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Assessingspeaking

  1. 1. Assessing Oral LanguageProficiency in our students Learning about speaking tests
  2. 2. The Lighter Side….
  3. 3. What’s on tap? What are the principles of good test design? Practice making test rubrics and assessing. Learn how to deliver and design a “retelling” speaking test AND a level placement test.
  4. 4. The Objective of Education
  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 …………………….. 1
  6. 6. What does speaking consist of? Fl uen cy Vo c ab ul a ry iation What should Pr onunc we assess? p. o m /C ls kil Gr s ing en am Li st ma r
  7. 7. The Alphabet Soup of Assessment
  8. 8. Background: The Purpose of Tests Andrew Finch, Kyungpook Nat. Univ. of Education , Daegu, S. Korea
  9. 9. Complete the Following…..  The purpose of testing is….  Tests can easily become ….  Classroom based tests should ………  Also, they should ……….
  10. 10. Complete the Following…..  The purpose of testing is…. To give information to the students and teachers (also parents!)
  11. 11. Complete the Following….. Tests can easily become …. Normative and Comparative. (but should be Criterion based and about what the student CAN do)
  12. 12. Complete the followingClassroom based tests should ………- Non – threatening environment- Focus on “real situations” and the process of learning.
  13. 13. Complete the Following….. Also, they should ………. Provide big picture. Emphasize thinking skills and collaboration. provide information and be about the learning.
  14. 14. THE GOLDEN RULE! Test what the student CAN do NOT What the student can’t!
  15. 15. Basics 1 – Making a rubricWhat is a rubric?"a scoring tool that lists the criteria for a piece of work or what counts. " -- Heidi Goodrich 2-3
  16. 16. Fill in the rubric with descriptors Fluency Limited some good Well Developed unclear Parts clear Mostly clear Very clear Pronunciation Vocabulary limited adequate sound extensive Effort poor fair Good excellent
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. ChecklistMajor Ideas: Heungbu / Nolbu 1 2 3Two brothers, one good , one bad.Heungbu asks for food. Nolbu refuses.A swallow comes. Heungbu helps.Gets a seed.3 pumpkins grow. Treasure comes out.Nolbu is jealous. Does the same.Monsters come out.Heungbu helps Nolbu. Nolbu changes.They live happily. Score
  20. 20. Oral Assessment using“sequencing” – HOW TO……. Explaining “how to” do something is an excellent way to assess student speaking ability. ________________________________1. List the main steps. Teach / practice.2. Design a checklist.3. Ask the student(s) to explain “how to...”4. Check all steps that the student successfully retells/relates.5. Total the score. 4
  21. 21. ChecklistSteps: How to make a P&J sandwich 1 2 3Get 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!
  22. 22. Beware of “narrow” testing
  23. 23. Be Careful!  Assure all students understand the criteria of assessment (the rubric)  Did you teach enough, the required Pre Test content?  Check for “Silent Period”  Provide a proper environment / warm up. During Testing  Test what you taught!  Give students specific feedback After Testing  allow for a retake. Praise! Flood & Lapp, 1992
  24. 24. Placement Testing Key Vocabulary A great Picture Character 1: Character 2: Questions inincreasing difficulty Vocabulary Rank
  25. 25. Websites to help test speaking Teacher Evaluation
  26. 26. http://eflclassroom.ning.com
  27. 27. “one teaches, two learn.” ddeubel@gmail.com http://eflclassroom.ning.com

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