarthana!

  • Great response, Marina!

  • Glad you found them useful, Andreja!

  • Good approach, Rocio!

  • Laura, you're absolutely right! Challenging skill! :)

  • Azra, is it necessary for students have prior knowledge to complete a listening task?

  • Priyantha, how important is authenticity in reading texts?

  • Maria, could the financial report be used to teach students how or organise and write a report?

  • Liza, do you think the financial report can be useful for students in some way? Do they need sentences to make a text beneficial?

  • Silvia, what kinds of texts do you find 'appealing' for your students? :)

  • Good point, Mariia! It’s important to remember that when using analytic scales, we need to stay away from what is called a ‘halo effect’: allowing, for example, poor vocabulary to influence other criteria. It’s essential to read and follow the rubrics.

  • Hi Flabia,
    It’s interesting that you assign the same weight for each.

  • Hi Pamela. In our digital world how important is this for their English writing skills?

  • Good point @MevuniDissanayake. Short feedback at the end of the activity/lesson might be a good idea to point out systematic errors.

  • Hi Yasti. Why do you think testing students’ self-esteem in an English class is important?

  • Great strategies @CristianoPedro !

  • Maria, great attitude!

  • Exactly, Karina!

  • Ghadah, what about using something like breakout rooms (zoom)? You can then pop into each to see how they are doing.

  • Hi Consuelo, young learners need a different approach, but again it depends on the students. If you can get small groups talking through games or other activities, that’s great!

  • Hi Mehdi! Great idea! I used to do this in my classes. The only thing is that teachers need to make sure it’s really well structured and the students know what they’re getting out of it.

  • That’s great, Dilini! It’s always easier to work with motivated students.

  • Yasara, it's interesting you mention that feedback is your favourite. Do you give feedback to your students before you give them their marks?

  • Jorge, that's a good description. Can you tell us which specific language skills you were testing?

  • Hi Yeraldin,
    So the construct would be about the skills a test is trying to test. In your example, what were the skills you wanted to see in your students through participating in a conversation? Maybe some of them are: negotiating, expressing opinion, agreeing. The objective would be what you're trying to achieve. For example, a diagnostic test wants to see...

  • Sarah, I like your idea of imagination! :)

  • Anita, do you think that other factors besides exams can motivate students to improve their English?

  • Hi Josh,
    What's stopping you from assessing writing skills?

  • That's great! Usually speaking and writing are harder to master. :)

  • Hi Andreas,
    Most teaching systems around the world focus on 2 skills. How do you think might affect the students and their abilities once they 'go into the world'?

  • Hi Prabha,
    Why do you think the difference is so visible at writing?

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  • Welcome, Antonella! Enjoy the course!