In our group lessons, differentiated instruction is being used. While part of the lesson is conducted with the whole class group, at other times the teacher will assign different tasks to different students to meet the diverse needs, the different ability levels, proficiencies or learning styles of each student.
The four-skills approach focuses on listening, speaking, reading, and writing as distinct skills. The current communicative modes model reconfigures the approach such that the four skills are intertwined in real-life communication.
Classical assessments (written tests) take place regularly. However, cosmocollege also works with performance assessment. During a performance assessment, students demonstrate their ability to use the target language, in this case Dutch, in activities that parallel what native speakers might do. For example, students create a newspaper, conduct interviews to learn about a cultural topic, organize social activities, presentations, etc.
Students participating in a Standard Course or Long Term Course have two afternoons per week during which they will be assigned to a Grammar Workshop or Conversation Workshop.
Grammar Workshop : in-depth sessions to practice important grammar items both with the teacher and with interactive software.
Conversation Workshop : fluency skills sessions to help the student overcome inhibitions and group communication anxieties.
Students enrolled on a Long Term Course have an extra two afternoons Interactive Language Projects to enable them to get in contact with Dutch native speakers inside and outside the school.
Projects include : School Newspaper Editorial Club, Voluntary Work, Culture Club, Film Club, Journalist Club, Social Club,… These projects are teacher-guided, but the students have assignments which they have to accomplish on their own, often outside the school. They are very important in the programme, because they enable the students to practise what they have learnt during the lessons in real life situations and with native of Dutch.