In my low intermediate ESL reading class, I have a student who emailed me that she has already done the kinds of things we are doing. This got my back up, but not for a good reason rather because she threatens to make my job more difficult. Getting over that, I now have to figure out if she really is poorly placed, which happens, or is over estimating her proficiency. I am playing with the idea of having her do a vocabulary levels test on-line since I don’t have a printed one immediately available. The problem is I have nothing to compare her results to, so I can’t really make a judgment. Another option I have toyed with is giving her the first vocabulary test before we finish the material. This is more doable without causing a lot of work. With my administrative duties taking some of my time, this seems a possible answer. If she passes it without preparation, then I have to figure out something for her to do. That is the crux of my problem.
I will introduce the norms video project tomorrow in one class. I have tried to keep it simple with a Peace Corps video about gaffes and some discussion before I divide the class into groups of three to four.