Sep 042012

‘Rubrics’ seems to be a word that’s generally used differently in British and ‘merican. In British English (as I understand it) we generally use it to refer to the written instructions you find in textbooks. In ‘merican it’s the marking criteria for tasks and assignments.

I’ve never been a fan of long rubrics (in the British sense) and have always admired authors who can keep them short and sweet. But if the rubrics can be videos, then I feel rather differently about them. Here’s a discussion lesson that my business English students have enjoyed and found useful where the rubrics are delivered via video of a somewhat frazzled boss. I think it’s pretty self explanatory, but do drop me a line if you’d like more guidance on how it works. And if you use it, please tell me how it went.



 Posted by at 10:32 am

  3 Responses to “‘Job Brief’ lesson with video rubrics”

  1. As far as I can tell, rubric is a word people use to prove they are academics (and academics who don’t know any etymology, at that). 🙂

  2. John, I must confess I didn’t know what the etymology was and I’m so glad you prompted me to look it up. For others like me, it comes from Old French ‘rubrique’, and it referred to the directions in religious services (often written in red). Ha! Doubt many textbook writers have thought of our instructions as being a religious undertaking, eh? 🙂

    So that’s where its British ‘instructional language’ link comes from. I’ve encountered it in publishing contexts in British English, and in academic evaluation contexts in ‘merican. Is that just a reflection of where I’ve been working on different sides of the pond though, I wonder? Perhaps others will know.

  3. Hi Vicki,

    Wow, super, I just love these ready-made lessons.

    I’d like to use this and will give you feedback … could be a month or two, though.

    it reminds me of the whisky campaign in In at the Deep End – that always worked.

    Getya later! Joan

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