The Principles Of Language Assessment

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Listening was given a higher weight on this section compared to the weight of the reading on the previous section. This was done for two reasons, first because for an oral interview it is very important to understand the questions being asked and secondly because the teacher can specifically monitor the listening skills by asking the question again or in a different manner. This approach is difficult to evaluate reading because the assessment is completed independently by the student. Note that while this student performed well and received a composite score of 82 and a Good rating, she performed much better on the oral interview than she did on the written portion of the assessment. This information will be discussed in the following section on the principles of assessment and how the scoring information might be used. Principles of Language Assessment Practicality, reliability, validity, authenticity and washback, the principles of language assessment, will be evaluated as they apply to this assessment. Practicality. Elements of this test are quite practical and others may be up for debate depending on the situation. The test will take the average student between 90 minutes and two hours to complete and the costs are minimal allowing the assessment to be delivered within budgetary guidelines for any institution. The directions for administration are clear and the rubric provides for guidance on scoring. The elements of the assessment that may be less practical relate to design and scoring. The examples used in this test were specific to a collection of jobs that the students were interested in applying for and potentially where they may actually gain employment. Depending on the make-up of the class and the degree of... ... middle of paper ... ...peaking and listening skills were rated quite high. The most beneficial washback is when a student gets a job and is able to share this information with the class, which encourages other students to keep learning and is one of the reason teachers keep teaching. Summary In summary, the Jobs and Workplaces Assessment provides for a comprehensive look into a student’s achievement on job seeking communication and interviewing skills. The assessment provides for more detailed information on writing and speaking, which for the context are the most critical of the four language skills. The assessment provides meaningful information to both the student and the teacher. It also provides for brainstorming and sharing among students in the class, which creates an important social network for those new to the United States or those interacting outside their comfort zone.
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