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Sport journalism

Interviewing a multi-sport athlete

At the end of this mission you should be able to ask questions in an interview and produce a video. 

We will work on speaking and writing skills.

This mission will take us four lessons, so you can work calmly but please do not stop focusing on your final aim: creating a video clip with an interview.  You will work in pairs, one of you would be the interviewer, who has to prepare the questions and the other one, the interviewee, will play the role of the athlete, who has to prepare the answers. All the videos will be uploaded to Youtube. With all of them the teacher will create a playlist.

You will work in groups of three (two journalists: camera and interviewer and the other one will play the role of the athlete). To make it easier you have to follow the steps below:

  • Let’s look for information about an athlete (it will be great if you go back onto the previous mission and use this information).
  • Write the script of your interview.
  • Introduction (brief introduction of the character).
  • Questions and answers.
  • Farewell.
  • Your teacher will check if the script is correct.
  • Start recording the video. It would be amazing if you dressed up like an interviewer and the chosen athlete.
  • When you finish you have to upload the video to Youtube. Once you have your video on the net, you will have the opportunity to spread the word. You will send the video to your classmates, teachers or relatives. We will also give you the chance to use Twitter. Let's have a look at the following section: Organizing and Sharing. 

Topics for your interview:

We have learnt lots of new things about sport life along this project. Now it would be the perfect moment to use it in the interview. Here we recommend you some questions to talk about: 

  • Did the athlete practise any other sport before?
  • Does the athlete usually practise any other sport?
  • What healthy habits does the athlete have?
  • How does the athlete work out?
  • Try to compare the athlete with other sportsman or sportswoman.

The assessment documents  'Rubric for an interview' and 'Rubric for a video assignment' will help you know how to do a great job.

You will use the online tool WeVideo to create, edit and publish your final outcome. If you know any other tool for the same purpose and would rather use that, you are more than welcome!

Organising and sharing

Now it's time to share and spread your fantastic work. Along the project you have published different posts in your digital portfolio.

As a summary we propose you to create a complete post (digital portfolio) in your blog with a reflection about what you have learned along this project. The following items will guide you to create thiis post (Don't forget to identify your post with the tag "Project: a sport journalist"):

  • Main vocabulary of the project.
  • Grammar reference.
  • All the activities related with this topic.
  • Final outcome of the project: The video interview.
  • A good idea would be to include the links to all the posts you have created along the whole project.
  • You can also include the link to your Learning Diary. 

In addition, you are invited to make a public presentation of your videos. Don't you think it could be a great activity to organize an event at your school/classroom? Teachers, students, parents and maybe other people could know what you have done and value all your effort. 

Each group must introduce the video. The resource 'San Gregorio Sección Bilingüe: Useful sentences for your videos and presentations'  will help you with general sentences to prepare your speech.

The 'Rubric to assess an oral presentation' will help you know how to do a great job: 

Now it is time to spread your final post through the social networks. Remember to use the class Twitter account which is run by your teacher. So it is time for you to create a tweet to disseminate your post. It will be published through the class account. Remember:

  • You can use 280 characters.
  • Include the link to your post. 
  • Use the hashtag of the project: #EDIAsportjournalist

The 'Rubric to assess a tweet' will help you  know how to do a great job.

Learning diary: Final evaluation

We have finished the project, but there is a very important aspect to focus on now: we will assess all we have done. It is very easy; you are going to think on everything you have learned and how you have learnt it. So you should think on all the missions you have crafted.

Assessment is very important because it will help you and the teacher solve and change all the aspects that might not work properly and continue using all the ones which have helped you learn more and better. But it is especially meaningful for you to identify how you learn better.

To carry out this assessment, you will complete the following rubric: 'Assessment of the classroom experience'

You can work on this individually and then share it with your mate (the one you have been working with). Finally you will share with the whole group.

What's more, if the final assessment is positive, your teacher will give you a badge recognizing this effort that you can include in your Learning Diary. By doing so, you will be awarded an accomplishment badge by your teacher who will be able to create them using this website.

You are invited to talk with your parents about all this. You can publish a summary of your learning process in the final post with all your outcomes.