The constructivist model that or educational institution proudly adopted allows that each one of our students to participate in an active learning process, where acting on our reality is building that learning process and at the same time the structures in his/her own mind.
This model allows us to effectively combine different subjects; and also facilitates the development of projects.
Part of the objectives of the Spanish as a subject is to amplify the students’ capacity for communication, contribution, sharing, and evaluating; developing their knowledge through spoken and written language in its syntactic, semantic and graphic aspects, as a tool for understanding.
Following this working model and considering the following expected learning outcomes:
- Identify the characteristics of interviews and their function as a source of information.
- Scrutinize and select the information that should be included in an interview report and employs direct dialogue and narrative to the redaction.
- Respects the integrity of the interviewed individual during the interview when preparing the report of it.
We did a joint project with the Computing class.
The project “Reporter for a Day”, named by the students, started after the students saw a video of an interview done by sporting teenagers, when the video finished we talked about the development of it, the elements of an interview that they observed, their characteristics, kind of questions, etc.
They captured their impressions of the interview in their notebook.
Looking back at the interview it was commented that in order to be a reporter, it is indispensable to determine the subject to be presented, and the information that should be complied from experts or involved in such a theme.
For this reason, the students decided to choose different professions that captured their attention: things that in the future they might like to do. Based on that we elaborated a chart of three columns: in the first, the desired profession; in the second, what they should know about it and in the last, who to interview. Some of the selected professions were: lawyer, psychologist, singer, doctor, mathematician, air traffic controller, etc.
In some cases it was possible to perform the project in pairs, those who coincided in their selected profession.
After that, we analyzed different kinds of questions which could be done and which were the more convenient.
They wrote a minimum of ten questions focused on the development of the selected profession: where to study, how easy it is, how hard it is, in what it consisted, where they could work, etc. Always taking care not to affect the integrity of the interviewed person.
They chose the person to be interviewed and they conducted a little research about their professional and working life, they made a presentation and made an appointment.
When the expected day for the appointment came, with the support of their technological devices they did their interviews and recorded every second of them.
In computing, they learned to use a program to edit their videos which helped them achieve a better presentation of their interview.
When they finished their video, they analyzed all the information obtained during their interview, in this way they could write a report of the interview, pointing out the most relevant and important information for them.
When they finished, in a group they shared their experience as reporters and the lesson they had learned from each one of the interviewed individuals; and also the need to consider individuals as a very valuable source of information for their personal development, day to day.