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



Questions about Entertainment

Movies coming up 2014

  1. What´s your favorite movie?
  2. What were  some  of the  TV Shows  or  cartoons   that  you  watched    when   you  were  a  child?
  3. Who do you like   to be   with while watching TV or a Movie?
  4. Who don’t   you   like   to be with   while watching television or a movie?
  5. What is your favorite actor or actress?    Support  your  answer
  6. What is your favorite character of a movie or TV Show?
  7. Do you watch soap operas? Does anyone   in your family   do? If so who?
  8. Do you play video games? If so what games have   you played?
  9. What is your opinion    about romantic films?
  10. Are you a fan of sports?   What sport   would you like to be part of?
  11. What sport    wouldn’t you like to participate in?
  12. Team sports or individual sports? Support  your  answer
  13. indoor sports or outdoor sports? Support your  answer
  14. What is your favorite album?
  15. What is your favorite soundtrack?
  16. What do you think about sport channels?
  17. What do you think about news channels?
  18. Tell me  your top  five song of all times
  19. Would you like to do a living as paparazzi?
  20. If you were Paparazzi, who   would   you follow every day?
  21. What entertains you?
  22. If you were    staying in a desert island   for a year, what   stuff   would you bring with you to stay entertained?

Questions about Fashion

Fashion (PhotoPin)

  1. Do you often buy new clothes?
  2. Do you prefer to go shopping or just browse? Why?
  3. What piece of clothing do you spend your money on the most? Why?
  4. Do you sometimes wear a hat or a cap?
  5. Do you think it is important to wear fashionable clothes?
  6. Do you wear jewelry?
  7. What are some of the strangest fashions you have seen?
  8. What colors do you think look good on you?
  9. What did you wear yesterday?
  10. What do you think of body piercing?
  11. Do you have pierced ears?
  12. Do you know anyone with a piercing in his or her toungue? Who?
  13. Would you ever pierce your tongue?
  14. What is your shoe size?
  15. What kind of clothes do you usually wear?
  16. What’s the most expensive piece of clothing you have ever bought?
  17. Where are some good stores to buy clothes in this area?
  18. What do you think of women who wear short mini-skirts?
  19. What do you think of people who always and only wear black?
  20. What do you think of people with tattoos?
  21. Do you know someone with a tattoo? Who?
  22. What do you think about men who wear earrings?