How to mark a speaking exam?

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  • lucasgico
    30 November, 2009 at 16:48
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    I’m an esl teacher living in Brazil and today I’ll be examining a speaking exam from my class, but I’m not sure how I’m supposed to mark, to correct it.
    Would appreciate if someone could help me as soon as possible.

    Lucas Montenegro

    Laurie Ann
    1 December, 2009 at 21:50
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    Reply To: How to mark a speaking exam?

    Is this a new speaking exam for student placement into a course or are you rating existing students on what they’ve already learned?

    1 December, 2009 at 22:13
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    Reply To: How to mark a speaking exam?

    Hi Lauren, they are students from my class that I’m rating on what they’ve already learned.

    7 December, 2009 at 21:40
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    Not sure if this is too late for this time round – if so, maybe it’ll help next time:

    You need to decide what assessment criteria you’re going to use, and then mark each student objectively by each of the criteria.

    Here are some suggestions. Which ones you choose will depend on the objective of the task – not all will be appropriate:

    Task completion – does the student complete the task?
    Accuracy – the extent to which the student uses language correctly
    Range – the variety of skills, functions, vocabulary and grammar the student uses
    Speed – how fast the task is performed
    Flexibility – does the student adapt to changes in the features of the task?
    Appropriacy – does the student use an appropriate style and register?
    Hesitation – does the student delay in starting the task or hesitate during it?
    Independence – does the student perform the task without needing to refer to any materials and without questioning from you?

    Don’t forget to take the student’s level into account – for example with range, you should be assessing on the range of language used compared to what should be expected at that level.

    Hope that helps – let me know if you have any questions about any of these criteria.


    18 December, 2009 at 19:57
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    Reply To: How to mark a speaking exam?

    thanks a lot dan. that will sure help

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