Evaluation in communicative classroom 2011

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Evaluation in communicative classroom 2011

  1. 1. Evaluating Students in a Communicative Classroom 12 October 2011
  2. 2. Evaluation <ul><li>How do you normally evaluate your students? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Traditional Evaluations <ul><li>Paper and pencil tests </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary lists </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple choice listening tests </li></ul>
  4. 4. Realistic Language Use <ul><li>What does it mean to really know a language? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Realistic Language Use <ul><li>Gossiping </li></ul><ul><li>Asking for directions </li></ul><ul><li>Telling a story </li></ul><ul><li>Describing something that happened </li></ul><ul><li>Asking a favor </li></ul><ul><li>Writing a letter (and responding to a letter) </li></ul><ul><li>Giving orders </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is wrong? <ul><li>Traditional evaluation vs. real language use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional evaluations are mostly grammar or structure based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real language use has as a basic structure, but the emphasis is on appropriately completing a task </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What is alternative assessment? <ul><li>The utilization of non-traditional approaches in judging student performance. </li></ul><ul><li>The multidimensional process of judging students' acceptable performance behaviors in life-like role applications. ( http://www.aurbach.com/alt_assess.html ) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Evaluating in a communicative classroom <ul><li>Authentic or communicative assessment is a form of testing that requires students to perform a task rather than select an answer from a ready-made list. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>What class activities could be used for authentic assessment? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Types of activities that can be used for authentic or performance assessment <ul><li>Role plays </li></ul><ul><li>Open-ended exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Extended tasks or projects </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Oral or written reports </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibitions </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Reading logs </li></ul><ul><li>Work samples </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatizations </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrations </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher observation </li></ul><ul><li>Self evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Peer evaluation </li></ul>
  11. 11. Oral Language Assessment <ul><li>Interviews (teacher-student; student-student) </li></ul><ul><li>Story telling; finishing story prompt </li></ul><ul><li>Simulated situations </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogues </li></ul><ul><li>Picture cues </li></ul><ul><li>Cue cards </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher observation checklists </li></ul><ul><li>Student self-evaluation </li></ul>
  12. 12. Reading Assessment <ul><li>Reading skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What was the main idea? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you think will happen next? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects where students must read to collect information and then create a product (oral or written). Integration of skills </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Writing Assessment <ul><li>Writing skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing should not be simple grammar practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing should be for communication of ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assessment activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process writing </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Portfolios <ul><li>What is a portfolio? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing portfolio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading portfolio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speaking portfolio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening portfolio </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. What can we do? <ul><li>Our students are generally more open to alternative, performance based assessment that our teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think this is? </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Traditional exams and quizzes are easy </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative assessment requires more effort by the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>BUT, the results are better: students learn while being evaluated </li></ul>
  17. 17. TIPS ON MAKING THIS WORK <ul><li>Teachers must accept this type of evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers must be willing to make a change in their behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers need to communicate this to the school, to the students, and to the families </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>This is just the beginning. </li></ul><ul><li>Now it’s your turn. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Thank you. </li></ul>

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