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Independent Research project - MFL A level

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by cas123, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. cas123

    cas123 New commenter

    Has anyone started to introduce the independent research project to A level MFL students yet? How do we enable students to choose a topic area, focus their research, channel their ideas, analyse content independently? In a class of 12, the majority of students have come up with several ideas of things which might interest them but some students can't seem to think of anything despite our best efforts to inspire them! But how do we narrow it down and become more precise? Any tips, thoughts, ideas anyone, given that the level of support we can give is minimal to non-existent??
     
  2. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    Difficult one. Can't you spend one lesson tasting lots of topic areas and hope that encourages them to pick wisely and also motivates them to start their own independent research? You are allowed to do reading comprehensions, translations etc., so treat it as a language-building activity.
     
  3. cas123

    cas123 New commenter

    Thanks BrightonEarly! Useful thoughts. We have done this and students have many ideas. Dance / lgbt/ picasso/ guerra civil amongat many. I have now done lesson 2 and have encouraged students to think of their chosen topic area as a question. To what exteent / How successful/ what is the legacy of? Students seem to relate to this and have gone away to reflect on a title for Monday! Fingers crossed it helps!
     
  4. veverett

    veverett New commenter

    Have to be very careful - cannot help with research and cannot help with any notes/drafts, also cannot feedback on the language of the discussion. And only feedback on the presentation is on timings.
     
  5. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    Each exam board will post guidelines for the research project on their website and in the specification. Worth having a look to get tips/advice and make sure everything is done above board.
     

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