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Our project. General information

The final challenge of this project is to create a magazine programme. But before that, you need to surf different websites and overcome several missions that will help you gain knowledge and acquire strategies.

Collaborative work is highlighted in this project, which means you will mainly acquire knowledge by working in pairs or small groups. Likewise, you will also work individually on interactive activities to which you will access by clicking on the website links provided.

Do not forget that your teacher can help you whenever necessary on your way towards the big final challenge.

The missions you will have done at the end of this project are:

  • a TV guide containing a great variety of programmes.
  • a questionnaire to find out on your classmates' interests and likes on TV.
  • a TV series dubbing.
  • a visit around a TV studio explaining about several TV jobs.(Making of video).
  • a news report.
  • and, finally, the final challenge which consists of the design and production of your own magazine programme.

To create, design and edit your work, you will be able to use the following apps, among others.

  • Cacoo, an online tool with which you will create word maps to work on key vocabulary.
  • Canva, which will enable you to design and create your own charts.
  • StoryboardThat. You will use this online app to prepare the drafts for your presentations. 
  • Wevideo, the tool with which you will create and edit your big final challenge: a magazine programme, which will be published on a YouTube channel. If you prefer, you can find other video-editing tools at the edtechteacher.org site.

Notice that you will be performing several missions and we are sure that, by the end of this project, you will be proud of your great work, which you can prepare, publish or share with the help of the online tools and apps listed below.

  • To publish, you will use Weebly site. An email account is required to create your own site where you will be posting all your missions. Within this site, you will create a blog entitled 'Your learning diary' in which you will be including relevant information concerning your learning process.
  • To share your work with other people, you will use Pinterest, a digital board where you can publish your tasks and share them with your classmates.

Throughout the project, your teacher may award you with a badge from Class Badges in case of excellent performance

Evaluation

Your progress on this project will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Teacher's evaluation: your teacher will use the assessment rubrics to evaluate your work on the missions and the final challenge. This will be 40% of the final mark.

  • Peer evaluation: you will assess other partners by creating your own assessment sheet with the items that you consider as appropriate or by using the assessment rubrics listed above. This will be 20% of the final mark.
  • You will self-evaluate the final outcome using the document 'Rubric for assessing the project'. This rubric brings together the main criteria for assessing your missions and challenge and it is a 20% of the final mark.
  • Teacher's observation in class based on your degree of participation in the project and how well you perform all the missions will be 20%.

As you can see, you will get entirely involved in this project by acquiring, creating and sharing contents as well as assessing both, your own and your classmates' learning process.

Your TV guide

Let us start this project on the world of television by reflecting on the great variety of programmes and film types that people can watch on TV.

At the end of this section, you will have:

  • Learnt and revised vocabulary related to TV programmes and types of films.
  • Asked your classmates about their favourite TV programmes.
  • Created a TV guide.

TV channels offer a great variety of programmes for entertaining, informing or learning. Play the video entitled Five top picks for teens, which is based on the description of five programmes on some American TV channels. 

Then, with a classmate, answer the questions below.

  • Do you recognize these TV programmes?
  • What type of programmes are they? Enter the ESOL Courses site and learn about different kinds of TV programmes.
  • Are there any similar programmes on the channels that you usually watch?

Enter the TV guide from the English BBC channel and read about the different programmes. With your classmate, comment on the types of programmes they are. Revisit the ESOL Courses site and revise vocabulary related to TV programmes. Have a look at the IELTS LIZ site to revise vocabulary on types of films. On the same TV guide, you can also read programmes' reviews and descriptions that help you know about the programme contents.

Sign in at Canva and create a chart with three columns with the following headings:

  • EntertainingYou watch the programme just for fun.
  • InformativeProgramme contents make you keep informed about current topics.
  • Learning: You learn about new things and relate them to what you already know.

Put under each column the programmes' titles from the TV guide you have read before. Go round the class and ask your partners about the programmes they usually watch on TV. At home, you can also ask the members of your family about their favourite programmes. Add the new programmes' titles under the correct heading depending on the purpose each one has.

After finishing your chart, create a page entitled  'Key vocabulary' in your Weebly site and add the link to your chart. In case that you need some help on how to use Weebly, watch the Weebly 2014 tutorial.. Do not forget that this vocabulary will be helpful for you throughout the project.

As an extra activity, enter the ESL About site and broaden your vocabulary on television with a gap-filling exercise.

Reading & Speaking

Develop your reading skills by entering the britishcouncil. org site. With your classgroup, comment on the reality shows that are popular in the UK. Can you watch the same reality shows in the place where you live? Choose a reality show that you know about and describe it to a classmate.

Coming on your TV

Now that you have revised vocabulary on TV programmes and film genres, we want you to create a short TV guide for today and tomorrow based on two channels. Take into account that your guide must include the time at which programmes start, the programmes' title and a brief description of them. 

You are going to do this mission in groups of four. Please, read carefully the instructions below.

  • Get together and agree with the members of your group on what programmes your guide will include.
  • Use the online tool Canva or any similar tool to create your TV guide.
  • Remember to insert a great variety of programmes and images that illustrate them.
  • Agree on the times at which each programme is going to start and finish. Practise telling the time at the agendaweb.org site.
  • Under each programme's title, write a short description so that viewers get informed of the contents available.

Publish your TV guide on a page that you will entitle 'My digital resources' in your Weebly site and share it with your classmates on Pinterest. Remember to include a picture illustrating your guide.

On a fixed day, you and your group will present your guide in front of your class group. For the presentation, take the following points as guidance.

  • Take turns to perform the roles of presenters informing the audience of what programmes and films they can watch today and tomorrow.
  • Each member in the group will present the TV shows that are emitted during a time zone (morning, midday, afternoon or evening).
  • Refer to the viewers' profile for each programme, that is, whether they are watched by children, teenagers, housewives, the elderly, etc.

After all the presentations, the whole class will vote for the best guide taking into account the variety of TV shows included and how interesting and entertaining they are.

Your teacher will evaluate your work on the guide following the criteria included in the 'Rubric for assessing a digital poster'. Your guide presentation will be assessed according to the criteria in the 'Rubric for assessing a presentation',

Learning diary

In this mission, you are going to start creating your Learning Diary. It will help you reflect on what you are learning and, most important, what the best way of learning is.

In your Weebly website, you have the possibility to create a blog which you will entitle  'What's on TV?'. This is going to be your Learning Diary.

After reading all the instructions related to your first mission, we encourage you to reflect and answer the questions below in your diary. Make a first post on your blog with the title 'Your TV guide' and write your answers:

  • How could I sum up the sequence of contents I am going to deal with? What do I have to achieve to overcome the mission?
  • From my point of view, what aspects or tasks are the most important to be developed in this project? What do I expect to learn throughout this work project?
  • What difficulties may I face? What ideas come to my mind for developing the content sequence?
  • What doubts do I still have?

Do not forget it would be great if you shared these feelings and thoughts with your classmates. You will have 10 or 15 minutes to complete this part.