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Some of my most favorite memories from teaching in Mongolia revolve around playing board games and card games. We played games in the classroom almost daily as a way to cool down after a information-heavy lesson or fill time when my students progressed more quickly than I had anticipated. However, I never viewed it as a “time filler” or as a break from language learning. The games we played varied often, but even the ones that wouldn’t necessarily be considered language games helped my students grow in their use of the English language.
There are plenty of seminars and conferences for educators and ESL teachers, but professional development should be a balance of daily growth, collaborative learning, and self-development. So, today we’re breaking down why cooperative self-development is important and how you can begin to incorporate a routine of professional growth into your already busy schedule!
Today we’re going to be talking more about how you can assess your speaking class in a way that makes sense for you. There are three main areas of speaking to pay attention to during an assessment, but we’re just going to focus on the first two: pronunciation and fluency. Accuracy, the final area, is a little bit more straightforward and more commonly addressed in ESL curriculum. Keep reading to learn more about how to test your students’ pronunciation and fluency, what to pay attention to, and how to find the perfect assessment tool for your classroom!