Yesterday Ruth asked about speaking assessments. I thought that I’d make a list of the kinds I know of, and ask any faithful readers to add more.
I used to do combined listening/speaking assessments, and also reading/speaking assessments, but I realized after attending Scott’s sessions that then I didn’t know where kids were getting in trouble if the speaking wasn’t good. Now the speaking assessments are not dependent on having first understood reading or listening, though obviously the habit of understanding reading and listening in class adds to the ability to speak–especially the listening.
End of semester:
1. show a picture or story strip and ask kids to tell the story (possibly by themselves, with only the teacher hearing, though that doesn’t work for me–better if they do an audio recording through a drop box).
2. ask kids to bring in their own pictures to talk about.
3. ask kids to participate in a role play with you about a situation (sort of a mini OPI).
4. give kids a set of topics you might ask about and let them think about how they’d answer
5. give kids a set of interview questions
During the semester
1. put target words/structures on the board, and ask kids in pairs or small groups to tell a story that includes those words
2. give kids a familiar story board and ask them to retell it with any changes they’d like
3. let kids come up with their own stories, draw them in groups, and retell at the front of the room
4. ask kids to embellish a story in groups; you listen as you go around
5. ask kids to “tell to their hands” during class so that you can hear what emerges
6. ask kids to prepare to tell all parts of a story board; you throw the die and they tell the one that it lands on when they’re up in front of the room
7. students retell same story from other perspective (change the person, the time frame)
8. students set up an interview with a character from the story (or news program or legal advice)
That’s all I can think of in the seven minutes I’ve allotted myself on this first day of parent conferences!