Lesson Transcript

Welcome to the Inner Circle.
This is the monthly no holds barred newsletter giving you tried and tested learning methods to help you reach your language goals this year.
I'm Kyejin and I'm joined by my co-host, the founder of Innovative Language, Peter Galante.
Hi everyone, Peter here.
So Kyejin, I have a question for you.
How do you know you're getting better at a language? How? That's interesting.
Usually, I know my language skills by looking at my test scores or I ask my teachers directly.
Yeah, well, excellent.
So the answer we have is assessment, right? Whether you're taking a test and checking the results yourself, self-assessment, or a tutor or teacher is giving you feedback, the key to understanding if you're really progressing is assessment.
So this month, you use a lot of assessments on our website, right? That is correct.
And today, if you stick around, we're going to tell you about how you can use the assessment on the site to really measure how much progress you're making.
And are you going to show us your pathway and assessment scores today? Today, we will look at those and we will show you the screen.
We're going to walk you through a pathway and the results.
So if you want to see how I'm really doing, we have not only my teacher here, but also the results that we can look at.
Exciting! But first, shall we look at the goals from the previous month? And last month, your goal is to speak Korean 90% of the time and just 10% of English.
Is that correct? That is correct.
And what do you think? Did you reach your goal in your opinion? Yeah, see, that's the thing, right? In my opinion, yes, I definitely did it.
But in reality, I'm not quite sure.
So to have that assessment, and in this case, we have a human, Kyejin, who will give the results of my assessment.
Yes, that's right.
And let me share my opinion as a teacher, Peter.
So you did an amazing work this month and I think you reached 90%.
Yes, you spoke 90% Korean in the class.
And again, that's a 30-minute class.
So yeah, it's getting very exciting.
But having the results of your assessment can really motivate you to want to learn more and go faster.
So today we're going to talk about the power of assessment, both self and human in the form of a tutor or a teacher.
And one big problem for most learners is they don't know how their language is coming along.
Again, if you're studying for a certain amount of time, you can have an idea, I am getting better, or I feel like I'm getting better.
But if you remember last year, I was studying French and I felt like I was getting better, but the test results did not confirm my self-belief.
So now you have a teacher here to measure your progress and also you have the assessment on our website.
And how was that? How was this assessment and what was your experience? So previously, last year, I focused a lot on the conversation and my teacher said, Oh, it's very fun to speak with you.
And Kyejin, you focused more on? More on? Testing.
Especially our program is designed that so I'm following our program.
So it includes assessment, which means it's multiple choice assessment plus hand-graded assessment.
Yeah, these two types.
And so based on your amazing results last year, I changed my focus and I decided to focus on doing well on my assessments.
And as Kyejin mentioned, inside of our pathways, at different intervals, there are tests and assessments.
And it's very powerful because if you are not getting the right results, it's telling you need to go back and really learn the material.
So that's the first step in really testing if you're making progress.
I mean, you can study flashcards for an hour and memorize a bunch of words, but then can you use them or can you remember them? And having that assessment inside of the pathway as you progress is one of the most important things to help you understand if you're headed in the right direction.
Yes, I love the assessment.
And that's the reason why I studied French for Delft last year.
And when I make a mistake in the exam, I can memorize my mistakes much better.
Yeah, one example is my Japanese.
When I studied Japanese, we had to take a test every week.
And there was one word that I made a mistake and I still remember that word.
I never forget that word again.
Yeah, it's a very powerful way.
And not only to tell you, you know, to help you remember.
I'm not sure what the psychology behind it is, but you definitely remember your mistakes very well.
And also, if you're not doing well, you know where to study, where to go back and review.
In this past week, it was we were talking about numbers.
So I had to go back and spend a little bit of time on numbers just to refresh those words.
So with different types of assessment, well, we're going back and we're going to talk a little bit about assessment.
And on the site, we have many multiple choice questions.
And there's a little advantage to these type of questions.
Would you agree? Yes.
So when you're studying by yourself and you can see some of the answers, it might jog a bit of memory.
And that's why we first start with the self-assessment.
