Video Essay Instructions
Please upload a single video responding to three types of questions: (1) a few questions about yourself, (2) a question about what you would do or say in a “tricky” social situation as a student, and (3) two questions based on your understanding and interpretation of a brief reading.
Your responses may be used as corroborating information about your spoken English language ability. We are not looking for a “correct” answer to these questions—that is why you are pursuing further education. At this point, we just want to hear your opinions based on your prior experiences and the reading.
Your responses may be used to improve this protocol, in which case the responses will be kept strictly confidential with no identifying information. By completing this part of your application, you are confirming (1) that you understand the goals of this protocol and how your responses will be used, and (2) that your name will not be associated with your responses in any research related to this protocol.
Now relax and have fun with the questions. Help us get to know you.
Once you read the questions, you may take as much time as necessary to think about your answers and organize your thoughts, just as you would for any class. Then, you will be asked to record all of your answers in one recording. You only have one chance to record. Also, even though you might prepare your answer in writing, DO NOT READ or RECITE your responses. Just relax and talk to us as if you were participating in a normal classroom discussion.
Important: Keeping time and responding to the questions naturally without reading or reciting a prepared statement from memory will be interpreted by the committee as evidence of your ability to follow directions, manage your work, and participate fully in classroom discussions.
Each question has a time limit that you will need to be vigilant about. However, please note that you must answer all of the questions below in ONE recording -- not three separate ones.
PART 1: TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF (1 minute max)
Briefly, state the following very clearly.
• Your first and last name
• The program you are applying for: Applied Linguistics or TESOL
• The degree you are applying for: M.A., Ed.M., or Ed.D.
• Have you ever studied in an English-speaking country before? If yes, tell us very briefly when and where.
PART 2: A TRICKY SITUATION (2 minutes max)
Imagine that you are working with a colleague on a very important final paper that you will submit together for a final grade. Your partner, however, is busy, and doesn’t have the time to put into the project, so most of the work has fallen on you. You’re also very busy. In your own words, how would you handle this situation, which you may find unbearable?
Begin your response by saying “Part 2.”
PART 3: BRIEF ARTICLE AND QUESTIONS (3 minutes max)
Answer the following questions:
- In your own words, what is your main takeaway from the Sherris article?
- Then, thinking about a language learning or teaching context that you are familiar with, discuss briefly some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a content and language integrated approach to language instruction in your context.
You may take notes and use any resources you would like (e.g., dictionaries, etc.) to understand the article and prepare a response, just as you would if you were at TC. Do not read or recite your answer. Just talk to us naturally.
Begin your response by saying "Part 3."
As a reminder, please record your answers to the three questions above in ONE recording.
We encourage you to print this page to use as a guide while you complete the following video essay section. These instructions will not be visible during your recording.