Principles of Language Assessment: Speaking

Intensive Speaking

A read aloud Task: Teacher listen a recording evaluate the students in a series of phonological factors and fluency.  Some variations of this  task are:

  • reading a scripted dialogue with someone else
  • reading  sentences containing minimal pairs
  • reading information from a table chart

Sentence/ dialogue completion task: Students read through the dialogue so he can think about proper lines to fill in. The teacher produces one part orally and the stundents responds

Picture cued Tasks: The picture-cued required a description from the test taker

Responsive Speaking

Question  and answer: Students respond questions that the test administrator asks

Giving Instructions and Directions: The test-taker is asked to give directions or instructions

Paraphrasing: The test-taker is asked to paraphrase in two or three sentences what he heard or read.

Interactive Speaking

Interview: It is a face-to-face exchange between test administrator and test taker. The  stages of an interview are

  • Warm-up
  • Level Check
  • Probe
  • Wind-down

Role play is a common pedagogical activities used in communicative English classes

Discusssions and Conversations: These two speaking tasks provide  a level of authenticity and spontaneity that other assessment techniques may not provice

Games are an informal assessment task but they are not commonly used.

Extensive Speaking

Oral Presentations  are the most common task for evaluacting extensive speaking nd thet are evaluated based on content and delivery.

Picture-cued story telling:  Students describe a story based on series of pictures that they previously saw.

Picture Cued Story Telling

Re-Telling a story, News Event: Students are asked to tell a story of a new of something they heard or read.

Imitative speaking:

Imitative speaking tasks are based on repetition. You just need to repeat a sentence you hear


Sites you definitely have to look at

  1. Formative Assessment Task
  2. Describe a photo or picture
  3. Discussion
  4. Oral PresentationOral Presentation



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