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!
Listening takes practice. Babies born into an English-speaking household begin learning how to listen from the moment they are born, and ELLs that attend an English class or move to an English speaking area begin learning how to listen from the second they step foot in the room or country.
If your students put time and effort into listening, their progress should be given the same attention that speaking, reading, and writing get. It should be measured.
You walk into a classroom that you’re told is composed of intermediate-level students. However, what you find is that half of the class is well-versed when it comes to grammar and reading and the other half of the class is practically illiterate, but their conversation skills and pronunciation is incredible. So, what do you do?