Assessing Oral Language Proficiency in our students Learning about speaking tests
The Lighter Side.
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.
The Objective of Education
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
Listening skills / Comp. Vocabulary Fluency Grammar What should we assess? Pronunciation What does speaking consist of?
The Alphabet Soup of Assessment
Background: The Purpose of Tests Andrew Finch, Kyungpook Nat. Univ. of Education, Daegu, S. Korea
Complete the Following.. The purpose of testing is. Tests can easily become . Classroom based tests should Also, they should .
Complete the Following.. The purpose of testing is. To give information to the students and teachers (also parents!)
Complete the Following.. Tests can easily become . Normative and Comparative. (but should be Criterion based and about what the student CAN do)
Complete the following Classroom based tests should - Non threatening environment - Focus on real situations and the process of learning.
Complete the Following.. Also, they should . Provide big picture. Emphasize thinking skills and collaboration. provide information and be about the learning.
THE GOLDEN RULE! Test what the student CAN do NOT What the student cant!
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
Fill in the rubric with descriptors Fluency Pronunciation Effort Vocabulary Limited Parts clearMostly clearVery clearunclear somegood Well Developed limitedadequatesoundextensive poorfairGoodexcellent
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.
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.
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
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
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!
Beware of narrow testing
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
Placement Testing A great Picture Questions in increasing difficulty Vocabulary Rank Key Vocabulary Character 1:Character 2:
Websites to help test speaking Teacher Evaluation
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com http://eflclassroom.ning.com one teaches, two learn.