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Assessing Oral Language Proficiency in our students. Learning about speaking tests. Power Point adapted from the original. David Deubelbeiss, March 29, 2009

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  1. 1. Assessing Oral Language Proficiency in our students LEARNING ABOUT SPEAKING TESTS Power Point adapted from the original. David Deubelbeiss, March 29, 2009 Enric Calvet, 2013
  2. 2. The Lighter Side….
  3. 3. Today’s Menu What are the main ideas we’ve got about a good test design? Practice making test rubrics and assessing. Learn how to deliver and design a “retelling” speaking test.
  4. 4. The Alphabet Soup of Assessment
  5. 5. What do you believe….? We give tests so that …………………….. Tests provide teachers with …………………….. When testing in my class, I usually …………………….. Tests help students …………………….. A good speaking test should …………………….. All tests must …………………….. My opinion on tests is …………………….. An example of one kind of test is ……………………..
  6. 6. Complete the Following….. The purpose of testing is…. To give information to the students and teachers (also parents!)
  7. 7. Complete the Following….. Tests can easily become …. Normative and Comparative. (but should be Criterion based and about what the student CAN do)
  8. 8. Complete the Following….. Classroom based tests should ……… - Non – threatening environment - Focus on “real situations” and the process of learning.
  9. 9. Complete the Following….. Also, they should ………. Provide big picture. Emphasize thinking skills and collaboration. provide information and be about the learning.
  10. 10. THE GOLDEN RULE! Test what the student CAN do NOT What the student can’t!
  11. 11. Making a rubric What is a rubric? "a scoring tool that lists the criteria for a piece of work or 'what counts.' " -- Heidi Goodrich
  12. 12. Vo c Flu enc y What does speaking consist of? ab ul a ry Successful / Students am Gr Li g nin ste i l ls sk . mp Co on Pronunciati ma r
  13. 13. Fill in the rubric with descriptors Fluency Limited Pronunciation unclear Parts clear Vocabulary limited adequate Effort poor fair some good Mostly clear Well Developed Very clear sound extensive Good excellent
  14. 14. Assessing through an Interview Students know the questions and have practiced. Design the rubric. Select 4 questions to ask a student. Score the student based on their response.
  15. 15. Oral Assessment using retelling Retelling is a powerful way to fully assess a student’s ability to produce language. It shows with validity that a student understands the language used and most importantly, can use it. _____________________________________ 1. List the main ideas of the story. 2. Design a rubric or storytelling checklist. 3. Ask the student(s) to retell the “story”. 4. Check all ideas that the student successfully retells/relates. 5. Total the score.
  16. 16. Checklist Animals, Animals! Major Ideas: This animal is a vertebrate or an invertebrate? What type of animal is it? (mammal, reptile, … insect, arachnid…) Why is this animal a mammal? Reasons (because…) Parts of the body (it has got/they have got…) It eats… / It can… / The body is covered… / It lives … (more info) Score 1 2 3
  17. 17. Oral Assessment using “sequencing” – HOW TO……. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Explaining “how to” do something is an excellent way to assess student speaking ability. ________________________________ List the main steps. Teach / practice. Design a checklist. Ask the student(s) to explain “how to...” Check all steps that the student successfully retells/relates. Total the score.
  18. 18. Checklist Steps: How to make a P&J sandwich Get two slices of bread. Put peanut butter on one. Put jelly on top of the peanut butter. Cut the sandwich in half. Eat the sandwich! 1 2 3
  19. 19. Beware of “narrow” testing
  20. 20. Be Careful!  Assure all students understand the criteria of assessment (the rubric) Pre Test  Did you teach enough, the required content?  Check for “Silent Period” During Testing  Provide a proper environment / warm up.  Test what you taught!  Give students specific feedback Flood & Lapp, 1992 After Testing  allow for a retake. Praise!
  21. 21. Websites and gadgets to help test speaking
  22. 22. “one teaches, two learn.” Assessment in Language-Learning – Links and Resources Andrew Finch's Comprehensive List of Assessment resources http://www.mediafire.com/?a5mhti1mfjejz Assessment and Testing Folder shared by “EFLClassroom
  23. 23. Assessing Oral Language Proficiency in our students LEARNING ABOUT SPEAKING TESTS Enric Calvet, 2013

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