Oral Fluency Evaluation
Fall, 2013 (End of Semester)
This is a testing instrument designed to assess your developing abilities with
English at the end of the Fall, 2013 Semester.
You will draw on English language, culture, and civilization skills, knowledge,
and themes developed in your work this semester.
As outlined by your instructor, make a digital audio recording, reading aloud
the following text.
Do not prepare or rehearse this text; use several moments to orient yourself
with the text, and then begin reading.
It is not expected that you will read the presented text material perfectly; do
not “agonize” over word elements you do not know or repeat words or
phrase—one measure of your oral fluency is the total time taken to complete
the shown texts.
You may find entire sentences or text “too difficult” to understand and read, if
you are not prepared you to complete the task.
Refer any questions or concerns to your faculty instructor.
At the conclusion of your reading: in your own words, describe yourself
as a language and culture learner. Speak freely about your language
learning process and goals as a language and culture learner.
Nicknames for Chicago
A nickname is a shortened version of a person's name. A nickname also can describe
a person, place or thing. Many American cities have interesting nicknames. These
can help establish an identity, spread pride among citizens and build unity.
Chicago, Illinois was once the second largest city in the United States. So, one of its
nicknames is The Second City. Over the years, the population of Chicago has
decreased. Today it is the third largest American city.
However, another nickname for Chicago is still true today. It is The Windy City.
Chicago sits next to Lake Michigan, one of North America’s Great Lakes. Chicago was
called a “windy city” because of the wind that blows off of Lake Michigan. In the
eighteen sixties and seventies, Chicago was advertised as an ideal place to visit in
the summer because of this cool wind.
But anyone who has ever lived in Chicago knows how cold that wind can be in
winter. The wind travels down the streets between tall buildings in the center of the
Chicago was an important agricultural, industrial and transportation center for the
country. In nineteen sixteen, the city gained two more nicknames from a poem
called “Chicago,” written by Carl Sandburg. Here is the first part of the poem:
Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders.
Chicago was called Hog Butcher for the World because of its huge meat-processing
industry. And, it was called The City of the Big Shoulders or City of Broad Shoulders
because of its importance to the nation.
Now, at the conclusion of your readings: in your own words, describe
yourself as a language and culture learner.
Say as much as you can, speaking for at least one to two minutes.
How much speaking and listening practice you have had in your education to
How has this affected your comfort in speaking English and understanding
What are your goals in language and culture learning?
Which language learning activities or classes do you enjoy the most? Which
did you learn the most from? Be as specific and detailed as you can.