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Author's objective of teaching spoken language

Development of Ability to Interact Successfully in Language
(Compehension + Production)

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Testing Oral Ability Problem

- Task Representative: Population + Expected Performance
- Elicit Behaviour Representative of Ability
- Sample behaviour validly/reliably scored

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Representative Tasks

- Specify all possible content
- Include a representative sample of the specified content when setting tasks

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Specify all possible content

- Operations
- Types of text
- Addressees
- Topics
- Dialect, Accent and Style
- Rate of Speech
- Skills

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Oral operations
(e.g.)

Expressing, Directing, Describing, Eliciting, Narration, etc...

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Oral Skills
(specification types)

- Informational skills
- Interactional skills
- Skills in managing interactions

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Elicit a valid sample of oral ability

- Choose Appropriate techniques
- Plan and structure the testing carefully

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Appropricate techniques to:
- Elicit a valid sample of oral ability

- Interviews
- Interaction with fellow candidates
- Responses to audio- or video-recorded stimuli.

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Relationship Problem (interviewed/superior)
Interview testing

Unwilingness to take initiative
e.g. asking for information

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How to coin for candidate unwillingness for initiative

- Yes/No warm-up
- Requests for elaboration
- Appearing not to understand
- Invitation to Ask Question
- Interruption
- Abrupt change of topic

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semi-direct technique

Audio- or video-recorded responses

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Ensure valid and reliable scoring

Create appropriate scales for scoring

- Accuracy

- Appropriacy

- Range

- Flexibility

- Size

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Create appropriate scales for scoring

Accuracy:

pronunciation must be clearly intelligible even if some influence of L1 remain. Grammatical lexical accuracy is high etc…

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Appropriacy:

the use of language must be appropriate to function and to context.

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Range:

a wide range of language must be available to the candidate.

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Flexibility:

Must be a consistent evidence of the ability to take turns in a conversation.

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Size:

must be capable of making lengthy and complex contributions where appropriate etc…

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