Assessing Oral Language Proficiency in our students Learning about speaking tests.

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  • Assessing Oral Language Proficiency in our students Learning about speaking tests
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  • The Lighter Side.
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  • Whats 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.
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  • The Objective of Education
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  • 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
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  • Listening skills / Comp. Vocabulary Fluency Grammar What should we assess? Pronunciation What does speaking consist of?
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  • The Alphabet Soup of Assessment
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  • Background: The Purpose of Tests Andrew Finch, Kyungpook Nat. Univ. of Education, Daegu, S. Korea
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  • Complete the Following.. The purpose of testing is. Tests can easily become . Classroom based tests should Also, they should .
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  • Complete the Following.. The purpose of testing is. To give information to the students and teachers (also parents!)
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  • Complete the Following.. Tests can easily become . Normative and Comparative. (but should be Criterion based and about what the student CAN do)
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  • Complete the following Classroom based tests should - Non threatening environment - Focus on real situations and the process of learning.
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  • Complete the Following.. Also, they should . Provide big picture. Emphasize thinking skills and collaboration. provide information and be about the learning.
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  • THE GOLDEN RULE! Test what the student CAN do NOT What the student cant!
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  • Basics 1 Making a rubric What is a rubric? "a scoring tool that lists the criteria for a piece of work or 'what counts.' " -- Heidi Goodrich 2-3
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  • Fill in the rubric with descriptors Fluency Pronunciation Effort Vocabulary Limited Parts clearMostly clearVery clearunclear somegood Well Developed limitedadequatesoundextensive poorfairGoodexcellent
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  • 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.
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  • Oral Assessment using retelling Retelling is a powerful way to fully assess a students 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.
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  • Checklist Major Ideas: Heungbu / Nolbu 1 2 3 Two 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
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  • 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
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  • Checklist Steps: How to make a P&J sandwichHow to make a P&J sandwich 1 2 3 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!
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  • Beware of narrow testing
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  • Be Careful! Assure all students understand the criteria of assessment (the rubric) Did you teach enough, the required content? Check for Silent Period Provide a proper environment / warm up. Test what you taught! Give students specific feedback allow for a retake. Praise! Flood & Lapp, 1992 Pre Test During Testing After Testing
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  • Placement Testing A great Picture Questions in increasing difficulty Vocabulary Rank Key Vocabulary Character 1:Character 2:
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  • Websites to help test speaking Teacher Evaluation
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  • one teaches, two learn.


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