Everybody listening can do the self-assessment and you should be doing the self-assessment to see how well you're progressing.
That's right.
Then there's one step up, and that's when the teacher becomes involved.
And we're going to talk about that too today because that's more challenging.
It is.
Because you actually have to produce the language.
You have to speak or write and teacher will assess you.
And it's open-ended question so you can answer anything you want as long as the answer is correct.
Did I get an open-ended question this time? I'm trying to think.
I don't think I had one.
Well, it said, how do you say this? So there are hundreds of ways to ask some things, hundreds of ways to ask time.
What time is it now? What time is it? I would like to know the time.
This is okay.
This is very true.
I kind of stuck to what was inside of the pathway.
But we have first the self-assessment, then the next step up is you're producing it.
And you're sending it to your teacher, and then the teacher is sending it back to you.
And I assessed your test today.
So let's get those results later.
Let's not hear that right now.
You haven't checked it yet, right? No, I haven't checked it yet.
So we will review it.
Oh, boy.
And then finally there is, so, you know, much like the multiple choice has some advantages in taking a test, you're seeing some of the answers so you can kind of guess.
There is ways to game the distance learning.
You can leverage, you could read off of something if you're, it depends how you want to take the test.
And that's why the live classes are very important, too.
That's like performing live is the ultimate test of your language ability.
So it's kind of working towards it, progressing towards it.
And that's where the different assessments can add different value.
You are right.
And would you like to see the assessment now? Let's check the pathway.
But first, let's remember, let's check the pathway and we can take a look first at the multiple choice questions.
Then we'll talk about the hand-graded assessment.
And what also is very nice about the hand-graded assessment.
Well, first, what type of questions are in the hand-graded assessment? Usually there are audio recording related, audio recording answers, audio recording questions, and also writing test.
So you record yourself answering a question and you submit it to your teacher for a result.
Or you type it in and the teacher will check your results.
Yes, that's what I did today.
So shall we check the pathway? Yes.
So in the library, there are many, many pathways.
So you can choose what you want to study, depending on your interest or goal.
But for Peter, we have this can give time pathway.
So a specific can do statement, meaning can do means that you're showing that you're able to talk about the time, can talk about the time.
And that's what we're talking about.
We talk about these can do statements.
You're showing your ability or proficiency in speaking on a certain topic in the language.
So after this lesson, you can give time in Korean.
So if you follow this lesson, then the UI changes.
So this shows your journey and this shows your grade.
Well, I already took the test myself, so it's showing 100 percent.
And it also shows how many vocabulary you learned through this lesson, this pathway.
And there are five parts to this particular pathway.
So what's the first part of this? This is diagnostic test.
And here you can check yourself, you can test yourself how much you know about this topic already.
And the idea is if your score is very high, you're probably proficient enough to even skip this or skip to the end and just do the hand graded assessment showing that you can still use the skill.
Again, the diagnostic test is a multiple choice test.
So it's testing recognition.
To be honest, I found the test a little long.
I think there are 20 questions or so.
28 questions.
So it was, I got a little bored.
It was quite long.
I wish it had been shorter.
I see.
Well, you did a great job.
I saw your score.
Actually, on teacher's side, I could see your scores.
And you are 86 percent correct.
Very nice.
So now we're toggling to what Kyejin sees.
So Kyejin can see my score here.
So as soon as I submit the test, my teacher can then see one, that I did the test and two, how well I did on the test.
And you did a great job.
And after this test, what did you do? So then I moved on to the video.
So the learning part.
So first I tested myself to see where I was.
Then I moved on to the learning part.
And this is meant to help you talk about time.
That's right.
It's just three minutes long.
So you can learn about this topic with this video.
And after that, you have multiple choice assessment.
Again, this helps.
It's more recognition.
So you could see the type of questions here.
So I quickly went through these and I think I got six out of seven.
I think you're all correct.
Oh, maybe seven.
That would be very nice.
And again, seven out of seven.
Ping pong.
So again, I take this and then Kyejin can see the results.
So yeah, the diagnostic results were quite well.
I kind of knew most of the material in the video.
The following test was quite good.
And after that, there was another assessment.
