Category: SBA

Updated English A and B SBA Overview


Each student will create a Portfolio on an issue/topic/theme/event selected by the students in the group and approved by the teacher. The issue/topic/theme/event will also be orally presented. The issue/topic/theme/event selected should allow for meaningful research and presentation.

The Portfolio should include the following:

1. PLAN OF INVESTIGATION – an introduction to the issue/topic/theme/event (A satisfactory response should be no more than 100 words).

(a) Why did you choose this issue/topic/theme/event?

(b) What are the expected benefits to you as a student of English?

(c) How do you intend to collect relevant information on your issue/topic/theme/event and use this in your presentation?

2. PARTICIPATION MEASURE – A measure of the candidate’s individual participation assessed by self and teacher.

3. INDICATORS OF GROUP ACTIVITY – A minimum of THREE pieces of material, for example, print, audio, visual media must be collected and presented in the Portfolio and should address the issue/topic/theme/event selected. One of the three pieces must be print.

These pieces will form the basis for the process of enquiry and group work activities (cognitive, psychomotor, affective) in which students will become aware of and practise English language skills.

  1. REFLECTION – THREE entries in which the student reflects on the issue/topic/ theme/event selected should be completed.

In the first entry the student must indicate how each piece of data helped shape his or her thinking about the issue/topic/ theme/event.

The second entry should discuss the use of language in the material selected

The third entry should state how the process of doing the SBA helped the student to become a better person. The reflection should be written in class under the teacher’s supervision.

  1. WRITTEN REPORT – A written report of the investigation should be a summary of the processes, procedures and outcomes of the research. It should include the material collected, reasons for selection and analysis of the material. A satisfactory report should be about 250- 300 words in total.
  1. ORAL PRESENTATION – A personal response related to issue/topic/ theme/ event should be delivered orally in 3 to 5 minutes.

The oral presentation should be delivered predominately in standard English and in a genre of the student’s choosing, for example, drama, poetry, prose, role play, speech, argument, exposition.

The student should deliver a brief overview of the presentation including the genre chosen, the sources used and a comment on the kind of language used in the data.

A brief plan of the Oral Presentation must be submitted in the Portfolio.

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7 Ways Smart Phones can be used to Complete the English A & B SBA

A number of students that we teach do not have access to a computer or consistent internet service at home. For them, this is a major challenge that they face while doing the English A and B SBA. Or is it?

Although, a number of students might not have a computer at home or consistent internet service; I have noted that most students have smart cellular phones. In a number of cases, students have internet service on their phones or they might have access to the school’s open campus wifi.

With this in mind, here are a number of ways you can use smart phones to assist in the creation of the English A and B SBA process:

1) Research Artefacts

Students can use the phones to search for their artefacts, whether it maybe print, video and/or audio.

2) Showcase Artefacts

Students can share their artefacts that they have found with their group mates and teacher via Whatsapp or in SBA update meetings. This will enable the student to get feedback about the appropriateness of their artefacts in relation to their individual topic without having to print or download the information. This can save on time and expense for the student.

3) Video Journals

Students are often encouraged to keep a journal of their experiences throughout the SBA process. The students can opt to keep a video journal in which they record their experiences. This can be used to frame for the students how they have grown throughout the process. This will assist with writing reflection entry number three.

4) Record Practice Oral Presentations

Students can record their oral presentations at home while they rehearse their presentation. In their group presentation practice session meeting they can share their recorded presentation. Students can also watch each other’s presentations and offer suggestions. They can also use a checklist to evaluate each other’s presentation.

5) Typing the Plan of Investigation

Several aspects of the SBA can be typed on students’ smart phone as well as these can be emailed to themselves or the teacher. This can therefore be done without a laptop or desktop computer.

6) Emailing Sample Drafts

Increasingly, we do not need a desktop or laptop to send and rece1ve emails. The teacher can track students’ progress by schedule dates for email updates. These updates can be emailed via their smart phones.

7) Using Google Calendar

Students can also track, share and schedule group meeting with their phones. One thing I noticed with my students last school year was that they had group meeting; however, often they did not record the date and times of their meeting. They also did not note discussion topics, etc.

School Policy

I know that there are schools that have a no Cellular phones policy with good reason. It is also interesting to note that although this policy exists in a number of cases students still take and use their smart phones in school. Often these phones are not used for educational purposes but instead as an entertainment tool.

Is it that we need to teach the students that their smart phones can be a tool for learning and not just a source of enjoyment?

Is that we need to develop a cellular policy in our schools that lends itself to limited phone use for classes and educational purposes?


Should the no phones in schools policy stand regardless of the educational merits of smart phones?

Please comment below your thoughts or share any other suggestions you might have on the topic.

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