Thursday, December 4, 2014

Language Assessment: Topic 6: Assessing Language Skills and Content






























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  1. TQ in advance Miss Kee. Happy belated Chinese New Year

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  2. Dear teachers,
    Briefly discuss one way of how you assess any of the language skills. Link it to the lesson learnt via the notes above.

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    1. I’ve always drilled my Year 6’s pupils on grammar items and vocabulary content and the best way to assess their findings and understandings are through a multiple choice test type. The test is to be the best way to test the pupils’ knowledge of the relative grammar items. As for their vocabulary knowledge, the MCQ could really test their wide range of understanding and knowing the correct spelling of each word. I often used perceptive reading skill in my teaching and learning process for Year 6 pupils; preparing them for their UPSR Paper 1 format questions. This reading skill ensured my pupils’ answering process spotted on. Another format of the related paper is picture cued items.

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  3. To assess reading skill, I usually give a reading comprehension. Reading comprehension assessments are the most common type of published reading test that is available. The most common reading comprehension assessment involves asking pupils to read a passage of text that is leveled appropriately for the pupil, and then asking some explicit, detailed questions about the content of the text. There are some variations on reading comprehension assessments, however. For example, instead of explicit questions about facts directly presented in the text, the pupils could be asked to answer inferential questions about information which was implied by the text, or the pupil’s comprehension might be tested by his or her ability to retell the story in the pupils’ own words or to summarize the main idea or the moral of the story. Another common reading comprehension assessment is called a "cloze" task - words are omitted from the passage, and the pupil is asked to fill in the blanks with appropriate words. Also, young pupils’ reading comprehension can be assessed by asking them to read and follow simple instructions, such as, "Stand up" or, "Go look out the window."

    Ganesan Veerappan
    PPG Tesl
    Sem 6

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  4. Assess skill : reading
    There are many types of reading comprehension assessments.
    1. One type involves a student reading a passage that is at an appropriate level for the student, and then having the student answer factual questions about the text.
    2. Second type involves a student answering inferential questions about implied information in the text.
    3. Third type involves a student filling in missing words from a passage.
    4. Fourth type is to have a student retell the story in their own words.
    • By following these practises, pupils will enjoy reading and can improved their pronunciation and intonation as well.

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  5. Reading skill can be assessed in many ways. Usually reading comprehension is good way to assess pupils’ language skills. It can improve pupils’ knowledge, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The reading material selected must relate to pupils’ level of reading. Teacher can assessed pupils’ reading skill by using multiple choice questions, true or false and others.

    Mohd Nizam Mohamed
    PPG TESL SEM6 2015

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  6. Reading comprehension assessments are the most common type. Normally teacher asking a pupils to read a passage of text that is leveled appropriately for them and then asking some explicit, detailed questions about the content of the text

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  7. Writing( Extensive )
    Having your students give you a writing sample is another good way to assess their proficiency with grammar. If you have them write something for homework, you run the risk that someone other than your student will do the writing. Often friends or native speakers will correct a nonnative speaker’s writing with the intention of helping, but this will not give you an accurate picture of your student’s writing. To avoid this, have your students do a periodic in class writing. Give them an adequate amount of time to write about a subject that you assign. You will then get an accurate look at their grammatical and writing proficiency. Follow up your assessment with some mini-lessons on common grammatical pitfalls that the class exhibited. So i always prefer writing skill in my lesson because the more exercise they did will improve their ability.

    Uma Mageswari D/O Balakrishnan
    PPG TESL
    Sem 6
    2015

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  8. Writing skill can be assessed in many ways. Usually by using writing it is good way to improve the pupils' knowledge during the lesson. Other than that writing can make the pupils enhance their knowledge, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation by writing the exercises. Teacher can choose any kind of material for writing that have to suit the pupils' level. The activity that can be carried out to assess writing is by using the spelling or dictation.

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  9. On-going assessment of writing is integral to the effective teaching of writing to students with learning disabilities. Curriculum-based assessments can be used to assess the writing process and product and should take into account purpose as well. The writing process can be assessed through observational and self-observational checklists. The writing product can be evaluated on five product factors: fluency, content, conventions, syntax, and vocabulary. Writing samples also should be assessed across a variety of purposes for writing to give a complete picture of a student's writing performance across different text structures and genres. These simple classroom measures can fulfill various functions of assessment including: identifying strengths and weaknesses, planning instruction, evaluating instructional activities, giving feedback, monitoring performance, and reporting progress.

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  10. Reading skill assessment:
    - Asks pupils to read a passage. underlined the difficult words and the content of the passage.

    - Asks WH questions based on the passage.

    - Rearrange the content of the story accordingly.

    - Filling in the missing words from the passage.

    The objective of the assessment is that pupils will enjoy the reading and improved the pronounciation and intonation. Moreover they can understand what they have read.

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  11. Writing (imitative)
    To produce written language the learner must attain the skills in the fundamental, basic tasks o writing letters, words, punctuation and brief sentences. At this stage, learners are trying to master the mechanics of writing.
    Tasks: writing letters and words, spelling and detecting phoneme-grapheme correspondences.
    Curriculum-based assessments can be used to assess the writing process and product and should take into account purpose as well. The writing process can be assessed through observational and self-observational checklists. The writing product can be evaluated on five product factors: fluency, content, conventions, syntax, and vocabulary. Writing samples also should be assessed across a variety of purposes for writing to give a complete picture of a student's writing performance across different text structures and genres. These simple classroom measures can fulfill various functions of assessment including: identifying strengths and weaknesses, planning instruction, evaluating instructional activities, giving feedback, monitoring performance, and reporting progress.

    Maria binti Zainal
    PPG Tesl
    Semester 6

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  12. There are many ways and activities you can assess your students:
    • Class Presentation
    • Role Play
    • Fill In The Blank
    • Multiple Choice Exercises
    • True/False Quiz
    I’ve all the 5 ways stated above, and I’ve found out that my students more interested in doing role play, true/ false quizzes and class presentation rather than answer MCQ and fill in the blanks exercises. But of course I had to guide them when they’re do some presentation, but overall, they like do more action rather than sit down and do their writing task.

    Faerawati Binti Yusof@Ramli
    PPG TESL Ambilan Khas

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  13. in assessing the pupils , there are many that way we can apply either in the classroom or out of the classroom which means formal or informal. formal assessment by doing the exam, test, exercises like fill in the blanks , multiple questions while the informal test like role play in playing drama, simple conversations between the teacher and pupils and oral test.these types of assessing is good especially in assess their language ability.

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