This one, you got six out of seven.
So I missed one.
But again, multiple choice and just reinforcing, making sure that you know this.
But the questions really help you to understand how well you're comprehending the material.
Now, one thing about this, most of the material was written text.
So I was looking.
But let's take a look at the final part and we'll talk about why this is so interesting.
This is a hand created one.
And look at this.
You can record your answer.
So I have to read the scenario and then I have to come up with the proper response or what's being asked of me.
And I have to record it and then submit it to my teacher.
And that answer is passed to me and I access, I give feedback to you.
And another type is writing.
So the written part is, again, you have to produce the language.
I guess you could technically write as much as you want.
But there is a question.
There is an answer we're kind of looking for in this particular question.
What are we looking for? What's the answer? So it's like, what time is the meeting? This one was actually quite tricky because I didn't really know the word for meeting.
So I had to research that one for this.
And that way you can also remember one more word.
It's called active recall, like trying to pull the information from your brain.
And this is how, this is the most powerful way to get better at learning or really remember things.
It's trying to pull that information out of your brain.
Okay, so when you submit all these answers, I can see that on my site.
So here are the tests that Peter took previously and can give time.
This hand-credited one, Peter did an amazing work.
But unfortunately, there are some things that you can improve.
Would you like to see the results? Yes.
Oh, not as good as I thought.
Really? But this one is correct.
Your pronunciation was very good.
Your sentences and grammar was perfect.
Here you are.
You said that she is four o'clock, but this was an exception.
So it's not net, it should be ne.
And these are four exceptions for the Korean numbers.
One to four, those are exceptions.
So please be careful.
But the sentence was perfect.
Only just this one little word.
But these mistakes, as you said, the mistakes you make, you don't forget.
So it's very good.
So one to four, those are exceptions in Korean.
Okay, next one.
Very good.
Very nice.
And this is also correct.
And the last one.
With this, nine.
Nine is ah-hoop, but it sounded like ah-ho, ah-ho.
So ah-hoop-shi, so nine o'clock.
So the pronunciation, the audio questions I had to struggle with.
And as always, I'll send you my pronunciation of this word through my Teacher Messenger app.
So you can listen to my pronunciation and please resubmit those words.
So what was the final grade? These are judged on pass, fail.
So final grade is a pass or a fail? Passed.
Very good.
What's really nice about this, too, is I can also resubmit this.
I can come and do this hand-graded assessment again.
And also, it's actual proof that I did something in the language.
And so at a later point in my journey, I could go back and listen, re-listen to this audio and be like, wow, I really got much better since then.
Or if I stopped studying, it's like, wow, I could speak Korean at some point.
So it's part of a kind of learning concept of building a portfolio of progress, actual information that you produced in a language.
You are right.
And these hand-graded assessments are included in all the pathways.
So if you're learning language, learning the lessons with us, please test yourself and get results.
Yeah, with so many questions inside of these pathways, it really is a powerful way for you to see if you're headed, well, if you're progressing at the pace you want.
Rather than just listening to the lessons and saying, oh, yeah, I've done 40 lessons.
It's important that you see how much of that information actually is sticking into your brain.
That's correct.
Sticking in your brain.
Okay, so that was very interesting today.
And now we need to talk about the next goal.
So, kyejin, what do you think would be a good goal? I'm thinking to focus now on more lessons and pathways.
Oh, so I would suggest 30 lessons because that means you have to take one lesson a day in a month.
What do you think? How about 20? Okay, so please take a good break on the weekends.
Yes, yes.
Okay, let's do 20 lessons.
And so I think maybe next time we can take a look at the results of those.
And let's see, the problem with 20 lessons is that it's a lot of information to cover.
So at some point I expect to see a lot of red where the results are not what I was hoping for.
So what we'll do is this, and there may be some incomplete.
So next time we can take a look at the results on the site so the listeners can also track their progress with the assessment style.
Sounds great.
So listeners, how's your progress? Email us at inner$circle at InnovativeLanguage$com and stay tuned for the next Inner Circle.
Bye everyone.
Thank you for listening and we'll see you next time.